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Wizard World Richmond Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Variant By Ken Kelly

The Walking Dead #1 Ken KellyWizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced “KISS” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 – Aug. 2.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Greater Richmond Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Kelly was naturally talented as a child and was practically born with pencil in his hand. As his style developed in later years, he decided to join the Marines. While stationed in Cuba, he drew all the illustrations for the U.S. magazine “The Gitmo Gazette”. After serving four years in the Marines, Ken Kelly accepted an offer to train under Frank Frazetta. Throughout a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Kelly has achieved an international reputation as one of a handful of master painters of sword and sorcery/heroic fantasy.

Ken got his start doing covers for “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazines, but it wasn’t until he painted both the “Destroyer” and “LoveGun” covers for KISS that he became noticed around the globe. Since then he has since painted a tremendous amount of book covers (his “Conan” covers being some of his most beloved works), artwork for toy companies such as Mattel (He-Man) and Mego (Micronauts). Kelly currently is under contract with Gene Simmons of the heavy metal band KISS, Kelly paints guitars exclusively for Simmons.

The Wizard World Comic Con Richmond celebrity roster includes The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz. Other stars attending include William Shatner, Billie Piper, Billy Dee Williams, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, WWE Diva Paige, Kristin Bauer, and Drea de Matteo and many others.

In addition to Kelly, Artist Alley in Richmond will feature Mike Grell, Mike Zeck, Michael Golden, James O’Barr, Renee Witterstaetter, Clinton Hobart, Marv Wolfman, Danny Fingeroth and more.

Richmond show hours are Friday, July 31, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

CONtv Launches Original Series Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro

Comic Book America with Mike CarbonaroPop Culture and Comics guru and Wizard World, Inc. favorite Mike Carbonaro travels near and far in search of the best books, toys and memorabilia in CONtv’s newest original series, Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro.

The mini-series debuted this week on CONtv, where fans can catch up with Mike “Carbo” Carbonaro as he locates comic books, vintage playsets, classic artwork, and sports memorabilia in the first four episodes. CONtv director of programming, Nash Herrington, produces the series.

The show features the enthusiastic Carbonaro as he highlights some of the more unique and interesting collections he’s come across, such as one man’s Doctor Strange collection, classic Joe Palooka, Flintstone playsets, and others. Also, fans can play along at home while they watch by using social media to tell what they would pay for the items that Carbonaro buys in the show.

The highlight of the show is the host himself. An enterprising and successful entrepreneur, Carbonaro began buying and selling comics at age 10. At age 13, Carbonaro set up at his very first comic convention. Later, from 1981 to 1997, he ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, N.Y. In 1996, Carbonaro began the very first Big Apple Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan; 12 years later it was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City. “Carbo” is currently working as a buyer for Dave & Adam’s Cardworld (also seen at many Wizard World shows) and doing what he loves—buying comic and pop culture collections from around the world.

Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional conventions take place.

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Scares Up Surprises At Wizard World Chicago

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film FestivalThe second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois, promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.

Opening Night gives audiences the chance to see the highly-anticipated horror anthology film Tales of Halloween, which features shorts from some of the best filmmakers in independent horror including Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Lucky McKee, and starring Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Greg Grunburg, Lisa Marie and more.

U.S. premieres include the gruesome Contracted: Phase 2; the ferocious Australian import The Pack; and the certifiably insane Bunny the Killer Thing. Special film events include a 30th anniversary screening of Fright Night (1985), with writer/director Tom Holland in attendance; a “Cannibal brunch” featuring mountains of breakfast meats followed by a 35mm screening of the infamous Cannibal Holocaust (1980) introduced by Green Inferno director Eli Roth; and a special screening of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), followed by a discussion with Bruce Campbell himself. Plenty of surprises are in store for audiences throughout the four-day event.

Jason Krawczyk’s He Never Died closes the Festival, starring Henry Rollins as Jack, a social outcast thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. The film is a masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study and horror story.

Screenings are free for Wizard World badge-holders (space permitting), and a limited number of festival badges and single tickets are available for fans who are not registered for Wizard World.

Festival badges are on sale for $100, and single screening tickets are available for $12.

Check out the schedule below.

