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Diary of a Horror Nerd: ScareFest 8

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Convention season, a horror nerds dream; it’s the time of year when we can all get together and share in our love of gore, slashers and everything creepy. My husband and I recently traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for ScareFest 8. For those of you that are unaware of what ScareFest is, it is a convention that blends together the worlds of the horror and the paranormal, you can learn more at scarefestcon.com. This entry is about our experience.

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Guests

We were only able to spend two days in Lexington, but those two days were absolutely fantastic. Who was on the guest list? Legendary Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), numerous cast members from American Horror Story, a Phantasm reunion, Tim Shockey with the Green Goblin Head from Maximum Overdrive, the father of zombies himself George Romero and many more.

You know how they say “you shouldn’t meet your heroes ” because most of the time they turn out to be huge jerks? Well, that isn’t always true. With the small amount of time we had at the con, we met Sid Haig, Robert Mukes and Ari Lehman, Romero’s line was insane both days we were there, like approaching Norman Reedus level of crazy. All three of them were fantastic.

Sid Haig is one of the sweetest, most down to earth, genuine people you will ever meet. If you ever get the opportunity, take it. He makes time for each person that comes to see him. He cracks jokes and makes you feel important, like he actually gives a shit that you came to meet him. It didn’t matter if you traveled 5 minutes or 5 hours, he was all about his fans. For those wondering, if you brought your own item, it was $10 and if you had him sign something from his table, it was $20, pictures with him were of course FREE.

Ari Lehman, there is so much to be said about him. I have heard every kind of story, but you can’t always believe what you read on the internet. Meeting him was a fantastic experience, he was funny and charming and more than enthusiastic about meeting his fans. It was more like meeting an old friend than meeting a celebrity that had no idea you even existed. His autograph prices were pretty much the same as Sid’s, $10 for a flat item (poster, picture), $20 for action figures and things like that, he was selling various collectibles including signed machetes all priced reasonably and pictures with him were also, FREE.

Robert Mukes truly is a gentle giant, I am 5’3 and he made me look like a child, but he is one of the kindest people you will meet. We had him sign an original DVD copy (the one with the cardboard case) of House of 1000 Corpses, and he shared stories from set and cracked a few jokes all while showing genuine appreciation that we came to see him. When you meet him, you can tell he has a passion for his craft and is thankful to his fans. His prices were the same as Sid’s $10 for your item and $20 for an item from his table. 


Vendors

The vendor area is always a highlight at every convention. There was a little bit of everything from POP vinyls to artwork to Halloween decorations, pretty much anything your ghoulish little heart could possibly desire. The vendor area at many of he conventions I have been to have been cramped and disorganized, but ScareFest had it together. Everything was easy to see and you could navigate the area without bumping into the person next to you. Unlike other situations that have felt more like an awkward drunken bump and grind, we had a very pleasant experience navigating through.

Our favorite vendor was also there as an artist and is ScareFest’s artist, Joel Robinson. Not only is his artwork fantastic, but he is so nice and has a real passion for his work, his fans and the genre. If you haven’t seen his work, give his facebook page (artpusher.net- The Art of Joel Robinson) a like and check out artpusher.net where you can purchase his prints and t-shirts. If you ever see him at a convention, be sure to stop by and say hello and pick up some awesome prints and shirts.


“Staph”

Yes, you read that correctly, Staph. ScareFest gives their volunteers and staff a unique nickname. The Staph was friendly and knew what they were doing. We have been to many conventions where the staff had no clue what was going on or where things were, but everyone was helpful and organized.  


Final Verdict

ScareFest is quickly becoming our favorite convention. It is a bit smaller than some of the other cons out there, but in a way that makes it even better. If you have never been to a con before or you suffer from crowd anxiety like myself, ScareFest is perfect. Everyone is friendly and excited to see one another. Every time we go, we leave anticipating next year’s show. We have met so many great people and made new friends every time we visit.  

We really cannot recommend ScareFest enough, neither one of us has had a bad experience. The guest list is always amazing, the staph is friendly and we will be making that 4 1/2 hour drive next year. Hope to see you there!


