One Bloody Weekend: Spooky Empire’s May-Hem

The MurderHers headed out to Orlando, Florida last weekend for the first annual Spooky Empire’s May-Hem Horror Convention. Being regulars to Spooky Empire’s October show – we had high hopes for this con – and?

We weren’t disappointed.

Photo: Gores Truly

As soon as the doors opened on Friday night – there was blood, boobs, and booze all around. Guests like Anthony Michael Hall, Norman Reedus, and Sean Patrick Flanery joined con-goers for some wicked fun Friday night at the Zombie/Dead Man’s Party.

As far as beer-goggled eyes could see, the entire pool deck was overrun by zombies ranging from sexy pin-ups to blood dripping piles of flesh. And a bonus – Bill Hinzman (Cemetary Zombie – Night of the Living Dead) came out in costume to join the debauchary.

Live music kept the party going – and we have to say we were more than impressed with Cowboy Mafia. But Friday Night’s highlight? The Zombie Costume Contest! The horde took the stage and the $500 winnings went to . . . Zombie Dorothy. Somewhere in the universe, the Scarecrow had a stroke.

Photo: Bill Clar

Saturday was the main event. Despite there being a smaller crowd than usual – in comparison to October’s event – Petey and the Spooky Empire crew really stepped up the guest and special exhibits. Fan of JAWS? Then you would have DIED for the JAWS museum. Not only was “Bruce the Shark” there (At least half of him – The best head anyone got at the con), but there were props and memorabilia galore.

Photo: Gores Truly

And right next to the JAWS exhibit? An Evil Dead one. From Ash’s severed hand to the original Necronomicon(s) – anything an Evil Dead Head could wish for was available to view. Bonus? Tom SullivanGreg Nicotero – the artists behind many of the works in the Evil Dead were ready  to answer questions, sign art work, and? Tell jokes. Seriously – Greg has to be one of the funniest people we’ve met.

Saturday was full of Q&A Panels; including some with cast members of The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, and one by the man himself – Bruce Campbell. Panels were so packed that bodies lined the walls – especially at Mr. Campbell’s. Being a good sport that he is, he spent most of the panels answering fan questions, ogling at their Evil Dead tattoos, and thoroughly enjoying himself and his fans.

Saturday Night’s VIP Party was one of the con-highlights for the MurderHers. The party, put on by Spooky Empire and Moshi Moshi Productions, was quite possibly the best yet in  Spooky Empire’s history.

Photo: Michael Gavin -

The VIP cake this year was – of course – Evil Dead themed. Eric Woller from Patty Cake’s was the mad-man behind this rad creation and it stood in all its glory for only a few moments before Bruce Campbell cut the first slice . . . with a chainsaw. And then? He dragged the entire crew of Evil Dead guests on stage to share some of their favorite memories from filming. And bonus – Boris and Meg were there as a deadite and fem-Ash and did a few shimmies on stage and shakes on the pole with the crew. Ahhh, memories – right?

To make the night better – the pool party was raging by the time the VIP crew spilled out of the Wyndham ballroom. Friday night was a teaser in comparison to the Saturday night festivities. There were also bands jammin’ outside AND inside – Boris took some time away from the pool to enjoy some of the darker industrial melodies performed by The Ludovico Technique.

Overall, May-Hem was totally worth the time and money. We had a chance to meet and grab the business cards of some really great vendors (and spent too much on horror garb) who we are looking forward to feature on the site in the near future. But the best part of the show was the fans. Our favorite costume of the weekend?

These guys. Rock on barf dudes. Photo: Gores Truly

Needless to say, the MurderHers had a BLOODY good time. We can’t wait for October’s show – especially since it was announced that the Chiodo Brothers of Killer Klowns from Outerspace fame will be guests! See you crazy cats there.


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