Schedule:

Thursday August 20
7:30 PM – Tales of Halloween (Opening Night film), with cast & crew appearance
10:00 PM – Hellions

Friday August 21
7:30 PM – Fright Night, followed by Q&A with writer/director Tom Holland
9:30 PM – The Pack – North American premiere
11:59 PM – Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, with cast & crew appearance

Saturday August 22
12:00 PM – Synapse – World Premiere, followed by Q&A with cast & crew
3:00 PM – Some Kind of Hate
5:00 PM – Body
7:00 PM – Bubba Ho-Tep, followed by Q&A with Bruce Campbell
9:30 PM – Contracted: Phase 2 – North American premiere
11:59 PM – Bunny the Killer Thing – U.S. premiere

Sunday August 23
12:00 PM – Cannibal Holocaust, with introduction by Eli Roth
Featuring “cannibal breakfast” with mountains of breakfast meat
(Paid ticket or Film Festival Badge required for admission)
2:30 PM – Nina Forever
4:30 PM – Sun Choke
7:00 PM – He Never Died (Closing Night film), with special guests in attendance

Films:

Body — Chicago Premiere
Three bored young women break into a house for cheap laughs, stumble across someone who shouldn’t be there, and commit a terrible deed.
Cast: Helen Rogers, Lauren Molina, Alexandra Turshen and Larry Fessenden
Dir: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) — followed by a Q&A with lead actor Bruce Campbell!
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Heidi Marnhout and Bob Ivy
Dir: Don Coscarelli

Bunny the Killer Thing — U.S Premiere
A group of Finnish and British people get stuck in a cabin when a creature — which is a half human & half rabbit — attacks them. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, and it is after anything that resembles female genitalia. Yes, really. Based on the 2011 short film of the same name.
Cast: Gareth Lawrence, Veera W. Vilo, Roope Olenius and Enni Ojutkangas
Dir: Joonas Makkonen

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) — 35mm screening introduced by Eli Roth!
A New York professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon with footage shot by a lost team of filmmakers. And it’s pretty damn gruesome.
Cast: Robert Kerman, Perry Pirkanen, Francesca Ciardi and Luca Barbareschi
Dir: Ruggero Deodato

Contracted: Phase 2 – North American Premiere – Cast & Crew in attendance!
Picking up directly where the creepy indie hit Contracted left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with the ill-fated Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but possibly the world as we know it.
Cast: Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Stacy Burcham, Laurel Vail, Anne Lore and Morgan Peter Brown
Dir: Josh Forbes

Dude Bro Party Massacre III — Special Screening with Filmmakers & Greg Sestero in attendance!
In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.”
Cast: Alec Owen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon, Paul Prado, Brian Firenzi, Tomm Jacobsen, Greg Sestero, Andrew W.K., Nina Hartley, Larry King and Patton Oswalt
Dir: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon

Fright Night (1985) — followed by a Q&A with writer / director Tom Holland!
A teenage boy is convinced that his new neighbor is a bloodthirsty vampire, but nobody will believe him — until he enlists the assistance of a fussy old actor who used to kill the creatures all the time. In movies, that is.
Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys and Roddy McDowall
Dir: Tom Holland

He Never Died — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!
Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. A masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study, and horror story.
Cast: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey and Steven Ogg
Dir: Jason Krawczyk

Hellions — Chicago Premiere
A troubled teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. And refuse to go away. From the director of festival favorite Pontypool.
Cast: Chloe Rose, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson and Robert Patrick
Dir: Bruce McDonald

Nina Forever — Chicago Premiere
After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.
Cast: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, David Troughton and Fiona O’Shaughnessey
Dir: Ben Blaine & Chris Blaine

The Pack – North American Premiere
A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night. An exercise in suspense, in the same vein as OPEN WATER & BACKCOUNTRY, this grisly Australian horror/thriller packs a ton of bite.
Cast: Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, Hamish Phillips and Katie Moore
Dir: Nick Robertson

Some Kind of Hate — Chicago Premiere
A bullied teenager is sent to a reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors.
Cast: Grace Phipps, Lexi Atkins, Ronen Rubenstein, Spencer Breslin and Noah Segan
Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Sun Choke — Chicago Premiere
Recovering from a violent psychotic break, Janie is just trying to get well under the care of her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman to whom she feels an inexplicable yet profound connection.
Cast: Sara Malakul Lane, Sarah Hogan, Evan Jones and Barbara Crampton
Dir: Ben Cresciman

Synapse — Wizard World Presents a World Premiere!
Voyeuristic technology has surpassed our wildest nightmares and our most explicit fantasies. Running from SYNAPSE, an agency tasked with memory drug enforcement, a rogue agent fights against the organization that once employed him.
Cast: Henry Simmons, Joshua Alba, Sophina Brown, Adam Simon, Charley Boon and Will Rubio
Dir: Adam Simon

Tales of Halloween — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Cast: James Duval, Greg Grunberg, Pollyanna McIntosh, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Booboo Stewart, Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie, Sam Witwer, Clare Kramer, John Savage, Ben Woolf, Alex Essoe, Elissa Dowling, Noah Segan, Kristina Klebe, Caroline Williams, Graham Skipper, Robert Rusler, Dana Gould, Marc Senter, Ben Stillwell, Adam Green, Pat Healy and many more!
Dir: Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet

