Iconic actress and female trailblazer Pam Grier appeared at last weekend’s CT HorrorFest in Danbury, CT, where she delighted fans with stories from her legendary career. With a couple hundred fans packed into the Q&A area, Ms. Grier was greeted with a standing ovation. Grier, who appeared as one of the very first female action leads on the big screen, starred in such classics as Coffy, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, Fort Apache: The Bronx, Ghost of Mars, Scream Blacula Scream, Mars Attacks, amongst many other great films.
This past Saturday, thousands of horror fans descended upon the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT to check out the fourth annual CT HorrorFest, Connecticut’s only convention dedicated to the horror genre. By 8am, there was a line down Delay Street of folks dressed in costumes and others wearing t-shirts depicting their favorite horror films.
While the festivities didn’t technically begin until 11am, doors were opened at 10am to allow those who ordered tickets in advance an extra hour to take in the ghoulish sights inside. Those folks had first dibs on tons of vendors that were set up inside of the arena; some selling horror-related merchandise, others selling their books and still others selling films both popular and independently made. read more
Horror-core icons Twiztid, who recently started up their own record label (MNE Records), just announced that they’re ready to conquer the convention world as well. In a video posted to their Facebook page, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide announced that on the weekend of February 9-11, 2018, the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI will host Astronomicon. This con, while still being heavy on the juggalo love, will be a celebration of all pop culture in a family environment.
Twiztid’s love of all things horror will be respresented at Astronomicon, as the first three confirmed celebrity guests are Mick Foley (Big Money Hustlas), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects), and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet). While the Detroit area is home to the annual Motor City Comic Con (happening this weekend in Novi), this convention will be considerably more dark and horror-filled than its counterpart. Astronomicon will not be an answer to the Gathering of the Juggalos (happening July 26-29 in Oklahoma City, OK), which was a concern following Twiztid’s social media-heavy recent split with ICP’s Psychopathic Records. This will be more in line with Wizard World or MonsterMania. read more
The annual Rock and Shock Horror and Music Convention Weekend has descended upon the DCU Center in Worcester, MA and Horror News Network staffers Sean McLaughlin and Larry Dwyer were there to take in all of the action on Friday.
The huge venue was packed with amazing vendors, killer celebrity guests and hundreds of rabid horror fans hungry for their chance to take a picture with their favorite horror celeb and to snag some of the awesome swag being sold throughout the DCU Center. With guests including the iconic Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Cat People, etc.), Matt Liliard and Skeet Ulrich (Scream), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4&5), Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) and Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo of the smash hit Ash vs. Evil Dead, fans have no shortage of celebrity skin to feast their eyes upon. read more
This Friday through Sunday, October 14th-17th, the Rock and Shock horror and music convention roars back into the DCU Center and Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA. For 2016, the R&S organizers have lined up a killer lineup of guests and bands to satisfy each of their horror-obsessed attendees, and HNN will be there covering all of the gory action.
Rock and Shock 2016 will feature a Children of the Corn reunion (Courtney Gains and John Franklin), a mini-Scream reunion (Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard), Malcolm McDowell, HNN favorite Danielle Harris, William Forsythe, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and many more. On the music side, the main stage days are headlined by Dope, Trivium, Max & Iggor Cavalera from Sepultura, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, and ICP disciples Twiztid (a Larry Dwyer favorite), and dozens more. There will also be an Ash vs. Evil Dead screening of 3 episodes from the new season, introduced by actors Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo. Movies, costume contests, vendors, tattoo stations, panels and other spooky things round out the full slate of activities. read more