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Monday, January 30, 2017

Announcement: Horror Realm Spring Convention STARTS FRIDAY!!!


Horror Realm, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, returns to the Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh (500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15205 / 412-922-8400)  this weekend, Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 5th.

Tickets are $100 for VIP, $40 for weekend, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday.  Active duty military and veterans receive one free single day admission with valid ID. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online through Showclix .

The hotel itself features ample free parking, an indoor pool & whirlpool and on-site convenience store/snack shop.  A special group room rate of $109 plus tax per night is being offered. Details are available at www.horrorrealmcon.com.

This year’s show brings an interesting mix of actors from some of horror fans’ favorite 80’s and 90’s films, including:
  • Diane Franklin – Ms. Franklin is an actress and producer best known for the role of foreign exchange student Monique in the 1985 teenage comedy “Better Off Dead”.  She has also appeared in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and horror films “Amityville II: The Possession” and “TerrorVision”.  Television appearances include guest spots on “Matlock”, “Murder She Wrote” and “Freddy’s Nightmares”.
  • Reggie Bannister – Musician, actor, screenwriter and activist Reggie Bannister is best known for his starring role as the intrepid ice cream vendor-turned hero in the action-horror series, “Phantasm” (I through IV). His career spans over 40 years in television, film and entertainment with a varied background that includes writing, acting and music.  Joining Mr. Bannister is his wife, Gigi “Fast Elk” Bannister, director/actress/producer/special effects artist who has appeared in “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp”.
  • Jill Schoelen - Jill Schoelen’s acting career began on “The Best of Times”, a TV pilot which starred Crispin Glover and Nicholas Cage.  She then appeared in the films “DC Cab” and “Thunder Alley”, before finding a niche in 80s horror films including Wes Craven’s TV movie “Chiller”, “The Stepfather”, “Popcorn” and “Cutting Class”.
  • Brinke Stevens – An actress, model, writer and producer who is the quintessential “Scream Queen”, Brinke Stevens has appeared in more than 150 horror films, including “Slumber Party Massacre” and “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama”. 
Other guests include:
  • Allan Trautman – actor & puppeteer best known to horror fans as Tarman in “Return of the Living Dead”, puppeteer for Mr. Floppy in TV’s “Unhappily Ever After”, and voice actor in “The Jungle Book”
  • William Butler – writer, director and actor known for “Night of the Living Dead (1990)”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”, “Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust” and “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver”
  • Suzanne Snyder – “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, “Seinfeld”, “Weird Science”, “Night of the Creeps”
  • Tuesday Knight – actress & singer of the title theme for “Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master”
  • Tiffany Shepis – returning fan favorite who has appeared in many films including “Sharknado 2: The Second One”, “Tales of Halloween”, “Nightmare Man”
The convention features a 10,000 square foot dealer room with vendors selling horror themed merchandise such as DVDs, collectible figures, t-shirts, posters, jewelry and clothing; a film program; celebrity Q&A sessions; costume and tattoo contests and parties. 

This year’s convention is sponsored in part by Pop Culture Comics, a family-owned business in Pittsburgh located on Mt Royal Boulevard, offering a range of new and second-hand pop culture merchandise and comic books. They are an authorized retailer for DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse Comics, NECA, Mezco Toyz and more. Founded with an enthusiasm for the 1980s, Pop Culture Comics hopes to become your go-to shop for both new and old collectibles, trades, toys, original movie posters, and comics. 

For more information, please visit the Horror Realm Official Website, Horror Realm Facebook Page, Horror Realm on Twitter, and Horror Realm on Instagram

About Horror Realm:
Horror Realm, serving the horror community since 2009, produces an annual horror convention in Pittsburgh, PA.  In addition to the conventions, Horror Realm also produces horror-themed entertainment and charity events in the area, including film screenings, author signings and art shows.  Charities supported by Horror Realm have included Scares That Care, Fix The Chapel, Friends of the Hollywood Theater, The Bradley Center, Animal Rescue League, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Community Human Services, Myasthenia Gravis Association, Mainstay Life Services. Shepherd Wellness Community. Wounded Warriors Project, National Kidney Foundation, Colon Cancer Alliance, Officer Rocco Fund and The Proper Pit Bull.  Social media links:  www.horrorrealmcon.com; www.facebook.com/HorrorRealmCon; www.twitter.com/HorrorRealmCon;  https://www.instagram.com/horror_realm_convention/

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