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2013 RONDO AWARD
After hearing so much about the 2nd Horrorfind Weekend convention, we decided earlier this year that we would give it a try and test the waters. Well, we were not disappointed at all. Next to Cinema Wasteland, this was the most fun I've had at a convention. Granted the drive to Baltimore from Chicago (making a stop in Dayton, Ohio to pick up fellow convention traveler) was a little longer than I had anticipated, but was well worth the lack of sleep.
The convention ran for three days, and there was more than enough to keep one busy during that time. The dealer room was huge, filled with tons of interesting items to empty your pockets. Though not as much movie memorabilia stuff as I had expected, such as posters and stuff (except for Ken & Pam at Cinema Wasteland).
The guest list was pretty huge, and all were there (as far as I know), including the headliner, Alice Cooper. Though the line was running about 3 hours to get through, I did see a lot of happy people with an autographed photo of Mr. Cooper. He seemed pretty friendly the times I was up there taking snapshots of him.
There were only two celebs there that I really wanted to meet and get some autographs from. The first one was Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley. I did hear a lot of people mention that he was kind of aloof, and not the most "happy to be there" kind of guy. When I went up there to get my stuff signed, once he got off his cell phone, he barely said a word, signed away, took my money, and I was off. Since I really was only there to have him sign my HELLRAISER poster and a couple of stills, it really didn't bother me.
The other celeb that I wanted to meet was Dee Wallace Stone, and she was a real sweetheart. Very friendly, very talkative, and really seemed happy to be there to meet her fans. She was really amazed at the artwork when I whipped out my Turkish poster for CUJO, and wondered why the American artwork was so boring.
Then there were cast and crew members of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD there. I'm glad I was able to get their autographs years ago before they were charging. The Ladies of the EVIL DEAD were there, but didn't get a chance to say hi, since they were usually always busy with a line up people. Same goes for our buddy Tom Sullivan and his EVIL DEAD museum. He was basically a last minute add on to the guest line up. It's always nice to see Tom and his wonderful artwork and props.
Tony Todd was there as well, but you'll notice no pictures of him. That was because he had a little sign on his table stating that you have to ask permission to take his picture. Give me break. But there was also Eileen Dietz, the body double for Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST, who was very friendly, and didn't mind having her picture taken.
Of course, how could we forget about the Reg-man...Mr. Reggie Bannister. What more could I say about this guy that I haven't said already. He's simply one of the nicest guys out there you could me. After all these years, he still doesn't get tired of talking about the PHANTASM movies. One hell of a nice guy, and one real class act.
A real treat for people there Friday night was when the JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 tour bus showed up, with four of the cast there to sign free promotional posters. Nicki Aycox, Al Santos, Travis Schiffner, and Garikayi Mutambirwa were there for the signings, and seemed pretty fan-friendly as well. Luckily for me, I had brought the one-sheet that I had gotten at the Burbank Fango show along for the trip. So I was able to add another 4 signatures to it, though I was grilled a couple of times as to where I got the full size one-sheet.
There were other people there, such as Gunnar Hansen, Michael Berryman, Brinke Stevens, and even Traci Lords for a short time (but don't take here picture!). But with watching our table, and all the other stuff going on, we didn't get no where near as many photos as I had planned.
But one of the real highlights of the show was just the simplest of things, like hanging out in the bar with the friends that you only get to see at these conventions, not to mention the new friends that you make while you're there. From sitting in the bar until the wee hours of the morning, playing geeking film games, like trying to name films that have Blood or Dead in the title, can really put all that useless information that we've been storing in our heads over the last 15-20 years to good use.
Thanks again to everyone that stopped by and said hello, and to all the new friends that we made. We will be back there next year to do it all over again. In the meantime, here's the photos!
DEE WALLACE STONE
THE LADIES OF EVIL DEAD