Thursday, June 07, 2018

CHC '18: The Best of the Fest' at this Year's Calgary Horror Convention

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The Calgary Horror Convention has been running for eight years, now. This year's event ran from June 2nd to the 3rd. The convention brings lots of interesting things and people to a very large event centre, in Calgary's north-east. The 2018 event brought a number of special events, to horror fans. As well, there were lots of vendors in attendance. This event also hosted lots of celebrities, for panels and photographs. And, the Calgary Horror Con' continues to bring horror fans together for a great time.

There were a few special events this horror fan managed to get to. There was a V.I.P. meet and greet to start the convention, on the Friday. Horror fans could meet some of the celebrities, here. There was also an early screening of the psychological horror film The Basement (2018) on Sunday. This showing was truly gruesome as mentioned in a previous article and review. There was also a costume contest, to close out the show. Fans were dressed as the villain from the latest It (2017) film. Others were dressed as: characters from Aliens (1986), Leatherface (pictured) post-apocalyptic nomads and many others. There were characters from many films and a few randoms, that were created uniquely. Their costumes and the film were truly frightening.

Also, there were well over 50 plus vendors to meet. Sellers had underground movies to sell. There were a few jewelry vendors and costume purveyors. Others could meet craft makers, artists and models. This horror fan picked up a t-shirt and several indie horror titles. Lots of the merchandise was rare and hard-to-get. The large number of vendors offered a little something for everyone.

There were also a number of celebrities to meet. They were dispersed throughout the hall. Actor James Remar ("Dexter") was set up right beside the Shivers Entertainment booth, where this attendee was located. Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, 1978), Tiffany Shepis (Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula, 2008), PJ Soles (Halloween, 1978), Linda Blair (Savage Streets), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) and many others were in attendance. Each celebrity was available for a panel, on Saturday or Sunday. Many of the celebrities answered questions and talked to fans. They also spoke about their history in the film industry. Only Blair had to cancel, likely due to the huge line for her autograph. This film fan even received a signature from Shepis on the DVD cover of Adam Green's Victor Crowley (2017); that was a treat. Almost all of the celebrities were interesting and friendly to meet.

The Calgary Horror Convention continues to be one of the strongest horror conventions in Western Canada. There are lots of films to see. Fans should bring a big pocketbook to take home some gruesome goodies and watchables. Future attendees should bring a bigger pocketbook, if you want those purchases signed. Everyone should attend the opening night party, to meet other fans and watch the stage show. Finally, this event is a memorable one and a great opportunity to meet people in the wider horror community.

More details at the Calgary Horror Con's website: The Calgary Horror Con' Homepage

The Globe Cinema in Calgary: The Globe Cinema Homepage

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