Shockacon 2015

Shockacon returns Friday September 18th at 4pm through Sunday September 20th at 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Rose Siggins and Drew Rin Varick from American Horror Story: Freak Show; Bai Ling from The Crow; Jeryl Prescott and Adam Minarovich of Walking Dead; Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th; John “Trapper” Tice from Mountain Monsters.  Artist Chris Woodall, JR Earls, Ryan Byrd, and Atrophy Comics; writer Daniel Boyd and Edward Holsclaw; bands the Cryptoids, Argyle Goolsby, The Big Bad, Hurl Brickbat, and the Renfields; performers Riveting Roses, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, comedian Sam Canterbury, belly dancer Bint il Nahar, Downhome Decadence; cosplayers Dalek Gan, WV Ghostbusters, Santana, Bunny Bombshell; filmmakers Ronn Smith (Doctor Who fan film), Dakota Skye, Scott Gregg (Razor Sharp), RAK films; Cemetery Knights, zombie response vehicle, tarot reader Rachael Fortune, Dracula audio drama, guest speakers Tiffany Steele, David Cruikshank, Adam Edwards, Frank Curci, and Kennie Bass.

There will be a costume parade through the Town Center mall on Saturday at noon, a drink and paint, Q&As with various guests, cosplay panels, music performances, horror trivia contest, horror writers workshop, scream contest, zombie survival panel, costume contest on Saturday, performances from Rocky Horror and Repo! the Genetic Opera, craft workshops, and more.  Sunday is Kids Day with reduced prices, junior Ghostbuster training, kids mask workshop, kids costume contest and other fun activities.  Aftershock party at the Blue Parrot on Capitol Street on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-reg before 9/15 is $45 for weekend, $20 for Friday or Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  At door prices are $50 for weekend, $25 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  You can get VIP pass for $125 that comes with a t-shirt, preferred seating at events, on autograph ticket, gift bag, and line skip ability.

All fans of horror, makeup, and off kilter entertainment should give the show a look over.

Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs

The Resort at Glade Springs at Daniels near Beckley presents, for the 5th year, Fright Nights 2014.  Frights Nights is an outdoor haunted attraction open rain or moonlight.  It has been voted #1 Haunted Attraction in Southern WV for the last three years.  Open Friday and Saturday from October 10th to November 1st open from 7pm to 10:30pm.

New this year is Movie Mayhem Haunted Trail  at the haunted Glade Springs Theater.

3D Nightmare is 5000 square feet of floating walls, moving floors, and terror around every corner that will mess with your head while wearing 3D glasses.  Things are twice as big this year.

Also new is Uncle Hershel’s Ride of Terror, ride around the dark woods in a hayride as you go to visit Uncle Hershel.

And of course the live action apocalyptic event Zombie Hunt.  Join a laser tag zombie game for you and your friends.

Dickey’s BBQ will serving BBQ and beef brisket chili on site.  Small Talk Cafe will have sweets and snacks there as well.

Also this year Foley Orthodontics presents a No-Scare-Trick-or-Treat on October 26th from 4pm-6pm. Experience the Movie Mayhem Haunted Trail with Treats and no Tricks. Come with your family in costume and bring a bag to collect treats on the trail. Tickets are $5 per person for everyone over three and free for kids two and under.

Tickets are are as followed: $10 for Zombie Hunt, $15 for Movie Mayhem and 3D Nightmare or Uncle Hershel’s Ride of Terror, $25 for Movie Mayhem and 3D Nightmare with fast pass, $30 for a combo ticket of all events, and $45 for combo ticket with fast pass.  Groups of 20+ can get 20% discount per ticket if ordered on the website as one order.  $1 from every ticket will be donated to the United Way.

Get one nights lodging on Friday, breakfast, and a Fright Nights combo ticket for one $62 per person at the Glades Springs Resort.

This is something fans of haunted attractions, zombie hunting, and general terror are going to want to go see.

Shockacon 2014

Shockacon the horror/sci-fi convention returns to the Beni Kedem Shrine Center (next to the Civic Center) in Charleston on Friday September 26-28.

Guests for this year’s con are actors Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween), Fred Williamson (football player, Dusk till Dawn), Vernon Wells (Road Warrior, Power Rangers), Jennifer Lynn Warren (American Horror Story), John Carl Buechler (special effects artist), Erika Eleniak (Playboy, Dracula 3000), Moses J. Moseley & Theshay West (Walking Dead), Taso Stavrakis (stuntman, makeup artist), David Crawford (Dawn of the Dead), and cosplayer Santana. Local guests Missy Dawn (Porkchop, Pig Girl), Eamon Hardiman (Porkchop, Zombie Babies), Ron Smith (Doctor Who: The Classic Years Regenerated), Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead), writers Daniel Boyd (Chillers, Carbon), Edward A. Holsclaw II, Rich Bottles Jr (Hellhole West Virginia), K. Michael Gibson (Dead Pulse Rising), cosplayer Elsa Littlepage, several stand up comedians, guest speakers Rudy Panucci (PopCult Blog), Mel Larch (Zombie Research Society), Tiffany Steele (costume FX), Lee Harrah (evolution of the zombie), Chris Woodall (artist), Alaina Damewood (exorcist), and Adam Edwards (prop builder).

Rock bands Renfields, the Big Bad, and the Jasons.  Costume groups WV Ghostbusters, 501st Legion Squad Corella, and Mandalorian Mercs. Get some photo ops with Dalek Gan, a TARDIS, Zombie Killer Motorcycle, Zombie Response Vehicle, and custom hearses by the group Cemetery Knights.

