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Albany, NY Announces Three Nights of Horror with FantaCon 2013 This September



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It’s a few pages away on the calendar, but we just got word there’s a new festival in town, and that town is Albany, NY. Scheduled for September, FantaCon, which was originally held in 1979 in Albany, is returning to the Empire State in 2013 for an all new weekend of excitement.

The guest list is already impressive, and they’ve got some great classic films to show in Albany’s beautiful Palace Theater. Check out all the info below, and if you dig it, you can get your tickets here.

For more info and a full guest list, visit the official FantaCon 2013 website, “like” FantaCon 2013 on Facebook and follow FantaCon 2013 on Twitter (@FantaCon2013).

From the Press Release
FantaCon 2013 is a celebration of horror and fantasy in film, TV, comic books, toys, music and books for all ages! The convention will be held September 14 and 15 at the Marriott at 189 Wolf Road in Albany. At FantaCon you will find thousands of fans meeting with established and aspiring film stars, television actors, comic book artists, illustrators, authors, special effects artists, producers, directors, writers and filmmakers. In addition there will be over 100 vendors selling collectables of all kinds.

For 2013, with the unprecedented popularity of zombies, FantaCon will have a first for the Albany area. Members of the cast of the original 1968 zombie film that started it all, Night of the Living Dead, will gather for the film’s 45th anniversary.

Come join the convention that draws fans from all over the country! After all, where else could you find the first actor that played horror icon Jason Voorhees rubbing shoulders with the co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

FantaCon’s Three Nights of Horror at the Palace Theatre
Thursday September 12 at 7:30 PM
FantaCon presents the 45th anniversary cast reunion of Night of the Living Dead at the Palace Theatre. It is appropriate that the 45th anniversary celebration takes place at the Palace, which was one of just a few theatres on the East Coast to premiere the film in 1968! In fact the weekend receipts for the Palace showing were utilized in advertising the film nationally for the second week bookings. This very special evening will start with an on-stage Q & A panel discussion with stars John Russo, Russ Streiner, Judy O’Dea, Kyra Schon, George Kosana and Judith Ridley, followed by the big screen showing of the original 1968 film. Come see the landmark zombie film that started the current zombie mania.

Friday, September 13 at 7:30 PM
FantaCon presents the Friday the 13th celebration at the Palace Theatre. The evening will begin with the big screen showing of the original 1980 Friday the 13th film introduced by Ari Lehman who played the original Jason Voorhees. The screening will be followed by a fun-filled live concert with the band First Jason starring Ari Lehman!

Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 PM
FantaCon Presents Zombie Fest at the Palace Theatre! In case you haven’t noticed, zombies have become all the rage! Here are three all-time fan favorite zombie films: Zombie (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1990 version), Return of the Living Dead (1985).

Tickets are just $13 per show. Special ticket with admission to all 3 shows is just $30. VIP tickets to the Friday the 13th show are $50 and will allow a very limited number of fans to meet Ari Lehman for autographs and for some special items made just for VIP ticket holders!

Albany, NY Announces Three Nights of Horror with FantaCon 2013 This September

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Kip Weeks, Original Man in the Mask, Slashes The Strangers: Prey at Night




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But we can’t give sequels a free pass to be mediocre either. For example, the response to the follow-up to Bryan Bertino’s home invasion masterpiece, The Strangers: Prey at Night, recently debuted to extremely mixed reviews. Pessimists bemoan, “What did you expect? Most sequels are unabashed cash-grabs!” In the case of The Strangers, I expected a lot more.

Fans of the 2008 shocker have been clamoring for a sequel for years, but no one wanted the wait to end with the unceremonious dispatches of some of the 21st Century’s most iconic new villains. I’m talking about the titular Strangers themselves, the murderous trio dubbed Dollface, Pin-Up, and The Man in the Mask.

While attempts to give characters like Michael Myers and Leatherface backstories have backfired by turning manifestations of evil into melodramatic anti-heroes (thus demystified and deflating their sources of terror), such an endeavor isn’t always a liability. In the case of Prey at Night, it should have been considered a necessity. The first Strangers concluded with hints that Dollface was conflicted; simultaneously, the juxtaposition of Mormon missionaries hinted at cultish motivations (beyond the infliction of random acts of violence).

While the unknown was key to the terror of The Strangers, it was a one trick pony; the franchise could only flourish with an expansion of the implied mythology created in 2008. Of course, Prey director Johannes Roberts’ decision to assassinate these compelling masked invaders proves he really had no intention of turning Bertino’s original into a franchise, something that left me feeling extremely disheartened.

And I’m not the only one; among the lambasts of fans and critics comes a vocal response from the original Man in the Mask, Kip Weeks (replaced by Damian Maffei in Prey). I caught up with him after he chimed in on a negative review in Variety. And lest you think it’s a case of sour grapes, I wouldn’t be sharing his insights if I didn’t agree fully.

Dread Central: We were all bummed the original Strangers actors weren’t recast. Now that Prey at Night has premiered to mostly negative reviews, can we get your thoughts? Specifically, why does Prey fail where the original Strangers succeeded?

Kip Weeks: I had a long back and forth with one of the producers. I told him, “You destroyed an art form.”

DC: Did you give him any specifics?

KP: I told him: “You have no idea what it means to create a character from its core. You made a piece of shit, jump scare movie without realizing you had gold in your hands.”

DC: What should the producers have done differently?

KP: They could have made a movie about “The Strangers”: where they came from and why they became killers. Instead, they made it about some bullshit family and wasted Christina Hendricks’ acting skills. The fans wanted depth and story and honesty. They gave them shit.


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One of the bloodiest and most raucous films to play in SXSW Convention’s Midnighters section was Rooster Teeth’s Blood Fest, a film about a horror festival that turns out to be the setting of a murder spree at the hands of a maniacal ringleader, played by Owen Egerton. So, who better to tell us about the horrors endured at such a festival than the cast of the film themselves!

In our video interview, we got stars Seychelle Gabriel, Robbie Kay, Barbara Dunkelman, and Jacob Batalon to tell us all about being covered in blood and vomit, what it’s like being a part of a horror movie, and what it’s like seeing women who kick ass alongside men. All of that and more can be seen in the video above!

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Blood Fest stars Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman, Tate Donovan, Nick Rutherford, Chris Doubek, Rebecca Wagner, and Zachary Levi.


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Ryan Murphy Confirms Kathy Bates and Evan Peters Return for American Horror Story Season 8



I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed the last season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.” The fact that “AHS: Cult” was the first season without anything supernatural going on was a welcomed change of pace for me.

Which brings us to the upcoming eighth season of the FX series, which is set in the future and rumored to be titled “American Horror Story: Radioactive.”

Turns out that not only will Sarah Paulson be back for more blood and butchery, but series mainstays Evan Peters and Kathy Bates (pictured right; “Freak Show”) will be back in on the gory good times as well.

Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do,” Murphy told EW. “So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year.”

Bates sat out the last season due to her role in the Netflix weed comedy “Disjointed,” but since that show recently got the axe, Bates is free to rejoin her “AHS” family.

Oh, and speaking of the above-mentioned possible Season 8 title “AHS: Radioactive,” Murphy spoke to EW about that as well, saying, “I heard about that rumor. Well, that’s based on a fact that we’ve cleared a lot of titles for that show. It’s an interesting idea. I can neither confirm nor deny.”

Thanks, Ryan. How excited are you for the return of Bates, Peters, and Paulson (folk band name, called it) to Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story”? Let us know below!


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