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2013 RONDO AWARD
Our last convention for 2011 was our trip to Cincinnati Ohio for the HorrorHound Weekend in November. Just a couple of weeks after the madness that was October, and a couple of weeks before Turkey Day, it made a nice break before hitting our last show of the year. The last show of the year is always a mixed bag of feelings. We’re glad that we’ll have some rest finally, especially after October, but we really know that the second this show is over, we’ll be counting the days to our next show, chomping at the bit every second of the way. Making her first “out-of-state” convention was my wife Dawn. She was pretty excited about it too. Our son Nick was also making his first appearance at Cincinnati HorrorHound show, though he’d been to a couple of the Indy shows. Filling out the Kryptic van was Dr. AC himself, Aaron Christensen.
We make pretty good time and had plenty of time to get set up, even though I always seem to feel rushed until I’m actually set up. Same as the last show here, we were in the 2nd dealer room and located right next to our buddy Joe Wallace from Turntabling.net. Plus, the usual suspects where there, such as Don England from Slaughtered Lamb Studios, Gore artist Putrid, our good friends Bob and Nicole (who was there with the debut table for Slash & Dine, selling all sorts of edible goodies), and of course Jill from LixOnline being right down the aisle from us, plus plenty more.
The show is set up again with two dealer rooms, with the guests distributed throughout both rooms, which is always a bonus. There were plenty of guest names at this show, from all across the genre. Last year at this show, we were across from Linda Blair and her entourage. This year, we were across from Kane Hodder and his. As usual, it amazes me the line that Hodder draws each and every show we see him at. This time he was there promoting his new autobiography, Unmasked. He definitely likes meeting his fans and makes sure that he makes that connection with them, even if it is around their throat.
Sitting next to Hodder was Philippe Nahon from HIGH TENSION. Though he spoke very little English, he really seemed to have a good time. He really seemed to love to pose for pictures with the fans coming up to his table. Once again, it is this kind of guests that really make an impression with the fans. Throughout the weekend, he was always making faces at people and giving them evil looks…then breaking into a big smile afterwards.
There were a few big reunions that were taking place at this show. The first one was for FRIDAY THE 13th: PART 6. Unfortunately a couple of the guests had to cancel at the last minute, but there was still director Tom McLoughlin and his wife and star Nancy, actors Thom Mathews and David Kagen. I was surprised to find the room for the Q&A session nowhere near as packed as I thought it would be. I figured this movie and reunion would have drawn in the HorrorHound crowd. But the short time we were in there for the questions, everyone seemed like they were having a good time, with some fun answers from the guests.
But one of the reunions that I was interested in seeing was for PET SEMATARY, since it has always been a personal favorite of mine. At the show were actors Dave Midkiff, Brad Greenquist, Andrew Hubatsek, and Miko Hughes. While Hughes was too young to really remember anything about the making of the film, his comments during the Q&A were pretty funny. But they all had some great stories, some very interesting. Midkiff spoke very highly of Fred Gwynne and they had become good friends while making the film.
But one actor that was there was one that we had just seen a month before in Chicago. And that would be Mr. Doug Jones. When we went up to him, he remembered us, but couldn’t remember from where. Once we told him in Chicago, then a huge smile came out, telling us he was so glad to see us again. Out of all the people that I have met at conventions, film fests or other movie related events, never I have met someone who was as nice and as kind as Mr. Jones. He completely takes away any nervousness you might have when you talk to him. He just puts you at ease and makes you feel like he is your best friend. Such a great human being. It is a shame that he didn’t have his own Q&A because that man has some stories! He was worked on some incredible projects, and has done some amazing things, and given incredible performances, even when entirely covered in makeup.
Now the one Q&A session that was more than packed was the one for GHOSTBUSTERS. It really is amazing how many people just love that movie, me included. The Q&A consisted of actors Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, Slavitza Jovan (Gozer) and for the life of me I can’t remember her name, but the woman that operated Slimer in GHOSTBUSTERS 2. They had some great stories, especially Hudson and Atherton, especially when “dickless” started to be used.
There were tons of other guests at the show, but most of them we didn’t see that much unless we were walking by their table. All of the WALKING DEAD guests were in a separate room, which still amazes me that actors that are in 30 seconds of the movie are considered a draw…and enough to charge $20 for an autograph. The best comment I heard all weekend was from a family that was standing in front of our table. The father was asking his kids who they wanted to see next and then mentioned the WALKING DEAD cast. His young son shook his head and said, “Naahh…they’re just extras.” Too damn funny.
Other guests included Alex Winter, Anthony Michael Hall, John Saxon, and a little HENRY reunion with Tom Towles and Michael Rooker.
The dealers that have been coming to HorrorHound are getting better and better. There were tons of great ones this time out, all trying to get my hard earned money. And this time it was much harder to resist. But another great part of this show is the fans coming through the door. Each new show, we meet and make new friends, having a blast just chatting and geeking out in front of our table. We had some great conversations over the course of the weekend and it is something that I really look forward at each show. And counting the days until their next show next March. Se you there.
PET SEMATARY REUNION
FRIDAY THE 13th PART 6 REUNION