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
Paul St. Peter
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.
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 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 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 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 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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