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2013 RONDO AWARD
Normally after Halloween, the convention year is done for us. And after all the stuff we have going on in October, we're are usually ready for some nice down-time. But this year, we stretched our convention year out just a little longer, and headed off to Indianapolis again for the 2nd HorrorHound Weekend.
Our traveling companions this time out were Dave Kosanke from Liquid Cheese and his buddy Ryan. They had mainly planned on coming out to meet Christine Lindberg. But due to medical issues, she wasn't able to make it out to the show. Major bummer for a lot of people, not to mention Christine herself. We wish her the best. Also along for the ride were Matt (aka the artist wonder Putrid) and his buddy Bob. I can't think of a better gang to be traveling with, since all of us were die-hard fans and pretty much were geeking out about horror movies the whole ride down. Fun times, my friends.
The headliner for the show was John Landis. In my 20 years of going to conventions, I never had the chance to meet him. So this was a thrill for me, since AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is one of my favorite films. At one point on Saturday, Landis was just strolling through the dealer room, checking out all the cool items there. You can tell when one of these celebs is a real fan of the genre, as they stop by your table and really browse through the stuff. Landis is definitely one of them. Plus the fact that he is one great speaker. During the Q&A session, he was a riot. He has some great stories of not only the making of WEREWOLF, but of Hollywood in general. He doesn't talk like some big Hollywood director, but like one of us. A real fan of the genre, who loves to have the shit scared out of him. So meeting him was one of the highlights of the weekend.
Both Landis and David Naughton were there to help celebrate and promote the new documentary Beware The Moon: Remember AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, by Paul Davis. Davis has interviewed over 2 dozen people that were involved with the film, both in front of the camera and behind it. Such as John Landis, David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, Rick Baker, and many more. For more information about this documentary, please check out their site HERE.
Another guest that we were excited to meet was Tom Towles. Of course most newer fans know him from Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. But the first time Towles made an impression on me, and that was a big one, was in John McNaughton's HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. A very scary character there, folks. But we had to add his signature to our mini poster for HOUSE, since we had so many on there already. Plus it was nice to see him only charging $10 to sign your items, as oppose to the $20 that seems to be the norm these days.
We didn't get that many photos this time out. I know a lot of the celebs want to charge you to take their photos with your own camera these days. So I tend not to even bother asking them, since if they do tell me that, it's just going to bum me out. But a few that I did ask for a photo were gracious enough to let me without charging. I guess there still some hope left.
One of the major highlights for me at this show was that I finally came across a poster that I have been looking to find, for quite some time. Not to say that I've never come across it before, but the lowest price that I usually see is a minimum of $100. And that is the America One-sheet for THE GREEN SLIME. There was a dealer there selling it for only $50. So I quickly snagged that up, threatening my buddy Matt that he would be walking back to Chicago if he bought it in front of me. Friends are friends, but posters are something else.
We had seen Shawnee Smith at one of the Chicago Fango shows, but never got close enough to get any decent photos. But here she was sitting at a table so we got to at least see her at a little closer distance. She was charging for you to take her photo if you didn't buy something, so we didn't bother. We thought about getting a signed photo, but the color ones were $25, so it wasn't worth it for me.
I was amazed at all the people in line for Daeg Faerch. The kid seemed to be having fun time at the show. He must have gotten a set of Marvel action figures at the show, and seemed pretty stoked about them. At one point, he had them out of the package and was playing with them. I guess that shows that he still is just a kid.
One guest that I have met several times before, but still amazes me at just how friendly he is, is Mr. Michael Berryman. We caught up to him in the bar Saturday night and started asking him some questions about his massive filmography. He was more than happy to answer any questions that he had. My biggest one was about him working on CUT AND RUN, having to get into that water, not knowing what was in there with him. He said he had asked if there were any piranhas around, and the natives told him no. But then didn't bother to tell him that there were eels in there. Funny stories, but damn scary. But it just shows that this guy really treats his fans with respect and is happy to make their day. I know he made our night. It's moments like that, that you will be remembering many years later.
Of course, there were plenty of our friends there to keep us company during the weekend. The usual suspects were there, like Jill from LIX, and Don from Slaughtered Lamb Studios, Ken & Pam from Cinema Wasteland, and many more. We always have a great time at these shows if only to just hang out with our friends we make at the show, or old friends that we see at every show. That is the thing that, for us, makes this more of a mini-vacation then actual work.
We are already making our plans for their next show in March. Can't wait.
Composer Henry Manfredini
JOHN LANDIS & DAVID NAUGHTON