Spooky Empire Tickets go on sale Friday!

SE_jasonTHIS FRIDAY! Tickets will go on sale for Spooky Empire!

We are headed to the Orange County Convention Center for one of the biggest horror conventions to date.

Join us on the dark side of comic con October 7-9, 2016!

Rooms are now available at our host hotel, The Hyatt Regency. Just mention “Spooky Empire” and get the special rate of $119/night. For reservations call 1-407-284-1234 or visit the site to reserve online.

For more information, tickets and hotel info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Kelly LeBrock joins Weird Science Reunion at Spooky Empire Retro!

Kelly LeBrock SpookyShe’s Alive…Alive!!!

You asked for her, and we’re bringing her to life! KELLY LeBROCK is making a super rare appearance, for a one time reunion with ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL and ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH!

So what would you little maniacs like to do first?

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to meet the cast of WEIRD SCIENCE, one of John Hughes greatest movies, at Spooky Empire this April at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. Rooms are almost sold out, and our special rate ends March 8th, so book now, no deposit necessary!

You don’t want to miss out on one hell of a party!

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire Retro gets Weird!

Spooky empire Hall and SmithMichael Anthony Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith Reunite for Weird Science!

Iconic actor ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL may best be remembered for some of the our favorite John Hughes films including “Sixteen Candles”, “Breakfast Club” and “Weird Science”, but his career continued on with unending list of memorable roles and films including “National Lampoons Vacation”, Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Dark Knight”, “Johnny Be Good” with Robert Downey Jr, who also joined him in the cast of “Saturday Night Live”. More recently he starred in the Stephen King reboot series “The Dead Zone”, “Warehouse 13” and “Z Nation”.
He has starred in the film “Foxcatcher” with Steve Carell and is currently working on the film “War Machine” with costar Brad Pitt.

ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH co-starred alongside Hall “Gary” in the hit 80’s John Hughes film “Weird Science” as “Wyatt”. He also appeared in the Cameron Crowe film “The Wild Life”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “The Chocolate War” and the TV series “Superboy”.

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH and ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL together!! at Spooky Empire this April 1-3rd at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. Rooms are almost sold out, and our special rate ends March 8th, so book now, no deposit necessary!

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

 

Spooky Empire RETRO hits in April

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Spooky Empire Retro returns to old haunting grounds.

Spooky Empire Retro is back at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL for our spring convention, April 1-3, 2016 ! Get your tickets and VIP packages now before they’re sold out! Room reservations still open, but book now before it’s too late! This will be one monster-ous event you don’t want to miss!

For more information visit www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire posts Photo Op info for Ultimate Horror Weekend

Spooky Empire LogoPre-Sale autograph and photo op tickets are available for the following guests.

**YOU MUST PRINT OUT YOUR PDF TICKETS TO REDEEM ON-SITE**

Autographs and photo ops will also be available for purchase on site.

Prices are per autograph or photo op.

Autograph and /or photo op fees do not include admission to the show. Tickets to the show must be purchased separately.

Pre sale tickets will guarantee your chance for meet and greet/autograph or get a photo. 

Once lines are cut off only pre-sale ticket holders will be allowed to stay in line. 

Pre-Sale Autograph tickets will only be available online until Thursday, October 29th.

See the list here!

Spooky Empire Announces a Very Impressive Line Up for UHW!

SE_flyer_2015Spooky Empire’s line up for this year Ultimate Horror Weekend October 30th- Nov 1st!

Includes a SCREAM and WILLY WONKA Reunion plus legend BURT REYNOLDS!

For more info and ticket information check out the website!

Spooky Empire Con Report!

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“Why do you think horror movies are so popular?” asked my friend John. It was Friday evening, October 24, and we were standing in Tobin Bell’s autograph line at Spooky Empire, the semiannual fright fest held in sunny Orlando. I have known John since 1990, when he, a transfer student from Massachusetts, walked into my high school Spanish class and took the only available seat–the one next to me. After high school, we worked together at McDonald’s, and when he moved to Tennessee for college, and then Florida to work in the nursing home industry, we remained friends. He was with me at the Minneapolis Wizard World, as a matter of fact.

And this is what our friendship is like: deep thoughts. Why are horror movies popular? “Fear is primal,” I answered. “We like being scared because it is a release, especially when the object scaring us is revealed to be harmless, like a man in a mask.” (The Atlantic magazine ran a great article on exactly this topic; I’ll recommend it here.) We talked about it more, stepping forward every so often as the incredibly slow-moving line moved forward (with incredible slowness). This is not because the line was mismanaged; there were simply a lot of people in it.

