Calgary’s First Halloween-Themed Convention and Exhibition Announces a Star-Studded Celebrity Lineup
Fans of Halloween, cosplay, sci-fi and the horror genres have lots to cheer about as the creators of the popular Screamfest announced today that Calgary will be host to the inaugural HEX – Halloween & Entertainment Expo.
Combining celebrity appearances, zombie-filled haunted houses, escape rooms, thrill rides, a screening room, seminars and workshops, freaky carnival games and a Halloween-focused tradeshow, this unique event will occupy 180,000 sq ft of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park from Friday, October 11h to Monday, October 14th, 2019.
Organizers Mike Sheppard and Kevin Blackburn have combined their companies’ experiences to produce HEX. Sheppard, who created and produced the very popular Screamfest in Calgary and Edmonton for 13 years, describes the show as what you might get if you combined a Comic-Con or Comic Expo with a Halloween or horror theme.
“We’ve had such great success with Screamfest over the past 13 years that we knew we could take it to a whole new level. There are so many people in Calgary who love the horror genres and sci-fi genres of movies and there is such a large and passionate cosplay community that love to dress up as their favourite characters, this will give them another opportunity to do just that,” said Sheppard.
Sheppard has joined forces with Canwest Productions, Canada’s largest independent tradeshow producer. Canwest, who produces shows from Montreal to Victoria, is best known by Calgarians for producing the Wedding Fair, Calgary Woman’s Show, Tattoo & Arts Festival, Taboo Show and Baby & Tot Shows.
ORGANIZERS ANNOUNCED PART OF THEIR HEX CELEBRITY LINEUP TODAY.
Halloween’s “Michael Myers” Nick Castle
When asked to rank their most chillingly terrifying figures in film, horror genre fans repeatedly rank the slasher film Halloween and its serial killing Michael Myers as their scariest. Now HEX fans will have the opportunity to meet Nick Castle, the actor who gave life to the terrifying Myers character.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Cast including “Freddy Kruger” Robert Englund
While Michael Myers may be ranked as scariest, horror fans have ranked A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger as the third scariest horror movie villain of all time and HEX fans can meet Robert Englund in person. Englund will be joined by A Nightmare on Elm Street co-stars, Andras Jones “Rick”, Brooke Bundy “Elaine”, Brooke Thiess “Debbie”, Danny Hassel “Dan”, Lisa Wilcox “Alice” and others which are still to be announced.
Die-hard fans of the midnight movie cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show or his 14-times certified platinum album Bat Out of Hell, will cherish the opportunity to meet Meat Loaf in person at HEX.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial cast
Fans of the 1982 Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be thrilled to meet several members of the original cast including “Elliott” Henry Thomas, “Tyler” C. Thomas Howell (also known for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man, Red Dawn and The Outsiders), Matthew DeMeritt, the actor, born without legs, who played the 3 ft tall E.T., “Mary” Dee Wallace and “Elliott’s brother Michael” Robert MacNaughton.
Actor, Ted Raimi
Ted Raimi is best known for his roles in Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and as “Ted Hoffman” in the three Spider Man movies, but is also a favorite of horror movie fans for his roles in Deadwax, Evil Dead and Deathly Spirits.
Admission to HEX also includes admission into The Hex Screening Screaming Room and Film Festival which will screen independent Halloween/Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed films, cult-classics and more.
Several seminars and workshops are being planned to offer fans a variety of information including applying horror makeup, prop making and some celebrity Q&A panels. “Our goal is to make HEX the biggest Halloween and horror-themed convention and exhibition in the country,” said Canwest’s Blackburn.
Fans of costumes, horror, zombies, sci-fi or anything that goes bump in the night typically have to wait for the final week of October to dust off their costumes or cosplay outfits and celebrate the Halloween culture. HEX will allow them to do it earlier and on a much bigger scale.
Sheppard and Blackburn say in future years they may produce HEX earlier in the year, maybe in August or maybe later in March. Sheppard says, “the bottom line is people won’t have to be limited to October 31st to get their HEX on!”
Organizers expect to announce more celebrities and features over the coming months.