CA – As You Wish Signing

ce-ayw1Press Release:

In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the release The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes will visit Vroman’s on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM to sign copies of the paperback release of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, “The Princess Bride “will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film. (Touchstone Books)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Living Dead Weekend 2016 Celebrates Film Origins of the Zombie

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Convention News, Horror, Pennsylvania

Living Dead Weekend

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Evans City, September 30, 2016: Evans City, PA, the home of the modern zombie in pop-culture will host the annual Living Dead Weekend on October 14, 15 and 16. This title is given to this Pennsylvania bureau because of it’s ties to the 1968 classic film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Evans City served as the filming location of the infamous George A. Romero’s debut feature film about a night where the recently dead have returned to life and upset the human way of life. Now 48 years old, the film has had immeasurable influence on pop-culture and has given the world a new monster archetype.

This annual event has grown considerably and has become Evans City’s largest local festival. This event will feature a full weekend of events including movie screenings in the nearby Strand Theater, over 30 celebrities from the Romero films signing autographs, seminars and discussion panels, makeup and special FX booths, and over 100 vendors of art, crafts, food, exhibits, entertainers, Halloween merchandise, zombie goods, souvenirs and apparel. Also back for its third outing within the weekend is the Sunday afternoon Pet Walk of the Living Dead, a family friendly pet and owner costumed parade around EDCO Park which includes various local pet vendors all day this year.

A highlight of this year’s Weekend is a community effort to raise funds to save EDCO Park’s swimming Pool. GHOULS FOR THE POOL is Evans’s City’s answer to the popular Scarecrow Invasion- an interactive art exhibit to fill the park with fan-made zombie scarecrows. Participants will build and design a scarecrow to decorate and add ambiance to the park for Halloween. For only $5, the core essentials are supplied and park visitors throughout the weekend will use their ideas and artistic vision to build a zombie scarecrow and plant it in the park. The goal is to fill the back yard of the park with 1000 unique zombies. For every zombie scarecrow that joins the horde, the park gets $5.00.

Everyone is invited to celebrate all things zombies and especially the film that started it all, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, where it all began, Evans City, PA. Visitors from all around the world, as far as New Zealand are expected this year. Admission is FREE, with some activities having individual ticket costs. Additional details can be found at the website

“The way Evans City has embraced its own role as a focal point of film making history, and the warmth of the community to all its many visitors has made this a truly special event,” says, Jim Krut, actor from DAWN OF THE DEAD, “As the event continues to grow, the town will continue to find itself seen through the eyes of visitors from across the country and the world.”

The Living Dead Museum is a museum and gift shop celebrating Zombies in Pop-Culture. Located in the town center of Evans City, PA, location of the original film, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the themed attraction takes fans through a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. Displays of props and memorabilia are woven into a presentation featuring interactive experiences, and zombie gift shopping. For more information, visit and .

Scene and Reviewed: 6 Plots

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Horror, Movies


I want to play a game. The game is to count how many classic horror films were mimicked in the making of the Australian thriller 6 Plots. Right on the DVD cover you see references to Saw and Buried. Another review mentioned Hostel. You could make arguments for Cube, Vile, and The Hills Have Eyes. But the greatest debt owed by this movie is to an older film, one that helped originate the slasher genre despite itself being a suspense thriller (and a nonpareil one at that): Halloween.


Seven students at Oak Bay High School plan a Friday night bash. There will be music. Booze. Sex. Hijinks. The party will take place in a “borrowed” (read: they broke in) house on the beach. We see the kids doing what kids do at parties, every jiffy of which they intend to livestream on the Internet because–well, you’ve seen American Pie. Anyway, everybody passes out, and when one of the kids, Brie, wakes up, she notices the others have skedaddled.

As Brie gathers her stuff to head home, she gets a phone message from this guy.


The message tells her to play a game, no parents, no authorities. The game: find her friends. All are locked in boxes and stashed around town. All can communicate with her via their phones. She is also sent video updates of their predicaments via the cameras installed in each box. Inevitably, parents get involved, as do the cops, so a few kids have to die. One is burned (she kept saying she was “covered in petrol”). Another is buried alive. A saw mill blade provides the most gruesome killing. Brie and the cops manage to save the other three, and a few weeks later, they are all back at school, cracking wise and calling one other “bitches.” Then they run into a creepy guy we saw for five seconds at the beginning of the film who makes some cryptic remarks in a basso profundo voice and walks away with the above emoticon on his skateboard. I guess he was the bad guy.

