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Monsters, Movies, and More: Upcoming “Horror Con” Events for 2018

Indulge in your love of horror at these horror conventions coming this spring...

Are you looking for a way to share your love of horror films with other horror film fans? Do you want to meet some of your favorite horror movie stars? Then check out these upcoming horror conventions.

Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo
April 6-8, 2018
Strongsville, Ohio

Photo Credit: Cinema Wasteland Facebook Page

For nearly 18 years, the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo has “guaranteed every fan through the door more Films and Events than anyone can actually attend over the course of the three day weekend” according to its website. At its two annual events, it attempts to re-create the drive-in and grind house movie experience by showing horror, science fiction, and other movies on real 16mm film (although it shows some movies on DVD as well).

Besides movie screenings, it offers some interactive events, including celebrity guest panels and a Guest Room that is open to attendees. Some of the celebrities scheduled to appear in April include Dee Wallace and Belinda Balaski of The Howling, horror film star P.J. Soles, and blaxploitation film star Austin Stoker.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo’s website.

Photo Credit: Cinema Wasteland Facebook Page

Spooky Empire
April 6-8, 2018
Orlando, Florida

Photo Credit: Spooky Empire Facebook Page

Spooky Empire, as its tagline puts it, provides “the darkside of comic con” to those who love horror. Its website states that its “ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for horror fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests.”

This April event is the prelude to Spooky Empire’s larger Ultimate Horror Weekend that is held in October. Its main focus is to give fans the opportunity to meet some of their favorite celebrities. On each day of the event, there will be Q&A sessions with some celebrity guests, including horror film stars Linda Blair, David Naughton, and Matthew Lillard. Celebrity guests will also be available for photo-ops and autograph signing sessions.

Spooky Empire’s April event will also feature exhibitors, vendors, artists, a tattoo festival, live entertainment, and other activities for attendees.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Spooky Empire’s website.

Photo Credit: Spooky Empire Facebook Page

Monsterpalooza
April 13-15, 2018
Pasadena, California

Photo Credit: Monsterpalooza Facebook Page

According to its website, Monsterpalooza is “the world’s longest running Celebration of the Art of Monsters & Movie Magic” and “has become internationally known as the place to be for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters.”

Beside movie screenings, there will be other interesting events. Attendees can watch live makeup demos by renowned special effects makeup artists and buy some one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia.

Another major attraction is the Monsterpalooza Museum that includes full-size creature displays, movie props, and other items produced by what the website calls “creature creators.”

Attendees can also meet some of their favorite movie stars as well as directors and makeup artists who have worked on some well-known horror and sci-fi movies and TV shows. This year some of the celebrity guests include Kyra Schon, Judith Ridley, and Judith O’Dea of Night of the Living Dead as well as Ken Foree and Tom Savini of Dawn of the Dead.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Monsterpalooza’s website.

Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo & Film Festival
April 27-29, 2018
Novi, Michigan

Photo Credit: Motor City Nightmares Website

The Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo & Film Festival is another horror convention located on the East Coast. Here is a summary of its events, which is included in a FAQ handout from its website:

Motor City Nightmares presents Michigan’s premiere Horror Convention based out of Novi Michigan! Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest icons in horror history, while shopping around for some of the newest or rarest classic horror toys, t-shirts, posters, displays, dvds, masks and other assorted goodies. Film festival Movie premieres and screenings will be included with every show, as well as special celebrity panels, and so much more.
Body Painting Workshop Example
Photo Credit: Motor City Nightmares Facebook Page

The film festival schedule will not be posted until April 1st, but some related round table discussions and workshops on various filmmaking and makeup topics have already been scheduled.

The celebrity guests that plan to appear at the Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo & Film Festival include horror film stars Linda Blair, Heather Langenkamp, Dee Wallace, and Adrienne Barbeau.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Motor City Nightmare’s website.

Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo and Film Festival Event Poster
Photo Credit: Motor City Nightmares Facebook Page

Days of The Dead
May 18-20, 2018
Charlotte, North Carolina

Days of The Dead is a horror convention tour. It consists of 5 separate conventions that will be held in 5 U.S. cities throughout 2018 and early 2019. The first Days of The Dead convention will take place in Charlotte, NC.

To get an idea about what this convention offers, read its mission statement posted on its main website:

Days of the Dead’s primary goal is to bring back the concept of the genre convention being a welcoming communal gathering of like minded friends and fans and not just another “pay-and-go” autograph show that has become an all too common (and impersonal) experience in the convention scene. Chock full of special events tailored just for the fans, an active after hours scene of horror themed parties, and a massive guest list of the hottest celebrity guests, artists, and up and coming independent film makers, Days of the Dead has already began rewriting the script and setting the bar for what a true horror convention weekend should look like.

The celebrity guests scheduled to attend the Charlotte convention include Linda Blair, Heather Langenkamp, Tony Todd, and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira Mistress of the Dark).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Charlotte Days of The Dead’s website.

For more information about the other Days of The Dead conventions, visit the main Days of The Dead website.

Photo Credit: Days of The Dead Facebook Page

Living Dead Weekend
June 8-10, 2018
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Living Dead Weekend: Monroeville Facebook Page

Living Dead Weekend is an event presented by The Living Dead Museum in Evans City, PA. (Read more about The Living Dead Museum here.) This year the museum plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead with a “40 years! – 40 Special Guests!” reunion. Most of the cast and crew of the 1978 film plan to be there, including Gaylen Ross, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, and Tom Savini.

 

The full schedule of events is not available yet, but there are plans for celebrity panels and Q&A sessions as well as an afterhours VIP Mixer Party. Another event that is already scheduled is a Dawn of the Dead Movie Location Tour in and around Monroeville Mall, the setting of the 1978 film.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Living Dead Weekend: Monroeville website.

 

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