CA – To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story Signing

Horror legend Kane Hodder and Director Derek Dennis Herbert appear at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00 pm to sign DVDs of their documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

NYC – Deep Red Magazine Signing

Press Release:

Forbidden Planet is beyond stoked to announce an in-store of epic proportions. Horror fans take note, this July, Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Join us for a party in celebration of the relaunch of Deep Red Magazine.

FantaCo publishing has resurrected the late great horror journalist Chas Balun’s legendary horror magazine Deep Red for a whole new generation of gore hounds. With a slew of original contributors on hand and a batch of talented new blood, they have put together a tome that lives up to the publications legacy and is more than worthy of it’s moniker. Put it this way… this magazine is not for wimps.

Just look at the line up we have in store.
Publisher – Tom Skulan – FantaCo Publications founder
Editor-in-chief – John Szpunar – Xerox Ferox
Writer – Chris Poggiali – Temple of Schlock
Writer – Dennis Daniel – original Deep Red contributor.
Writer – Nick Cato – The Atrocity Vendor
Writer – Mike Hunchback – Pulp Macabre
Writer – Art Ettinger – Ultra Violent
Artist – Matt “Putrid” Carr – Organ Fanzine
Artist – Eric Rot – Illustrator

So come on down to Forbidden Planet on Friday the 13th of July from 6-8. Pick the brains of some of the most feral journalists in the game, marvel at the lurid work by contributing artists (prints, etc. will be available for sale), mingle with the madmen who brought you the newest issue of one of the most important magazine in the history of the genre and honor the legacy of the one and only Chas Balun, the man who created the template for modern horror journalism. Make sure to mark your calendars because this is an event you won’t want to miss

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

Spooky Empire gives you a KISS with Peter Criss!

You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest drummer in the world, PETER CRISS!

PETER CRISS is the original drummer and founding member of the greatest rock band in the land, KISS. PETER wrote and performed one of the highest-charting KISS singles, “BETH”.

The original “Cat Man” will be at Spooky Empire all three days, October 26-28 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, FL!

If you’re ready to rock n roll all night and party every day, get your VIP Packages, discount General Admission tickets, and hotel rooms TODAY! They are all on sale now, but moving quickly, at spookyempire.com!

Scene and Reviewed: Day of the Dead: Bloodline

 

 

Night falls in an unnamed American city. Couples are out walking. Workers are driving home. A girl calmly rides her bicycle. And zombies are attacking. Growling. Chewing. Ripping into flesh as into a juicy orange. Blood is everywhere. A woman talks to her mom on the phone, then starts running from a zombie. Her shirt is unbuttoned, and we see her lacy beige bra. 

When I saw that bra, I knew this would be a horror movie.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline is director Hèctor Hernández Vicens’s “reimagining” of the George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985), his third zombie film after Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Zoe Parker–she of the plain-sight underwire–is a med school student who prefers books to bacchanalia. Her friends persuade her to come to a party, where she sees a patient named Max who has a history of hitting on her. (She was drawing his blood and saw his forearm tattoo . . . of her name.) They are, oddly, in a room with a cadaver when Max tries to rape Zoe. Thank goodness the cadaver wakes up, gets off the table, and bites a chunk out of Max’s throat.

Five years later, the zombie apocalypse is in full flower. Zoe is the “town doctor” of a quasi-military survivor settlement. A young girl in the camp has pneumonia, and Zoe talks Lieutenant Miguel Salazar, the ranking officer, into sending her with a team to her old med school for supplies. At the surprisingly unpillaged school, she encounters Max, her would-be rapist, who clings to the underside of the humvee and rides back to the settlement.

Max, as it turns out, is only partially zombified, which I guess is how he was Rambo enough to skulk around the compound for a while before being captured. Zoe realizes his blood can fight the zombie virus (this is scarcely explained), and to everyone’s disdain, she keeps him alive while working on an antivirus. Of course he escapes. And of course the regular zombies outside the perimeter fence, whose blood is needed as a comparison to Max’s, overwhelm the efforts to collect that blood and terrorize the camp. Zombies get shot. People get eaten. Zoe succeeds at the antivirus, but what good is a cure when victims have had their flesh torn from their bones? It’s not like zombies infect people by sneezing on them. Oh well, at least she saves her boyfriend Baca and the girl who had pneumonia, which are the only ones who matter anyway. 

The movie struggles to deserve the label “reimagining.” Most critics view Romero’s films as warnings of the danger of conformity, satires on consumerism, or examinations of class conflict. Nothing that highbrow is at work here. Vicens made basically the same film as Day of the Dead, with some gratuitous changes. But they are the equivalent of a paraphrase: different words, same spirit. The acting is clunky, the characters are one-dimensional, and the conflict is contrived. Max is half-zombie and so may not be functioning at a high level, but what was he trying to accomplish? Zoe rejected him when he was a human. What makes him think he can talk his way into her pants when he looks like a cross between Heath Ledger’s Joker and Trap-Jaw from Masters of the Universe? 

George Romero, rest his soul (we hope–he was Father of the Zombie Film), tried to be more than a scaremeister. Day of the Dead: Bloodline has a couple of scares, nothing more. The Blu-ray includes a featurette on the making of the movie. You can probably watch this and skip the movie. Those who think the zombie genre is played out may point to this installment as proof. I wouldn’t go that far. Yet I would say that this reimagining leaves nothing to the imagination.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2017

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for bloody violence and gore, language and brief sexuality/nudity

Genre: Horror

Closed Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 91 minutes

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

 

Kane Hodder Returns for Salem Horror Fest 2018

Horror legend and professional stuntman Kane Hodder returns to Salem Horror Fest! As featured in the new documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, he has made a long career out of portraying some of the most prolific killers in Hollywood history – most notably Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series.

