Thursday 18 May 2017

Horrorcon UK 2017 – Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham 13-14/05/2017

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

As you'll probably be aware, we love our horror here at Intravenous Magazine, so it's no surprise that a horror convention practically on our doorstep is a no-brainer for us. Conventions of all kinds be it of the sci-fi or comic variety have been growing in recent years in the UK, and horror fans, not to be left out have got in on the act as well.

2017 sees the third instalment of South Yorkshire's own grand guignol get-together at the cavernous Magna Science Adventure Centre near Sheffield. The annual event has become a Mecca for horror fans boasting film screenings, special-fx artists, market stalls, guest signings and Q&A sessions, body painting, Zombie shooting ranges, and even a “scareplay” contest.

Just standing in line to get in it is evident the dedication of UK fans to the horror genre with cosplayers replicating their favourite characters and some even creating their own originals. A phenomenal Mister Babadook stalked the corridors coming face-to-face with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Twisty The Clown, and Lilly Munster. While originals such as the demonic clowns Kavity and Khaos, as well as zombies and vampires, made their presence known.

The smorgasbord of the market within has everything the discerning fan could desire to spend their cash on; a
rt, tattoos, cakes, music, literature, films, masks, props, and memorabilia. While the line-up of stars ensures long-lines at the signing tables and packed Q&A sessions. This year the guests include murderous clown Captain Spaulding aka Sid Haig from House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects, Elvira; Mistress of the Dark actor Cassandra Peterson, Hammer & Tigon Films actor Linda Hayden, Return of The Living Dead’s Thom Mathews, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Scream Queen Heather Langenkamp, and all the way from Oz Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt. Also in attendance is pop culture expert and vampire aficionado Sir Christopher Frayling, as well as genre artist Graham Humphreys, and extreme Horror Author Matt Shaw will also be here with his demon dog Chewie the Pug!

If that wasn't enough a myriad of short original horror films are screened throughout the day to give you chance to sit down and enjoy some up and coming actors and directors.

With it's atmospheric location and esoteric array of features, it's easy to loose track of your day, and with plenty of exhibits, stalls and activities spread throughout the day it will easily hold the interest of aficionados and casual fans in search of shopping.

As we all know the monster always returns for his next instalment, and with that in mind we'll be counting the days until part four arrives in 2018.  

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