Horror Realm celebrates its fifth fall convention with a haunting weekend Friday through Sunday of costume contests, screenings, celebrity sightings and screams at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.
Among the movies on display is the debut of locally made "Jagoff Massacre" at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Tim Gross film is described as a bloody chase on a winter night in Greenfield, when local drunks Chosky and Stutch run afoul of inept Satanists.
Other screenings are the Japanese cut of "The Toxic Avenger," with four minutes of added footage; documentaries "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th"; "More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead"; and "Adjust Your Tracking," about the underground VHS culture. Horror Realm also has a VHS viewing room that features horror films that have never been released to DVD.
Panelists include West Virginia native Josh Stewart (Friday at 7:15 p.m.), who got his break when he was cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the series "Third Watch." He also has played Detective William LaMontagne Jr. on "Criminal Minds" and has appeared on "The Walking Dead." Among his films, he was Brad Pitt's crewmate Pleasant Curtis in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and was a henchman to the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises."
PJ Soles became known as "The Totally Girl" in 1978 for her role opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in 1978's "Halloween." The actress who also was seen in "Rock 'n' Roll High School" with the Ramones and had roles in "Private Benjamin" and "Stripes" appears at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Nicholas Brendon, best known as Xander on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," is featured at 4 p.m. that day. He has had recurring roles on "Criminal Minds" and "Private Practice," and his horror cred includes 2002's "Demon Island" and the yet-to-be-released film "The Morningside Monster."
• Literary panels feature authors Mike Watt, Will Bozarth, Nelson Pyles and Eric Lowther, while other panels have titles such as "Ogre," "Scream Park" and "Corpsing."
• The annual costume contest is at 9 p.m. Saturday, followed by the '70s celebration "I Spit on Your Party" at 10.
Convention hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Weekend passes are $35; single day (Friday or Saturday) $15; two-day (Saturday-Sunday) $20; and Sunday $10. Details on guests, tickets, full schedule and more: www.horrorrealmcon.com.