Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES are Workshops, Film Screenings, Live Demonstrations and Live Stage Performances.

Over the coming months we'll be announcing a full list of 'Spotlight' features we'll be having at the show.



EXHIBITS

HORROR GAMING ZONE

Is Friday 13th your favourite game? Or maybe Resident Evil? Now it’s your turn to decide the outcome!

We’re always on the lookout for something different for our Horror Conventions, so we thought you'd love to know we’ve now added a gaming zone to Birmingham including a VR machine. We’ll be putting six units into the gaming area playing all the latest/best horror games - if you have any specific requests post them on our Facebook thread and we’ll make sure the most popular requests are fulfilled!

PANDORA’S BOX

Back by popular demand (Saturday only).

Pandora's Box Zoo Days are an animal rescue zoo with a twist.

It’s our third time at Horror Con and will be bringing everyone's favourite phobias, from coloured Tarantulas and huge snakes to rather large rats.

Our zoo has met many amazing horror icons already including Ken Sagoes (Nightmare on Elm Street) and the fantastic Tony Moran (Michael Myers).

With our zoo, we have a few rules.

We know this is a horror con, but we don't want the animals to be scared. Please don't bang on any tank or put any fingers in bars. Don't feed our animals anything other than food we have provided. Please allow our animals time for rests for food and water. Limit flash photography if possible. Any sharp props or costume parts must be please removed before handling. Please make sure false blood or paint is all dry - we don't want to leave with animals a different colour to what we brought them.

We provide hand sanitiser, so please use this after handling - enjoy yourself and try beating your phobia if you dare!

M.S.D PROPS (Killer Klowns From Outer-Space)

With February getting ever closer (I know Christmas is coming first) and the cast of Stephen Kings original IT within arm’s reach we thought it only fitting to have a few clowns at the show and who better than the Killer Klowns from Outer-Space from the 1988 movie!

M.S.D are bringing their large collection of replica clowns, masks and props from the movie for your enjoyment or your fear, either way we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy seeing them at Birmingham Horror Con.

WORKSHOPS

SFX WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Horror Make Up Effects & Prosthetics


From February we’ll be running SFX Workshops in conjunction with Rogue Creations SFX on both Saturday and Sunday. Spaces are LIMITED to 10 SPACES per session.

Have you ever wondered how an SFX artist makes the actors of a film look scared, bloodied or wounded? Now’s your chance to find out how to do it yourself within a small group at Birmingham Horror Con.

90 minute Master-Class

Private area of the show

Hands on experience

Create all kind of wounds, scars and horror effects

Work with a variety of prosthetic materials

All materials and tools will be provided

Workshops will have a maximum of 10 participants per session

COST £59.00 per person

To purchase you place please click on the link beow.

www.horrorconbirmingham.com/store then select WORKSHOPS

Rogue Creations SFX provide all manner of Special Effects for the film, TV, commercial and theatre industry ranging from big budget feature films to more independent and short films.

With over 15 years experience working in the FX industry they can provide a full range of high quality FX. Company Director Mike Peel, has worked on a variety of blockbusters and features over the years for some of the top effects companies in the UK, as a freelancer he employed his skills on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Casino Royale" , "V for Vendetta", "The Descent" and "Evil Aliens" and brings his vast knowledge and experience to Rogue Creations.

Mike also teaches and demonstrates SFX in a variety of colleges and schools.

Please note we will add sessions to both days based on demand. Tickets are non-refundable once purchased. Individuals will be paired up to allow them to practice their new skills.

SFX DEMO: Z-BROTHERS

Z Brothers are a talented Team, creating and developing special effects character makeup’s at shows around the UK. There character makeup’s are not for the fainthearted, with a keen eye for detail with the flare to design zombie and horror characters to scare their hardiest of fans, this dynamic team have seen their popularity soar within the professional makeup industry.

Dean Garner, became hungry for special fx makeup and started to create more realistic looks at home, assisted by his wife, Emma Garner who is often seen at shows under numerous applications of zombie and gore makeup. Dean continues to build his skill set and shares his knowledge and passion with fellow artists and students, Dean himself began to teach himself prosthetic's at an early age he was inspired by artist Stuart Bray who is a leader in prosthetic application within the professional industry. Dean is complimented by brother Chris, the team continue to work on various productions for tv, and film, which have allowed Z Brothers to grow their brand and popularity within the special effects industry


FILMS & SPECIAL SCREENINGS

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH-ELM – THE UNTOLD SECRETS(60 mins)

Very pleased to announce this little gem!

When human remains were found hidden in a hollow tree during WW2, one of the UK's greatest murder mysteries was born. This documentary explores Nazi Espionage, Witchcraft and the Supernatural in an attempt to finally piece together this sinister jigsaw puzzle once and for all. With previously classified MI5 information now available and people breaking their 75 year silence maybe the mystery of "Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm?" can finally be put to rest?

