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Convention Updates: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati March 20-22nd (2 days away)

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We are now only 2 days out from HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati, and there are even more updates pouring in. More additions, cancellations and Norman Reedus photo op questions answered.

As mentioned in yesterday’s HHW update post, megastar of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus is now SATURDAY ONLY. This brought forth questions from fans about the photo ops they have purchased, well this was said in the HHW group on Facebook:

NORMAN REEDUS PHOTO OPS:

OK gang, here’s what’s going on for all Norman Reedus photo ops at HorrorHound this weekend. All tickets will be honored on Saturday, If you have a Friday ticket and can’t make it on Saturday email us immediately at info@celebphotoops.com about a refund. Time is of the essence.

We will still be selling all Saturday photo ops for Norman on site, on a cash only basis. We want everyone to get their photo. We’ll shoot as long as there are people there to shoot.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at the Sharonville Convention Center this weekend starting at 5pm.

Chris & Kitsie

www.CelebPhotoOps.com

The newest cancellation to note is Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). He unfortunately had to cancel due to work on a Ben Affleck film. The amazing HorrorHound Crew did however make a new addition to the roster, Regan MacNeil herself, Linda Blair.

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If you purchased a photo op with George Wendt (Cheers, House), you are in for a big treat. George will be dressing up as his beloved character Norm from Cheers for photo ops.

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Autograph prices have been some of the most asked questions. One guy, Cameron Dunlap, was kind enough to post a list of what he has paid at previous conventions for some of the autographs. Thank you Cameron!

Estimated Autograph costs according to the people I met last year or the posts on this page (Some may differ, but this will help the people wondering or calculating prices).

***DO NOT MAKE THIS POST ABOUT DEBATING OR DISHING A CELEBRITY ON THEIR PRICE AS THIS IS PROBABLY ONE REASON IT GOT DELETE PRIOR-IT IS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS***

Norman Reedus-$80.00(No Pic at Table)
Denis O’Hare-$40.00(No Pic at Table)
Ryan Hurst-$40.00
Mark Boone Junior-$40.00
Sean Gunn-$30.00
Michael Rooker-$40.00(Auto) + $10.00 Pic at Table
Alanna Masterson-$40.00(Auto) + $20.00 Pic at Table
Lawrence Gilliard-$40.00
Josh McDermitt-$40.00
Madison Lintz-$40.00
George Wendt-$40.00 w/Pic at Table
Zach Gilligan-$20.00(Auto) + $10.00(Pic at Table)
The Soska Twins (Jen & Sylvia)- $25.00 w/Pic at Table
Katharine Isabelle- $30.00 to $40.00(Auto) + $20.00 Pic at Table
Terrance Zdunich-$20.00 to $30.00
Jason Mewes-$30.00(Auto)/$40.00(Auto+Pic) or $20.00(PIC ONLY)
Tom Atkins-$20.00 to $25.00
Ron Simmons-$30.00 w/Pic at Table
Rhyno-$20.00 to $25.00
Jeffrey Combs-$20.00 to $30.00
AJ Bowen-FREE
Pat Healy-FREE
Naomi Grossman-$25.00 (Auto) + $10.00(Pic at Table)
Kane Hodder-$30.00 w/Pic at Table
Joel Hodgson-$30.00(Auto) + $20.00(Pic at Table)
Stuart Gordon-$25.00
Linda Blair-$40.00 to $50.00 w/ Extra charge for Pic

UNKNOWN PRICES (???)

Adam Minarovich-$
Jeff Kober-$
Max Hernandez-$
Gregg Henry-$
William Katt-$
Bruce Abbott-$
Barbara Crampton-$
Brian Thompson-$
Pedro Miguel Arce-$
Richard Brooks-$
Jesse Hutch-$

-Cameron Dunlap via the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook Page

The Sharonville Convention Center is a large building, and when you’re swept up in the glow of the convention awesomeness, it can be a little difficult to make a game plan or find your way around. Maps of the convention layout along with a coded guide to which guests will be in which rooms has been released.

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The final update is kind of an ironic one. Old Spice, yes the deodorant company, will be on hand giving out samples.

With so many last minute changes being made, Nathan and the rest of the HorrorHound Crew are being swamped with emails and questions in the Facebook group and Facebook like page. To ensure that everyone sees the important updates and everyone gets their questions answered, be sure to check out FAQ section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com, it has been updated and many of the most asked questions can be answered there.

I can personally only provide so many updates. To keep up to date on the minute to minute changes, be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend Group and like the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook page. More updates have been added to HorrorHoundWeekend.com as well.

Here’s to hoping Norman Reedus does not cancel for all those that have purchased photo op and VIPs to meet him, and wishing him a world of luck for cramming 3 days into 1, he is one amazing individual. 

Hope to see you all there!