Did you catch all the Halloween analogs?

  1. Teenagers plan a gathering.
  2. They lie to their parents about it (in one geek-gasmic scene, a guy’s father calls home to check on him, and his buddy sitting in a different house answers the home phone using his cell phone and an “automated Skype message faker”).
  3. They use someone else’s house without permission.
  4. The girl with no boyfriend (Brie) becomes the savior.
  5. One victim’s father is the police chief.
  6. The whole thing is broadcast online (as in Halloween: Resurrection).

Now let me tell you what is not like Halloween: there isn’t one bit of menace in this movie. When there is a movie involving a villain, that villain is the film’s strength. Michael Myers’s mix of childlike wonder and unholy force is established from the first moment of Halloween, and it twists through all the films in the series. You can’t take your eyes off him. Ditto for John Kramer (aka, Jigsaw), Fred Krueger, Dracula, and all the great horror villains. Their personalities–Kramer’s cold logic, Krueger’s impishness, Dracula’s smug ferocity–make them compelling, while their motives make them scary.

What of the villain in 6 Plots? Other reviews call him The Emoticon, but I don’t recall anyone saying that in the film, and for good reason: it sounds like a lame Charlton Comics superhero. So he’s nameless, and until the final scene, he’s invisible. This is another mistake by the filmmakers. It isn’t necessary for the protagonists to meet the villain until the end–the Die Hard movies have mastered this approach–but it is necessary for the audience. How can we be afraid of someone we can’t connect with? As for motive, think of John Kramer’s aim: “to test the fabric of human existence.” It’s an unusual goal, lofty and sinister. The guy behind The Emoticon? His motive seems dull as driftwood.

The opening credits of 6 Plots include the line “Based on a concept by Leigh Sheehan and Tim C. Patterson.” Because these are the film’s director and writer, I wondered why they were credited this way, since “concept” seems an integral part of writing and directing. The unfortunate answer is that concept is most of this movie’s appeal. The non-villain characters are relatable, and the actors are good–so good I wanted to see interviews with them in the making-of documentary that forms the DVD’s sole special feature (I was disappointed). It is an interesting concept, though maybe too ambitious. With six victims to keep up with, I found myself getting confused.

Maybe 6 Plots should have stuck to one plot this time around.



Year of Production: 2012

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: R for Language, Some Violence/Terror and Teen Partying/Drug Material

Genre: Horror

Closed Captioned: English

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 87 minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2:35:1)

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio


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Spooky Empire Program Cover Released!

Spooky Empire Program Cover 2016Spooky Empire program cover is now unveiled for the 2016 show!

With only 8 days left until the show, we figured we would do a an unveiling for our fans! The program cover was designed by Morgan Wilson from Lux Nova Studio! She will be at the show all weekend if you’d like to get your copy signed. Let us know what you think of the cover!

Get your advance tickets for Spooky Empire.

CA – John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Signing


John & Sandy Carpenter as well as their band of misfits: Tim Bradstreet, Deirdre Brooks, Steve Hoveke, Amanda Deibert, James Ninness, Cat Staggs, and more sign at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Event & Photo Op Schedules and Pricing up for Spooky Empire’s Show

se_photoopWe are getting closer to the show!

October 7-9, 2016

Orange County Convention Center

Full event and Photo Op schedules are confirmed and posted!
Download them now and prepare yourself for a full weekend of entertainment and fun!

Star Wars Comes to Paradise City Comic Con 2016

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 Meet David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.

Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

The guest list is growing weekly, and some of the highlights include:

* Star Wars Cast Members: David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.

* TV and Movie Stars: Terry Jones (Monty Python), James Marsters (Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Brainiac in Smallville, Captain John Hart in Torchwood), Aaron Stanford (James Cole in 12 Monkeys, Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand), Tara Reid (Sharknado, American Pie), Manu Bennett (Crixus in Spartacus, Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in Arrow, Azog, king of the Orcs in The Hobbit trilogy, Allanon in The Shannara Chronicles), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).

*RWBY Stars: Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna), Kara Eberle (Weiss Schnee), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Winter Schnee).

Comic Book Creators: Bob Layton, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman, Jeff Dekal, Jose Delbo, Mike Grell, Pia Guerra, Amy Mebberson, Moritat, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley, James Silvani, Ryan Stegman, Roy Thomas, and more!

* Animation Stars: Tad Stones (Creator of Darkwing Duck), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), Lori Alan (Family Guy), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob Squarepants, Invader Zim), and Melissa Fahn (Invader Zim).