Trailer: https://youtu.be/BSZlvOjNR-M

GIRL AND A SCAR (14.56)

A self-harming Goth girl suffers a psychological trauma where her dark, cathartic, journey within allows her to find acceptance in her life.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/242437076


COULROPHOBIA (85 mins)

An on-the-run twisted family of circus performers live in the remote Scottish highlands, miles away from civilization. When a team of kick-ass roller derby girls go camping just a bit too close to them all hell breaks loose.

Dragged back to the family's ramshackle compound and their tatty big-top, the girls are forced to take part in a series of disturbing games to stay alive.

Heads roll, limbs are sliced and minds are shattered, as the two opposing groups go head to head to ensure they are the ones that win the ultimate battle of survival !!!

Here's the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VBVU6NM5ic&t=8s

NO CALLER ID (10mins)

A young woman receives a mysterious call in the night. After several strange occurrences she realises that she is not alone and that she may be in grave danger.

BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM

Brand new for 2017 is this independent Midlands phantasmagoria lovingly crafted by film-makers with a passion for the bizarre and the macabre romanticism of real-life folklore in the cinema. Fans of traditional ghost stories as well as silent terrors such as Haxan and the films of Guy Maddin will delight in this spooky journey through the 1940's darkest undercurrents.

In 1943 a group of boys wandering the woodland of Hagley Hall discovered the remains of an unknown woman stuffed inside a hollowed Wych Elm tree. To this day her identity is still unknown. In 1944 however, mysterious graffiti began to adorn the walls of the neighboring towns; WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM. Somebody knew but who? This curious folk phantasmagoria feverishly displays the known possibilities which take us from the mystical realms of witchcraft, restless ghosts to sinister WW2 espionage. Bella In The Wych Elm will intrigue, and frighten in all it's quaint yet claustrophobic glory.

Narrated by 'Tatty' Dave Jones
Appearing in this film are: Sarah L Page, James Underwood, Lee Mark Jones, Traci Templer, James Taylor, Matias Barnes, Adam Mancrief, Martin Pugh, Isaac Trevallion, Barry Anscomb-Moon, Jim Heal, Peter Grail, Sofia Barnes, Hanna Rose Hawkins, Megan McKechnie, Richard Quarterman
Voice of Una, New forest enchantress, Spirit voice by Ria Parfitt
Music by The Worrisome Ankletrout
Bella's melancholia written by Craigus Barry
Based on the articles of W. Byford Jones
Written, Shot, Edited, Produced and Directed by Tom Lee Rutter

Review quotes:
'**** SUBLIMELY UNSETTLING...LIKELY THE CREEPIEST THING YOU'LL HAVE SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME.' - Rob Talbot; Scream Horror Magazine

''THIS IS FILM AS ART...BEAUTIFUL AND INTRIGUING AND MIND EXPANDING.'' - m. j. simpson

''AN ODD BUT BEGUILING FILM...A TRIUMPH'' - dark eyes of london

''A DARK DELIGHT'' - midlands movies

''Bella in the Wych Elm succeeds spectacularly. It’s a smart, clever, beautifully constructed piece'' - Howard Ingham; Folk horror revival

DEAD MOUSE PRODUCTIONS FILMING :
PENNYWISE - The Story of IT

After already filming over 40 interviews of the cast and crew of Stephen Kings IT including Tim Curry, Richard Thomas, Seth Green, Brandon Crane, Tommy Lee Wallace and many more.

Birmingham-born Producer Gary Smart and the crew of the documentary will be in attendance at Birmingham Horror Con to film a special feature with the cast of IT for the forthcoming Blu-ray release in 2018.




FILM SCREENING: THE 7th DAY (40 mins)

We're very pleased to announce this film - shot on location in Birmingham.

As the West Midlands lies in disrepair, all plans of the future fall into dismay for Jason, Brad, and Ethan.

The unlikely threesome are forced to band together in an unforgiving world, where allies are as scarce as food and water.
As the forsaken lands and blood thirsty dead force the group to head back into the city, unforeseen friendships and betrayal awaited them.

Is this apocalypse a smite from God or something much more sinister?

LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES

ENCHANTICO & THE GIRLS OF GORELESQUE

They are HOT and they are sassy, Enchantico and the Girls of Gorelesque are going to bring beauty and Burlesque live on stage for your entertainment with their dance act.

“Embracing all things weird, wonderful and mainly Gothic we use this to our advantage incorporating them into our performances. Specialising in Burlesque and branching out to other forms like fire, pyro and aerial. Based in Liverpool and containing 3 main crazy horror girls.

Vedma is our animal loving, gore obsessed little witch, you don't want to get on her bad side.

Kat Von Quinn is our wild girl, a thing of your nightmares, or dreams depending what your into...

And lastly we have Lex Cole, she may seem like our little fairy but she's definitely not a good one!

Find us on FB and Instagram @Enchantico or drop us an email Enchantico@outlook.com

Don't miss our nightmare filled act. We look forward to seeing you there”

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