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Steel City Con- Pennsylvania’s Premier Comic Con

26197_105888466109237_1230232_nAttention comic book fans and horror nerds alike, celebrating 25 years, Steel City Con is returning to the Monroeville Convention Center Friday, April 10-Sunday, April 12th. If you’re looking for 100,000 square feet of comic and pop culture goodness, Steel City Con is the convention for you.

Who will be attending this event to make it even more special? Celebrity guests include Noah Wyle (Falling Skies), Tara Reid (Sharknado), Addy Miller (The Walking Dead), Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play), Ari Lehman (the first Jason Friday the 13th) and many more. Ari will also be doing a special meet and great that Friday the 13th fans may want to jump on.

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Autograph prices always have fans wondering how much they need to save up. Steel City Con was kind enough to supply convention goers with a list of autograph prices to help avoid sticker shock. View the autograph and photo op prices here>>> Celebrity Autograph & Photo Op Prices <<<.

Convention admission can also get a bit pricey, especially if you are bringing the whole family. For being a comic and pop culture convention, Steel City Con is quite affordable. Single day passes are only $20 and 3 day passes are only $40. 3 day pass holders also get to enter the convention at 9:30 am on Friday (30 minutes before single day pass holders). Children under 5 are FREE. Parking is also free and there are currently reduced hotel rates for the out-of-town guests. You can purchase your tickets at SteelCityCon.com/Buy-Tickets.

One of my personal favorite parts of a convention are the celebrity Q&A panels. Steel City Con is loaded with top notch panels. 3 day pass holders will see a perk here as well, you get priority seating. Find the Q&A and event schedule here>>>Q&A and Event Schedule<<<. 

Cosplayers and trivia buffs, there will be something for you as well. On Friday from noon-12:45 there will be a trivia contest with tons of great prizes up for grabs (it is open to everyone). On Sunday, there will be a costume contest from 1-3 pm. The costume contest is free to enter and there is $3,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs.

For more information on Steel City Con and how you can be a part of Pennsylvania’s Premier Comic Con, visit SteelCityCon.com.

You can keep up with Steel City Con on social media by liking the Steel City Con Facebook page and following the official twitter, @Steelcitycon.

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Chucky’s Coming To Fright Rags

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America’s favorite serial killer, possessed doll Chucky is coming to Fright Rags. Items currently available for pre-order and will be shipping in late March.

Perhaps the most impressive offer available is the Limited Edition Chucky Box Set. The set includes the Chucky v1 and v2 t-shirts, exclusive box set t-shirt, exclusive 18×24 screen printed poster and a Chucky prismatic sticker. All of these killer goodies are packaged in a Good Guy replica box measuring 25″H x 10.5″W x 6.5″D. After you unpack your merch, you can add the box to your collection. It is one of the most impressive replica boxes I have ever seen. The Limited Edition Box is $130 and is limited to 225, so grab yours before it is gone. *Chucky Doll is NOT included*

Not interested in the most awesome box set available? There are some pretty incredible t-shirts available in men’s and women’s sizes. The average cost is $27. There is also a poster available for $30 that features Chucky, but when you turn off the lights, Chucky’s voodoo chant appears over the picture.

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Pre-order your killer Chucky gear >>>HERE<<<.

Get social with Fright Rags by liking the Fright Rags Facebook Page and following them on twitter, @frightrags.

ScareFest 7 Updates: Guest Announcements, Featured Vendors and More

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ScareFest 7 is roughly only two months away now. Since the last article, there have been some changes, new additions and more announced for this year.  This year’s convention is shaping up to be the best one yet.

To kick off the exciting new announcements, I will start with the new guest additions. Joining the already impressive guest list are: Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1 & 2), Gary Busey (Silver Bullet & Predator 2), Jake Busey (The Frighteners & Stoned Age), Amy Allan (The Dead Files), Santiago Cirilo (The Walking Dead), Catherine Hicks (Child’s Play 1 & 3), Patrick Burns (Paranormal Investigator/speaker), Wickedbeard (one of the country’s top cosplayers), Circus Envy and The Deadly Sins, and Sebastian Murphy and Kay Kutta (season 2 of Spike TV’s INK MASTERS). Joining the celebrity guest will also be a few impersonators. Derek White (Louis De Pointe Du Lac impersonator) and a full show (which will be FREE) by Michael Jackson impersonator, Bobby Miller. There has also been an addition to the list of fantastic seminars, a seminar by Cold Case Investigator Todd Matthews. For full guest list, CLICK HERE .