Somerhalder, Campbell, Boyd, WWE Diva Paige To Attend Wizard World San Jose, September 4-6

Ian SomerhalderWizard World continues its 2015 schedule at Wizard World Comic Con San Jose, September 4-6. Ian Somerhalder, Bruce Campbell, Billy Boyd, Dean Cain, WWE Diva Paige, Scott Wolf, Toby Kebbell, Michael Cudlitz, Brett Dalton, Jason Mewes headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Campbell, Boyd, Wolf, Cudlitz, Dalton will appear on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6; Somerhalder and Paige are set to appear on Saturday; Mewes and Cain will attend Friday through Sunday.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con San Jose guests include Adrienne Barbeau, and Superstars Sin Cara and Kalisto, Michael Rooker, James Marsters, Ted Raimi, Lou Ferrigno, Chris 51, and Jason David Frank.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con San Jose will feature Harvey Tolibao, Phil Ortiz, Michael Golden, James O’Barr, Arthur Suydam, Ethan Van Sciver, Colleen Doran, Miguel Sepulveda, and Peter Bagge.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con San Jose attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Show hours are Friday, September 4, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fillion, Somerhalder, Shatner To Attend Inaugural Wizard World Pittsburgh, Sept. 11-13

Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2015 schedule with its inaugural trip to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, September 11-13. Nathan Fillion, Ian Somerhalder, William Shatner, Jewel Staite, Colm Meaney, WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose and Diva Paige, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Dean Cain and Lou Ferrigno headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Fillion, Somerhalder and Paige will appear on Saturday, Sept. 12, only; Shatner will appear on Friday evening and Saturday, Sept. 11-12; Ambrose will attend on Friday only; Meaney and Staite are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept 12-13; the others above will attend all three days.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh guests include the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco , Jason David Frank, James Marsters, Eddie McClintock, Steve Gonsalves, and Jason David Frank.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Comic Con Pittsburgh will feature Neal Adams, Billy Martin, Clinton Hobart, Ron Frenz, Tom DeFalco, Jeff Shultz, Thom Pratt, D.J. Coffman and many others.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Show hours are Friday, September 11, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, September 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boxing Champion Mike Tyson To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Columbus, September 19-20

Mike TysonMike Tyson , one of the greatest boxers of all time, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and a pop culture phenomenon, will make his first Wizard World appearance when he attends Wizard World Comic Con Columbus on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20. “Iron Mike,” a member of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, has also appeared in more than 25 movies and television shows, notably The Hangover, Rocky Balboa and Entourage.

Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round, in the process becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at age 20. His 50-6 record (2 no contests) included WBA, WBC and IBF titles.

He will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A panel at the pop culture extravaganza, Wizard World’s fifth visit to the Greater Columbus Convention Center (note that the event was formerly known as Wizard World Ohio).

Other celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Columbus include David Ramsey, Dave Bautista, Emily Kinney, Toby Kebbell, Sonequa Martin-Green, Karl Yune, Ralph Macchio, and Will Friedle.

The show hours are Friday, September 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Norman Reedus, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Amell, WWE Superstar Undertaker Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23

UNITED STATES - JULY 22:  CASTLE - Nathan Fillion stars as Rick Castle on ABC's "Castle."  (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images)

Wizard World continues its 2015 schedule at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23 with the Midwest’s largest Pop Culture Convention. Norman Reedus, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Amell, Billie Piper, David Morrissey, Burt Reynolds, Ben McKenzie, Bruce Campbell, and WWE Superstar Undertaker , Randy Orton, Sting , Daniel Bryan and Diva Paige headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Filion, Amell, McKenzie, Piper and Morrissey will appear on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23; Orton and Bryan are scheduled for Thursday, August 20; Undertaker and Paige will attend on Friday, August 21; Reynolds will attend on Saturday; Reedus and Renner are set to appear on Sunday; Campbell will attend Friday through Sunday.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Chicago guests include Matt Ryan, Toby Kebbell, Tobin Bell, Alan Tudyk, Brett Dalton, Caroll Spinney, Emilie De Ravin, Jodie Sweetin, Adam Baldwin, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker, Kristy Swanson, and Arthur Darville.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will feature Manuel Garcia, Gerhard, Pere Perez, Whilce Portacio, Arthur Adams, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Phil Ortiz, James O’Barr, and Michael Golden.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con Chicago attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests. Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Wizard World Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WWE Superstar Undertaker To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa, Saturday, October 24

UndertakerWizard World has announced that WWE Superstar Undertaker will attend the second annual Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa on Saturday, October 24, at the Cox Business Center. He will sign autographs and pose for photo opportunities from 1-5 p.m. in what will be his third scheduled Wizard World appearance ever.

