Eerie Fun Horror Realm Brings Frightening Mix of Films, Actors and Contests

By Zuchowski, Dave | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

Eerie Fun Horror Realm Brings Frightening Mix of Films, Actors and Contests


Zuchowski, Dave, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


The screening of 16 indie horror films is only the start of what's in store for fans of the sixth annual Horror Realm Convention.

The three-day event that runs Friday through Sunday at Crown Plaza South in Upper St. Clair and includes guest stars, horror trivia, hula hoop and costume contests and photo and autograph opportunities with horror film stars. The event will also include vendors selling films and horror memorabilia, a luau, a cabaret and a food drive held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Zombie Squad to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

"Over the past six years, we've done a good job growing our audience," said event co-producer Sandy Stuhlful of Castle Shannon. "We're having more coming in from out of town. We've become a destination and fun vacation."

The convention takes place in all eight meeting and banquet rooms of the hotel, located at 164 Fort Couch Road opposite the South Hills Village shopping mall. The films will be screened in the Carnegie Room, and the schedule permits those wanting to see all the films to do so.

"We like to focus on indie horror films, a lot of which are not well-known," said co-producer Rich Dalzotto of Peters, along with Michelle Linhart of Peters.

Two highlight films include "13 Score," which was filmed at Conneaut Lake and won the Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice awards at the 2014 Horror Realm Independent Film Festival, and "Inflection," winner of Best Feature Story at the 2013 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

The convention will also include a 1 p.m. screening on Sunday of "Chairpocalypse," a film made by Teen Think, a teen group based at the Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library, as well as a midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Satlurday.

A local group, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, will get in costume and do a performance of the film to the side of the screen and interact with the audience, Mr. …

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