For fans of scary movies, the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors is like the prom, Renaissance Fair and Comic-Con all in one. It's a veritable who's who of horror spanning three days. Those splattering tangy tales include directors Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man), Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist), Herschell Gordon Lewis (Two Thousand Maniacs, Wizard of Gore), Tom Savini (makeup artist on Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th) and Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger). But wait — there's horror! The “Masters of Italian Horror” panel includes Italian horror master Ruggero Deodate (Cannibal Holocaust), and there's a “Babysitter Wanted” panel. Actors on (bloodied) hand include Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) and Doug Bradley, who, if you're still reading, you know as Hellraiser's Pinhead. All kinds of contests, too, including a Spooks Model Contest, a Creepy Make-Up Artist Magazine Costume Contest, and a Terrifying Savage Tattoo Contest — plus an attempt to break the world's record for Zombie Walkers (Sat., April 18, 9 a.m.).

Fri., April 17, 2-8 p.m.; Sat., April 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2009

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