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For more information on ScareFest and to stay updated on nest year’s show, like the official ScareFest Facebook page, follow @TheScarefest on twitter and visit scarefestcon.com.


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ScareFest 8: Phantasm Reunion, American Horror Story & More

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ScareFest is by far my favorite convention, but why you ask? It is simple really, not only do you get the best of horror, but you get the best of the paranormal world too. ScareFest 8 is no exception, it is reunions galore, Phantasm, American Horror Story, Fright Night and The Munsters.

The center of ScareFest 8 is the massive Phantasm reunion. Who will you be able to meet? Angus Scrimm, A.Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Gigi Fast Elk and Don Coscarelli.

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The FX hit series American Horror Story and the stars of its numerous sub-stories have been the focus of many horror conventions for the last couple of years, this year in particular. ScareFest 8 has some pretty impressive names on hand for their American Horror Story reunion, it is heavily based around this past season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. The list includes Naomi Grossman (Pepper), Jamie Brewer (Adelaide Langdon), Jyoti Amge (Ma Petite), Erika Ervin (Amazon Eve) and Rose Siggins (Legless Suzi). Ben Woolf (Meep) was also scheduled to appear before his tragic death earlier this year.

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Other names in horror that will be on hand include, Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses) and many more. For a full list of the guests that have been announced thus far, visit the ScareFestCon.com/Horror. More names will be announced soon.

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ScareFest puts as much care into finding the perfect paranormal guests as they do finding their horror guests. This year’s paranormal lineup includes Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown), Ben Hansen (Fact or Faked), Chip Coffey (Psychic Kids), Michelle Belanger (Paranormal State), Amy Allan (Dead Files) and more. For a full list of this year’s paranormal guests, visit ScareFestCon.com/Paranormal. More guests to be announced soon.

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ScareFest 8 is proudly sponsored by paranormal icon Patti Starr. Join the fun Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington Kentucky. The convention is all ages, tickets range from $15-$595. Reserve your tickets now at showclix.com/event/TheScareFest.

For more information and to stay up to date on new guest announcements and other news, like the ScareFest Facebook page, follow @TheScareFest on twitter and visit ScareFestCon.com.

*All photos are from ScareFestCon.com*

The Horror Realm Experience

10479726_1202973596392769_1111870594712867126_nIt’s that time of year again, the smell of Sharpie, rare action figures and cosplay is in the air, that’s right, it’s convention season. Over this past weekend, I attended my first con of the season, Horror Realm Con in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Guests like Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Camp Dread), Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs, Laid To Rest) and Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet) were on hand to meet fans and swap stories. Below I will break down and rate my experience (out of 10) at Horror Realm.

Entrance: 10

Everyone’s least favorite part of any convention is the line they have to wait in to get in. I got there on Saturday around 12:30 pm and the line was not long at all. There may have been 3 people ahead of my husband and myself. There were no hiccups with getting in. 

Admission Prices: 10

Single day passes were only $15. Compared to most other cons, this is by far one of the most inexpensive to go to.

Staff: 10

Every now and again, you will encounter one or more staff members that are rude and just act like they would rather be doing anything else other than helping you. The staff at Horror Realm was courteous and seemed like they genuinely wanted to be here. 

Layout: 9

I don’t really like holding this against those that hold and organize the cons because you have to work with what you are given. I heard from other people that they had a hard time finding Felissa Rose and Sean Whalen. There were 2 different rooms with guests. I personally didn’t have a problem with they layout other than the fact that it was a bit cramped with everyone walking around, but what convention isn’t? 

Guests: 10

The guest list is what draws people to the convention, and Horror Realm had a fantastic lineup. I cannot say enough good things about the guests at this con, Derek Mears, Felissa Rose and Sean Whalen in particular. They were fantastic, and were all excited to meet their fans. We met Sean first, he is so energetic and could not be any nicer. Next came Derek, he has got to be one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet. He really is a gentle giant, he listens when you talk and is genuinely invested in each and every conversation he has with his fans. Derek is probably one of if not the funniest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Felissa was our last stop because she had a bit of a line. She is as sweet as she is beautiful. She was excited to meet every single person in her line, full of energy and one of the best huggers. Each one of them acts as though they’ve known you for years.