* Anime Stars: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan, Free! Eternal Summer), Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), Leah Clark (Negima, Suzuka, Toriko, Sgt Frog, Soul Eater), Melissa Fahn (Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, FLCL), Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, High School of the Dead), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Attack on Titan, Noragami, Fairy Tail).

* Power Ranger Cast Members: Cerina Vincent, Nakia Burrise, and Catherine Sutherland.

* Star Trek Continues Cast Members: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Chris Doohan (Scotty), and Michele Spect (Dr. Elise McKennah).

* Lloyd Kaufman: Troma Films founder and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

* Pete & Pete Stars: Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli.

For more info visit the website HERE!

C.H.U.D. Comic Book Show (December 2016)

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C.H.U.D. – Comics Here for Under a Dollar – Chud returns for a winter show where every comic book sold in the show is a Dollar or less. Come look through all the boxes and find those hidden treasures. Bring your own box to fill. This is the first time in over 5 years CHUD has been at this location and we look forward to bringing back. Show runs from 10am – 3pm and admission is only $1.00.
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CA – Deadpool Annual 2016 Signing


Writers Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and artist Scott Koblish sign the Deadpool Annual at Earth-2 Comics on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

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Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

Phoenix FearCON Becomes FANGORIA FearCON with 2016 Show

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Arizona, Convention News, Horror


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Phoenix FearCON Celebrates 10th Anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON

TEMPE, Ariz. – SUN STUDIOS of Arizona presents FANGORIA FearCON, the state’s largest, independent horror event from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at the studio.

“Phoenix FearCON is now FANGORIA FearCON,” said festival director Chris McLennan. She and her husband Jim are preparing for their seventh convention since 2006. “We’ve come a long way by partnering with FANGORIA Magazine and SUN STUDIOS.”

FANGORIA FearCON will screen features and shorts, including the Phoenix debut of MODEL HUNGER which stars horror film icons Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Tiffany Shepis (TALES OF HALLOWEEN). Both actresses will participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

“As usual, we will have celebrity autograph sessions and photo ops,” added McLennan. Among the other terror film favorites scheduled to appear are Eugene Clark (LAND OF THE DEAD), J. LaRose (SAW III), Robert Mukes (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES) and Monique Parent (BLOODTHIRSTY).

On Friday night, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a private bar and live performances by Romantasy Cabaret, Agents of Lust and The Gaslight Circus. VIP tickets cost $150, include a “horrorific” swag bag filled with goodies, and are good for all three days of FANGORIA FearCON.

Friday-only tickets are $30, good from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and do not include the VIP party. Saturday or Sunday tickets are $40 each and good from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. All tickets are subject to availability, but may be purchased online now at

There is no entry fee to purchase food and drink at the Halloween Festival outside or to access vendors inside the studio.

A portion of the proceeds from FANGORIA FearCON benefits the Phoenix Shanti Group which provides housing, education and support to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

With two sound stages and a 225-seat theater featuring digital projection and surround sound, SUN STUDIOS of Arizona was the ideal location for FANGORIA FearCON. “I used to stand in line for Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in L.A.,” said SUN STUDIOS CEO Darrin Ramage, who has produced and distributed horror movies for more than 20 years. “The last one was in 2009, so imagine how excited I am to be hosting FANGORIA FearCON 2016!”

SUN STUDIOS is conveniently located at 1425 W. 14th Street; just minutes away from ASU, Tempe Campus and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Festival parking will be within walking distance.

The first Phoenix FearCON Film Festival was held at the Paper Heart Gallery in 2006. As attendance grew, PFC moved to the Fear Farm Haunted House and is celebrating its 10th anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON at SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe. For the latest news, visit

About SUN STUDIOS of Arizona
SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe officially opened on May 1, 2016. The multimillion dollar production facility, event venue/theater and recording studio offers two sound stages, a massive green-screen cyclorama, plus a complete array of professional grade production and recording equipment. See more at

About FANGORIA Entertainment
FANGORIA Magazine first published in 1979 as the brainchild of Ed Naha, Ric Meyers and Robert Martin. In 1985, Martin hosted the first FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, followed six years later by the inaugural CHAINSAW AWARDS for horror films. Today, loyal fans flock to

About Phoenix Shanti Group
Founded in 1987, the Phoenix Shanti Group provides housing, education and support to individuals infected with, and families or loved ones affected by, HIV/AIDS. “Shanti” is Sanskrit for “Inner Peace” and reflects PSG’s approach of promoting personal empowerment and maintaining independence and dignity. See more at

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