One of my favorite parts of a conventions has to be the vendors and the awesome one of a kind finds. Some of this years featured/top vendors are: Wicked Fairytale, The Booth Brothers, The Original Pumpkin Teeth, Nora Custer Designs, Erik Stitt, Michael Kulick, Lunatick Cosmetics, Layla Cherrie and GhostStop.com. For full vendor list, CLICK HERE.

The SacreFest Film Festival is now accepting submissions. If you have a piece that you would like to enter, you can request a submission form from John Thompsett via email at jthompsett@msn.com.

New for this year is the “Bill Me Later” option. If you are using paypal to purchase your tickets, the awesome folks at ScareFest are now allowing you to choose “Bill Me Later”, so now you can reserve your passes and pay later. For more information on this new feature and to purchase passes, CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding guest announcements, new vendors, schedule changes and more, be sure to visit TheScareFest.com, like ScareFest on Facebook and follow them on twitter (you can do so by clicking the links).

Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013

I have already done a Top 10 Film list, so I think there should be a character list to accompany it.  Here is my list of Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013.

e9e7db10f6ee85e914c05f3ee0895edc-would-you-rather10) Iris (Would You Rather)

Played by the beautiful Brittany Snow, Iris is a girl trying to earn money to pay for her dying brother’s hospital bills.  While doing so, she gets thrown into the craziest game of “Would you rather” at the worst dinner party ever.  She is a great heroine.  She began the film weak and scared, but ended the lone survivor and the hero.

conjuring-Vera-Farmiga9) Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)

Lorraine Warren is obviously a real person and an iconic member of the paranormal world.  Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine beautifully in ‘The Conjuring’.  Playing the role of such an iconic figure is no doubt stressful, but Vera was just as strong on screen as Lorraine is in real life.

PHfSdQV22cQZjg_2_m8) Frank (Maniac 2013)

Elijah Wood is one of the last actors I would have pegged for praise as a serial killer, but in his role as Frank in the remake of the classic, Maniac, he was fantastic.  Frank wasn’t an unstoppable mad man killing campers, but a person with a real mental problem and some mommy issues.  He prayed on the vulnerable girls much like a real life serial killer.

curse-of-chucky-0037) Nica (Curse of Chucky)

The Child’s Play series has brought us a list of memorable characters.  The new installment brought a new list of characters for Chucky to prey on.  Nica is a wheelchair bound young woman that turns out to be one of the strongest characters in the film. Played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif, she was by far the big star of Curse of Chucky.

carrie046) Carrie White (Carrie 2013)

Carrie White is another familiar name on this list, but with the year of remakes, a lot of horror’s classic characters have gotten face-lifts.  Chloë Grace Moretz played a more extreme version of the iconic character we all know and love.  Chloë’s version of Carrie was phenomenal.  Timid and lost in the sea that is high school, but when it came to destroying her entire school and town, the 2013 Carrie was intense.

Curse_Of_Chucky_2013_UNRATED_BRRIP_480_P_cap_25) Chucky (Curse of Chucky)

Chucky had become a lot more camp than usual in Bride and Seed of Chucky, but the camp was toned down a bit for Curse of Chucky.  Brad Dourif returned as the voice of the beloved plastic psycho.  His kills were back to the off the wall kills he is famous for.

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell4) Marybeth Dunston (Hatchet III)

Danielle Harris is a name that tops horror lists of all kinds.  This year she returned in Hatchet III as the badass horror heroine, Marybeth Dunston.  She is a character that can be vulnerable one minute then the in your face southern girl the next.  I mean come on, she’s only 4’11 and she’s taking on an unstoppable ghost, and it would appear that she wins.

Jane Levy3) Mia (Evil Dead)

Mia is to Evil Dead as Ash was to The Evil Dead.  She was the first attacked and the last one standing.  For being her first horror film, Jane Levy was a natural.  She was up and down.  Starting the film as a recovering junkie and making a complete 180 becoming the hero at the end.  A character arch like that deserves some recognition.

exclusive-american-mary-clip-introduced-by-the-soska-sisters-124369-470-752) Mary Mason (American Mary)

Not many horror films go the way of a hero/villain wrapped into one character, and when they do, it is typically a male character.  The Soska Sisters changed that with American Mary by bringing us Mary Mason.  Played by Katharine Isabelle, Mary Mason created a new horror character type.  She was a girl pushed too far and went to extraordinary lengths to give herself a new, better life.  Another character that could a real life person.

