Hello, Ghouls! Are some of you European horror fans tired of seeing some very cool horror conventions being announced and then having your hopes dashed when you scroll down after seeing pictures and meet & greets of your horror heroes, but said event is taking place over the pond?
Well, whilst we have lots of love for all the wonderful work that is put into making horror conventions so cool and memorable in the US, European audiences hardly get their fare share. Guess what… that’s about to change this summer.
HorrorCon UK, based in Sheffield, England (just a three-hour drive from London), is hosting its second convention after a terrific and horrific 2015 show that saw appearances from legends such as Tom Savini, Ken Foree, Caroline Munro, and Bill Moseley. This edition, though, is set to top that – just look who’s coming to dinner…
First up is the one and only Kane Hodder, who has starred as Jason Voorhees in four of the 12 Friday the 13th movies to date. Hodder has also starred as Victor Crowley in the wickedly gory trilogy of Hatchet films amongst a slew of other memorable roles as both an actor and a stuntman.
If meeting Jason isn’t enough, how about another legendary horror icon? Pinhead anyone? Doug Bradley, most famous for the terrifying Hellraiser films, will be at HorrorCon UK; and hopefully he won’t be tearing your soul apart just yet. But he will be available for a cool meet & greet.
Scream queen Linnea Quigley, who has starred in everything from cult classic The Return of the Living Dead to Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl O’ Rama, not to mention being one of the souls to rip through Freddy Krueger’s body at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, will make her UK DEBUT!
David Naughton from An American Werewolf in London will be clawing and howling his way to Sheffield. Naughton is also remembered for his starring roles in John Carpenter’s Body Bags and was recently seen in “American Horror Story.”
Legendary horror writer Shaun Hutson will also be making a welcome appearance. Author of the classic Slugs, Hutson has been busy penning some delightful tales from the Hammer Horror vaults of late, including Twins of Evil and The Revenge of Frankenstein.
Graham Masterton, ex-Penthouse editor, will also be on hand; and there are still some guests yet to be announced. During the two-day event you’ll be able to not only meet the guests, obtain autographs, and take photos, but also chat with your heroes. As if all that weren’t enough, there will be question and answer sessions; and after you’re done hanging out with horror royalty, you’ll have the chance to watch professional FX makeup artists at work, and there will be many stalls selling horror merchandise including Blu-rays and DVD’s.
Okay, enough already! You want to go, right? Well, the lovely folk at HorrorCon UK have given Dread Central a pair of tickets to attend Sunday, July 10th. You just need to answer a very simple question (see below).
For all of you that are unlucky this time but are in the vicinity, get your asses down to HorrorCon UK, which takes place the weekend of July 9-10. Tickets are just £19.95 for one day and can be purchased at horrorconventions.co.uk.
To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “HORRORCON UK COMPETITION” in your subject line and your answer to the question below. We’ll take care of the rest.
How many Friday the 13th films have been made?
This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on June 4th and is open to UK RESIDENTS ONLY. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.
The winner will be notified by email. Good luck!
UK Readers: Win a Copy of WINCHESTER on DVD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!
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.
Contest: Win an Autographed ISLAND ZERO Poster
Next week sees the release of the indie horror film Island Zero and since we’re heading into summer and we’re feeling like venturing to a lovely island ourselves, we thought it’d be fun to offer three of you the chance to win the film’s poster signed by Tess and Josh Gerritsen! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below and you’ll be sorted!
“Inhabitants of a fishing island off the coast of Maine find themselves mysteriously cut off from the outside world after the ferry suddenly stops coming. All the phones have gone dead, and every boat sent to the mainland fails to return. When dead bodies turn up along the water’s edge, the hardy band of survivors must find out who, or what, is killing them.”
Written by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen and directed by her son Josh, Island Zero stars Laila Robins, Adam McLaughlin, Teri Reeves, Anabel Graetz, Richard Sewell, Stephanie Atkinson, and introducing Elaine Landry. It was produced by Mariah Klapatch.
The film comes to VOD on May 15.
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