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All right, kiddies, the first ever Fear Fest convention, co-sponsored by Pit of Horror and Dread Central, is upon us! Doors open on Friday, March 23rd at 6pm and the madness continues through till Sunday night! It’s going to be epic, to say the least!

Some last minute additions to the guest list; we have just confirmed Richard Tyson (Big Bad Wolf, Plane Dead and Sin-Jin Smyth to name a few), Bob Ivy (the title character from Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep!) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (’74) writer Kim Henkel for the show! Be sure to hit the official Fear Fest site for the entire guest list!

We’ve got the final schedule ready for your perusal; make sure you plan your time with us accordingly! Dig it:

FRIDAY
6PM – 11PM: VENDOR ROOM AND CELEBRITY ROOMS OPEN.
MIDNIGHT – THE FUNHOUSE

SATURDAY:

12:00: Fear Fest Welcome

12:15: Sin-Jin Smyth panel with writer/director Ethan Dettenmaier and star Jacqueline Moore

12:45: Abominable panel w/ writer/director Ryan Schifrin & producer Theresa Schifrin

1:15: Feast panel with director John Gulager, star Diane Goldner, writers Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton

1:45: Tobe Hooper Q & A and award presentation with the legendary director

2:30: Men Behind the Mask 1 panel w/ Tony “Michael Myers Pt.1” Moran, Don “Michael Myers Pt.5” Shanks, James “Frank the Bunny” Duvall, Walter “Dr. Satan” Phelan

3:00: Horror’s Hallowed Grounds host/creator Sean Clark and director Andrew Kasch screen the unreleased “uncut” version of the Halloween episode.

3:45: The Hills Have Eyes 2 panel w/ star Michael Bailey Smith

4:15: Leatherface panel w/ Gunnar Hansen, Bill Johnson, R.A. Mihailoff & Andrew Bryniarski

5:00: Joe Knetter If you haven’t had the chance to take in one of Knetter’s readings you are in for a treat. Sit back, crack open a cold one and enjoy the sickness.

5:30: Job panel w/ writer/director John Gray, writer Spencer Gray, stars Lee Perkins and Joe Knetter

6:00: Going to Pieces panel w/ with producer Rudy Scalese

7:00: Ballroom closes

7:30: Dinner with the Stars in Ballroom B (separate admission)

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 1 & 2 W/THE CAST FROM BOTH FILMS. 10PM – 2AM

SUNDAY:

12:00: The Sick panel Hosted By: Father Joey from the Father Joey Radio show Featuring Writer/Director Spencer Gray | CM Byerly | Timm Scalita | Duane Craig Stars: Hip-Hop Sensations Latino Saint & Rhansum.

12:30: Wrong Turn 2 panel w/ w/ director Joe Lynch & Ken Kirzinger (featuring a never before seen trailer for the sequel!)

1:00: The Tripper panel w/ director David Arquette and star Jason Mewes

1:30: Joe Dante Q & A with the legendary director

2:00: Men Behind the Mask 2 panel w/ Ari “Jason Voorhees Pt.1” Lehman, Steve “Jason Voorhees Pt.2” Dash, Richard “Jason Voorhees Pt.3” Brooker, and Andrew “The Djinn” Divoff

2:30: Hatchet panel w/ writer & director Adam Green, stars Tony Todd & Kane Hodder

3:00: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reunion panel w/ stars Gunner Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, John Dugan, writer Kim Henkel and cameraman Lou Perryman

3:45: Live Feed panel w/director Ryan Nicholson and first news on Gutterballs

4:00: Auction! Come bid on some amazing items including an original Dimebag Darrell guitar, a pearl signature series drum from Vinnie Paul and a signed custom Schecter Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning!

See you in Texas!

Johnny Butane

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UK Readers: Win a Copy of WINCHESTER on DVD

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With Winchester heading to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on May 28, we’ve giving three lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the supernatural horror film on DVD. For your chance to win, you’ll need to answer the following question correctly.

How many years did it take to build the Winchester house?

A. 38 years
B. 12 years
C. 100 years

Email your answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Winchester Competition” in your subject line, and we’ll take care of the rest. The competition closes on May 28, and please don’t enter if you live outside the UK.

Winchester was directed by the Spierig Brothers, and was co-distributed by Lionsgate and CBS Films. It stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren alongside Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, and Angus Sampson.

Winchester Official Synopsis
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric firearm heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, it is a house that knows no end.

Renowned for its enormous size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan, the Winchester house was constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades. It stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms with numerous oddities. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

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Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!

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Hey Los Angeles readers! We’ve got a pretty amazing contest available for you as we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to a random select few of you so that you can see the film at its premiere where writer/director Leigh Whannell and stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel will be in attendance! The event will be held at the Egyptian Theater the evening of May 30. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Invitation) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film is released through BH Tilt.

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AHS 8 Will Be More Like ASYLUM and COVEN

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News has been steadily coming in regarding the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story. It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the new season, which begins shooting this June.

And today we have word via Deadline regarding just what the tone will be for this new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive.

It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season,” Murphy said. “We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the grounded tone of AHS: Cult and I think it helped rejuvenate the series. But then again, a return to the tone of perhaps the show’s most beloved season (AHS: Asylum) is just what the series needs in the long run.

Are you excited to hear AHS 8 will be going back to the tone of Asylum and Coven? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

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