Convention Update: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati March 20-22nd 2015

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HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati begins this Friday, March 20th, and updates continue to pour in. Guest additions, guest cancellations and more have been announced, and I am here to give you the most important changes.

Let’s start with guest changes. I’m sure most of you are aware that Norman Reedus will now be appearing SATURDAY ONLY. Below is a quote from Nathan Hanneman (the guy awesome enough to put the convention on) about why this is.

“Due to being booked for a talk show in LA later this week, we are put in the position to move Norman Reedus’ flights around to try and get him to HorrorHound Weekend – and it appears there will be no way for him to make it to Cincinnati in time to sign on Friday evening – meaning, Norman will now be a Saturday-only appearance. We were just informed of this change and are working out the details, but wanted to post this news ASAP. More information ill be posted as soon as we have it, including updates from his management direct.” – Nathan Hanneman 

Another change has been made that will affect how long you may have to wait to meet The Walking Dead superstar. Reedus’ line will not really be a line per-say, when the doors open, a “ticket line queue” will begin. Basically, you go to Norman’s table and pick up a ticket, said ticket will have a number on it, a bit like taking a number at a deli, this will keep everyone from having to stand in a huge line for just one autograph. For more information on this ticket line queue, visit the FAQ section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com

Unfortunately, guest cancellations are common due to schedule conflicts. There have only been 4 cancellations this year. Those cancellations include Alex Winter (The Lost Boys), Jason Patric (The Lost Boys), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) and Mitch Pileggi (Shocker). Now that the bummer news of cancellations is out of the way, there have been some pretty awesome additions, C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead).

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No autograph price list has been released, the HorrorHound Weekend Crew is just as unaware of autograph prices prior to the show as we are. The only ones for certain are AJ Bowen (You’re Next) and Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), who will be signing for FREE.

extramoneyAutographs are typically the most expensive part of conventions, so if you need a little bit of extra money for those names and have some collectibles laying around collecting dust, visit Wayne and Rob at the “The Print-Pixs Booth”.

The biggest change aside from the ticket line queues for high demand guests for this year is the Coco Key Water Park Party.This year, the party is pre-sale only, and the tickets have already sold out according to the ticket site. 

There are a lot of exciting films being screened this year including the world premiere of Old 37 starring Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. Not only will the film be screening, but Kane Hodder himself will be in attendance, pretty awesome bonus. The film that was dubbed the scariest film of the past decade will be screening as well, The Babadock. For full film festival schedule, visit HorrorHoundWeekend.com/events.

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On top of all of the fantastic guests, don’t forget about the Re-Animator reunion which will include Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Dennis Paoli. For full guest list, be sure to check out HorrorHoundWeekend.com/guests

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For even more up to date information, be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook group, like the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook page and follow HorrorHound Magazine on twitter, @horrorhound.

Hope to see you all there!

Movie Review: Asylum of the Dead (2014)

asylumAsylum of the Dead was directed by Michael Rooker and stars Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead). 

Synopsis:

For decades, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital has been haunted by turbulent supernatural forces. When a television crew embarks on a mission to capture this paranormal activity, they discover something completely unexpected. As restless souls from their past torment the crew members, they fear for their lives as one by one they are gruesomely murdered. In a surprising revelation, they discover something more terrifying than ghosts is responsible.

The first thing that drew me to this film was that it was directed by Michael Rooker, but what really persuaded me to purchase the film was that it is set around one the most notoriously haunted buildings in America, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital. Just the lore that surrounds that building and it’s past is enough to create one frightening film.

From the beginning of the film, it kind of pokes fun at the television phenomenon that is known as the ghost hunting show. Every network has one nowadays it seems. I feel that it gave a bit of a comedic element. One complaint that I have is that the audio is a bit hard to hear unless you have it cranked up. It is shot in almost a “found footage” style making the audio less refined and more difficult to hear. In a way it kind of adds to the film though giving it that raw feel of really walking around Pennhurst with a group of “ghost hunters”.

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Haylie Duff in Asylum of the Dead

What threw me off was seeing Beverly Mitchell’s name at the top of the cover. I remember her as sweet as apple pie, preacher’s daughter Lucy Camden from the 90’s family drama 7th Heaven. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance. She certainly has shed that squeaky clean image in Asylum of the Dead. I see a bright future for her in horror.

Haylie Duff’s performance was fantastic. She has really come a long way from the Napoleon Dynamite days. Her role could have gone one of two ways, great or horribly corny. She was far from corny, giving a believable performance. I look forward to seeing more from Duff in the horror genre.

The menacing character of “Dr. Death” was played by horror and film veteran, Michael Rooker. He brought elements of two of his most well known characters, Merle Dixon (The Walking Dead) and Henry (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer). The witty dialogue that Dr. Death has with his victims is very reminiscent of lines we may have heard from Merle, but he was also quite cold and calculated like Henry. Rooker was genius, and no one can play a villain you love to hate, but end up kind of liking in the end quite like he can.  

