Inside Spooky Empire’s May-Hem 2011 with Bruce Campbell, a chainsaw, costumed Deadites, and horror hilarity – in 3D!

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Halloween season is here! Wait, no it’s not. It’s not even summer yet. But that didn’t stop the Deadites at Spooky Empire from putting on a ghoulishly good time with their first May-Hem event, which took place May 27-29, 2011 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive. With hundreds of guests pouring in to Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend each year, it was decided to branch out and offer horror aficionados a chance to get together outside October.

And May-Hem certainly delivered. Over three days and nights, attendees walked the convention halls by day, meeting celebrities and browsing macabre merchandise, and partied by night, with undead dancing and lively entertainment. Throughout it all, our roaming cameras captured much of the excitement in video and hundreds of photos. So enough with the words. Let’s get on with the picture show.

First up, take at video trip around the May-Hem show floor and celebrity meet-and-greet area, stopping to chat with special guests Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston Esq. from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and the ladies from Evil Dead, amongst others:

For three days and nights, our intrepid cameraman Michael Gavin lived, ate, and slept May-Hem, snapping photos all the while. The result is nearly 400 photos capturing the merchandise, celebrities, exhibits, presentations, VIP parties, and attendees. (So if you were there, you just might see yourself here!) But I know 400 pictures is a lot to sift through, hoping to find that one great shot of Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell using a chainsaw to cut a themed cake (yeah, that happened) or bikini-clad zombie girls lounging around a pool (yep, that happened too). So I’m going to make your life easier.

Before we get to the complete slide show of all our May-Hem photos, I share with you a few highlights that give a good sense of what the event was all about. Then you can decide if you belong with Spooky Empire or if this crowd’s just not your thing. Horror fans are definitely a specific breed with similar tastes in clothing, entertainment, and music, each of which often revolves around massive amounts of fake blood. So if you’re squeamish, you may not want to press on. Consider yourself warned.

And there’s a special reward for those of you who make it to the bottom. Get your red/blue anaglyph glasses out (or a Nintendo 3DS) and keep on scrollin’ to find some fun 3D photos from within the May-Hem halls.

Highlights from Spooky Empire’s May-Hem 2011:

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Horror legend Bruce Campbell ready to meet fans at Spooky Empire's May-Hem in Orlando.
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A Bruce Campbell doppelganger arrives.
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Bruce's voice will be featured in Disney's upcoming Cars 2!
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Nearby, Ted Raimi is... well, he's just Ted Raimi.
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The ladies of Evil Dead are more than happy to tell tales of excessive gore.
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And if The Evil Dead isn't enough, how about The Walking Dead too? Here's star Jon Bernthal pointing menacingly. The girl too.
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Zombies come in all ages. Addy Miller is one of the show's youngest stars.
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But Bill Hinzman is a much older zombie. Zombie #1, in fact, from Night of the Living Dead.
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Alex Winter knows a bit about zombies himself, after rising from the dead in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Death sucks at Twister.
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Anthony Michael Hall played opposite Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. I suppose that's close enough to a zombie.
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Land shark!
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It's all part of Chris Kiszka's incredible Jaws collection.
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Elsewhere on the May-Hem show floor, attendees can take a virtual ride to a funeral inside a closed coffin. If this doesn't scream Spooky Empire, I don't know what does.
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It helps to be dead (or undead) when riding...
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...but even young Deadites enjoy the trip.