Lines: 10

The lines were not that bad inside. The longest we waited was for Felissa, but it was less than 5 minutes. Vendor lines were not bad at all.

Autograph Prices: 10

Autographs tend to be the priciest parts of conventions because guests aren’t paid an appearance fee, so they have to compensate somehow. The most expensive guests were the American Horror Story: Freakshow cast members. Derek was $20, Sean was $20, Tony Todd $20, Felissa $20 for a signed picture, $10 to sign something you brought and free hugs. None of them charged an extra fee for a picture with them at their tables which seems to be the new trend nowadays. 

Vendors: 10

There were a lot of local Pittsburgh vendors. Most of the time, vendors sell just t-shirts and DVDs, but there were a lot of handmade goods available. Prices were pretty fair, none of them charged ridiculous prices.

Final Score: 79 out of 80

Our overall experience at Horror Realm was fantastic. If you have never been to a convention, this would be a great one to start out with. It is smaller and a lot less intimidating than other conventions and they always have a great guest list. We will definitely be attending Horror Realm again.

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Be sure to like Horror Realm’s Facebook page and follow them on twitter, @HorrorRealmCon.

HorrorHound Weekend Returning To Cincinnati In March 2015

10409763_10204223008709026_7440578705409585299_nIt’s almost that time again, time for HorrorHound Weekend to invade Cincinnati. On the weekend of March 20-22, 2015, the biggest names in horror will join some of the most hardcore horror fans in the Sharonville Convention Center. There have already been several exciting guest announcements made and even more to come.

JeffreyCombsOn the subject of guests, one of the biggest announcements made is that of a Re-Animator reunion. Joining the guest lineup from the film include director Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton. Other guests include Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), George Wendt (House), Mitch Pileggi (Shocker), Richard Brooks (Shocker), AJ Bowen (You’re Next), Jeff Kober (Sons of Anarchy), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Brian Thompson (The X-Files), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) and Pedro Miguel Arce (Land of the Dead). Some pretty talented MichaelRookerartists have also been added to the HorrorHound Weekend roster such as Nathan Milliner and Joel Robinson. More guests will be announced as the show approaches, and all guests are confirmed as of now, but may cancel.

The Ink Fusion Tattoo Festival will also be returning this year. Some of the world’s most talented tattoo artists will be tattooing. You can score some pretty amazing ink from names like Marc Draven, Chris Jones, Josh Wiley and many more. Pricing and schedules available at HorrorHoundWeekend.com.

Tattoo-MarcDravenPanel times are still yet to be announced, but on Saturday at noon, there will be the Horror Host Hall of Fame Ceremony. Other special events include the annual HorrorHound Film Festival and a cosplay contest.

HorrorHound Weekend always has the best list of vendors. Vendor spots always fill up quick, but there are still some spots available. If you are interested in setting up a booth this year, you better jump on it before they’re gone.JoshMcDermitt

One thing that fills up faster than the vendor spots are the hotels. There are several hotels within walking distance of the convention center, but you have to act fast on those. They are usually filled up or close to by the end of January. Don’t worry though, there are tons of hotels that are just a very short drive away.

MitchPileggiTickets are already on sale at HorrorHoundWeekend.com. Special low prices are only for a limited time, and the closer to the event we get, the less of a deal you will be able to get. Day passes, weekend passes and VIP passes are all currently available. Children 12 and under get in free.

Convention hours are as follows, Friday, March 20: 5pm-10pm, Saturday, March 21: 11am-7pm and Sunday, March 22: 11am-5pm.

Be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend group on Facebook for more guest announcements and event changes. Hope to see you there!

Recap/Review: ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 1 ‘Bitchcraft’

american-horror-story-coven-sliceLast night’s premier of ‘American Horror Story: Coven‘ marked the third season of the FX hit show.  This season it is not ghosts or depraved nuns hanging out in an asylum, but a group of young witches brought together at Miss Robichaux’s Academy For Exceptional Young Ladies under Head Mistress Cordelia Fox (Sarah Paulson) and later joined by Cordelia’s mother, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange).