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Michael Rooker as Dr. Death in Asylum of the Dead

The ghostly sound effects were a little hokey, but I don’t feel that it took away from the film. To make up for the corny sound effects, the visual effects were really quite impressive for a straight to DVD film. I wouldn’t call Asylum of the Dead a splatter fest, but there were some pretty unique death scenes that called for some pretty unique effects and they were executed beautifully. 

Not to give too much away, about midway through, there is a joke about the popular 90’s film The Sixth Sense. The ending to this film has a few similarities to the ending of that film. I’m not sure how to classify this film. It is a film about a haunting, but there are also elements of a slasher film. The best way I can describe this film is a cross of Friday the 13th and The Sixth Sense. Asylum of the Dead is appealing to fans of both the slasher and haunting sub-genres of horror. 

The critics gave this film an average of about 3.5 stars. I disagree with them, I am going to give Asylum of the Dead a 6.5. The film was well written and offered an amazing cast, but it was a bit short and I feel they could have extended the film a bit more and incorporated a bit more. I do recommend this film to fans of indie style horror films and anyone looking for a horror film that hasn’t been done before. It is unlike any other haunting movie out there right now. The ending is quite a shocking plot twist, and I did not see it coming at all. This film does not have the same stereotypical, happy ending that many films like this have. I absolutely loved it.

I could not find an official trailer for Asylum of the Dead, so below is a short clip from the film.

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!

Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (with some “cheats”)

The Walking Dead Survival Instinct-coverI know I’m late on this review, but this has been a highly requested review from a few of my readers.  I also decided to do this to test the possibility of maybe doing more video game reviews.

I picked up The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct the weekend it was available.  As a fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, naturally I had to give this game a try.  Like many other video games, everyone plays it differently and different people are better at certain games, like me, I suck at sports games, but I have a natural gift with this type of game.

The graphics and story line of the game were amazing.  It was nice to see the Dixon brothers get their own game.  On a scale of 1 to 10 how challenging the game was for me, at first a 7, but once I played a couple of levels, it went down to about a 4.  Below, I added a cheat of mine to make missions go a bit faster.

When the game first starts, you are playing as Daryl and Merle’s father on a hunting trip, but only for a couple minutes then you die and play as Daryl.  I loved that there was an overall mission, find Merle and evacuate,  to the game and it wasn’t about just running around and killing walkers.  There is a mission for every level whether it be saving a survivor, finding a part for your car, finding gas or of course, finding supplies.  I liked that the level of difficulty of each mission fluctuated.  Unlike most games, the missions didn’t get harder as the game went on, but went up and down.  As a matter of fact, I had the most difficulty in the middle of the game as apposed to the  end.  The game does not plateau like many others of this genre do.

I liked the over all flow of the game, but I do have a couple of complaints.  For starters, you can’t choose which Dixon you want to be, you have to be Daryl, sorry Merle fans.  I understand why this is, but it would be cool to be able to choose Merle or Daryl.  My next complaint, the way the game saves.  I don’t know if this is just for Xbox 360 or all consoles, but the only way to save was to complete a level.  If you don’t complete the level you are on, you have to start it over.  A save option would have been nice.  My final complaint is the length of the game.  It is way too short.  I would love to see a part two of this game with some more options and maybe a bit more length to it.

All in all, I really liked The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.  Even if you’re not a big gamer, the game is fun.  It is a must have for any fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and of course, our favorite dysfunctional, fictional brothers, Daryl and Merle Dixon.

*My Personal Cheat*

At first, I struggled, but I quickly found easy ways to get through missions.  For example, when I had to find a part to fix the car, this is after you get the crossbow, I would find a car or a truck and stand on top of it.  After I was in the center of the roof, I would fire a gun and bring all of the walkers out.  They would surround the car then I would switch back to the crossbow and kill all of the faster ones that came out.  After that, you have a walker free environment and tasks become much easier.

 

Michael Rooker: Giving Bullying the Bird

Michael Rooker is known for, shall we be blunt, playing the asshole or bully part, but he is far from that.  He is now a part of Friend Movement THENEWFWORD. This is a campaign that has been designed to help raise awareness about bullying and putting a stop to it

A little information:  The New F Word Campaign was started by Ronnie Kroell and Elliot London to help bring empowerment to the victims of bullying.  It is an edgy photo campaign that uses the “bird” to help get the point across.  They need some help from you guys to help reach their goal of 10,000 photos in 90 days across 40 cities.

Mr. Rooker is joined by the likes of Tim Gunn, Richard Simmons, Lance Bass and Lizzie Velasquez.  Below I will link the video from Elliot London’s YouTube channel where you can get the entire story on this new, empowering campaign.  If you are currently being or have ever been bullied or you just want to help put an end to such a terrible thing, click the link below to learn more.

YouTube: The New F Word

Website: FriendMovement