Horror Conventions

Discussion in 'Site Polls' started by rhett, Oct 6, 2009.

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Have you ever been to a horror convention?

Poll closed Nov 6, 2009.
  1. Yes, several!

    16 vote(s)
    21.1%
  2. Yeah, a few.

    13 vote(s)
    17.1%
  3. Yep, I've been to one.

    7 vote(s)
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  4. Nope, but will be seeing one soon.

    5 vote(s)
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  5. Nah, but I'd like to one day.

    30 vote(s)
    39.5%
  6. No, and I don't care to.

    5 vote(s)
    6.6%
  1. indiephantom

    indiephantom Horny Spirit

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    I've been to a couple of AVN shows in Las Vegas. Met Sasha Grey and lots of girls and got lots of free porn and pics. Personally I'd rather hang with some hottie porn stars than with Gunner Hansen or Tony Todd. I can't imagine paying for an autograph either. I love horror and would rather go to a film festival like Fantasia where I'm seeing stuff. I'm not an autograph seeker either and don't want your scribbles on my DVDs! :hum:
     
  2. Devo1313

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    I usually hit about 20 or so conventions a year. There are so many now but indeed the best is Cinema Wasteland.
     
  3. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    I said "several", since I've been to Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors 4 times, by my count. Comic-Con is more my scene, been there at least 10 times and have my 2010 4-day badge already bought.

    Of course, at any convention you will run into geeks and fanboys. But you can see even by this thread it's all relative. I don't think many of us would call ourselves nerds, but look at the posts. You have the "I go, but I don't care about autographs", and you have the "I get autographs, but I don't wear a costume". Think about it. To some, autograph-seekers are nerds. To the autograph-seekers, the cosplayers are nerds. To the cosplayers, well, you get the idea.

    It's like Kevin Smith said, "Only at Comic-Con can you hear a guy in a Chewbacca costume say 'look at that guy in the Spock costume, he's a fuckin' geek'"

    For reference: I cringe anytime I see people with the black t-shirts with some horror movie on it. To me, walking around with a shirt with Fulci's rotting zombie on it just screams "anti-social", and "I've never kissed a girl" . But hey, you'll see me in line with my laserdiscs getting signed, so like I said, geek-dom is all a matter of perspective.
     
  4. eric_angelus

    eric_angelus Testacular

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    I have gone to a ton over the last 3 or 4 years, though I expect to be cutting back on it somewhat in the future...mainly because I just bought a new car that I need to pay for plus I have met just about everyone I am really interested in in terms of celebrities. I go mainly for the chance to meet them and get signatures on my one sheet posters...but also really enjoy the Q&A sessions that some of the shows do when they have big reunions, these can be quite cool especially if you are on the shy side and want to hear what people have to say, but don't feel comfortable with the one on one. I don't really go to buy stuff or to participate in any of the parties or shenanigans. I tend to look a little odd at them, as I dress like I would for work...so I tend to be the only one not in all black.
     
  5. Copyboy

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    I've been to Rock & Shock a few times and Supermegafest twice. I only go for the chance to meet the actors who were a part of something that I've loved since I was a kid. Occasionally, it's to meet a newer actor who did something that really impressed me. I don't go to gush over them, but to thank them for being a part of something that I love and pay a compliment to some aspect of their performance that no other actor would have been able to pull off. It's a great feeling when you know that you've just brought a smile to someone who's brought some great entertainment into your own life, particularly when it's someone you pretty much grew up watching in one of your favorite movies.

    But other than that? I HATE the rest of it. Rock & Shock has been great because it's never very busy, but Supermegafest should be called Supermegafuckingfreakshow with its congregation of socially inept basketcases. The crowds and toys and people walking around in costumes (which are never the best costumes for the day, don'tcha know) and the lines are INSANE! It's not that the lines are that long, but I find myself surrounded by people wearing Mason Reese t-shirts and carrying Mead Data Centers bursting at the seams with clippings from 30 year old issues of Tiger Beat who seem to be just a little too into their sad collections of what any well-adjusted person would consider recyclable paper.

    Last year I swore I'd never go back, but now I have to. Lindsay Wagner will be there this year and I'm going to wear my Jaime Sommers t-shirt and show her my Bionic Woman scrapbook of clippings and drawings and then I'm going to bring her to my house where she will autograph my Sleep Number bed. It will be magical!
     
