Terror time

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

6151 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95819

(916) 452-5883

It’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween. Besides, there’s an event this weekend certain to get you in the mood for something dark and terrifying. Horror-film producer, director and actor, Reyna Young—a.k.a. Miss Misery—is throwing a festival called Days of Terror: Sacramento Horror Convention this Friday and Saturday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. It’s basically two full days of films, music, meet and greets with horror actors, a haunted house, makeup and special-effects showcases, costume contests, zombie walks, and a screaming contest.

Hardcore horror fanatics will appreciate celebrity guest appearances by actors such as Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Suze Lanier-Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist) and Tom Fridley (The Karate Kid). Meanwhile, casual and longtime horror fans alike can browse comic books, vendor booths and watch screenings of They Came From the Attic (Friday, 1 p.m.), The Good Sisters (Friday, 3 p.m.), Frankenstein: Day of the Beast (Friday, 5 p.m.), Welcome to my Darkside! Women in Horror Documentary (Saturday, 11 a.m., directed by Young), Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.) and The Black Dahlia Haunting (Saturday, 3 p.m.).

Those who want to get in on the action should check out the scream contest (Friday), the costume contest (Saturday) and the zombie walk (Saturday). The scream contest will be hosted by actress and model Maxine Wasa, and the best screamer will be awarded a role in an upcoming Last Doorway Productions horror film. Zombie walkers on Saturday will slither and creep toward a costume contest hosted by actress Kaci Hansen and judged by actors Kenneth J. Hall, Michelle Tomlinson and Dave Reda.

Friday, September 28, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 per day or $35 for both. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H Street, (916) 452-5833; www.daysofterror.com.