There will be panels, Q&As with guests, music performances, movie showings, workshops, stand up comedy, Wayward girls School of Burlesque performance Friday night, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow on Saturday night, and more.  On Saturday there will be a Costume Parade that starts at noon and will proceed through the first level of the Charleston Town Center and back to Shockacon.  There are two costume contests, one for 13 and up on Saturday at 4pm and one for 13 and under on Sunday 2pm.  There will be Scream Contests twice each day, each one limited to first 15 entries.

Also an after party at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday night .

Tickets at the door are $50 for the weekend, $22 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $16 for Sunday.  Kids 6 and under get in free with an adult.  Show Hours are Friday 3:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, and Sunday 10:30am-4pm.  The vendor area closes at 8pm each day.

The place to go for horror fans.

Zombiefest WV

Zombiefest is a zombie festival and run operated by The Haunted Barn.  It will be May 10th at Camp Virgil Tate in the Charleston area.

Things start with a 5k obstacle course through woods starting at 7am.  A 5k mountain bike starts over the same course at noon.  At 4pm the zombie run of the same course starts, an obstacle course with zombies chasing you all along the way to steal your life flags.  All you have to do is make it to the finish line with one life flag left.  Cash prizes and awards will be handed out for all the races.  First 1500 to pre-reg for the zombie run get a free zombie run t-shirt.

After all the running and biking then the apocalypse after party starts.  You can hang with special guests at the event: horror legend Tom Savini, actor, stuntman, director,special effects and makeup artist; Tyler Mane, Sabertooth from X-Men movie, Michael Myers in the Halloween remake; Tamara Glynn, Samantha Thomas in Halloween 5; Savana Jade Wehunt and Jeremy Ambler of The Walking Dead; Goldie Fatale and Andie Noir of Fatale Noir Productions; and professorial wrestler The Stro. There will be Zombie Laser Tag provided by Fright nights of Glade Springs Resort, vendors, concession stands with beer.  There will be concerts by Gage, Dead Serious, The Renfields, Fully Justified, Stych N Tyme, and Bobaflex.  Nice line up for hard rock fans.

Registration for the Zombie Run is $75,  regular 5k run is $55, and the bike run is $45.  All tickets include the after party; I think, at least the zombie run does.  Spectator tickets are $20, these do let you into the after party.  They still have room for anyone interested in being a vendor for $250.

Yet another event out there for zombie lovers.  Though those who just like to party should also find it nice.

 

Parkersburg Premiere and Party for Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies

Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies is an indy film about professional wrestlers fighting zombies.  It was filmed in Parkersburg, using several locals and directed by Cody Knotts.  The big local première is this week, so if you like wrestling and/or zombies you are going to want to get to these events.  The movie is getting a lot of buzz and listed as one of the top zombie films of the year on IMDB.

Things start off on Thursday May 27th at the West Virginia National Guard Armory in Parkersburg.  Rowdy Roddy Piper, WWF legend and star of the film, will be there signing autographs for free.  Admission is also free.  Jeremy Ambler, WV native and zombie on the Walking Dead and the movie, will also be there.  The event goes from 6pm till 9pm.

The big Premiere of the movie is on Friday May 28.  It takes place at the Parkersburg High School auditorium starting at 5pm.  Several of the stars of the film will be there; Roddy Piper, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, and Kurt Angle.  Jeremy Ambler will be at this too.  You will be able to buy a limited edition DVD release of the film, other zombie merch, and play zombie contests for prizes.  Concessions will be sold by Parkersburg HS JROTC.

General Admission tickets for the film is $20.  VIP Tickets are $50 and allow you into a pre-party autograph signing and movie poster.  Super Fan Tickets are $100 and get you a free copy of the movie, t-shirt, and same stuff as VIP.

You can watch the trailer to help decide if you want to go or not.  I saw some clips last summer and the movie does the whole zombie thing as a small group instead of a full apocalypse which I really l like.  Plus lots of action.

 

Another Zombie Prom

Kanawha Players Theater will be hosting its 2nd annual Zombie Prom on Saturday, August 10 at their theater in Charleston.   The prom will be a cheesy combination of nostalgic high school tradition with zombie fandom.  It goes from 9pm till midnight.

They will have refreshments, music, contests, prizes, attractions, and performances throughout the night in a family friendly environment.  They will be offering free zombie make-up if you do not know, or want to do, your own.  It will be available between 8pm and 9pm, before the prom.  You will be given a chance to vote for your favorite choose of Zombie Prom King and Queen.  Plus prizes for best costume and a brain eating contest.

The Master of Ceremonies for the prom is Vincent Renfield.  The Haunted Barn will be offering their Coffin Rides.  A selection of hearses from the Cemetery Knights Hearse Club will be on display.  A performance by the Wayward Girls School of Burlesque.  They will be offering prom photos from Mike Winland Studios.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Pre-register or buy at door.

Another chance for you zombie fans to show off and party.

Zombie Prom in Souther WV

Yet another event I learn about at the last minute.  Glade Springs Resort in Raleigh County is hosting their 1st Zombie Prom this Saturday night, July 27th.  It is a chance to dress in your best prom or zombie (or both) clothes.  They have arranged a “professional blood splatter-er” to help give people a zombie look.  I think they mean make-up artist and if not I would like to know how you become a “professional blood splatter-er.”

There will be dancing, with music provided by a DJ, some snacks, a cash bar, and a chance to vote the Zombie King and Queen of the prom.  Plus the Haunted Barn will have their Last Ride casket rides, a solo experience in a wooden casket.

“With shows like Walking Dead, people are really into the zombies all year long, not just at Halloween so we decided to throw this Zombie Prom, you can get dressed up like a zombie going to prom or just a zombie in general.” Glade Springs Resort Creative Director Ashley Davis said.

The event is for 16 and up.  Things will get started at 8pm and goes till midnight.  Admission is $10 at the door, no advance tickets available.

A chance for zombie lovers to go have fun together.