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Discussion in 'Site Polls' started by rhett, Oct 6, 2009.
Have you ever been to a horror convention? Well...have you?
Fuck no, I'd have to run around punching nerds if I did.
I mean the bad type of nerd like the asshole who dresses up like Freddy to meet Robert Englund. Not the good type of nerd that just has a friendly unhealthy obsession with shitty movies!
All kidding (and not so much) aside, I'd rather go to a con for the people than the stars they feature.
Counting just the individual venues once, I've been to a few: Rock and Shock and Monstermania. Three if you count Supermegafest (but that's more sci-fi/comic book/wrestler related). I'd love to go to more but I'm not willing to drive more than a few hours in order to do so.
i've never had any inclination to go to one of these. meeting stars and asking for autographs and pictures and shit seems like an increadibly akward experience, which i have no interest in. all the footage ive seen on dvds from q&a's and the like are all also painfully akward. i can't get into the whole fanboy thing.
Can't say I totally blame you. Very good, well written post.
Case in point: like on my Friday the 13th Uncut Deluxe Edition special edition Blu-Ray as well as the DVD I got, someone from the crowd at the Lexington, Kentucky convention where it was filmed at, someone had asked Adrianne King, who seem's like an admitedly a very lovely thing, to do a loud scream cause she's naturally an honorary Scream Queen, and dear God, did I ever felt embarrassed.
I've been to one convention, Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear. I've gone the past three years and will continue to go. I don't just go to get autographs and meet the guests, I go to network with other film programmers and industry people, and the guests, merchandise, and private parties are all a bonus.
I do agree that some fans are obsessed and I'm not a fan of paying for autographs and that's a downside to the conventions, but since I'm there I may as well get my stuff signed. And a lot of the guests I've met have been extremely nice and I've been able to talk to them for quite some time throughout the convention. George A. Romero, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Udo Kier, Ruggero Deodato, and Tobe Hooper are just a few of the ones that I actually talked to for quite a bit of time and were generally interested in having a conversation. Tobe Hooper especially, we talked on and off throughout the 3-day convention last year, with him even finding me and starting a conversation numerous times.
But of course you get the asshole guests as well, like Adam West.
I would love to check out Cinema Wasteland sometime though.
I've been going to these things since 1986. Some have been incredible experiences (meeting Lucio Fulci in 1996) and some are downright pathetic. I am not a nerd, I've never dressed up in a costume, and i rarely ask for an autograph. But the chance to meet some of the directors i have admired (Romero, Argento, L. Bava, HG Lewis, Hooper, etc.etc.) is worth going to these things, and some of the parties afterwards are off the hook! Unfortunately the conventions are not what they used to be (free autographs, better guests) but i recommend going to at least one just for the experience if you've never been before. You might just have a good time!
Morallysound, I have to know. Why was Adam West an asshole?
I'd like to go to one. Do they have any decent ones in Kansas City. I'm not the type that's interested in getting autographs but I'd like to see what goes on.
I've been to The Festival of fear 2 or 3 times and I've also been to Horrorfind Weekend and Cinema Wasteland. I've never dressed up and have never cared to get an autograph. I like the fact that the the celebrity's are there but just catching a glimpse of them is enough for me, I've never been a celebrity hound that way. They also usually have a Q&A so that's plenty. I mostly enjoy going to them for the Dealer Rooms, movies, Q&A and other such activities. It's also fun to be around like minding horror fans since my GF and I don't know to many people who are into horror. I would recommend the experience, especially the smaller more personal convention like Cinema Wastland and especially Horrorfind. There has been many of times I've bumped into Tom Savini, Tony Todd, Sid Haig ect outside having a smoke or a drink and felt like I could just say hi and not have to be charged for it. You don't get that at a large convention like the Festival of fear. When I went to Horrorfind they also had a bunch of cool meeting room sessions/classes where you could learn f/x makeup techniques from Rick Bakers assistant, Listen to someones experiences with exorcisms. I even sat in on a session with George Lutz while he was in tears speaking about his amityville experiences.
If that embarasses you, skip the introduction on the Unseen and Sweet Sixteen discs. Usually it is nice to see the stars make some mention at the beginning, like Juliet Mills on Beyond the Door. But for some reason, Sweet 16 and The Unseen's intros just...idk...felt really corny and...I just sank in my seat. Haha, but great interviews nonetheless.
have never been but when I go I will go to the biggest and best one...so which one is that???
Well, some 5 year old kid with his dad went to get his Batman figure signed by Adam West. The figure was from the animated show, not the original Adam West live-action show, and Adam West flat out refused to sign it because of this and made the kid cry. I don't care what variation of Batman merch a young kid brings up, you sign it! Plus he was charging $60+ per autograph.
I went to my first Convention this year, the Festival of Fear. I too mostly went for the merch though. Found some great deals on horror DVDs and graphic novels. There are a lot of hardcore nerds though that it's hard not to laugh sometimes. Me and my friends found ourselves chanting "Nerds!" a few times. And I'm not a mean person but wow, some of these people are from another planet.
As for celebrities, it's cool to see them or check out a Q and A with them, but as much as I wanted to meet Bruce Campbell, I wasn't willing to wait in line for three hours and spend $30 for his autograph.
What is this Horrorfind and Cinema Wasteland you speak of? Are they in the To. area?
HorrorFind is in Hunt Valley, Maryland. http://www.horrorfindweekend.com/
Cinema Wasteland is in Strongsville, Ohio. http://www.cinemawasteland.com/
I've probably been to seven or eight since the mid 90's. Conventions are definitely growing in popularity. With that though, we are seeing an increases in prices to get in and the prices for autographs. 10-12 years ago, it was uncommon for a "celebrity" to charge for an autograph (unless you bought his/her merchandise), now it's the standard at about $25 a pop. Sadly, it's also becoming common for them to charge you for a picture with them using YOUR camera (Looking at you Corey Haim, Elvira, Corey Feldman and Robert Englund). You can chalk up the increase to inflation, a recession, or simply greed, I just know it sucks.
But still, it's always fun to go and people watch and check out the merch tables.
By the way, Scream Fest is this weekend here in Orlando: http://spookyempire.com/ I'll be going on Siunday Any other Florida members heading up?
Ahh okay, thanks! Anyone know of any other horror conventions in the To. area? Or is Festival of Fear really the only big one?
Yep I'm going to be there all weekend. Went last year and had a blast, so I'm really looking forward to it this year. They seem to have a better guest list too, although it looks like Romero canceled again.
I've been to many horror conventions over the years. The best one running now in my opinion is Cinema Wasteland. The entry price is fair and Ken gets celebs that are not of the normal that you see at other cons. It has a great family like atmosphere and the Saturday night parties rock.
I enjoy meeting celebrities and collecting autographs. I don't mind paying for them, but I do draw the line at paying for taking a photo with a celeb. That is like a slap in the face after already being paid. I don't dress up for conventions but I also don't slight others for doing so. If that is what they like doing to have a good time then so be it. I'm not going to judge them like some others here. I attend an average of 1 to 3 per year.