I have seen all the Saw movies, and Tobin Bell was the one person I wanted to see at my inaugural Spooky Empire, which calls itself “one of the largest horror cons in the US.” Horror cons tend to be peopled by B- and C-list celebs, but this one had some moneymakers: Tara Reid, David Guintoli and Bitsie Tulloch (from TV’s Grimm), Derek Mears, Chris Sarandon, some of The Walking Dead cast, most of Rob Zombie’s Halloween cast, and, of course, Tobin Bell. He was very gracious with his time, talking and laughing with attendees. The person in front of me had a Tobin Bell mask for him to sign, and I wanted to ask Tobin how it felt to hold his own face in his hands, but I was afraid it’d be weird. Instead, I handed him my still-in-the-box figure of Billy, Jigsaw’s creepy puppet (which I had already had Cary Elwes sign at DragonCon). Below is the result.

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Want a close-up of Billy? Here it is.

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Sadly, the household-name-ness did not extend to the authors. I am a writer, an English professor, and a sometime bookseller. In other words, I know literature. As a 25-year fan of horror fiction, I know horror literature. But I did not know a single writer in attendance. (Full disclosure: Carrie Harris was there. She seems pretty big in YA circles, and she got the big-author-convention treatment, meaning she got a panel of her own and her picture was the biggest in the program.) I seem to remember Clive Barker attending a couple of years ago, so I know Spooky Empire can attract true literary stars. I was disappointed that they hadn’t done so this year.

The good thing is that the writers who were there stayed paneled-up. They led not just author talks but actual seminars on writing and publishing, some of which were tailored to specific interests, such as Friday night’s “Writing for Screen and Other Mediums.” Though the name should have been “media” (sorry, writerly tic), it was a good seminar.

Halloween is a cold weather holiday, so it seemed strange to attend a horror convention in a T-shirt and no jacket. Yet I enjoyed the experience. The dealer room seemed small for “one of the largest horror cons in the US,” but some cool merchandise was available. I talked to one dealer who had a collection of vintage costumes, most still in the boxes. Had he had those costumes for 40 years, or did he buy them like that? “I assemble them,” he said, buying a mask here, pants there, the box from some other source. How long does it take him to put together a costume? Over 10 years, for some. He also had an assortment of stuff like we used to order from the ad pages in 70s-era comics and magazines–stuff like X-ray glasses, monster teeth, fake blood, all still in packages, most in mint condition.

These are the dealers I like. Others had mostly new stuff, some of which I see over and over at conventions. This, however, I had never seen.

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One suggestion I have for Spooky Empire: better signage. John and I went through the hotel main entrance (Doubletree at Universal), followed the crowd of ghouls and zombies and normal-looking people (who could be homicidal maniacs because, as Wednesday Addams reminds us, “they look like everyone else”), and got all the way to what turned out to be a side entrance to the convention, where a guard pointed back the way we had come and said, “The convention entrance is that way.” A sign to that effect would have kept us from going in the wrong way. Also, a hotel employee was standing out front, directing drivers to the convention parking lot, up the street from the hotel parking lot. I think a sign could have done that job as well.

These complaints are trifles, though. Spooky Empire is as well-run as it is well-known, and I look forward to going again. I won’t get another weekend pass–there isn’t enough for multiple days–but the one-day pass is worth the money. John, who isn’t a horror guy, concurs, saying he enjoyed seeing the celebs and cosplayers. Where will we go next? Dunno. But when we figure it out, you–or, since I’m from North Carolina, y’all–will be the first to know.

See below for a few more Spooky Empire pics.

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Look at that disgusting blob! And Slimer, too.

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With guests like this, who needs security?

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“There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

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Word to the wise: don’t photo bomb guys who have actual bombs.

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Abraham Lincoln, convention goer

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Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) signs a Nightmare Before Christmas picture for my daughter.

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Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signs the same picture.

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Fans chat up Tara Reid.

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I’m guessing this is a teacher from the Black Lagoon.

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I wonder what Tobin Bell thought of HER.

 

Spooky Empire announces new show in May with Halloween Extreme

Hot off the success of the Ultimate horror Weekend, Spooky Empire announces a new show teaming with Halloween Extreme to run May 15-17.

Spooky Empire and Halloween Extreme

For more info visit Spooky Empire at www.spookyempire.com and Halloween Extreme at www.halloweenextreme.com

New Merchandise for Spooky Empire

Spooky Empire Merchandise

Spooky Empire will have some new merch and posters available next weekend! Be sure to stop by our booth located in the vendor room all weekend. 

We have 2 new silk screened posters available. The first is a Children of The Corn inspired poster, created by artist Dave Berns and the second is a Nightmare Before Christmas inspired poster created by Retro Outlaw Studios. Both posters are Spooky Empire exclusives, and extremely limited, so be sure to get them before they’re gone. They will not be reprinted once they’re sold out. You can get them both at the merch booth, and you can also meet both artists at the show.

If you haven’t visited yet, the Spooky Empire online store is up.

You can find tons of vintage Spooky Items there and we’ll be adding more next month.

Tickets are still available, www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend Tv Ad

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