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2013 RONDO AWARD
Who could have believed that something so tragic could happen in New York earlier this month. Many people wondered if Ken and Co. would still be holding their convention that following weekend. But life must go on, and so must the show.
Most of the guests couldn’t make it due to the problems at the airports. There were even a couple of dealers that didn’t make it because of that. But some of the guest did make it, such as Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Kevin Vanhentenryck, Robert Z’Dar, and Tom Sullivan. Plus the turnout of the people coming to the show was a lot lower than expected. But that didn't stop those who did make it from having a good time.
Once again, there were times when I wish that I didn’t have to watch my dealer table, so I can hear and see some of the activities going on. Tom Sullivan was there once again, with this EVIL DEAD museum. You can see some by the pics below at some of the awesome work that this man created for Raimi and company, only to be screwed big time by his so-called “friends”. And people wonder why I hold a grudge against them. Sullivan also gave a running commentary while viewing EVIL DEAD, giving some interesting behind-the-scene information. Tom said he will be back again next year with his museum. As you can see in the pictures below, even after all these years, it's great to see some of the designs and see the hard work this guy put out.
Then there was the Q&A session with Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, who talked about her working with Dario Argento and the Italian film industry. She has not only worked with Argento in both OPERA and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, but also was the lead demon in Lamberto Bava's DEMONS 2. Just make sure you don't go to her birthday party! She even made sure that everyone knew the details of the film EVIL CLUTCH, and how she was basically ripped off by doing that film. Coralina has a new music cd out now, entitled Limbo Balloon. For more information, check out her site by clicking here.
Kevin Vanhentenryck was there to discuss the BASKET CASE movies, and also sheds some light about the making of the first low-budget flick. He must of left his movie-brother Belial at home, since I don't remember seeing him with his little wicker basket.
Then there were the film rooms. When’s the last time you were able to watch such classics as DRACULA’S DOG or the really obscure film DEMONS OF LUDLOW (trying finding that title in a reference book) being show from a 16mm film projector? Then they were also showing the classic PHANTASM, as well as the awesomely bad film TRACK OF THE MOONBEAST. It was also nice to see plenty of people in the theater room for every film, even if it's to only watch BIGFOOT.
For those who didn't make it, or the first Cinema Wasteland show, you really owe it to yourself to plan on attending next year's show. It just keeps getting better and better.
CORALINA CATALDI TASSONI
TOM SULLIVAN'S EVIL DEAD MUSEUM