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2013 RONDO AWARD
While this is our 3rd trip out to the Horrorfind Weekend, this is the first time that we are not going as dealers. Since the table prices had gone way too high for us, and we just weren't making enough money to make it worth our while, we stopped going. Our last time out there was back in 2004. So what was the reason for our trip this time out....as "civilians"??? We were out there with Dr. AC to not only help promote the Horror 101 book, but also to meet some of the other contributors, as well as hook up with the publishers, Midnight Marquee's Gary & Sue Svehla.
Now at first, one of the things I was going to mention was the fact that it seems more and more that these conventions are about fans meeting up together so they can get completely drunk with each other. As opposed to hooking up with other like-minded horror fans and have some nice conversations about the genre. Call me old-fashion, but I just never understood the point to go all the way out to a show, then drink so much that you can't remember what happened. Then again, I don't think Udo Kier has learned that either. More on that later. I'm not trying to come down on anybody or criticize anyone either, so please don't take this the wrong way. If that's your thing, then cool. If you're having fun, and not bothering anybody, then more power to you. No harm, no foul. But for me personally, it's always been about meeting up with other fans and talking shop. Call me a geek, I don't mind. I love the genre, and I love to talk about it. So when it seemed that more people were wanting to get drunk than network, it was kind of a bummer.
But now here's the other side of the coin. And young as these fans are, most of them might be a little wet behind the ears when it comes to their knowledge, even a little arrogant at times. But very seldom do they come off as pretentious. We had the....pleasure to meet up with someone over the weekend, a real life "Author", no less. And now that I'm very close to have some of my writings published in an actual book, I guess I have to start to work on my accent, so I can sound more intelligent, British, or just like a pompous ass. So I guess my point is that while it's easy to dismiss younger horror fans as just that, I have to admit that there's a lot of older ones out there that are just as annoying, if not more.
Not to say that we didn't meet up some cool people and did have some time to get "our geek on" as AC says. We did meet up with our internet buddy Mikey Diablo, from the A Verbal Bloodletting podcast. We also met up with Streebo from Mutantville Productions, who even put our ugly mug on YouTube for a short interview. Yes, they will put anything up on that place! Of course, seeing our buddy Will Wilson, who also has contributed to the Horror 101 book, is always a fun time.
One guest that we did meet for the 2nd time was the lovely Caroline Williams, from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. I was also happy to see that the photo montage that I had made for her for the Cinema Wasteland show was on her table with the rest of her photos. She thanked me over and over for it, which was pretty cool.
As for the convention itself, there really wasn't anybody on the guest list that we were either anxious to see or ones that we had already met before. So we did wander through the dealer room and get some snap shots of some of the celebs, at least the ones that let us take photos of them without charging for it. Tom Noonan, who's been in MANHUNTER, LAST ACTION HERO, and even in THE MONSTER SQUAD, always seemed a bit distant in the interviews that I've read or seen him in. So it wasn't a surprise when I asked to take his photo and got "It's $10.....Sorry". Sorry Why apologize? Is somebody making you charge for that? Do you have some guy out there who has "The" for a middle name that is waiting in the wings to collect his percentage?
What really surprised me was that Michael Gross, star of the TREMORS movies, as well as everyone's favorite father from FAMILY TIES, was charging $15 for you to take his picture with your own camera. So maybe he's not getting those residual checks from the TV show anymore??? Are these people afraid or think that if I take his photo I'm going to be selling it all over the internet? What's the deal? I just don't get it. Granted, Mr. Gross was very friendly to the people coming to his table. So I'll give him that. But charging a fan money just to take their picture is just down right crazy and rude. Sorry Mr. Gross, but you just dropped quite a few notches on my favorites. Not that you care, obviously. But I did notice more and more celebs having that price listed on their little "price list" sign on their table. What's the world coming to?
But one of the best celebrity stories of the weekend was from Mikey Diablo and his making friends with Udo Kier. Apparently Udo was very happy to hang out in the bar and drink a massive amount of alcohol. I'd go into more details, but I think you'd be better off hearing from Mikey himself. You can check out the full story on his podcast at A Verbal Bloodletting.
Anyway.....we were kind of disappointed in the dealer room there. There seemed to be a lot less dealers there than when I was there last. I'm sure that might have something to do with the table rates. It also was strange to see a bunch of DVD bootleggers packing up on Saturday, since apparently there was talk of a the MPAA stopping by on Sunday. Though that does seemed kind of strange that they would be giving notice that they were coming. Of course, it was nice seeing our convention friends like Ken & Pam Kish from Cinema Wasteland and Jill from Lix, though we didn't really get to spend too much time together with all the other stuff going on.
There was one dealer that we thought had some great stuff. They were a little too expensive for me, plus I'm not really a collector of this type of stuff, but the talent that went into these things are amazing. I especially liked the HELLRAISER ones that he created. Just awesome stuff. Of course, even though I grabbed one of his cards to mention it, I seemed to have misplaced it. But if you see this guy at a show, and trust me you will recognized his work, spend a few minutes and check out his display. Really fun and cool stuff.
On Saturday, we headed over to the home of Gary & Sue Svehla, publishers of Midnight Marquee magazines and books. That was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. It always fun to sit and talk horror movies with other passionate fans. Plus, seeing Gary's collection was something that made me want to come home and start re-designing some of my rooms to show off more of my collection. So once again, the best thing about these shows for me is the networking and chatting with friends, both old and new.
Since there wasn't that much at the show to pay for another day's admission on Sunday, we decided to do something that I had been trying to do the last 2 times I was out in Baltimore. And that was taking about an hour road trip to Georgetown to find the famous stairs from THE EXORCIST. Sure, some people may find that a little odd, but I'm sure most of you readers out there see it about the same way I do. So after what seemed like hours and very confusing street names, we did manage to find them. And all I can say is that stunt man that took that tumble down those stairs....twice....was just plain crazy. My bones were aching just thinking about it. While standing at the top of them, they just seemed to go on forever. And while we thought we were the odd ones seeking out this famous landmark, during the 15 minutes we were there, there must have been about a dozen other people show up to do the same thing we were doing. So I guess we're not as alone as I thought.
So we did get a chance every now and then to grab a few shots of celebs that were more than willing to pose for us. Or at least if they saw us taking the photo that is. So check them out below and enjoy.
FROM ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN
DEE WALLACE STONE
TOM WOODRUFF Jr.