Host of horror movie stars and film icons come to Magna

30 June 2015

A host of cult horror stars are set to descend on South Yorkshire as a convention with a difference comes to Magna.

HorrorCon UK 2015, which will take place over two days at Magna in July, aims to unite all fans of the horror genre, whether through literature, TV, film or gaming.

The event will feature talks from Tom Savini, the ground breaking special effects master, director and actor from Dawn of the Dead and From Dusk Till Dawn; Gunnar Hansen, the legendary 'Leatherface' of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Bill ‘Chop top' Moseley star of cult classic horror films including House of 1000 corpses and Halloween; Ken Foree of Dawn of The Dead and The Devil's Rejects, and Dacre Stoker, author of Dracula the Un-dead.

Organiser Gill Bell, of Thurgoland, who along with sister Wendy started HorrorCon UK, said: "We know people are travelling from all over the UK to meet these stars and it’s great to get everyone together and celebrate our joint love of all things horror.

The dress code is ‘diabolical’ at our unusual convention and we hope lots of people will dress up ghoulish and come and join us at Magna.

“Horror conventions are huge in countries such as America and Germany but they've not really happened in the UK other than horror film festivals. We want to get one up and running and want to keep it going on an annual basis, and what a brilliant way to start things off with such awesome guests.”

As well as guest speakers, zombie lectures, a scare attraction and film previews, the event on Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July will feature numerous traders and exhibitors. These include multi-platform distributor of feature films and TV series Arrow Films; Rubber Gorilla who specialise in making horror masks; make-up artist Mike Peel, of V for Vendetta and Harry Potter, displaying film props and giving special effects make-up demos; Barnsley baking company Janine Makes Cakes, who will be selling her horror themed cakes; art from Madam Grotesque and Martin Darkside; along with local authors Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan, and for fans of Doctor Who, David J. Howe.

There will also be a raffle to raise money for the Help find Ben Needham charity, as well as previews of up and coming horror films including a world premiere trailer of Banjo from local film maker Liam Regan.

Donna Shaw, marketing co-ordinator at Magna, said: “It’s great to have a brand new convention coming to South Yorkshire, and everyone at Magna is looking forward to seeing people dressed up in what is set to be a great day.

“It just shows what a versatile venue Magna is, that we can host everything from HorrorCon to business meetings and conferences.”

Tickets for HorrorCon UK 2015 are £27 for the weekend or £15 for either day. There are early access tickets available that allow early entrance to Magna an hour before standard entry tickets. Tickets can be purchased online and attendees are advised to buy in advance.

For more details about HorrorCon, or to book your tickets, visit www.horrorconventions.co.uk
Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works, has venue space that can cater for between 5 and 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, and it hosts regular school-trips.

Notes to editor

Media contact at Magna Dan Tupling on 01709 723 146 or at dtupling@magnatrust.co.uk

For more information about Horrorcon email Gill on admin@horrorconventions.co.uk

Additional media contact: Joshua Nutt on 01226 766900 or 07517 07 3057 or at joshua@capitalbmedia.co.uk

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more details about our PR services, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk

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