Southwestern Pennsylvania is hallowed ground for horror-movie enthusiasts, what with director George Romero being a Pittsburgh native and his seminal Night of the Living Dead filmed nearby.
So you have to figure that a horror convention held around these parts should be something special.
Horror Realm, coming Sept. 21-23, will try to live up to that expectation with a host of guests who will be familiar to those who can't get enough of being spooked during their film viewing.
Crown Plaza Pittsburgh South on Fort Couch Road is the site of the extravaganza, and here's a look at the guest list:
- Sid Haig, who's familiar to horror fans for his work in Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, as well as the classic film Spider Baby
- Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead from the Clive Barker Hellraiser film series, as well as Nightbreed. He adapts, directs and performs in the Doug Bradley’s Spine Chillers series of films and audio books.
- Danielle Harris, best known for her roles in the Halloween film series. She also voiced the character Debbie in the children’s animated series The Wild Thornberrys.
- Mink Stole, a favorite for director John Waters, including his dark horror comedy Serial Mom. She is also lead singer of Mink Stole and Her Wonderful Band.
- Rochelle Davis, who played the young skateboarder Sarah in The Crow.
- Day of the Dead stars Lori Cardille, Antone DiLeo, John Amplas and Mark Tierno, and first-time convention appearances by Bill Laczko and local musicians the Granati Brothers, who played zombies in the film
- Dawn of the Dead stars Ken Foree, Mike Christopher and Randy Kovitz
- Returning fan favorite Kyra Schon, who played Karen Cooper in Night of the Living Dead
- And the inimitable Tiffany Shepis, who's added her lovely countenance to countless horror films, including Tromeo and Juliet, Nightmare Man, Frankenstein Syndrome and New Terminal Hotel, filmed down the road in Washington, PA
The convention features a dealer and guest room, film program, VHS viewing room, guest panels/Q&A sessions and entertainment. Main show hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.. to 5 p.m. Sunday. VHS and film rooms have extended hours.
The popular Horror Cabaret returns on Friday night at 10:30, and the Horror High Monster Prom costume party starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Muzik Machine DJs and a cash bar.
A special tribute to the late actor and director Bill Hinzman, who played the lead ghoul in Night of the Living Dead, will be held on Sunday. The tribute features photos, videos and remembrances of Hinzman’s fans, friends and co-stars.
Horror Realm is sponsored in part by the Drive-in Horrorshow, Twisted Library, HorrorRealmOnline.com, Butcher Shop Online and Bastards of Horror.
For more information, visit www.horrorrealmcon.com.