JACKSON, MI – Cosplayers came out to enjoy the 7th annual Blood Bash, an International Horror Film Festival and Convention at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in Jackson on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024.
Blood Bash consisted of vendors, a showing of short horror films, a cosplay contest, game shows, the Scream Queen contest and carnival games.
The festival is open to any horror film all over the world, with submissions from 17 countries including the US, Spain, Nigeria and Russia.
There were 1,576 films entered, narrowed down to the top 50 for the film festival split between Friday night and Saturday’s convention. Films are limited to 4-20 minutes long.
There were over 50 vendors, each selling horror-themed items, ranging from art, dolls, collectibles and jewelry.
Attendees came from Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Detroit and some from Milwaukee and Ohio.
Around 50 people competed in the cosplay contest, showing their creative horror-themed costumes. Some dressed as characters from popular horror movies, such as The Addams Family and Carrie, while some posed as zombies and killer clowns.
Almost 30 people competed in the Scream Queen contest, where each person got a chance to scream as loud as they could onstage, with the final three contestants getting a second scream.
Last year’s returning champion, Bethany Mahan of Jackson regained her title as the Scream Queen. Mahan, dressed as Five Nights at Freddie’s Marie Antoinette, competed with her niece.
“It was crazy, we were the last two people. I sat down, [and] didn’t expect to hear my name again,” said Mahan. “As soon as I came back up the entire front row plugged their ears.”
Mahan plans to return next year to defend her title, but isn’t sure about her costume.
“It’s a lot bigger than when we started,” said Bloodbash founder James Seagraves. “I got some vendors who this is literally the only show they do. That’s the ultimate compliment to me.”