Festival Fever: Zombies Rejoice as FantaCon Returns!
FantaCon is back…
The comic book, horror and fantasy convention FantaCon is being held on Saturday & Sunday (September 14 & 15) at the Albany Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road. The first FantaCon was held in August, 1979, and now 34 years later, it’s finally back! The convention features horror film actors, comic book artists, and lots of vendors with tons of rare merchandise – all providing an intimate convention experience.
The convention runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16 per day in advance; $20 at the door; children age 10 and younger are free with each paid adult admission. Advance two-day tickets are also available for $30.
Ahhh, but that’s not all of the undead fun that’s happening around town this week…
Dress in your best zombie attire and gruesome make-up, and you can be part of the FantaCon fun, crawling through the streets of downtown Albany in the Zombie Walk. Festivities kick off at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at 6:30pm on Thursday (September 12), as a mob of performers will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” followed by the Zombie Walk along Clinton Avenue toward the Palace Theatre. NOTE: A Quarantine Zone will be established on the sidelines for spectators hoping to get a good look at the zombies without risking infection.
And here’s a round-up of the other ghoulish special events that are being presented at the Palace Theatre in conjunction with FantaCon. Admission is $13 for each evening at the Palace; a three-night pass is also available for $30:
THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 12)
7pm: Zombies and fans will make their way into the Palace Theatre for the judging and announcement of Best Zombie. Then at 7:30pm there’s a screening of George Romero’s 1968 original “The Night of the Living Dead” followed by an on-stage 45th anniversary cast reunion and panel discussion with stars John Russo, Russ Streiner, Judy O’Dea, Kyra Schon, George Kosana and Judith Ridley.
FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 13)
7pm: The Palace Theatre hosts a special Friday the 13th Celebration. The evening will begin with the screening of the original 1980 “Friday the 13th” film, introduced by Ari Lehman, who starred in the film as the first Jason Voorhees. The screening will be followed by a live concert, as Lehman fronts his horror-punk-metal band First Jason through such time-honored monster-metal anthems as “Jason Never Dies,” “The Machete Is My Friend” and “You Better Run.”
SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 14)
7pm: The Palace Theatre hosts Zombie Fest, featuring screenings of three all-time fan-fave zombie films which have not appeared on the big screen in decades – Lucio Fulci’s unrelenting 1980 zombie gore-fest, “Zombie”; Tom Savini’s action-packed 1990 re-make “Night of the Living Dead”; and Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 “The Return of the Living Dead.” “They’re back from the grave and ready to party!!”