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The Saturday Morning Historical Re-Enactment society on livejournal is planning another watch along tomorrow June 1st.  There  have been previous watch along in 2011 and 2012, with very good turn outs. Grown-ups and kids alike watched the streaming on youtube, while chatting and reminiscing in specially set up chat rooms. 

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Smurfs had previously been a staple in the stream, so expect an episode or two.  Sugary cereal and jammie-wearing isn’t mandatory but expected and posting pictures of nostalgic breakfasts is very welcome.

I personally had two bowls (to my peril) of Lucky Charms cereal during the first watch along, September 2011.  It was the most fun I’d had as an adult since I got to meet my hero, Alice Cooper.

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Afterward, in the livejournal community, discussions of everyone’s favorite and least-favorite spiced up the following week, with people continuing to post themselves or their children enjoying the livestream.

The surreptitiously-named “Captain Slinky” (livejournal username) is the genius behind putting together the cartoons, which comes complete with original commercials.  He and livejournal users aurora77 and teddy0bear mod the community during the rest of the year in which cartoon previews are posted and members can post questions, looking for hard-to-find cartoons or answers to cartoony trivia.  This Saturday is called “Summer Re-Run Rewatch”, so named for the summer re-run season before the new cartoons debuted, traditionally in September. If you can’t make it to this re-watch, don’t feel bad, there’s another one scheduled for July 20th.  The streams typically start at 6 am PDT (9 am EDT) but don’t feel bad if you oversleep, Captain Slinky thoughtfully provides a link on each hour so you can watch with the community where they left off and catch up later! 

Keep in mind this goes back to the days predating remote controls, digital tv, dvr and home-served internet….You had to GET UP to change the channel on an actual dial, (adjust the antenna, sometimes,) or if you were a REALLY FANCY home you DID have a remote…With a thick short wire running to the tv, so you still had to be pretty close.  Once the cartoons were over, and “American Bandstand” or college football came on? That was it. That was it unless you were one of the lucky ones who had a station that re-ran “The Bugs Bunny/RoadRunner Hour” in mid-afternoon, while your mother was grocery-shopping.

Watch along starts tomorrow morning, see the Saturday Morning Historical Re-Enactment society for links to streaming and chat.  You do not have to be a livejournal member, all posts are public.

We’ll see you THERE!

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The little convention that could that started in 2006 with a dream and a nightmare.  Taking a page from the book of Kentucky raised John Carpenter, the promoters believed in independant horror, and wanted to bring attention to the local talent that would be buried in big-budget Hollywood productions.

By 2012, it had grown to epic proportions, boasting the entire first and second floor of the historic Galt House in Louisville and boasting A-list guests such as Bruce Campbell and Corey Feldman.  This year, it’s only gotten better with William Shatner of Star Trek fame and living legend Stan Lee.  For one night only, you can even meet Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes at the screening of Kevin Smith’s latest movie.

Starting out at a time when Hollywood horror started cranking out carbon-copies of american made asian horror and remakes by the bucket load, Fright Night Film Fest promoters concentrated on independant film makers in the country, wanting to give them a venue and exposure to horror fans that might not normally see amidst a sea of million-dollar schlock.

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Me and Michael Berryman, 2007.

Effectively choosing venues that would allow multiple screenings of films to allow for as many submissions as possible, there was always something to see or do, if you had met all the people and seen all the vendors and exhibits.   One particular film, “Dead Moon Rising”  starred Tucky Williams. The movie went on to international distribution, a mention in “Fangoria” magazine, and now Ms Tucky Williams writes and stars in her own web series, “Girl/Girl Scene”, working on its third season.

A small short film, costing $300 was actually my favorite submission, about a haunted apartment building.  There were NO special effects, hardly any make up, and everything depended on the actors ability to manipulate the audience and change their facial expressions, which was incredibly effective.  When one character becomes possessed by the haunted floor, there is no change save for the actors facial expression…But trust me, that’s enough.  That filmmaker is still making movies, only now he calls his company Big Biting Pig Productions.

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CJ Graham, who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th part IV

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Horror actress Tiffany Shepis models a limited edition “Infernal Dreams” t-shirt Fright Night Film Fest 2008

As each year progressed, Fright Night became bigger, needing bigger venues.  More fans just kept coming, packing and overloading any hotel or convention center they could book.

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Ari Lehman, first actor to play Jason Voorhees on screen, Fright Night Film Fest 2009.

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Where I learned to love cosplay 2008

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After so many years, I finally got to meet Chris Sarandon.  Fright Night Film Fest arranged a 25th year anniversary reunion of the original “Fright Night” movie cast. It has always been one of my favorite vampire movies of all time.  I was quite star struck or I would’ve asked for an interview.

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“Fright Night” cast Q & A panel.  Everyone was a terrific good sport. (2010)

In 2011, Fright Night Film Fest promoters added on “Fandomfest”, including guests and authors of Pop culture phenomenon, including cult film guests from “Revenge of the Nerds”, “Happy Days” and voice actors from “Jem and the Holograms”.

It almost seemed like too much awesome, but it made for a fantastic weekend.

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“Fright Night Film Fest/Fandomfest” didn’t lose sight of its original mission.

Here, Big Biting Pig promotes “The Creepy Doll”, starring Kristine Renee Farley and Jessica Dockrey.

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Kentucky-raised John Carpenter, who’s own Indie hit, “Halloween” helped redefine horror and set him on the map for future Hollywood success at Fright Night Film Fest/Fandomfest 2011

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Yes, children attend Horror Conventions. No, it does not scar them for life.

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Steampunk Red Riding Hood cosplay, Fright Night Film Fest/Fandomfest 2012.

Last year, Fright Night Film fest/Fandomfest boasted Norman Reedus, Bruce Campbell, Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor.  The conventions basically took over downtown Louisville Kentucky, and brought in guests in record numbers, gamers and cosplayers with some very original ideas.  The list of guests was almost as long as Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA), but walking in, wasn’t as overwhelming as a big Convention probably should be.  It has also inspired other conventions in the Kentucky area, opening up the bluegrass state for Horror enthusiasts all over the country and even as far as Canada. It’s pretty inspirational, if you think about where it started and where it is now, pretty much rivaling Dragon*Con, but still keeping that small-town convention feel.

Now THAT’S talent!

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