This weekend I headed out to Monster Mania 33 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I've been to about four or five of these, and at this point I mark them on my calendar like a holiday. I always look forward to the opportunity to be around folks who love horror as much as I do. Plus I always use it as an excuse to buy a bunch of genre-themed swag that I promise I'll one day find a use for. As another convention has come and gone, I'll savor the flavor a little while longer with quick recap.
In previous years I spent most of my time viewing the event through my camera phone's viewfinder, so this year I decided to cut back and just take things in on my own a bit. However, there was one scene that was just too good to pass up, as two classic horror icons once again clashed in a battle of Evil vs. Evil:
|You can't quite make it out, but Freddy is wearing a a knitted claw like a bawse.|
One of the best things about Monster Mania (and the most dangerous for my wallet) is the countless array of horror vendors selling T-shirts, artwork, posters, prop replicas, and of course movies (both on-the-level and bootleg). There was even one stand selling latex faces and other FX supplies. I passed on the faces, but made off with some good stuff if I do say so myself:
|These coasters will go perfectly with my Texas Chainsaw tea set|
|Infer what you will about my need to own this poster|
|By far my favorite purchase of the day. I like Hellraiser in case you hadn't figured that out yet.|
The second Q & A that I got to attend was with the great Tony Todd, who everyone reading this site would know as Candyman. Todd explained that he suffered 26 bee stings while shooting that movie. He also mentioned that the original cut of the movie featured more of a love story between Candyman and Helen, but that the studio was hesitant to highlight this aspect of their relationship. He hopes that the complete version someday makes a release. He had a lot of other great tidbits from his storied career, including some of the following highlights:
- While shooting The Rock, Sean Connery had his trailer airlifted on to Alcatraz island. He also had a ten-person entourage with him at all times (this further proves my theory that Connery is a fucking meathead who fools everyone with his Scottish accent).
- He had a difficult time shooting a movie on location in Romania: "Everyone claimed to be related to Dracula." More seriously though, he was disturbed to see the disparity between the rich and the poor there.
- When asked to choose his favorite movie role, he chose Platoon since that was his first major role.
- When asked about his experience on The Crow, he said that a week doesn't go by that he doesn't think about deceased star Brandon Lee. He mentioned how Lee reached out to him to get him to hang out with the rest of the cast between shooting.
- When asked if he ever created a backstory for his character in the Final Destination series, he explained that there actually is one, but that he couldn't divulge it because it will be covered in the sixth entry in the series that's set to come out soon.
After the Tony Todd session, I headed over to the screening room where they were playing Insidious 3. I'd never even seen the first two entries, but I figured I'd give it a shot since I'm a Lin Shaye. Twenty minutes in, however, I realized two things: 1. This movie was going to rely on a series of sudden, loud noises to drum up scares, and 2. Blumhouse must be very naive to think that highlighting BH in their logo won't make people think of the word butthole.
|I mean, it's not just me right?|
I took my growing boredom with this flick as a sign that it was about time to call it a day. As always, though, I had a blast, and this year I'm excited to present a special twist. Check out my Twitter feed for a chance to win a Blu-ray copy of The Toxic Avenger signed by Troma president Lloyd Kaufman (he's the gentleman in the Tupac hoodie at the top of this post). Just give me a follow if you haven't already and Retweet the giveaway post for a chance to win, which I'll announce on April 1st. With that, Monster Mania 33 is in the books, and I'm already looking forward to 34.