  6. Harry Warden

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    I would like to try a horror convention some day..but it's not high on my priority list. I did attend a Godzilla/Kaiju converntion in Philadelphia about 10 years back and my experience was so-so. No autographs and the dealer rooms were really cool. I bought a lot of neat stuff, but like some others mentioned in this thread earlier, there were a few total nerds who dominated every discussion and pestered the hell out of all of the guests. That's not really for me. I would probably go just to see what type of cool items I could buy more than anything. Of course, meeting some actors or directors could be nice too. A friend of mine from Pittsburgh went to a converntion in New Jersey (I think it was called Chiller Weekend) and he met Christopher Lee, who was a total asshole to a lot of fans. He refused to sign anything with his likeness. He would only grant an autograph if you purchased the biographical book about him, published by Midnight Marque Press at the time.
     
  7. othervoice1

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    Never been to one but if they had one close to me I think it would be a blast.
     
  8. satans-sadists

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    I went to many Chiller Theatre shows when I lived on the east coast. Haven't been to one since the Spring of 2006. Had mostly good experiences, but the last couple shows weren't as enjoyable as they once were. The nicest celebrity guests I ever met were Tom Atkins and Robert Quarry.
     
  9. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I'm in the majority now... :evil:

    No, I've never been to a convention. But I'd love to be at one! Though, I couldn't meet anyone (I'm incredibly shy offline) and I would lose consciousness if I ever saw anybody really cool. Plus... I can't imagine myself asking someone to sign something. It would be too surreal. I know I would flashback to Junior High, where people who didn't really like me wrote awkward things in my yearbook (don't ask me where I got the courage to ask them to sign, I was a lot less shy then). Most of my friends never signed each others' yearbooks. They'd just take them and write things on other peoples' faces.
     
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    I wish I had the balls to get out on the road to check one out sometime. Just about very convention from where I live that interests me is like over 200 miles away.
     
  11. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I used to go every year when it was down here in South Florida. It is just too expensive for me to drive up and spend a night in Orlando. I'd love to go!!
     
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    Always wanted to go to one, but there is never anything close to me. Finally going to make the trip to texas fear fest next year for the Friday The 13th 30th Anniversary.

    http://www.txfearfest.com/
     
  13. bigwes15

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    I've been to two of them...a Fangoria convention around 8 or 9 years ago where I met HG Lewis, who was very personable, and the Monstermania last June in Connecticut. I enjoy meeting the people who have been in movies that I have loved over the years, and am frankly a little puzzled by the negative attitude some have on here about people wanting autographs and such. Sure, there are some strange and socially maladjusted characters at these things, but overall I met (especially at the Monstermania) several great people who shared an interest of mine that I don't see often in my "normal" life. What's the matter with horror fans getting together for a weekend where you're the majority instead of the minority for once? Even the people who dress up in weird costumes don't bother me at all, as their heart is in the right place for me. I am already looking forward to the next Monstermania in CT next summer!!
     
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    Some people are just too cool for school. Me, if I really like a director or actor, I don't mind giving them $20 or so out of my own pocket for a memento. It seems like a fair price to pay to somebody who has given me a priceless amount of pleasure over the years, and contrary to popular belief, a lot of these folks are far from being "wealthy". It's the least I can do to help them out.
     
  15. Paff

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    Not a horror convention, but Comic-Con has already sold out of 4-day badges for 2010. The convention is in JULY. This thing is getting out of hand.
     
  16. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    Holy Crap!! My friend and I keep thinking about going, but I can't plan that far ahead. You just never know what is going to happen in life! I want to be able to get my tickets, hotel room, etc. around a month or so in advance, so I guess I'll never be going to Comic Con!!
     
  17. Grim

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    Been to quite a few. I unfortunately had to miss Horrorfind this year as I was shooting that Saturday and I needed to work that Friday and Sunday so I wasn't completely broke.
     
  18. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    I might actually make it down to Cinema Wasteland this upcoming April. A few of my friends from Ontario are planning on hitting it up, and I just may have to save my pennies and go as well. Plus it's the 'Zombi 2' reunion this year, so I really have to go!
     
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    You can still get 4 day badges, its just the "4 days with preview night" badges are sold out. This year, besides dramatically jacking up the price of badges, they are selling 4 day badges with preview night and 4 day badges in general. Both are the same price, just one being a little more exclusive. I guess it's their way of dealing with the huge crowds of preview night, but it stinks that both badges were/are the same price.

    I have been a volunteer for the Lexington Scarefest convention both years, the Friday the 13th reunion was our first year. I hung out with Adrianne King all that weekend, helping her with her merchandise, running errands, talking with her at the parties and off the show floor. She is a very sweet and friendly lady. There is no need to feel embarrassed for her. She loved doing stuff like that. If it was all an act, she deserves an Oscar asap! She was very genuine and loved doing things like that for fans. She stayed hidden for so long due to her stalked incident and now is celebrating her famous claim to fame and seemed to appreciate everything now.
     
  20. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    Well, it's official now. ALL 4-day badges, preview night or not, have been sold out for 2010. 8 months in advance. That's insane.
     

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