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Event Report: Horror Realm, Pittsburgh, PA

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If you weren’t in Pittsburgh this past weekend, you missed one helluva good show. In fact, now that the alcohol has worn off, I find myself inundated with cool swag, great (if fuzzy) memories, and lots to write about. So here’s how it all went down from September 18th-20th, 2009.

Horror Realm

Friday we arrived just in time for the start of the movie Prometheus Triumphant and the first author panel, which featured Jonathan Maberry, James Melzer, and Rob Fox. Following them, Joe Knetter discussed the short film “Thirsty” based on his short story of the same name while Prey for the Beast showed in the movie room and authors David Dunwoody, Steven North, Kim Paffenroth, and Paul McConnel read from and discussed their newest books. At around 8pm, when the last of the straggling guests arrived, the cast of Pittsburg’s It’s Alive! appeared for their panel and, after a few moments of frozen posing, realized they were going to have to actually do something. So they answered questions while performing one of their “Chef Chicken” segments and made a damned fine buffalo chicken dip. The rest of the evening was taken up by the movie Die-Ner and a selection of shorts by “Bastard of Horror.” It was also about this time that people began slipping off, alcohol began to flow, and the convention really started to get into swing.

Day Two began with a makeup demonstration by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, author panels by S.G. Brown, J.L. Bourne, Travis Adkins, and D.L. Snell, and film panels with Ken Foree, Scarlet Salem, and Jeff Lieberman. All the while, there was a horror trivia contest, a tattoo contest, and a costume contest (the winners to be announced later). As the sun went down, local Pittsburgh band The Devilz in the Detailz played the poolside party. Once they were done, Robert “Maniac Cop” Z’Dar and Tiffany Shepis took over the guitar and microphone, respectively, for a little while. Then it was back to the movie room for the world premiere of Ken Foree’s new movie Zone of the Dead (review forthcoming).

The last day of the con brought with it hangovers and satisfied faces, but they weren’t done yet. Authors Robert Best, Rhiannon Frater, Kody Boye, Eric S. Brown, yours truly Scott A. Johnson, and Z.A. Recht read from their latest works while movies Holy Shit! Zombies! and Demons Among Us played in the next room. Ken Foree, Bill Moseley, and Leslie Easterbrook also held the final film panel of the weekend.

While Horror Realm may seem like a small convention, it actually is the mutated and expanded form of Zombie Fest. This being the first year of its expansion, there was an amazing amount of fans in attendance, and the promoters, sponsors, and wranglers all did an admirable job of making sure things ran smoothly. The convention promises to get bigger and better next year, which means that people should start making plans to be in Pittsburgh now. It’ll be happening again September 17-19 in 2010.

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

Synopsis:
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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The Saw Chapter Comes to Dead By Daylight January 23!

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Time to play a game of Dead by Daylight! We told you last week that none other than Jigsaw would be coming to the hit PC and console game, and today we have a brand new trailer for you detailing what to expect when the hardest working corpse in cinema history gets digitized for an all-new adventure.

Let’s Play a Game… The Pig is here to create a whole new version of hell for all Survivors. Mentored by Jigsaw, she comes carrying Reverse Bear Traps into the Realm of the Entity. So if you’re gonna play, you have to accept that the stakes are high. The SAW Chapter comes with a New Killer (The Pig), a new Survivor (David Tapp), and a new Map (Gideon Meat Plant).

Jigsaw joins the previously released original killers alongside Freddy Krueger 2010, Michael Myers, and Leatherface.

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