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Fear Fete frightens attendees at Coast Coliseum

Photo of Robert Kurtzman as he applied makeup for a Freddy Krueger movie. (Photo source: WLOX News) Photo of Robert Kurtzman as he applied makeup for a Freddy Krueger movie. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A mold of one of Kurtzman's movie characters. (Photo source: WLOX News) A mold of one of Kurtzman's movie characters. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Entrance to the Zombie Survival Experience. (Photo source: WLOX News) Entrance to the Zombie Survival Experience. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Fear Fete attendees say they had a frightening good time at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday.

From costume contests, to celebrity speakers, there was something for everyone; especially those who love all things scary. 
 
“Whether you like television, movies, books, art, costume play, we have that here,” said Public Relations Director and co-organizer, Justin Rude.

Fear Fete moved to Biloxi from Baton Rouge in 2013. Although it has become a full-blown horror experience, organizers say they haven't strayed too far from film festival roots. 

“We accept hundreds of different independent films, both short films and feature length, from all around the world," said Rude. "We pair those down to 18 [films] into six different blocks over two days.”

For 2015, the convention featured several well-known professionals from the world of scary movies; including the special effects artist behind Freddy Krueger.

“I'm really here just to sign autographs. I bring a few collectible things so people can kind of get a piece of a movie or some sort of memorabilia from the film,” said celebrity special effects artist Robert Kurtzman.

For attendees not into celebrity guests and costume contests, there was the zombie survival experience. Participants had the opportunity to fight off terrifying zombies with laser guns. 

“Horror fans are the most loyal, and some would say maybe a little more crazier fans,” said Rude.

Fans of all ages turned out for the scare-filled event. 

“I think it's awesome how much prosthetics there are, and how good people build their costumes,” said young Gage Hudson.

Although Fear Fete may seem a little spooky, Rude assures that there's something for everyone.

“We try to be hospitable to all who come, and we don't just cater to horror. Like I said, we cater to the science fiction and different genres,” said Rude.

Saturday’s events concluded with a pub crawl in Ocean Springs, participants were encouraged to wear costumes.

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