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2013 RONDO AWARD
When the HorrorHound guys told me that they were going to hold their next show in Cincinnati, I thought it was a bad idea. I figured it was getting too far south and too far east to draw enough people from the Midwest. Plus, they said it was in a college town, so that would make it better. Sorry guys, but to me college town means a bunch of kids with no money. Plus they were going to hold it a week before Thanksgiving. Another mistake. Everyone is going to be making travel plans for that holiday, so they’re not going to want to travel to a show. Well….how wrong I was. For their first show in Cincinnati, the HorrorHound Weekend was a big success. People from all over seemed to come out for the show. Even some as far away as Alaska!
This show had quite a wide variety of guests for this show. One of the biggest draws was the Night of the Creeps reunion, with Tom Atkin, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, & Jill Whitelow. We caught most of the Q&A they did on Saturday night, and it was a riot. Even though these guys hadn’t really seen that much of each other since they made the movie, you’d think that they remained best friends since then. They had great stories, and great comments and comebacks to each other. Very fun and very entertaining.
They also had a few mini-reunions, such as Linnea Quigley and Don Calfa from Return of the Living Dead, and John Franklin and Courtney Gaines from Children of the Corn. In all my years of going to conventions, I have seen Quigley more times than I can count. So she’s not a draw for me, but I was amazed at the lines of people there to see her. I guess this shows just how the horror genre has new fans each and every year. But in all these years, I had never had the chance to meet Calfa. His character of Ernie from ROTLD is one of my favorite parts of the movie. Not to mention that Calfa has played in so many movies in so many different characters, that he is always fun to watch. He came over to our buddy Joe Wallace’s table at the show and was talking to us about film scores for a while, and giving us some wonderful stories about some big time Hollywood actors. Very surreal.
Another mini-reunion was from one of my favorite movies, the 1989 film I, Madman. Making her first convention appearance was Jenny Wright. Wright made a couple of horror films in her short career. Besides I, Madman, she was also in Near Dark. But she seemed to have disappeared in the early ‘90s. So it was great to be able to see her at this show. Joining her was Clayton Rohner, who was also in April Fool’s Day (1986). They both seemed to be having a good time.
Although at one point during the show, I noticed Wright sitting at her table with no one there. But at the table right next to her, was Quinn Lord, who played Sam from Trick ‘r Treat, with a line down the aisle. That just ain’t right, people. Nothing against Lord, since he seemed to be having a blast, especially not only signing photos but also coloring and making pumpkin faces on them as well. But for someone who‘s career is only a couple of years long, it’s was just a shame that he was a bigger draw than Wright throughout most of the show.
Another guest appearing at the show was J.D. Feigelson, writer of Dark Night of the Scarecrow, who we’ve become good friends with. Our table was next to him at the HorrorHound show in Indy in March. Super nice guy and has tons of stories, both of making Scarecrow and some great old Hollywood stories. Plus, he knows of the best BBQ places in the world, located right there in Cincinnati…..which he took us to on Saturday night, only to discovered it was closed down and for rent when we got there. Talk about a van full of hungry guys about ready to either start crying or attack and eat the next thing we saw moving. Of course, that night will now be forever remembered as Dark Night of the BBQ….
Other guests at the show were Elvira, who was still drawing a huge line. And looking at her I can still see why. Michael Gross from the Tremors films were was there, and even stopped by our table to talk about giant bug movies, especially his favorite, Them! Other guests included Gunnar Hansen, Corbin Bernsen, Scott Taylor Compton, and quite a few others. We didn't get that many photos this time out, mainly of the Creeps Q&A. Hopefully in the future shows, they will have more of those.
During the show on Saturday, a guy stopped by our table named Erik, who came all the way from Alaska for the show. He was a big fan of the magazine (as well as Elvira) and had never been to a convention before, and told us several times that he was having the time of his life. It’s times like this that we can experience the excitement of new fans at their first show, seen through their eyes. It’s like starting all over again.
I will say that the hotel it was held at, the Sheraton Cincinnati North, was more like a 3-D video game. Trying to get to our room at night felt like I was Mario running through different levels, going up and down stairs, around corners, and trying not to get stuck in places like the elevators (which happened several times over the weekend to several people). But with that little comment aside, I will say that every time we went out to eat for breakfast or dinner, we were treated like kings by the waitresses, no matter where we were at. It must be something about Cincinnati, but the people at these restaurants were extremely friendly and very good at their job. That is one thing that I am looking forward to going back to next year.
And of course, seeing our fellow HorrorHound buddies like Aaron, Nathan, and Matt Moore, it makes these shows even more fun. They have created a show that is a blast and just fun to be at. And we are looking forward to the next one.
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS REUNION
STEVE MARSHALL - TOM ATKINS - JILL WHITLOW - JASON LIVELY