Few of you know exactly how much of a horror fan I am but the truth is….I take it to a whole new level of fandom. I am absolutely in love with horror conventions and go to several when I can. This one was a little bit different for me though as I now embraced a different role outside of being just another horror fan. I now am able to actually take my experiences and write them out for you all to enjoy, laugh, cry, and quite possibly turn away from in disgust….nah, just kidding. There will be a lot of things that I will write about in here, but there are just some things that you have to be there to experience for yourselves to understand the magnitude of how awesome they are. Pictures and videos could not describe them, so those things I will keep to myself until you guys can come hang with me!
Oh yeah….that advertisement above is where I was at. Can you talk about freaking awesome?? This also was one of the first conventions that I stayed at the hotel where it was all going down, so I got to party hard and have fun. Oh boy did I! Day one was amazing from the get go, as I ventured from the 6 hour drive on Thursday to get to the convention and finally checked in with my party. Lots of people were already there, standing around outside the front of the hotel chatting and smoking cigarettes. I saw a few familiar faces as I ventured inside, dropped off my things in the room, and set out to explore the hotel. Many of the celebrity guests were checking in as well, so it would be nothing to share an elevator with Ed Guinn and his wife. Bumped into the bride and groom, Diva of the Dead and Nightmare Man Wild Bill, who were excited about their wedding the next day. Yep, they got married at the convention and it was awesome! After hanging out with the director and cast members of Dear God NO! and Lawrence Harvey down at the pool, I went to my room and went to bed.
One of the best parts about horror conventions is this, the costumes. Of course, you see your Freddy costumes as well as hockey masks galore, but you also see an equal amount of original costumes as well and some of them can be equally as terrifying. Even the kids get in on the dressing up as well!
Normally, I take my Friday for conventions and go ahead and get all of my signatures out of the way. It’s good for cutting back on waiting in the looooong lines that most people incur the next day. My list for this convention was relatively a small one. At the top of my list was Nekromantik director Jörg Buttgereit, which I won’t lie, I was as giddy as a school girl with a huge teenage crush when I met him. I’ve loved the movie ever since I first watch it, and just recently purchased Nekromantik 2 on DVD as well. Second on my list was Patty Mullen, who played the female lead in Frank Henenlotter’s 1990 movie titled Frankenhooker. Below is a picture of Patty getting dressed up as Frankenhooker for her fans.
The great things about these weekend long convention is that if you are staying in the hosting hotel as well, you are guaranteed to have an interesting weekend. I remember that at some point, I was waiting for the elevator doors to open up and as I heard the “ding” and the doors opened, out jumped a 5’9 dancing baby in a large one-sie. I unfortunately wasn’t feeling well during Nightmare Man and Diva of the Dead’s wedding, so I was unable to attend, but I have seen the pictures and it was beautiful. I hear that the Monster Ball afterwards was rocking as well, with the party going on well until 3am.
Saturday started off with this picture in one of the rooms. Tom Savini stopped off at one of the tables I was working with and was looking over the merchandise and I asked if he would mind pausing for this picture. I explained to him that I also split my convention time blogging for Horrorhomework.com and that we had an admin that was a huge fan and he was more than happy to do it. He asked for the website and said that he would check us out. So if you are reading this Tom, thanks for being so awesome!
Saturday night was spent doing several awesome things. A group of us ventured outside of the hotel to catch the amazing show entitled “Musical of the Living Dead” at the Irving Theater in East Indianapolis. The link to the website to check it out for yourselves is (http://musicalofthelivingdead.com) and trust me, it is great. They’ve tossed in as many zombie movies as they possibly can into this hilarious production. If you don’t like getting messy, then skip the first 6 or 7 rows, because you never know how far the blood and afterbirth will fly. Here’s an example of what I mean when two of our compadres decided sitting in the front row was an awesome idea.
After the show we drove back to the hotel and decided that they best way to clean up after a smashing musical was a box of wine and the pool. More new and old friends awaited me out there as we cracked open the wine and went to town. Movie, music, and people were discussed among jumping in the pool when it got a little warm. Security finally came out around 3am to shut us down, so we took the party out front. I was soon carted off the bed as I was deemed “too drunk” and needed rest.
Sunday is the one day you hate to see come. At the same time though, it’s shopping day for me as well so I enjoy it. I did get to hang out some more with my Dear God No!
pals and get a few of the new ones to sign my poster. Spider said that I had the most completed poster outside of Atlanta, which makes it all the more awesome. I support indie film makers and James Bickert did an awesome job with his drive-in movie. I’m really excited for “Frankenstein Created Bikers” to come out as well as a rumored third movie.
Awesome shirt, right? One of my Sunday purchases that I promptly put on after purchasing. Atomic Cotton (https://www.facebook.com/AtomiCotton) put these out for Ed Neal, who also had them at his table. I later went over to see Ed and get my usual hug and a story. Ed is a character and has remembered me since I first saw him at Nashville’s Full Moon Horror and Tattoo Convention. “Oh hey! It’s the Nashville zombie girl!” he always says as he gives me a big hug. Then the conversation always leads back to Austin, Texas because I miss it dearly. Another amazing table that I ran into was Wicked Illustration, run by Roger Scholz. At first it started out as we were only going to buy an awesome Vincent Price piece…but then he showed us two other books he had done caricatures of Vincent in and I was sold.
So now it is pretty much Tuesday here, and I’m still working in a recovery from the con. It was totally worth every moment of it though. If you think that conventions are just for geeks and nerds, think again because there is so much awesome stuff for you to do, amazing people that you meet, and you really have a great time. Do some research on the convention you want to go to though before just saying “Oh! Such and such is going to be there! That’s the one that I want.” because you never know who is going to cancel. Danny Trejo had to cancel last moment due to filming, so we took our funds we had reserved for an autograph and picture and donated it to two very worthy causes. I’ll link those in a moment because if you take up causes, these both are amazing ones to do.