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If you’ve been to the Cinema Wasteland show, then you know who A. Ghastlee Ghoul is. Well this past Memorial Day weekend, we journeyed over to Dayton, Ohio for Ghastlee’s first annual (?) Scary Camp show. With some great guests, some cool movies, and some great dealers waiting to take your hard earned money, it had all the making of a great show. Unfortunately, the one thing it didn’t seemed to have was that many people coming through the door.
But, like most first shows, that is not an uncommon thing. Ghastlee and company did a great job promoting it (though I think some might have been confused at the whole “camp” thing), but it seemed that maybe there wasn’t a lot of fans in Dayton. But the people that did show seemed to have a good time. For a few of them, it was the first time that they'd ever been to a horror convention. And boy were they excited, which is always nice to see.
But even without a ton of people there, that didn't stop us for having a good time. From hanging out with fellow dealer friends, buying some awesome videos (in the big boxes no less...who cares if they're on DVD or not...we're talking big clamshell boxes!), watching some great movies in a big-ass theater, it was a fun time.
Sid Haig was there, and once again being one hell of a nice guy. They had just started filming DEVIL'S REJECTS earlier that week, but Sid wouldn't really give up any juicy details...we'll just have to wait.
Also there was Tom Sullivan and his awesome traveling EVIL DEAD museum. Though I do have to say, as cool as it is seeing all those props and effects from EVIL DEAD, some of Tom's artwork that he has on display is incredible. If you ever have a chance to see him at a show, please stop by take a look at his stuff. It's awesome. Of course, it also helps that Tom is one hell of a friendly guy, and more than willing to talk to his fans.
Also there were two of the original cast members from the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Kyra Schon (the little dead girl with the trowel) and Bill Hinzman (the graveyard zombie), who was even in full makeup on Saturday!
Next to us in the dealer's room was an amazing artist, Stanlee Houston. The funny thing is that Houston has been at the Cinema Wasteland shows before, but I never got around to stopping by his table to see how great this guy is. Well this time we did have time to stop and look. And we came away with an amazing piece of art, of Haig as Capt. Spaulding. There were quite a few other prints that Houston was selling that had us trying to decide which ones to get. Check out his great work at his site HERE, or meet up with him at one of the many shows that he does.
So even though the turnout wasn't as great as we all hoped, we all still had a great time. And that's really what it's all about anyway. Fellow obsessed fans getting together to talk shop. We will definitely be there next year when Ghastlee decides to do it all over again. Maybe next time we'll see you there too!