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    This section is from a few different Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors conventions that were held in New York in the late 90's..  At those times, we weren't taking that many photos of the convention itself, but of certain celebs that were there.  ENJOY!


FANGORIA'S WEEKEND OF HORRORS
JANUARY - 1996

LUCIO FULCI
  
1927 - 1996

"I wanted to recapture the moody atmosphere of witchcraft and paganism . . . prevalent when Europeans first settled in the Caribbean during the 1700's."

"The actors had a hard time accepting the fact that we stuck living worms on their faces."

LUCIO FULCI on his film ZOMBIE

 

    When I had first heard that Lucio Fulci was going to be at the Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention, back in January of 1996, I knew that I would have to go.  Even though there was a good chance that he wouldn't be there, mainly since at the time, Fango shows were usually pretty bad, especially with guests not showing up.  But as it turned out, Fulci was there at the show.  So even if the rest of the show wasn't that great, the fact that Fulci was there, it didn't matter.

    A lot of people had turned up for this show to see Fulci.  This was his first American appearance at a convention.  I think the best part of the show was that Fulci had the chance to realize just how much of a following he had here in the states.  From what he said at the show, he was blown away.  He talked of many things during his Q&A sessions, with the help of Loris Curci as translator, from the real reason for his leaving the production of ZOMBIE 3, to what was really behind the ending of CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD, and to his newest project, a remake of THE WAX MASK that would be produced by Dario Argento.

    After his Q&A sessions, Fulci signed hundreds upon hundreds of autographs for his fans that had lined up to see him.  From posters, stills, lobby cards, to even cd's, Fulci signed them all.  And he didn't charge a dime either.  

    While some may consider him to be a hack, or just a director of gory films, they really haven't experienced themselves with his work.  He's made films in just about every genre there is.  Yes, he mainly will be remembered for his horror films.  But considering he made several horror classics, such as ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, I wouldn't consider that a bad thing, but really quite an accomplishment.

Click on the thumbnail pic below to see full size photo.

 

           

           


FANGORIA'S WEEKEND OF HORRORS
JANUARY - 1998

THE BALL IS BACK!
THE PHANTASM REUNION
"You play a good game, boy."

    For those of you who were lucky enough to be at the Fangoria show in New York, back in January 1998, you had the opportunity to meet the men behind the balls. Together for the first time at a convention, Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, and director Don Coscarelli all came together for some Q&A and to talk about the newest installment of one of the most creative series in the horror genre today.

    Out of all the different series in this genre, from the Freddys, Jasons, and even the Alien series, I don't think there's been one that has been consistently entertaining, inventive and highly original as the PHANTASM series. This is no doubt due to it's creator, Don Coscarelli, who I give so much credit for holding on to the rights to the series, making sure that each film is done the way he wants it. Not like some other films that are sold off after the first film is a success with the original creator becoming the "Executive Producer".

     But as we all know, even the most original and well written screenplay can not stand by itself. Enter the cast of PHANTASM. These actors brought these characters to life (and death in some cases). Whether we related to the young Michael, cheering on Reggie, or were fascinated by the ominous Tall Man, we always were anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next with each installment. And with Don Coscarelli behind the camera, we really never knew what to expect.

DON COSCARELLI, ANGUS SCRIM, A. MICHAEL BALDWIN, REGGIE BANNISTER, & BILL THORNBURY

  

        

 

"I would write that Paul Naschy had at least done his best and that he cared about what he was doing.  I was capable of mistakes - to do it well or to do it poorly - but I assure you is that I did it with feeling and affection.
I love the fantastic cinema."
Paul Naschy on himself
(Originally published in Videooze #6/7)

    It was truly a great honor to meet the Hombre Lobo himself at the Fangoria Convention in January of 1998.  It's not often one gets the chance to meet a horror icon like Mr. Naschy. For not only is he a star of many horror films, but a true fan himself. He never stayed in the horror genre because it was popular or to make a lot of money, but because he truly loved the genre. So many people in this business leave the horror genre to make 'real films'. But Paul Naschy stayed to make the films that he wanted to.   And for that, I give him a lot of credit.

           

        


FANGORIA'S WEEKEND OF HORRORS
JANUARY - 1999

"Violence is a means of communication, a way of expressing myself.  I am attracted to violence because it is a phenomenon of our times, a new form of protest and a refusal of all the established values.  My films are primal screams which kindred souls can recognize and respond to."