For more than two decades, “The Deadman” has loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring ability, The Undertaker is a WWE great in a class by himself, and no list of legends would be complete without him.

The Undertaker joins such noted pop culture figures as Nathan Fillion, Ian Somerhalder, Vince Neil, Bruce Campbell, and Sean Astin as headliners among the celebrities already committed to the event, October 2325.

Wizard World Launches Con Radio

ConRadioWizard World, Inc. announced the launch of Con Radio, featuring an array of online audio programs allowing fans to stay current on everything happening in the convention and pop culture universe. Con Radio has something for everyone: lifestyle, horror, Q&As with favorite celebrities, video games, and even sports entertainment. All free, all on-demand.

Con Radio will feature nine unique programs at launch, including:

  • Common Room – A female-take on the geek culture and nerd lifestyle, with no topic off-limits. Recorded weekly.
  • Con Smash – Con Radio’s flagship program, featuring pop culture news & rumors, debates, celebrity interviews, contests & more. Hosted by Wizard World’s Mo Lightning & Billy Patterson. Recorded weekly.
  • Crazy 4 Comic Con – The most comic book-leaning podcast on Con Radio. Join host Tony Kim and special guests as he talks comic books, art, writing, and of course, the joy of comic cons all across the world. Recorded monthly.
  • Every Day is Halloween – Celebrating all things scary, Horror Guy Keenan creates a podcast experience unlike any other. Clips from classic movies, forgotten TV commercials, movie reviews, and industry analysis are just the proverbial tip of the knife. Recorded monthly.
  • The Game Fix Podcast – No pop culture hub would be complete without a spotlight on video games. Gamers can get their fix from a gang of radio personalities who’ve spent their entire lives gaming, from the NES to the latest and greatest consoles. Recorded weekly.
  • The Modern Geek Show – Fashion, flirting, fitness… How does today’s geek find time to balance all of this, work, and his or her pop culture interests? Recorded weekly.
  • Talking TV WITH Liz and Lindi – Team Supernatural Drama isn’t just a title, it’s a lifestyle! Regulars on the con scene for a while, hosts Liz Pochop & Lindi Smith have recently expanded their reviews to Entertainment Weekly’s website and now this exclusive-to-Con Radio podcast. Recorded weekly.
  • Wizard World Classics – Missed a favorite celebrity on his or her panel? That’s OK – Listen to it here! Wizard World presents brand new, and classic, clips from various celebrities in short segments that keeps the show flowing! Recorded weekly.
  • WrestlingAudio Presents… – Simulcast sports entertainment (pro wrestling) programming from the 10-year podcast veterans of WrestlingAudio.com. Includes news & rumors, celebrity interviews, contesting, more. Recorded 1-3 times per week.

In addition, Con Radio plans to develop additional shows expected to launch this summer as well as live streaming from Wizard World Comic Con shows nationally.

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Returns To Chicago, August 20-23

Fright NightBruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con, returns to Chicago with an even bloodier sequel, chopping & chain-sawing its way through 4 days (8/20-8/23) of cinematical horror mayhem & badassness.

BCHFF is thrilled to kick off the festivities on Thursday, August 20th with the much anticipated horror anthology Tales of Halloween, featuring 10 ghastly tales, including films written & directed by: Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Mike Mendez. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, a Hallows Eve themed after-party, a panel at Wizard World hosted by horror film critic Scott Weinberg, and a few more surprises.

The festival will close on Sunday, August 23rd with the Chicago Premiere of He Never Died, written and directed by Jason Krawczyk, and featuring the forever awesome punk rock legend Henry Rollins as an immortal cannibal, in a career defining performance. Special guests for this screening will be announced shortly.

On Saturday August 22nd, the festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved 1980’s vampire classic, Fright Night, with a screening & discussion to follow from writer/director (and Master of Horror!), Tom Holland.

The 2nd annual Bruce Campbell Horror Fest is delighted to play host to the U.S. Premiere of Contracted: Phase 2, the (very) bloody sequel that delivers the goods and then some to 2013’s indie hit & gross-out exercise in body horror.

Also making its U.S. Premiere at the festival is quite possibly the most insane film of the year (or any year for that matter), Bunny The Killer Thing. This soon to be cult classic will have audiences jaws on the floor as they watch a sadistic man in a bunny rabbit suit….well, you’ll just have to wait & see it for yourself. You’ve been warned!

The full schedule of films, panels, events, and of course Bruce Campbell, will be released in mid-July. An extremely limited number of festival badges will go on sale at noon (PST) today for $66.6, and festival-goers will have 6 days, 6 hours, & 6 minutes to obtain a badge at the reduced rate. All Wizard World Comic Con ticket holders will have access to the festivities, space permitting.

The festival will be held at The Muvico Rosemont & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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