Kane-Hodder-in-Hatchet-2-2010-Movie-Image-600x9011) Victor Crowley (Hatchet III)

The Hatchet Series, Adam Green and Kane Hodder can be found at the top of pretty much any list I can come up with.  My favorite horror character of 2013 was Victor Crowley of Hatchet III.  Victor, since his introduction in the first Hatchet film, has quickly become my favorite villain of the horror genre.  He is the ultimate killer.  He’s fast, strong, seems to be everywhere at once and brutal, but most of all, he is sympathetic.  He was accidentally killed by his own father when he was trying to save him from their burning house.  The Victor Crowley of Hatchet III was by far more brutal than the previous films.  Kane Hodder gave the performance of a lifetime in this role.

My Top 10 Horror Films From 2013

2013 has given us some new, impressive horror films and a few really good re-imaginings.  With the year drawing to a close, I figured it was time to give you guys my top 10 horror films of the year.

  1. Hatchet III
  2. American Mary
  3. Curse of Chucky
  4. The Conjuring
  5. Evil Dead
  6. Carrie
  7. Maniac
  8. Shiver
  9. Would You Rather?
  10. Among Friends

Movie Review: ‘Curse of Chucky’ (2013)

Curse-of-Chucky-CoverI am a huge fan of the ‘Child’s Play‘ series and when I heard about another film being added to one of my favorite franchises, I had to see it.  Now Chucky is back in a brand new murderous adventure, ‘Curse of Chucky‘.

Curse of Chucky‘ was written and directed by Don Mancini, who has written and or co-written every ‘Child’s Play‘ film to date.  It was very comforting to hear that someone so familiar with the franchise was going to be heading up this film too.

I know a lot of people have been complaining about Chucky’s new look, and I was one of those 1003808_10151648004440808_878758196_nwhen I first saw stills from the film, but I must say, watching the film the changes are actually good.  With the way that his face was changed for ‘Curse of Chucky‘, he has more ability to emote with his face.  His range of emotion is much greater in this film than it has been in the previous films.  It gives him more human qualities and gives him a more menacing appearance.  There is also an explanation given in the film for the changes to his face as well, but you’ll have to watch it to find out what it is.

The one spoiler I will give you, is that Chucky’s first kill comes within the first 20 minutes of the NECHWqjJLasPGH_1_3film.  I can not be more happy to see Brad Dourif return as the iconic voice of Chucky.  Brad is not the only Dourif in this film though, his lovely daughter Fiona Dourif plays one of the leading ladies, wheelchair bound Nica.

We can not have a ‘Child’s Play‘ film without a target for Chucky to attach himself to.  He has moved on from Andy, now it is Nica’s niece, Alice.  Playing the role of Alice is a new Curse-of-Chucky1actress named Summer H. Howell.  This little girl shows some serious promise in becoming a future scream queen.

Everyone that knows me knows that my biggest peeve with a horror film is when they really entirely on CGI.  I am happy to report, ‘Curse of Chucky‘ does not do this.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a little bit of CGI, but dummies, stunts, makeup and actors are responsible for the majority of the awesomeness on screen.

In the previous ‘Child’s Play‘ films, Chucky is more mischievous and we see him pulling all kinds of pranks and setting all of his murders up.  In ‘Curse of Chucky‘, Chucky acts like a normal doll for the majority of the film, which I like.  I think it gives more mystery to him and had a yk4C255lgreater impact on the other characters in the film.  His actions were not as predictable as they had been in previous films.  He is still the same funny character though.  He is even wittier and his potty mouth is much worse.  The kills that Chucky has in this film are not as elaborate as they were in the past, but they are still quite creative.

chuckyI love how Don Mancini wrote this film.  He created more inner conflict between the human characters in the film by keeping Chucky and his antics more secret.  These conflicts helped make the film as a whole more intense and just added to the drama and horror of having a possessed, killer doll on the loose.

I must say that the ending was quite surprising and I love how they incorporated more into the back story of Charles Lee Ray.  In ‘Curse of Chucky‘, the night that Charles Lee Ray became Chucky is much more creative and in depth than in the original ‘Child’s Play‘.  It really helps to tie the rest of the film together.  *Spoiler Alert* there is a surprise appearance by a character from the past films.

I think ‘Curse of Chucky‘ was unfairly low balled by the critics.  I loved this film and I think that the tag line “Chucky’s back and better than ever” correctly defines this film.  I give ‘Curse of Chucky‘ a 9 out of 10.