MIAMI, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The most terrifying villains from the greatest fright films of all time turn the high seas into their newest hunting ground next Halloween when the very first SHIP OF FEAR: A HORROR CRUISE, hosted by Tom Holland, sets sail in October 2013. Led by the Architect of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, directors and actors from genre-defining films including Child's Play, Candyman, Phantasm, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Friday the 13th, The Howling, Pet Sematary and more will roam the decks with macabre illusionists, performance artists and rock stars for five full-moonlit nights of madness for horror fans aboard.
Launched by ECP, the world's largest independent cruise production company, and StarVista, THE SHIP OF FEAR (a full ship charter) departs on its maiden voyage from Miami, FL on October 28, 2013. The Carnival Victory will sail Halloween week with stops in Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport before returning to Miami on November 2nd. Horror/thriller network Chiller has joined the cruise as a presenting sponsor, running extensive promotions on the network, onboard events and establishing co-branding opportunities.
"Ship of Fear is a culmination of everything I love about the horror genre; the movies, the monsters, the special effects and especially the fans," says film writer/director and cruise host Tom Holland. "What we have in store will be unlike any other convention experience out there - we're planning an immersive experience for devotees that includes panels and screenings of many beloved genre classics, horror-themed parties and costume contests as well as daily signings and other special events including bringing five of the Masters of Horror together in front of their fans for a rare group appearance."
THE SHIP OF FEAR will pay homage to the horror genre in all forms; from daily panels and classic horror film reunions (featuring appearances by many of the genre's biggest names in front of and behind the camera) to costume contests, live talent demonstrations and more. The non-stop fun features appearances by stars Zach Galligan ("Gremlins, Hatchet 3"), Reggie Bannister ("Phantasm" series), R.A. "Leatherface" Mihailoff, Ed "Chucky" Gale, Kane "Jason" Hodder, Tony "Candyman" Todd, Belinda Balaski ("The Howling") and directors Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play), Don Coscarelli ("Phantasm," "The Beastmaster," "Bubba Ho-Tep"), Mick Garris (television's "Masters of Horror," "The Stand," "Freddy's Nightmares"), Joe Dante (The Howling, Piranha, Gremlins), and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary) as well as live musical performances by Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Corey Feldman and Truth Movement. On the Ship of Fear, the terror never ends!
Cruisers aboard the Ship of Fear will also be able to go behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's best special effects and make-up artists and join performance artists such as the irreverent steam-punk, zombie hunting team, League of S.T.E.A.M. Horror fans will be captivated by illusionists, nightly movie screenings with Q&A's, an amateur horror film festival, party it up during "Screech on the Beach" (held on Carnival's own private island), a Zombie Prom on Halloween night and meet with many more surprises.
Reservations for cabins on this cruise may be made now by visiting www.ShipOfFear.com or calling (toll free) 855-770-1313. Special "before dawn" cabin rates will be in effect until December 31, 2012 and start at $729 per person. Rates include all meals, concerts, entertainment and onboard activities.
About StarVista and Direct Holdings Global:
StarVista Entertainment creates and delivers timeless and authentic multimedia and live entertainment experiences that help people remember, relive, and reconnect to meaningful times from the past. StarVista Entertainment specializes in providing consumers with the highest quality audio, video, and live entertainment experiences. In 2010, Direct Holdings Global launched its StarVista Live Entertainment division with the inaugural sailing of the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, now an annual event, and is expanding to include the Soul Train Cruises, The Celtic Thunder Cruise and The Ship of Fear: A Horror Cruise in 2013.
Direct Holdings Global, most notably associated with the success of the Time Life brand, is a multi-channel marketer, distributor, and leader in entertainment and lifestyle direct-to-consumer marketing. Other successful, respected brands in the company's broad portfolio include StarVista Entertainment, Saguaro Road, KitchenTek, and Lifestyle Products Group.
About ECP-CHARTER CRUISES, LLC
The largest private music charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based ECP-CHARTER CRUISES, LLC owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea (www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com) and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to work with StarVista for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com), The Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com) and The Celtic Thunder Cruise (www.celticthundercruise.com). ECP-CHARTER CRUISES, LLC prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.
Chiller is the only cable channel devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller's eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Fear Factor) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (Dead Like Me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tales from the Darkside, Outer Limits). Chiller is currently available in over 42 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.
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