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Fantasm Orlando

Fantasm Orlando 2021 is a haunt and horror convention on October 1-3 at the Rosen Shingle Creek. And the hours are Friday 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–2 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. In addition, tickets for Friday $35, Saturday $40, Sunday $30, and a three-day pass is $55. (venue address, maps and directions are at the bottom of this event listing). Editor’s note- Check with con event website for guest cancellations.

Florida Comic Cons gives you 5 thrilling reasons to be there

 

Reason # 1: Well-known horror guests are at Fantasm Orlando 2021

Fantasm Orlando has so many guests we cannot list them all. So here’s the top 10 at the horror convention:

Joe Davison

Joe Davison is best known to the fandom as Nerdy Tech in the second season of Stranger Things. In addition, he also wrote and directed numerous films including As Night Falls, Experiment 7, Frost Bite, and the award-winning 100 Tears.

Joe Davison from Stranger Things

 

James Jude Courtney

James Jude Courtney is an actor and stunt performer most known to horror fans as Michael Myers from the 2018 reboot of Halloween. (we found an interesting article where he reveals his favorite kills from the movie!). In addition, he is known more broadly to the fandom for his portrayal of Der Kindestod in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Killed by Death“.

James Courtney as Michael Myers

 

Nick Castle

Nick Castle played Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic “Halloween” as well as numerous sequel and reboots. He also directed movies The Last Starfighter, Major Payne, and Amazing Stories.

Nick Castle portrays Michael Myers

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne Barbeau is an actor who began appearing in horror and science fiction films in the 1980s, which include The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982), and Swamp Thing (1982).

adrienne barbeau swamp thing

Marli Renfro

Marli Renfro was the body double to Janet Leigh’s character in the classic thriller “Psycho.” Her role included the shower scene, one of the most iconic in history of film.

marli renfro's stomach is being stabbed

Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins is another actor has played many notable and memorable characters from 1980s films like The Fog (1980), The Ninth Configuration (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and Night of the Creeps (1986).

tom atkins creepshow

Stacey Nelkin

Stacy Nelkin is an actor most known to horror fans from her role as Ellie Grimbridge is the 1982 horror film Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

stacey nelkin close up from Halloween 3

Tommy Lee Wallace

Tommy Lee Wallace is known for directing major horror films like Halloween III: Season of the WitchFright Night Part 2, and It. In addition, Wallace is a long-time collaborator of heralded horror director John Carpenter.

clown from It

P.J. Soles

P.J. Soles is a horror actor from the 1970s who portrayed Norma Watson in Brian De Palma‘s Carrie (1976), Lynda van der Klok in John Carpenter‘s Halloween (1978). She is also known for her role as Riff Randell in Allan Arkush‘s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979).

PJ Soles in Halloween 3

Camille Keaton

Camille Keaton is known for her roles in the 1978 cult classic I Spit on Your Grave, and for the 2019 sequal I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu.

Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave

 

Reason # 2: Top make-up and FX artist Christopher Nelson is at Fantasm Orlando 2021

Christopher Nelson is a make-up and special effects artist who has won an Academy Award and Emmy Awards during his three decades of work in film and TV.

christopher nelson collage

A sampling of his horror work includes American Horror Story and The Walking Dead as well as Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. And some of his comic book films include Sin City, Kill Bill, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and Avengers: Infinity War.

christopher nelson hair work on halloween    christopher nelson works on make up

 

Reason # 3: Fantasm’s Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival showcases new horror talent

Fantasm’s Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival is looking for the best horror content it can find. If you’re up to the challenge, here is the submission form. Twice-daily screenings bring attention to new horror talent. (check Fantasm webpage for updated times and location of screenings).

Fantasm's shock reel cinema festival

 

Reason # 4: The Creature Call Costume Contest is a must-see at Fantasm Orlando 2021

Calling all creatures with a competitive spirit! Costumers take the stage to show their talent on Saturday. And on the runway, contestants face-off against each other for the Best in Show prize. The Creature Call Costume Contest is one of the most popular activities at the annual horror convention.

Creature Call Costume Contest graphic

 

Reason # 5: The Faces of Fantasm: Prosthetic Makeup Challenge is a live, real-time, SFX competition

Here’s the rules. There are eight teams of two people each (one SFX artist and one model). Teams have one hour to transform their models into their original horror characters. And, teams get mentors, among them is Scott Fensterer, from SyFy Network’s series Face-Off. There is more than $200 in prizes for this contest at the horror convention.
Fantasm Orlando contest graphic

 

Need help finding comic cons in Florida?

Florida Comic Cons has the Con Calendar, which is a curated calendar of comic, anime, horror and fan conventions in The Sunshine State. If you live in Florida, you’re likely closer to more cons than you realize. Our Con Map can help you show how close you are to annual events.

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Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine attends many cons

Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, published by Florida Comic Cons, attends many cons in search of talented cosplayers (stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram for updates to see if we’re coming to a con near you). Here are some of our past magazines, which are always free.

A beautiful blond woman cosplays Amora the Enchantress from Marvel Comics

A beautiful woman cosplays Mage Espeon from Pokemon on the cover of Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine Special Edition: Collective Con 2021

A cosplayer portrays Harley-Quinn from Batman

A cosplayer portrays the character Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft game

A cosplayer portrays Mukuro Ikusaba from Danganronpa! game

A cosplayer portrays Mercy Sugar Plum Fairy from Overwatch game

 

 

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