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Once again, Fandomfest made me proud to call myself “fan” and “friend” to the promoters.   Despite challenges, such as last minute change in venue, and guest cancellations, Fandomfest 2017 knocked it out of the park.

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(photo credit: Malinda Wickam)

Taking over the old Macy’s store in Louisville’s Jefferson mall is almost poetic….. Capitalism died in that mall, and the fans swarmed and took over. The ironic justice is delicious.

Despite naysayers, a good time was had by the large crowds and friendly celebrity guests, with Matthew Lillard inviting fans to come meet and hug him “Like a porkchop”.  Fans as far away as Ontario, Canada were posting pictures of fans meeting actor Sonny Chiba of “Kill Bill” fame, with Artoo Detoo, and BB8 droids roaming the floors, thrilling many a Star Wars fan.

(photo credit: Malinda Wickam)

The venue wasn’t without complications, but staff were quick on the ball to assist vendors, such as Steampunk Alley.  Originally slated for the second floor, vendors had trouble getting their props to the alloted spot, as the back wall wouldn’t fit in the elevator.  Staff responded by placing them on the first floor, which was pretty awesome of them.

(photo credit: Malinda Wickham. She’s the one being threatened by the T-Rex.)

The cosplayers came out in droves, including many children, and an entire family dressed as Harry Potter characters.  Celebrity guests posted regularly, and thanked the staff for a wonderful weekend.  This is the kind of Fandomfest I’m familiar with.  I’ve never had a bad time there, I’ve always been treated VERY well by the staff.  And I know from experience, when Fandomfest triumphs over the odds, the next year will be even better.  Congrats to the staff, guests and promoters for another awesome Convention.  Stay tuned for Fandomfest 2018, because I sure will!

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The first day of Shock Stock went astonishingly well for me despite fighting Michigan Construction traffic and a number of mishaps along the way,the least of which, picking up my son late from school. We arrived late, found parking VERY easily (5$ at the Hall, not bad really) and entered the Convention which was in full swing. We met the vendors,cosplayers and a number of Celebrity guests that had a lot to say about my niece’s homemade Disney dress.  Particularly Tony Todd, who would’ve pegged him for a Disney fan?  Oh well, even Death needs a hobby!

The vendors were wonderful and there was some amazing artwork to be viewed as well as one-of-a-kind baubles and earrings.  Pictures will be forthcoming, as I seem to have lost a vital power cord to upload but they’re wonderful, and there’s absolutely a lot to see.  I encountered the Horror-Rama booth and a booth run by Canada’s best Horror FIlm Festival, “Blood in the Snow”  Nothing brings out my patriotic side like good ol’ Canadian Horror.  I think Canada really has a corner in the market and need to show our American neighbors that The Great White North is just as bawdy, bloody and psychotic as the rest of them.  I was also very glad to see independant filmmakers showing their talent and films.  There’s screenings happening all weekend.  I can only hope my camera batteries last that long!  Shock Stock continues tomorrow through till Sunday, at Centennial Hall,London Ontario.  Forest City, the Horror fans have teken over!!

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It seems we can’t get through a Convention season without seeing some kind of kvetch or drama about how much Conventions are costing fans, and how expensive it’s getting to book and run for Promoters.   The general complaint is actors/celebrities ever-increasing prices, against an unstable economy.  Guests had to forego trinket shopping and deciding which Actor to meet and which to pass up as autograph prices climbed to as much as $80.

After recent conventions, horror/pop culture fans have started to push back, as a recent “Walking Dead” guest put up a sign advertising $10 for meet and greet. That’s a purple note just to go up and say “Hi”.

Yep, you heard that right, and I can find pictures to prove it.

In retaliation, frequently-booked actors and their agents posted on social media their outrage at someone treating their fans as customers, and a cash cow, with celebrity agent Sean Clark posting, ” I just want to go on record and say that it didn’t cost ANYTHING to come up to Norman Reedus’ table at HorrorHound Weekend and meet him, get a hand shake or a hug MANY of which he gave out this weekend. Just saying.”

Sid Haig, star of Rob Zombie series “House of 1000 Corpses” and “Devil’s Rejects” went on record as stating he would never go above his $20 autograph price mark.   It bears saying Mr. Haig has considerable history as a legend of Horror (Since “Spider Baby”) and Grindhouse in years past, as opposed to a one-hit wonder who’s supporting role in a television series could be seeing an end shortly.

The latest in these critiques is Monster Mania Weekend promoter, Dave Hagan, suing the agency who handles Daveigh Chase, better recognized as “Samara” from “The Ring” series of films.

The charges are breach of contract and mismanagement of funds, as Mr Hagan paid Chase’s agent in advance, with Ms Chase being a glaring no-show at the convention some weeks later.  Understandably, Mr Hagan would like to be refunded.  Phone calls and emails are going unsanswered.

I couldn’t tell you if this is the beginning of the end of people using Conventions as a convenient second-income, but it seems fans and promoters are fed up, tired of the drama and we might be seeing a trend of guests and celebrities bringing it back to the fan-centric, movie celebration they used to be.

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Picture: Lost Boys actor Billy Wirth signing a picture for a fan.  Photo credit Mimi Rupp

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I absolutely love coslay. Showing off some of the ones that caught my eye last week at Fright Night Film Fest/Fandomfest

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This is exactly why, even with the National Examiner creds behind my name, I will NEVER get into Comic Con…..I’m editing my interview with Debbie Rochon from Dead Winter Convention, and I get a screen shot of the beginning, I’m asking Brian (the cameraman) “Are we rolling?” and lovely Debbie is cheesing for the camera. Well, something got into me and I made a thing.

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I will stop fangirling the day I stop breathing.

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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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I Have sadly neglected Venom and Honey, (Except for the video blog, those still get updated twice a month) due to my busy work at the examiner.  Don’t get me wrong, I love writing here, and I can’t wait to gush about the upcoming Conventions, including a very exciting opportunity for yours truly but in the meantime, with that, and Pickle’s schooling I’ve barely had time to breath.

So let’s do some spring cleaning and clean out my photos cache. I have a few from my tumblr-ing.

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From our trip to West Virginia

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Even Kane Hodder couldn’t scare this kid straight.

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Meeting Thomas the Tank Engine

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Explaining strange texts to my friends when I’ve been at the conventions too long.

I have some snapshots around here too, idk.

But yeah.

OUAT is progressing steadily toward the finale, in which I desperately hope I win my bid for Horror Movie Examiner title or it will be a damn long summer for me, filling it in desperately with lists of “Top Robert Carlyle butt-shots” and slideshows of the perfect chipped-cup replica.

Thankfully, there’s Mad Men, and True Blood season six starting up. 

Beyond that and conventions season? Who knows!

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