Spooky Empire stands as a beacon for horror enthusiasts and aficionados of the macabre. This captivating convention weaves an enchanting tapestry of darkness, drawing attendees from around the world into a realm where horror’s allure takes center stage. From its sinister gatherings of iconic horror stars to its haunting film showcases, eerie SFX classes, and chilling tattoo festivals, Spooky Empire has become an immersive haven for those who revel in the thrill of the unknown. With its rich legacy — celebrating its 20th anniversary — Orlando’s Spooky Empire invites visitors to embrace their inner darkness, connect with the luminaries of the genre, and celebrate the timeless appeal of horror in all its eerie glory.
Florida Comic Cons gives you 9 Phenomenal Reasons to attend Spooky Empire 2023 on October 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
Amazing Reason #1: cast of nightmare on elm street 4
Prepare for an unforgettable horror experience as the iconic cast of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” descends upon Orlando. Brace yourself for an eerie encounter with the stars who brought your nightmares to life on the silver screen.
Headlining the event is the legendary Robert Englund, whose portrayal of the sinister Freddy Krueger has forever etched him into the annals of horror history. But the terror doesn’t stop there—joining him are the indomitable cast members who brought to life the unforgettable characters that made the fourth installment of this iconic franchise an instant classic.
Lisa Wilcox, the enigmatic “Alice,” brings her dynamic performance to the convention, while Tuesday Knight’s portrayal of “Kristen” continues to haunt our dreams. Andras Jones’s “Rick” still lingers in our memories as he joins the lineup, alongside Danny Hassel’s “Dan,” whose fate is forever intertwined with Freddy’s twisted world. Toy Newkirk’s unforgettable “Sheila” adds her unique charm, while Brooke Theiss’s “Debbie” brings back memories of that fateful poolside encounter. Last but not least, Brooke Bundy’s portrayal of “Elaine” ties the ensemble together, completing this eerie reunion of characters that once graced the silver screen with their haunting presence.
Amazing Reason #2: Kane Hodder (aka Jason)
The enigmatic presence of Kane Hodder, the man behind the iconic hockey mask of “Jason Voorhees” in multiple installments of the “Friday the 13th” franchise, will send a shiver down the spines of horror enthusiasts as he graces the halls of Spooky Empire. Hodder’s portrayal of the relentless and fearsome slasher has become legendary, etching his name into the annals of horror history.
His appearance at Spooky Empire is an opportunity for fans to come face-to-mask with the embodiment of terror itself. With a career spanning several memorable “Friday the 13th” films, including “The New Blood,” “Jason Takes Manhattan,” “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday,” and “Jason X,” Hodder’s presence adds a chilling touch of authenticity to the convention, where attendees can engage with the man who has taken on one of horror’s most iconic roles and left an indelible mark on the genre.
Amazing Reason #3: It’s the 20th anniversary
Spooky Empire will be celebrating a milestone that sends shivers down the spine—the commemoration of its 20th anniversary!
For two decades, this iconic gathering has cast its spell over the hearts of horror enthusiasts, beckoning them into a realm where the macabre and the mesmerizing converge. With each passing year, Spooky Empire’s legacy has grown, weaving tales of terror, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. As the 20th anniversary dawns, a haunting symphony of nostalgia and excitement fills the air, a testament to the enduring power of darkness, creativity, and the enigmatic spirit that defines Spooky Empire.
Amazing Reason #4: tony todd (og-candyman)
A living embodiment of horror’s allure, Tony Todd stands as an iconic figure in the genre, captivating audiences with his unforgettable portrayal of the original Candyman. With a commanding presence and a voice that resonates with chilling elegance, Todd breathed life into the enigmatic and haunting character, forever etching himself into the annals of horror history.
As he graces the halls of Spooky Empire, fans are presented with an extraordinary opportunity to connect with the very actor who conjured their darkest nightmares. Todd’s appearance is more than a mere event; it’s a summoning of his legacy, a chance for enthusiasts to pay homage to his remarkable contribution to horror cinema while embracing the aura of his mesmerizing and haunting performances.
Amazing Reason #5: sfx classes
Unveil the artistry behind the screams as Spooky Empire’s SFX classes beckon the curious into the captivating world of special effects.
This is your chance to sit in on a variety of fascinating demonstrations and seminars focused on Special FX make up, costuming and prop design. Artists and experts including Michael Burnett , Bad Moon FX , Alan of AEOStudios, Inc. and more will bring you three days of demos, panels and hands-on classes on everything from makeup to monsters!
Amazing Reason #6: Film festival
Dive into the abyss of cinematic nightmares at Spooky Empire’s Horror Film Festival, an exhilarating showcase that sets the stage for the next generation of horror storytellers.
This sinister cinematic journey unveils a tapestry of up-and-coming horror movies, each a chilling testament to the genre’s enduring fascination. For ardent horror fans, the festival is a tantalizing glimpse into the future of fear, offering an exclusive opportunity to witness raw, unfiltered creativity at its inception. As the curtains rise on these emerging works, attendees become immersed in a realm where the unknown takes center stage, where terror is woven into every frame. In an age where the boundaries of horror are continually pushed, the Horror Film Festival at Spooky Empire stands as an essential pilgrimage for those who seek to witness the birth of the nightmares that will haunt us for years to come.
Amazing Reason #7: Tattoo Festival
Immerse yourself in a realm where art and darkness intertwine at the Spooky Empire Tattoo Festival, an extraordinary activity within the eerie embrace of the convention. In this enigmatic enclave, the talents of skilled tattoo artists converge, uniting their mastery under one sprawling roof. The festival’s electric atmosphere pulsates with creativity and a sense of camaraderie, as ink enthusiasts and horror aficionados alike gather to witness and partake in the creation of striking body art.
Amazing Reason #8: gwen-stacy will be there
Star reporter for Florida Comic Cons, Gwen-Stacy, will be at Spooky Empire looking for photo opps with horror fans! She will be crusiin’ the con in her stroller. And though she doesn’t come out of her stroller, she welcomes her fans for petting and pics!
Amazing Reason #9 it’s on the con calendar
If it’s on the Con Calendar, it’s a good event. And Spooky Empire 2023 is on the Con Calendar.
Only Florida Comic Cons has the Con Calendar, a curated calendar of comic, anime, horror, and other pop-culture conventions to keep you, the fandom, informed and apprised (you’re welcome) of the best events in the Sunshine State.
The Con Calendar’s event listings include important info (and links) like venue, map, ticket prices, and more. It’s a must-have for anyone who attends multiple cons per year.