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Sinister Creature Con Coming To Stockton Arena
Characters will come to life at Sinister Creature Con being hosted at the Stockton Arena on June 10 and 11, like these two from the 1988 Tim Burton comedy-fantasy film Beetlejuice. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Sinister Creature Con will be held at the Stockton Arena this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 to give horror and sci-fi enthusiasts a behind-the-scenes look into horror films both past and present. The convention will host more than 80 industry insiders from painters and sculptors to filmmakers and SFX studios. Together they will bring a massive display of horror and sci-fi related items like prototype sculptures, props, masks, antiques and oddities to the convention.

Attendees will have the opportunity to join makeup application workshops, foam fabric and airbrush classes, cosplay competitions and panels led by industry specialists. Additionally, Sinister Creature Con will give attendees the unique opportunity to meet champions from Syfy’s Face Off. Rashad Santiago (Season 6), Rayce Bird (Season 2) and Nicole Chilelli (Season 3) will provide live SFX demos and workshops designed to expose the art of the creature. Face Off judge and Academy Award winner Ve Neill will also be in attendance.

“This convention focuses on the artistic aspect of horror films,” said Tim Meunier, Convention Founder and Director. “More than any other genre, horror demands a tremendous amount of talent and creativity from CG artists, special makeup effects artists and sculptors. Their painstaking work often goes underappreciated – but horror just wouldn’t be ‘horror’ without them. That is why we developed Sinister Creature Con; to celebrate these behind-the-scenes artists and bring them into the spotlight.”

Attendees of Sinister Creature Con will meet celebrities, scream queens and film directors from horror film classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween III, and more. Contemporary horror audiences will enjoy the American Mary Reunion, featuring directors The Soska Sisters and actresses Katharine Isabelle and Tristan Risk. This is the only horror, sci-fi, and fantasy convention in Northern California that celebrates both the nostalgic and contemporary art of making the intangible real through makeup application and artistic fabrication.

Visit Sinister Creature Con and learn how special effects and makeup application are used to create the characters you love to fear. Free admission is available for children ages ten and under.

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Sinister Creature Con is a bi-annual horror convention that provides an experience unlike any other. Each June and October the event celebrates past and present – from the nostalgic to the contemporary – and has a little something for every horror artist and fan. Its purpose is to serve and promote the art as well as horror genre artists that have given us wonderfully terrifying creatures like Frankenstein, Freddie Krueger, The Shape, Chucky and Jigsaw. We invite you to come, be inspired, create and scare us.

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