5 Frightful Reasons to Attend Fantasm Orlando!

Fantasm Orlando looks like it will be delightfully frightful, with a roster of paranormal investigators, celebrity horror guests, and events like the Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival, the Gothique Gallerie Art Show, and the Paranormal Existence Track. Fantasm Orlando is a three day conventionon August 19-21 at the Double Tree by Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Convention hours are Friday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m., and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Here are the 5 frightful reasons Florida Comic Cons thinks you should attend Fantasm Orlando.

Frightful Reason #1: Guests

Tyler Mane

Tyler Mane is known for Michael Myers in Halloween (2007), Ajax in Troy, and Sabretooth in X-Men.

Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith plays Amanda in the Saw franchise, Sullivan in Grudge 3, and Susie in The Island.

Eugene Clark

Eugene Clark is Eddie Jackson in Recall, Big Daddy in Land of the Dead, and Clive Bell in Dark Truth.

Fedor Steer

Fedor Steer is William Hill in Haunting of Hill House, Vito the Chopper in Doctor Sleep, and Henry McArther in Neccessary Evil.

Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy is a wrestler for AEW and is famous for his role as Roberto in Promedio Rojo.

Jack O’Hallaran

Jack O’Hallaran is Non in Superman, Alistari Cruel in Abduct and Crystal’s Shadow.

Noah Garret

Noah Garrett is a stunt performer and has been in Cobra Kai, Doctor Sleep, and Stranger Things.

Jordan DiNatale

Jordan DiNatale is known for Ruby Lane in Fear Street, Madison in Central Park, and Rory in The Birch.

Kevin Waterman

Kevin Waterman is a stunt performer known for his work in the Walking Dead, Avengers: Endgame, and The Maze Runner.

Beatrice Beopple

Beatrice Beopple is Amanda Krueger in Nightmare on Elm St. 5: The Dream Child, Sherri in Matinee, and Ivan Joad in Quarantine.

Airon Armstrong

Airon Armstrong is a stunt worker known for John Wick, Loki, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Don Shanks

Don Shanks is a stuntman in Dumb and Dumber and Evil Angel, as well as for acting as Don in Smothered and George in Ride With The Devil.

Chris Durand

Chris Durand is a stunt performer known for Armageddon, the Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Resident Evil: Extinction.

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter is a voice actor know for Xemnas in Kingdom Hearts, Kurama in Naruto, Wamuu in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Mick Strawn

Mick Strawn works in production design and special effects. He is known for Blade, Freddy’s Nightmares, and Death’s Door.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson is a special effects make up artist known for American Horror Story, Avengers: Endgame, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Mike Christopher

Mike Christopher is known for the lead zombie in Dawn of the Dead, Joe Vampire in Joe Vampire, and soon Dr. Adrian Linus in Night of the Living Dead (currently under production).

Scott Tepperman

Scott Tepperman is known best for his time on Ghost hunters International but has also been an actor in movies. He has portrayed Andy in Nightblade, Manny in Manny in Deathcare, and Scot in the Hospital.

Douglas Tait

Douglas Tait is well known for playing “monster” creatures in film, such as the werewolf in Annabell Comes Home, Gruagach in Hellboy, and The Pathologist in Teen Wolf.

Frightening Reason #2: Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival

Fantasm Orlando hosts the Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival  to seek out the best works of horror. The festival helps to spread awareness of the films entered and encourages discussions of the works. Screenings are all three days of the convention for the entirety of each day. Awards will be announced on Saturday at 7 p.m. If you want to submit a film, just make sure it’s horror related and was finished after January 1, 2018.

Frightening Reason #3: Paranormal Existence Track

Fantasm Orlando’s Paranormal Existence Track will feature celebrity guests, haunted items, and paranormal panels to expose you to the paranormal.

Paranormal Existence Research Society (P.E.R.S.)

P.E.R.S. is a professional non-profit paranormal research group. They research and document all types of paranormal phenomena, such as haunting claims, demonic possession, ghosts, shadow figures, haunted objects, and more. The founder of P.E.R.S., Bill Slevin, will be monitoring the booth all weekend as well as participating in panels.

Chris Mckinnell

Chris Mckinnell is the founder and director of the Warren Legacy Foundation for Paranormal Research. He started the foundation on behalf of his grandparents, Ed and Loraine Warren. Mckinnell began working with his grandparents at the age of 16 in 1980 and has been able to witness and experience some of the Warren’s most intense cases.

Joe Franke

Joe Franke is considered one of the most accomplished and respected paranormal investigators around. He has more than 36 years of experience after beginning work with the Warrens at the age of 18. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Warren Legacy Foundation for Paranormal Research.

Heather Landon

Heather Landon is the founder of Exploration Paranormal in central Florida. She is also the Chief Administrative Officer for the Warren Legacy Foundation for Paranormal Research. Landon holds a Doctor of Physiology in Metaphysical Humanistic Science, which specializes in paranormal science.

Kelly Kulmatycky

Kelly Kulmatycky is known as the Haunted Caretaker. She has over 100 haunted items in her collection. Kulmatycky takes great care and effort in learning the backstories of each item in her possession and attempts to connect with the energies attached to the item. While at her booth, she is more than willing to check out any haunted items you might bring her.

Frightening Reason #4: Gallerie Gothique Art Show

Fantasm Orlando hosts the Gallerie Gothique Art Show. The art show has a primary focus on promoting horror but does allow sci-fi and fantasy items. Art forms accepted include paintings, drawings, sculptures, 3-D art, and more! All items in the gallery are available for purchase, though some items will be featured in a silent auction.

Frightening Reason #5: Fatal Images Photo Ops

Tammy Kane started Fatal Images after falling in love with horror movies. She was inspired to study photography and went from taking nature photos to dark photography. She has a criminal justice degree and psychology. While working as a social worker, Kane began learning to sculpt creepy items and create her own movie replicas, such as the famous Annabell doll. As her collection grew, she began offering her sculptures for public view for photo opportunities. Her gallery photo ops will be available in the Main Hallway all three days of the convention.

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