Recap:

american-horror-story-coven-05Bitchcraft‘ opens in 1834 New Orleans.  The first nasty character we meet is Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates).  Madame LaLaurie wanted to be younger because of her husbands transgressions with the younger women around town.  In order to do this, she used the Elizabeth Bathory method of putting blood all over herself.  To obtain the blood, she would lock slaves that misbehaved in a dank dungeon and torture them.  During a dinner party, one of the slaves was caught messing around with her youngest daughter, so Madame LaLaurie had him locked up with the others.  Once he was chained up, LaLaurie told him if he wanted to act like a beast, they would treat him like one.  They placed a bull’s head over his and made him a living Minotaur.  She realized when she was back in her room that she needed fresh blood, so she returned to the cellar and tortured her new Minotaur.

The first young witch we meet is a face that is familiar to ‘American Horror Story‘, Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga).  Zoe is unaware of her “gift” until she and her boyfriend have a very intimate moment and she accidentally kills him.  Her mother finds out what really happened, and american-horror-story-coven-08she tells Zoe about her less than awesome “gift”.  After their conversation, Zoe is pretty much kidnapped by some strange guys in black suits that whisk her away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy For Exceptional Young Ladies.

Once at the academy, Zoe meets her new “classmates” and fellow witches.  Each girl posses a different power, Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) a telekinetic, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) a human voodoo doll, and another ‘American Horror Story‘ familiar face, Nan (Jamie Brewer) a clairvoyant.

-american-horror-sto31The lovely Jessica Lange makes her return, making this the third season she has made an appearance, as the bitchiest of the witches, Fiona Goode.  Fiona is an aging “supreme witch”, she has every power, and she is desperate, like Madame LaLaurie, to look younger.  She wants to try an experimental drug, but when the drug does not work, she uses her magic to aide her.  She sucks the youth from the young doctor that has been helping her. She decides to head to the academy to “help” her daughter teach the new crop of young witches.

Madison is a party girl, and she talks Zoe into attending a frat party with her.  At the party, yet another familiar face makes a return, Evan american-horror-story-coven-07Peters as frat boy Kyle Spencer.  Zoe catches Kyle‘s eye, much like Violet and Tate in season one, They talk and Zoe really takes a liking to Kyle.  Madison disappears and goes drinking with some of the other frat boys and ends up getting drunk, drugged and raped.  Kyle finds her and saves her, but his frat buddies run to their party bus and Zoe goes after them.  As the bus pulls off, Madison joins her and Madison flips the bus killing Kyle and 6 more of the frat boys.

Fiona decides to take the girls on a little “field trip” to help them learn a little about their heritage as witches.

american-horror-story-coven-04We then enter another flash back with Madame LaLaurie. What she did not know was that the man she had just killed was the lover of one of history’s most well known voodoo priestesses, Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett).  Marie pays Madame LaLaurie a visit offering her a “love potion” to help make her husband want only her, but the potion was really poison and Madame LaLaurie had paid the ultimate cost for love and beauty.

While on the field trip, Nan breaks free of the group and finds a tour of the Madame LaLaurie house.  The others catch up to find her, and when they do, she is channeling Madame LaLaurie.american-horror-story-coven-06

Once the little trip is over, Zoe goes to the hospital to see if Kyle survived, but he did not.  She sees that the one that did survive was the head of the guys that raped Madison, so she decides to use her odd “gift” and kill him.

At the end of ‘Bitchcraft‘, Fiona raises someone from the dead that may be able to help the girls, but does Fiona have a hidden agenda?

Review:

It is hard to believe that ‘American Horror Story‘ is on its third season already.  I must say that I like the direction they took with ‘Coven‘ making the show about witches and black magic.  I was not a huge fan of their previous season ‘Asylum‘, but ‘Coven‘ is showing some promise.

The casting for this season is great.  Who better to play some of histories scariest ladies than Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett?  I like that they are continuing to bring back people that had played in the previous seasons.  The premise of the show itself has the likelihood of becoming a bit confusing and adding a whole new cast would just add to things we’d have to catch up on.

I think ‘American Horror Story: Coven‘ has all the opportunity to become the best season yet.