PHOTO GALLERY: Stars bring crowds to Magna HorrorCon UK 2017 fest

By Dave Doyle | 16/05/2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Stars bring crowds to Magna HorrorCon UK 2017 fest
Variations on Frankenstein’s Monster, from the Monster Charity Project.

THERE was gore galore at a star-studded national horror convention last weekend.

Fright fans from around the country visited Magna for HorrorCon UK 2017 — a festival of all things fearsome.

Celebrity guests included Sid Haig, better known as killer clown Captain Spaulding in The Devil’s Rejects.

He was joined by Cassandra Peterson — most famous for portraying horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

She took to Twitter during the event, praising attendees for their Elvira costumes and tattoos.

And John Jarratt — star of outback murderfest Wolf Creek — travelled from Australia to meet and greet the crowds.

The stars took part in Q&A sessions before chatting with fans and posing for pictures.

There were short movie screenings, featuring judges’ top picks from Sheffield film festival Celluloid Screams.

And a macabre market in the main hall sold cosplay props, comics and even creepy cupcakes.

There was also a peculiar petting zoo featuring hairless rats, tarantulas and snakes.

More than 3,000 people attended the two-day convention, many in impressive, movie-inspired costumes.

Organiser Gill Bell said: “The celebrity guests were really popular — Sid kept going all day to make sure he signed autographs for all his fans, only finishing at 6pm on Saturday. Then he did it all again on Sunday.

“Fans of Elvira were delighted to meet Cassandra, as she hasn’t been to the UK recently. We noticed many a teary eye leaving her table.

“And John was delighted to be in Sheffield, as he is a big fan of Joe Cocker.”

She added: “Many people said Magna being ideal for a horror convention, as it is a lot like a horror film set.”

See below for a selection of pictures courtesy of Lee Evans.

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