Horror on show as scary guests come to town

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Horror Con 2017. Pic © Becky Jones/JMU Journalism

Fans of all things gore gathered at Kings Dock for a weekend of frightfully good entertainment.

‘Horror con’ gave film buffs the opportunity to meet the actors and actresses of the most prestigious scary movies of all time.

With Halloween approaching, many attendees were keen to get into the spirit of the event, dressing as characters from their favourite films.

Ari Lehman (Jason Voorhees) from the 1980 classic, Friday 13th, Laurence Harvey (Martin) from the Human Centipede sequel, and Caroline Munro from Dracula, were just a few of the famous faces scattered around Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre.

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Fright fanatic, Bella Coppack, who was dressed as IT the clown, told JMU Journalism: “I came down this weekend because I love horror and wanted to see people from the movies I love. I’m looking forward to seeing the Nightmare on Elm Street actors the most, it’ll be interesting to see them in real life.”

Stalls were set up around the venue, including everything from special effects make-up to spooky book shops and pop-up tattoo parlours.

Horror Con 2017. Pic © Becky Jones/JMU Journalism

The event even gave people the chance to look around the Hall of Horrors – a series of recreated sets from movies such as Saw and The Curse of Chucky. Author Nick Stead was also on hand to sign copies of his supernatural and dark fantasy books.

Live performances and photo shoots were plentiful throughout the weekend. Burlesque dancers, ‘The Girls of Gorelesque’, and live music from Friday 13th star Lehman and G Tom Mac were well attended, along with cosplay competitions.

Aaron Evans, a local from Wirral, was particularly impressed by the turn-out. He told JMU Journalism; “I think it’s great that something like this has come to Liverpool. I’ve always liked horror films and clearly I’m not the only one.”

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