Horror Fans to Gather for Motor City Nightmares this Summer

The convention will feature creatives who have worked on ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ and more
Motor City Nightmares PC Jeff Zornow
Motor City Nightmares comes to Novi later this month. // Image courtesy of Jeff Zornow

Horror and film convention Motor City Nightmares is to be held July 29-31 in Novi this year. The convention will have a film festival featuring up-and-coming filmmakers, vendors, artists, parties, special guests, and more.

Over 20 celebrities from horror and popular culture films and television will be in panels, round tables, photo-ops, and more. Some of the special guests expected to appear at this year’s con include Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, and Night of the Living Dead makeup artist Tom Savini; the Night of the Living Dead writer Jack Russo; Friday the 13th actress Melanie Kinnaman; and Dawn of the Dead actor Ken Foree.

One of Motor City Nightmares’ biggest attractions is the annual film festival where all kinds of filmmakers submit their films for viewing and watch them with fans. The films are judged in categories like best actor, best screenplay, bets costume design, best sci-fi feature, best horror feature, best thriller feature, and best fantasy feature. Some of last year’s featured films include best thriller feature winner The Andy Baker Tapes, best horror feature winner Bad Candy, and Michigan made winner The Tenant.

The con will also have over 30 different vendors selling merchandise such as posters, jewelry, clothing, photos, collectibles, and more. Local shops like Crypt Keepers Halloween Emporium, horror mashup art vendor Scream Prints, and horror clothing and apparel store Merch Massacre are expected to be on site. There will also be artists like Creature Feature Photography, tile and jewelry shop Dancing Eye Gallery, Matt Peppler Illustration & Graphic Design, author Lisa Fedel, and rapper Speed Gang. Other activities guests can look forward to at Motor City Nightmares include parties on both Friday night and Saturday night, as well as the Miss Nightmare pageant and the costume contest.

Held at the Sheraton Detroit Novi hotel at 21111 Haggerty Road, Motor City Nightmares has several different tiers of tickets for purchase online. The standard weekend pass is $80.

Tommy Brunswick, a Michigan native and horror film director and producer known for films like The Remake and They Must Eat, is the owner and organizer of Motor City Nightmares. Brunswick founded the event in 2008, and this is the 13th year it’s taking place.

For more information visit motorcitynightmares.com.

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