Gremlins, Exorcist star Linda Blair, and Judith O’Dea from Night of the Living Dead. Daily admission is $25 to $35 in advance, $30 to $40 at the door. A weekend pass is $60. Event hours vary. See madmonster.com for more details.
Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t recommend getting within slashing distance of any horror film villain, let alone one as insidiously evil as Pinhead from the Hellraiser series. At this year’s Mad Monster Arizona, however, folks who’ve got the gumption (as well as $260 for a group of up to four) can meet the actual character IRL. That’s because Doug Bradley, the actor who played the Cenobite leader in the first two Hellraisers, will become the character and interact with fans in a creepy setting straight from the films. A slew of other actors and actresses from horror will also appear at the convention, albeit not in character, which takes place from Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, at the We-Ko-Pa Resort, 10438 North Fort McDowell Road in Scottsdale. The lineup includes Zach Galligan from