As you might imagine, we freaks here at iHorror tend to be huge fans of horror conventions. After all, where else can a horror lover meet their favorite stars, buy awesome memorabilia, hang out with like-minded maniacs, and watch kickass independent horror films in a single weekend? On that note, Spooky Empire is preparing to bring its infamous blood-soaked hijinks back to Orlando, FL this Halloween, and we’ve got the skinny on who and what you can expect to see there.
First off, here’s a tip from a long-time con attendee. If at all possible, get there when the event starts. Spooky Empire’s events draw thousands of horror fans from both in and outside the state of Florida every year, and the crowds only seem to increase in size with each passing Halloween. Getting there early will give you time to park, gather up your belongings and/or loved ones, and get inside before the lines for the biggest stars have gotten huge.
As for which genre stars Spooky Empire attendees can expect to meet this time out, the list is incredibly varied, and is likely to please just about every segment of the horror fanbase. First off, Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich – Sidney and Billy respectively – will reunite at Spooky Empire just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Scream. While the passing of Wes Craven has made this somewhat of a bittersweet milestone, the late director is likely to get a fond remembrance from the two actors.
Also attending Spooky Empire is film and TV legend Burt Reynolds, star of such films as Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Deliverance, and Striptease. One could argue how tied to the horror genre Reynolds is, but this is Burt freaking Reynolds. When Burt Reynolds says he’s willing to appear at your con, you say yes sir. Of course, those wishing to spend time hobnobbing with legends more directly tied to horror can feel free to say hi to people like zombie godfather George Romero, Candyman star Tony Todd, and director/actor/make-up virtuoso Tom Savini.
If one wishes to engage in a little bit of the ol’ ultraviolence – or at least have a spirited discussion about it – Spooky attendees can rub elbows with A Clockwork Orange and Halloween (2007) star Malcolm McDowell, share some quality time with Danny “Machete” Trejo, or perhaps have an encounter with the Warlock himself, Julian Sands.
Those who wish to see what some of their favorite child stars have grown up to look like can head over to see Pet Sematary’s Miko Hughes, or perhaps chat with The Shining’s twin terrors Lisa and Louise Burns, who are rumored to want to talk to you forever, and ever, and ever. Although not all former kid stars in attendance began life giving us nightmares, such as Child’s Play hero Alex Vincent, and the child cast of legendary musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
If all those names aren’t enough to entice you to get your Spooky on, maybe you’ll be excited to meet much of the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or the non-Jerry Dandridge leads of Fright Night, or The Devil’s Rejects’ Bill Moseley and William Forsythe, or voice of “The Cryptkeeper” John Kassir. Seriously, if you love horror, have the financial means, and choose not to attend Spooky Empire, what the heck is wrong with you?
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2015 takes place for the first time at the beautiful Hyatt Regency on International Drive in Orlando. The event is being held from October 30th-November 1st, meaning you can actually spend your Halloween night with tons of fellow fans. Tickets and VIP Packages are on-sale now.