Famous stars of horror films set to descend on Rotherham for blood chilling convention

A blood chilling horror convention will feature a host of star-studded names from the horror genre when it returns to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham next month.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 16th June 2016, 12:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th June 2016, 12:23 pm
A 'zombie' at last year's HorrorConUK 2015.
A 'zombie' at last year's HorrorConUK 2015.

HorrorCon UK 2016 will take place over two days at the visitor attraction in July, bringing together all fans of horror in literature, TV and film.

The event, which attracted more than 2,500 people in 2015, will feature question and answer talks with a range of stars from the horror genre.

This includes Kane Hodder who played Jason Vorhees of the Friday the 13th film series, Doug Bradley, who played Pinhead in the Hellraiser film franchise, and David Naughton from cult classic An American Werewolf in London.

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Visitors to the event will also have the chance to meet Emily Booth, actor and presenter of the Horror Channel, authors Graham Masterton and Shaun Huston, and world-renowned violent haunting expert Jason Love.

There will also be a chance to see specialist indie film screenings, and special effect make-up demos from professionals including Mike Peel - who has worked on British horror favourite The Descent and the James Bond and Harry Potter films.

Other attractions include live music from local zombie-themed rock band Iron Sphincter.

There will also be a horror market selling everything from films, books, original art, through to horror teddies, posters, masks and film props.

Organiser Wendy Bell, of Sheffield, who set up HorrorCon UK with sister Gill Bell, said this is an event not to be missed by horror fans.

She added: “We’re able to attract such a wide variety of industry stars, from actors to special effect make-up artists, and it’s great to bring all these names together into one atmospheric space for everyone to enjoy.

“Last year, many visitors dressed as their favourite horror characters, so this year we’re running ‘scareplay’ competitions for those brave enough to enter.”

HorrorCon UK 2016 will take place over two days on Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10.

Tickets are priced at £36 for the entire weekend or £19.95 for either day.

There is an opportunity to book photo opportunities with celebrities and there will also be facilitated Q&As with star guests.

Fay Williams, acting marketing manager at Magna Science Adventure Centre, said: “There’s something about the horror genre that everybody loves and it’s great that HorrorCon UK is establishing itself as the convention to bring everybody together to share in this love.

“We have such a wide variety of events here at Magna and we’re always delighted when conventions have a good experience the first time round and want to come back and use our venue again.”

Early access tickets are available, allowing entrance to HorrorCon UK at Magna an hour before standard entry tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online and attendees are advised to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more details about HorrorCon UK, or to book tickets and photo opportunities, visit the event website at www.horrorconventions.co.uk

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works, has venue space that can cater for up to 5,000 people.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips.