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2013 RONDO AWARD
Can you believe that this was the 10th Cinema Wasteland show? It is hard to believe, even for me. And we've been there since the very first show. And the funny thing is, we're not the only one either. A lot of the dealers have been there from the very beginning as well, and keep coming back year after year after year. And the same with the fans. Why is that?
Here's why. On the recent Dark Sky Films release of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, there is a documentary called Flesh Wounds. One of the parts of that documentary, they do a little coverage at the Wasteland shows, which one year had a TCM Anniversary show, with guests from the first 3 films. Ken Kish, the Wasteland promoter extraordinaire, talks about the TCM films, but also about his show. He mentions that like the tag line from TCM 3, "The Saw Is Family", to all the people that come to this show, "the Wasteland is Family". And he nailed it on the head.
Every 6 months, we head out to Ohio for these shows. And so do about 1000+ other die hard fans that always come out for it. We see a lot of the same dealers every year, and a lot of the same fans. And that is because it's a blast. We have a lot of fun, each and every time. Everyone, dealers and customers alike, have become this sort of big Wasteland family, that has reunions every 6 months. It's great to see all the familiar faces each time, see how every one has been since the last show, talk about the new movies, the old ones, and just about anything else going on in the genre. A huge family of dedicated fans that meet up every 6 months to have fun. We've been doing it since 2000, and we will continue to do it for as long and Pam and Ken Kish keep putting on these shows.
Two of our newest friends that we met at the April Wasteland show were Steve Bejma and Frank Franco. These guys make awesome shirts. The artwork is awesome and the screen prints are even better. We're hoping these are the guys who will be doing our next shirts, and doing them right this time. If you do make out to the next Wasteland show, be sure to check out their table and to quote our buddy Phil, "BUY A SHIRT!" You can't beat their prices.
It was also great to see the HorrorHound boys at the show. I know I might sound like a broken record, but these guys put out one of the best magazines out today. While some may think it's aimed more at collectors, I think even if you're just a fan you'll enjoy seeing all the cool stuff in there. Not to mention that it does have interviews and great articles. I think it's a perfect blend of eye candy and information. Even if they do spell my name wrong....But none the less, Nathan and Aaron are huge fans themselves, and that really comes across in their magazine. If you haven't check out their magazine yet, click on over to their site HERE. Don't wait, send in your subscription now!!! Their third issue, with the TCM 2 coverage has already went out-of-print. So don't wait too long or you will miss out even more!
So let's get to some more details of this last show. The main attraction was the 20-Year Anniversary of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, with Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Lou Perryman, Bill Johnson, and Tom Savini. And if anybody thought that there wouldn't be a crowd for this, since they had just did a TCM reunion a few years back, they were wrong. When I tried to get into the room for the Q&A, it was packed. I barely was able to sneak down the middle aisle and pop off a few photos. Each year, those Q&A sessions are bigger and bigger. The short time I was in there, they had some good stories about the film and the making of it.
While we had seen the other cast at other shows over the years, this was the first time we had the chance to meet Caroline Williams. And she was a real sweetheart. She was all over her fans, making them feel right at home. And when they walked away from her table, they were going to remember that moment. Not to say the other guests there at this show weren't like that either, but we point this out only because she hadn't been to this show before.
Another sweetheart there was Mrs. Voorhees herself, Betsy Palmer. Here's an example just how great Mrs. Palmer is. She was always coming out from behind her table to meet her fans. At one point, she noticed a huge tattoo of Boris Karloff on one of the fans' arms. Palmer told a story about working with Karloff and asking what he still thought of FRANKENSTEIN after all those years, where he replied something to the fact that since he is still remembered and still working because of that, he loved it. And then she said, "So if it's good enough for Boris, then it's good enough for me to be remembered for playing Mrs. Voorhees." Now that is an exceptional woman.
The other reunion was the 20-year Anniversary of STREET TRASH. I remember when this first came out and was blown away by the melting effects. Very wacky, very gooey, and very, very messy. On hand to celebrate it was actors Mike Lackey, James Lorinz, Bill Chepil, and writer Roy Frumkes. If you wanted to hear some stories of low budget filmmaking, these guys had some beauties. Lackey not only was the actor, but was doing tons of other stuff behind the camera such as doing all the storyboarding for the film. But they were all extremely nice and fun to talk with.
There were other guests there, but we never made it over to them or for their Q&A. But from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, there was John Russo, Russ Streiner, and Kyra Schon. Kitten Natividad, of Russ Meyer fame, was there as well. Of course, let's not forget the one and only Tom Sullivan, who really is as much part of the Wasteland family as anybody. He's always fun to see and talk to.
So enjoy the pics below and if you still haven't made it out to a Cinema Wasteland show, what are you waiting for? Come on out and join the Wasteland family.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 REUNION
BILL MOSELEY, BILL JOHNSON, & CAROLINE WILLIAMS
TOM SAVINI & HIS WORK FROM THE FILM
STREET TRASH REUNION