Kane will appear at Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery’s new location on Essex Street! Admission is required. Autographs and photos are available for purchase.

Saturday, October 6 – 12pm – 6pm
Sunday, October 7 – 12pm – 6pm

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery
217 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

 

Gillian Anderson will be joining David Duchovny at Spooky Empire in October

Gillian Anderson Spooky EmpireGILLIAN ANDERSON OFFICIALLY JOINS DAVID DUCHOVNY FOR THE X-FILES REUNION AT SPOOKY EMPIRE’S SWEET SIXTEEN ANNIVERSARY 

The Convention will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus with Kathy Najimy

ORLANDO –Spooky Empire is thrilled to announce that Gillian Anderson will be joining the recently announced guest David Duchovny for its October convention this year. Both actors are best known for their co-starring roles in hit TV series and later movie theater sensation, The X-Files. Anderson plays the role of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on this American sci-fi drama series. She is also known for her roles in other TV series such as The Fall, American Gods and Hannibal. Her roles in films include Johnny English Reborn, Boogie Woogie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, The X-Files: Fight the Future, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
The convention will also mark the 25th anniversary of the nostalgic film Hocus Pocus with guest appearance by Kathy Najimy, also known as Mary Sanderson from the film. Najimy is known for numerous beloved roles in films and TV series such as Sister Act, Hope Floats, Bride of Chucky, The Wedding Planner, The Guilt Trip, The Big C, Descendants, Veep, and more.
Spooky Empire will take place on October 26 – 28, 2018 at its new host hotel, Caribe Royale Orlando Resort

This year, the convention will once again be opening its doors earlier on Friday, October 26 at 1 p.m. to begin the festivities. The weekend will feature an array of activities including a tattoo festival, film festival, celebrity autographs, Kid’s Zone, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music, performances, Q & A’s with artists, authors and filmmakers, seminars, among many other activities.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after October 7th and at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. Limited VIP Packages are available for $225 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Tickets for children under ten years old are free.

Rooms are available at Caribe Royale Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $135 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-238-8000. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR| +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

County Pop Con (May 2019)

Convention Name
County Pop Con
Convention Website Address
https://countypopcon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/25/2019
About This Convention
County Pop Con is a “Late Night” (multi-genre) pop-culture expo held at the 65,000 square-foot Lake County Fairgrounds Convention Center. The event features vendors and tables of artists, writers, guests, crafters, dealers, and collectors displaying and selling their pop-culture wares. This includes comic books, tabletop games, retro toys, books, video games, costumes, tv/movie memorabilia,Anime, Comics, Toys, Gaming, SCI-FI, Legos, Stars, Horror Films, Steampunk, Autographs, Super Heroes, Action Figures, Cosplay, Fantasy, Tattoo Artists, Horror, Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia, SWAP meet, Publishers & Artist Convention – but open to anything fan-related!.

Also at the event, attendees can play in gaming tournaments, get autographs from celebrity guests, participate in costume contests, learn arts in workshops, listen to guest speakers, learn new tabletop games, and mingle with thousands of other pop-culture fans. This is a family friendly event that encourages creativity, promotes cultural awareness, and directly benefits small businesses.

Hours: 3pm to Midnight!

Venue Name and Address
Lake County Fairgrounds
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBD
Pop Con!

Saratoga Comic Con (November 2018)

Saratoga Comic Con

Convention Name
Saratoga Comic Con
Convention Website Address
https://www.saratogacomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/17/2018
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/18/2018
About This Convention
Saratoga Comic Con, the largest comic con & pop-culture event in the capital region of NY! Welcome Cosplay, Guest Stars, Gaming, Anime, Sci-Fi, Furries, Geeks, Comic Books, Artists, & Vendors! Fun for everyone on November 17-18, 2018!
Venue Name and Address
Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
6,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports
Guests
David Yost, Jimmy Hart, Richard Ferguson, Dave Ryan, Bill Diamond, Jeff Kline

CharlestonCon (September 2018)

Convention Name
CharlestonCon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlestoncon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/22/2018
About This Convention
CharlestonCon is a collectors’ mecca convention located in the beautiful City of Charleston, South Carolina. Striving to be South Carolina’s best and truest comic convention featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As a long-time collector of comics and pop culture items the promoter brings South Carolina an event that will satisfy any fandom!

CharlestonCon will have over 150 exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including:

•comic books • magazines • toys • video games
•movies • wrestling • sci-fi • fantasy television
•anime manga • cosplay • artwork sketches • apparel

In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are guaranteed in attendance for fans to meet and greet. This will be one show not to miss!

Venue Name and Address
Embassy Suites
5055 International Boulevard
North Charleston, South Carolina 29418
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
150
Projected Attendance
5,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Jim Starlin, Fabian Nicieza, Bob Camp

CO – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman appears at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Get tickets here…

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books, including the fantasy novel American Gods and the young adult story Coraline, both of which won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards, and the children’s novel The Graveyard Book, which is the only work to win both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, awarded by librarians for the most prestigious contribution to children’s literature. Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics, which have garnered nine Eisner Awards, were described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into art; its first issue was the first comic book to receive literary recognition, earning the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

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Paramount Denver
1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0106

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