But much like horror's classic movie monster, the zombie, the spirit of horror refuses to stay dead; and fans quickly flew in to the rescue to not only salvage what was left of the event, but put together something truly special, something intimate.
Hosted by Gatorblade Films and Grindhouse Video, the Tampa Bay Screams experience will be a celebration of Tampa Bay’s Horror Film community. There will be several guest appearances from local and National film celebrities, autograph signings, VHS/DVD/BLU-RAY swap meets will grace the tables of this Horror related event. It will also showcase local comic book artists and a comic book trade show.
Don’t miss it! Its time Tampa Bay recognized its vibrant and growing Horror film and Artist community.
Appearances by Rhonda Shear (USA's Up All Night), Forbes Riley (Splatter University), Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker), Todd Sheets (Zombie Bloodbath and more).
Vendors will include Gatorblade Films, Grindhouse Video, The Sleaze Box, Cult Movie Mania and more to be announced!
More info and updates on the event can be found here
Popcorn Frights Film Festival presents the very best genre films from across the world as we celebrate the art of horror. As the first and only horror/genre festival in South Florida, we will be premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. The 2nd annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will occur August 12-14, 2016
Texas Frightmare Weekend is presented in association with FANGORIA Magazine. The event takes place annually in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. True to its motto, “The Southwest’s Premier Horror Convention”, our goal is to provide fans with an unrivaled experience by celebrating all aspects of genre films. Texas Frightmare Weekend hosts celebrity appearances, autograph signings, screenings, exclusive parties and horror memorabilia vendors from all over the country. The event is also extremely proud to have featured the rising talents of many Texas “Frightmakers” in screenings, panel discussions and Q & A’s.
After humble beginnings at the tiny Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, TFW (as it has begun to be called by attendees) is arguably the largest horror convention in the nation. The event thousands of attendees annually and has hosted genre legends such as Danny Trejo, George A. Romero, Clive Barker, Malcom McDowell, Robert Englund, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Cary Elwes and hundreds more.
In 2012 the event moved to the Hyatt Regency inside the DFW to make room for its growing fan base. The new venue provides 93,000 square feet of event space (compared to the Grapevine Convention Center at 23,500 square feet) and 800 rooms.
Days of the Dead is a by the fans, for the fans, convention which had its inaugural show July 1st - 3rd, 2011, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, located in Indianapolis, IN. The brainchild of Adolfo "Mr. Chainsaw: Dorta (From Dusk till Con), Ricardo "Del Muerto" Lara (From Dusk Till Con, 8 Bit Monsters), and Bill Philputt (Re-Evolution Management), 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.
With the first Days of the Dead being an overwhelming success, the event that was called "the most anticipated horror convention of 2011" is now poised to come back even bigger and better in 2012. With an expansion show slated for Atlanta, GA, March 9th - 11th, followed by a return to Indianapolis, IN, July 6th - 8th, Days of the Dead is poised to spread like a plague throughout the national convention scene, bringing a legion of fans new and old along for the ride.
- "I've been doing shows for 20 years, and this was one of the most enjoyable and well organized I have ever done. Thanks!" - GINGER LYNN ALLEN (Devil's Rejects, adult film star)
- "Out of every appearance I've ever done anywhere, this was by far the best!" - MARC PRICE (Trick or Treat, Family Ties)
- "Days of the Dead did it right! This is what every convention should be like." - ANDREW BRYNIARSKI (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
- "Congrats, Days of the Dead! Now THAT'S how you host a horror convention if you're trying to raise the dead!" - BRIAN STEELE (Hellboy I and II, Predators, Underworld)
- "Days of the Dead was one of the best conventions I've ever been a part of - lots of room for the huge fan turnout, easy access to everything going on, and a great hotel restaurant. I can't wait until the next one!" - PJ SOLES (Halloween, Carrie, Rock and Roll High School)
- "Days of the Dead was a blast for both the fans and the invited guests. Extremely well done!" - LITO VELASCO (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Scream: The Inside Story)
We're happy to announce that Spooky Empire will return to our old stomping grounds, the Wyndham Orlando Resort on April 1-3, 2016!! Spooky Empire Retro is bringing it back old school. Get your hotel rooms now, they are VERY limited!
Tickets and VIP packages will be on sale starting Monday, December 21st!
We expect this event to be a sell out, so make plans now!
Vendors and Exhibitors: information and applications will be available online starting Monday, December 21st. If you've already reserved a space for our original dates, we will gladly transfer your deposit over. (If you have any issues, let us know)
Room reservations at the Wyndham are available now at 1-800-421-8001 or 1-407-351-2420, just mention "Spooky Empire" to get the special rate of $110/night! Online reservations will be available by weeks end.
HAuNTcon is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, an expo and convention “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters” of every age and level of experience. HAuNTcon brings people who love Haunted Houses, Halloween and scaring people together for a fun-filled four days and nights Haunt Tours, Education, Tradeshow and Networking, rounded out by a Haunted Garage Sale and the amazing annual Costume Ball.
Past exhibitors in the tradeshow have featured haunt industry heavy-weights such as Haunted Enterprises, Fright Props, and Distortions Unlimited. Reasonable booth fees that includes electrical and internet, allows up-and-coming Haunt Industry exhibitors to get cost effective exposure to a fanatical fan base. <span
The Annual Haunted Garage sale will be held on Sunday during the tradeshow.
HAuNTcon is heavily attended by pro-haunters. HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year with the intent to grow the industry by promoting to home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts of all kinds.
Tours of more than 15 haunted houses are available to attendees during the show. The two day pre-show tour allows haunt owners an off-season look at local pro-haunts in operation, with additional spotlight tours on Friday, Sunday and Monday nights.
Over 40 hours of Haunt education is included in the 3 day trade show admission. Creative Sessions, Business Seminars, Hands-on Workshops, Makeup and Product Demonstrations all designed to provide information and teach attendees techniques to do what they do better, faster and easier. Topics range from Haunted House Marketing and Business Plans, through Cheap Scares and Haunted House Design, Actor Training and Character Development, Prop building and Set Design.
HAuNTcon is a jam packed, not to be missed, economical Haunt conference that is the best investment you can make in your haunting future. If you have a Halloween event, Haunted House or Home Haunt, or if you have a dream of someday opening a Halloween event, Haunted Attraction or yard Haunt then join others like you for more off season Halloween Fun than is allowed by law at the Haunted Attraction Tradeshow and Conference, we call HAuNTcon.