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
October 8, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, United States, Video Games, Webcomics
**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!
Includes a SCREAM and WILLY WONKA Reunion plus legend BURT REYNOLDS!
For more info and ticket information check out the website!
“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.
Want a close-up of Billy? Here it is.
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.
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.
Look at that disgusting blob! And Slimer, too.
With guests like this, who needs security?
“There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”
Word to the wise: don’t photo bomb guys who have actual bombs.
Abraham Lincoln, convention goer
Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) signs a Nightmare Before Christmas picture for my daughter.
Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signs the same picture.
Fans chat up Tara Reid.
I’m guessing this is a teacher from the Black Lagoon.
I wonder what Tobin Bell thought of HER.
Hot off the success of the Ultimate horror Weekend, Spooky Empire announces a new show teaming with Halloween Extreme to run May 15-17.
October 15, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games
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
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“Where’s Carl?” He’ll be at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, Saturday, Oct 25th (ONE DAY ONLY) in Orlando, FL.
CHANDLER RIGGS has just been added to our guest list along with cast members of The Walking Dead.
Visit our website www.spookyempire.com for advance discount tickets and VIP Packages!
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The Walking Dead’s MELISSA McBRIDE is making her very first Spooky Empire appearance
Saturday and Sunday ONLY!
Get your advance tickets and VIP packages today and meet “Carol” from The Walking Dead at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, October 25-26 in Orlando, FL!
Visit our site www.spookyempire.com for tickets and more details!
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are joining Tyler Mane, Dee Wallace and Lew Temple at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend to represent Rob Zombie’s Halloween!
Meet all 5 Halloween guests all weekend, October 24-26, 2014 at the DoubleTree at Universal in Orlando, FL.
Get your discounted advance tickets and VIP packages today at www.spookyempire.com!