For the second time this year Christi and I made the trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia to attend the Blood At The Beach Horror Convention. We had a great time at the first show and was really excited about attending this one as well. The one thing that we really liked about the first one was the fact that a lot of the guests that were there were people that don’t do a lot of conventions that we had attended in the past. Now, don’t get me wrong, we love seeing the same guests because with some you develop a “bond” with them and they remember you and sometimes call you by name which is very cool to me. But, it is also very cool to meet someone that you have never met before.
The first show was located about 30 minutes from the actual beach, but this time it was right on the beach. Although it was too cold to put on bathing suits and go swimming we did find sometime on Saturday to go outside and watch the waves. It was very nice and calming.
The view from our hotel room!
The celebrities attending the show!
One of our favorite movie series has always been Friday The 13th. These films brought the slasher genre to the main stream in the 1980’s and has remained one of the most popular film franchises ever. There were several stars from Friday The 13th at Blood At The Beach.
Christi and I had both ordered Adrienne King’s Crystal Lake Wine but neither of us had ever met her. She was just as nice and as sweet as she was when we talked to her on the phone and it was a real pleasure and honor to meet her.
I interviewed Adrienne after the show on Friday night . You can listen to that interview by clicking here.
Amy Steel was in the second installment of Friday The 13th. She was awesome as well.
Amy signing my print from Joel Robinson.
Steve Dash was also a guest at Blood At The Beach. He played Jason in the second Friday film. He had his machete and ready to pose with it in his pictures. I met Steve and his wife at the Full Moon Convention in Chattanooga a few weeks earlier.
Ron Millkie who played the police officer in the first film is one of the examples of people who doesn’t do a lot of conventions. I don’t think he has been at a show that I have attended.
Kane Hodder who played Jason in several of the Friday The 13th movies is one of Christi’s favorites. He was very popular all weekend. He was selling copies of his bio at the show and signing everything from pictures to hockey masks.
Christi told Kane to choke me hard and that he did!!
The Friday The 13th Q & A Panel
We saw Adrienne King and Amy Steel in the lobby of the hotel and they said that they were going to the Q & A for Friday The 13th so we headed over to the room to check it out. The room was full of Friday fans and it was a very fun panel.
Ron and Steve at the panel.
Amy, Adrienne and Kane cutting up during the panel.
It was funny to hear Steve Dash tell the story about when someone would ask him back then what movie he was doing, his reply was “It is just a piece of shit film.” Of course he didn’t know back then what we all know now.
The Walking Dead Guests
It is no secret to anyone that The Walking Dead is one of the most popular horror based shows to ever grace the tv screen. Blood At The Beach featured several stars of that show.
Here is a picture of Christi with Travis Charpentier and Kevin Galbraith who both played “walkers” in the show.
Christi had given me my birthday present early this year. She got me the Blu Ray edition of The Walking Dead which comes in a special display. Travis played the RV Zombie who Andrea stabs in the face with a screw driver in Season 2 and his head (complete with the screwdriver) is the holder for the discs. Christi knew I would want to get Travis and Kevin to sign the base.
I love this.
Addy Miller who was the very first zombie we see in Season 1 was a guest at Blood At The Beach. We have become friends with Addy and her mom as well.
Addy with Christi
Keisha Tillis who played Morgans wife in the show was a guest too. She played Morgan’s wife in one of Season 1’s most emotional scenes.
One of the show’s most popular characters was T-Dog. I will never understand why they killed him off this season. He was one of the most popular guests at the show.
Christi, Irone Singleton and me.
Savana Wehunt played a zombie in The Walking Dead as well as being Chandler Riggs’ stand in.
Chandler Riggs was a guest at the show too but we had limited time at the show on Saturday and his line was very long.
Other guests at Blood At The Beach
One of my very favorite films has to be Cabin Fever. We had met Cerina Vincent in Gatlinburg last year where I did an interview with her. It was really great to see her again. Here she is signing my poster from Return To The House On Haunted Hill.
Another shot of Cerina and me
My favorite guest at the show had to Sarah Butler. She has been in several movies but my favorite has to be the remake of I Spit On Your Grave.
It was very cool to talk to her about the making of that film. I told Christi that she has replaced Danielle Harris as my favorite horror actress after meeting her and finding out how nice and sweet she is.
Christi and Sarah
Sid Haig checking the internet during down time at the show. He didn’t have much down time as there was a line at his table all weekend.
Verne Troyer was also at the show.
Dana Barron from Vacation was at Blood At The Beach. I had to get a picture with her as that was one of my all time favorite movies.
Dana signing a picture for me.
Christi and Dana.
Jason Lively who was in European Vacation was one of the nicest guys at the show. He took a lot of time with his fans and talked about anything you wanted to talk about. He was in Night Of The Creeps as well.
Me and Jason
One of the very best vampire films ever has to be The Lost Boys. Alex Winter was in that film and Christi got to meet him for the first time.
Alex was also in the Bill And Ted movies but Christi got a picture from The Lost Boys.
Alex and me.
Zack Ward from A Christmas Story.
Remember the film Night Of The Comet? I know a lot of people consider it a very cheesy movie but I still enjoy watching it. One of the stars of that movie, Catherine Mary Stewart was at the show. It was really great to meet her and tell her how much I love the film.
Getting Catherine to sign a Night Of The Comet picture for me.
Catherine and me at Blood At The Beach.
Always great seeing the wonderful Debbie Rochon at a convention.
Debbie signing another picture for my collection.
Writer Jack Ketchum
Getting Jack to sign a book for a friend.
Actor Tom Towles with Christi.
I have always been a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s movies, especially Chasing Amy. A friend had gotten an autograph for me earlier this year so it was really cool to finally get to meet her.
Vendors and other cool stuff
As with any horror convention, Blood At The Beach was full of vendors selling posters, movies, pictures and much more.
Posters from London 1888
This guys stuff really caught our eye. The company’s name is Fabian’s Finest Freaks. Some of the most awesome stuff we have seen.
Santa was on hand to welcome in the holiday season.
Halloween was over but one group had a pumpkin carved and lit up all weekend.
There were a lot of other guests at the show including Vernon Wells, Robert Rusler, Anthony Michael Hall, Jamie Kennedy and many others but there is just so much time it is hard to meet everyone. We got to meet the main stars we wanted to so that made for a great weekend.
I really hope that they keep putting on two Blood At The Beach shows every year. If the first two conventions are any hint of what they have in store for us in the coming years horror fans are in for a great treat.
I would like to say a big thanks to Al Keisel and the staff of Blood At The Beach for putting on a great show and for making Christi and myself feel very welcome. And a big thanks to Christi for taking a ton of great pictures for this post.
The next Blood At The Beach will take place April 19- 21, 2013. You can click here to visit the website and keep up with what they have planned.
Hope to see you all in Virginia Beach in 2013!!!