Phoenix FearCON Becomes FANGORIA FearCON with 2016 Show

September 20, 2016 by  
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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

Spooky Empire Brings Ultimate Horror to Orlando This Weekend

October 6, 2009 by  
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Orlando, FL September 14, 2009 – The largest gathering of horror icons and celebrities is about to take place in Orlando, FL, and it’s hosted by Spooky Empire, Inc. An excellent show is in store once again! They’ve brought together a who’s who of macabre guests to appear at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, being held this year on October 9-11, 2009 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive.

This year Spooky Empire is proud to announce special guest, Shannen Doherty, of the TV shows “Charmed”, “Scare Tactics” and of course “Beverly Hills, 90210”. Other major guests to appear are The Masters of Horror – John Landis “American Werewolf in London”, and Herschell Gordon Lewis “2,000 Maniacs”, plus actresses Adrienne Barbeau “The Fog”, Linda Blair “The Exorcist”, and Fairuza Balk from “The Craft”. From Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film “The Birds” Tippi Hedren will be appearing, as well as Bill Moseley and William Forsythe of Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects”, Danny Trejo of “From Dusk Til Dawn”, Jake Busey of “The Frighteners”, Jason Mewes of “Clerks”. The voice of “Jack Skellington” Chris Sarandon will be in attendance. There will be a “Jason” Reunion with special guests Derek Mears, Kane Hodder and. C.J. Graham. Come and meet the daughter of the legendary movie monster Boris Karloff – Sara Karloff. Also meet special guest Brian Krause, best known as Leo in the “Charmed” television series and Stephen Kings “Sleepwalkers”, this is his first convention appearance. Other guests include Jason London from “Dazed and Confused”, “Creature from the Black Lagoon” Ricou Browning, and from “Night of the Creeps” Jill Whitlow and Jason Lively. There will also be a “Halloween II” reunion with the original cast. This is just the beginning!

From the popular television series, “Ghosthunters” TAPS members Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango will appear.

There will be over twenty authors promoting their newest books and partaking in panels and Q&As, including Max Brooks, author of “World War Z”.

Some of the best artists can be found at the Ultimate Horror Weekend, including Joe Simko, Stainboy, Dirk Strangely and animator Richard Green.

This year Spooky Empire is bringing back what they are best known for – the most exciting events in Florida! Including the Freak Show Film Festival, Live Bands with performances by Ghoultown, Psychocharger, original Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna and many more, Creepy Costume Contest, Screamin’ Ink Tattoo Room with special guest artist Paul Booth, Q&A’s and Seminars, Video Game Room with a RockBand: Battle of the Bands, Huge Dealer Room, and of course their world renowned pool parties – a must attend! The newest additions to the events – The Celebrity Poker Tournament and a Shadow Cast of Repo: The Genetic Opera hosted by cast members Terrance Zdunich, Bill Moseley, and J Larose.

Last but certainly not least…the famous Zombie Walk hosted by The Deadite Empire with a tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The walk will not only have the largest collection of the walking dead, they will also perform a reenactment of the Thriller dance with stars from the original video; Ola Ray and Cheryl Sington, as well as the director John Landis…

…plus so much more !!

Advance tickets for this ultimate event are on sale now! $40 gets you in for the whole weekend, that’s all three days of horror mayhem! One day passes are just $25 and $30. Visit the website

Make sure you reserve your rooms early this year. Last year sold out quickly and you don’t want to pass up the opportunity to stay on the premises, you don’t want to miss a thing. Rooms at the Wyndham are just $99 a night, if you mention “Spooky Empire” when you call for reservations. The Wyndham reservation line is 1-800-421-8001.

Join the legions of Spooky Empire fans on their Forum at Meet other fans, get answers to your questions, and find out the most recent updates on the show.

For more information visit the website at or call the Spooky Empire Hotline 954-258-7852.