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2013 RONDO AWARD
What can I say about this show that I haven't said in my last four reports? Kind of tough not to sound redundant when you always have a great time. This was the fifth year for the Wasteland's show, but the first spring show, and it was no different than before. Except for the fact that I'd have to say it was probably the biggest show yet.
To honor this special event, and to honor the 30-year anniversary of one of the most famous horror films of all time, the Wasteland gathered 12 people who have contributed to the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE series to meet their fans. And the fans gathered to meet them as well.
Can you believe that it was 30 years ago when the Saw first started to buzz? Well, 30 years later, 7 people who were involved with that film were there. You had the victims: Paul (Frankin) Partain & Allen (Jerry) Danziger. You had the one and only survivor: Marilyn (Sally) Burns. And of course, you had members of the family: Gunnar (Leatherface) Hansen and Edwin (Hitchhiker) Neal. But then behind the scenes, there was Robert A. Burns who was the art director and created all the memorable little decorations that filled the house. Also there was Lou Perryman, who is probably best known for his role as the hilarious L.G. from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, but also was the assistant cameraman on the first film.
In the Q&A sessions with these people was not only informative, but also damn funny. They all had great little stories, some of which just amazes me more that the film actually was finished. Yea, they're bitter about not making hardly any money from this film, but with the amount of cash that film has raked in over the years, wouldn't you?
Then from TCM 2, we had Bill Johnson who had taken on the role of Leatherface, and Bill Moseley who gave a awesome performance as the wacky Chop Top. From TCM 3, we had the newest Leatherface, R.A. Mihailoff. And joining him was Ken Foree, who was also in some zombie movie. So it was a pretty well rounded group of TCM people there for all the fans to meet and greet. They also had a great Q&A session.
Of course, there was also the one and only Tom Sullivan, who is another staple of the Wasteland show. Tom is always there to take on the questions about his work on EVIL DEAD and whatever else the fans throw at him. Plus, Tom told us about a new project that he's been working on, a comic book prequel to EVIL DEAD. And from what he's told us, it sounds pretty interesting. Stay tuned for more news on that.
And how could we forget the one and only Sid Haig. The man is a legend. Yea, he's Captain Spaulding from Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but well before that, Haig had made one hell of a name for himself in the exploitation market with tons of great films. Of course, our personal favorite is SPIDER BABY, but just check out any of the films that he made with Jack Hill or Eddie Romero and you're sure to be entertained. Haig and Moseley did a Q&A about HOUSE, the sequel, and some interesting stuff about censorship.
But let's not forget Kyra Schon (the girl from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), Leonard Lies (the machete zombie from DAWN OF THE DEAD), and artists Stanlee Houston and Stephen Blickenstaff rounding out the guest list.
In other words, there were plenty of people to keep you busy. And if that wasn't enough, how about those movies that were running all weekend? My personal favorite was the very rare William Girdler film ABBY. This black-exploitation film was thought to be so much of an EXORCIST rip-off, that Warner Bros. sued them and had the film pulled from the theaters. Needless to say, it was a real joy to watch this film, even if it was pretty bad. They also screened BEYOND ATLANTIS (with Sid Haig) and MIGHTY PEKING MAN, which was a lot more of a cheeze-fest than I had original thought for some reason. Plus the whole story about the lions having their mouths sewn shut so they wouldn't bite anyone, made it even more bizarre.
And of course, there were us dealers there trying to tempt you with our wares...unfortunately for me, that's how I ended up leaving the show with no money! From posters to model kits to toys (I mean collectibles) to DVDs, I went away from that show broke. I guess that's why I became a dealer after all...to support my own collecting habit.
So as we said, it's hard to keep going on and on about how cool this show is without sounding like a broken record. But it just shows that the Kish's really go way out of their way to make sure that they put on the best show that they themselves would like to go to. And they do just that and more...every time. See you at the October show!
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