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It is time for another Blood At The Beach Horror Convention. The show will be held in Virginia Beach, Va at the Virginia Beach Norfold Hotel And Conference Center the weekend of May 10-12, 2013. We attend both BATB shows last year and had a blast. This one promises to top the previous two with great guests and vendors from around the country!
Click here to view the awesome guest list so far
The 12th annual Full Moon Tattoo And Horror Convention was held Easter Weekend in Nashville at the Nashville Convention. This is one show that keeps getting better and better.
Check out our review and pictures by clicking here
We had the pleasure of attending the second Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC. A first class show all the way!
Click here to see our review of the Mad Monster Party Convention!
My son, Julian and I had the pleasure of attending the second Days Of The Dead Convention in Atlanta Ga last weekend. Julian was really excited about meeting Kane Hodder and it was good to see him excited about going to a con that wasn’t anime related. Now, the first Days Of The Dead was in the Peachtree City area of Atlanta. This years hotel was in the heart of downtown Atlanta. It is one of the hosts hotels for Dragon Con so I was glad it was right off the interstate and we had been in the area before as well.
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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!!!
I am lucky to have several very cool horror conventions that happen each year in my area. Full Moon, Fright Night and Scarefest are three of my very favorite shows to attend. The 2012 Scarefest was held the last weekend in September. This is one show that just keeps getting bigger and better each year. The thing that I like about Scarefest is that it is held in one very huge room. There is plenty of room to get around and you don’t have everyone bumping into each other at the peak times of the weekend. Full Moon went to this type of set up this year and I really wish that a lot of other conventions would look into this as well.
For the past two years Scarefest has invited the press to attend a special pre show event that features a lot of the celebrities walking down the red carpet and posing for pictures and answering any questions that we might have for them. Also this year several of the stars were hanging around outside the main door going into the show.
Michael Berryman and Dee Wallace
Arron Goodwin hamming it up for the cameras
Our friend Jeff Wickedbeard was on hand all weekend. Jeff dresses up as several characters from horror movies. He also makes the costumes himself and I have to say they look amazing.
As the time for the show to open drew near there was a ribbon cutting ceremony and since Jeff was dressed as Jason, it was only fitting that he cut the ribbon to start things off in a true horror manner!
Horror fans waiting to get into Scarefest
The Red Carpet Event
After the ribbon cutting ceremony the stars started to gather to walk down the red carpet.
Here are pictures of some of the celebrities attending
Victor Miller, the creator of Jason and Friday The 13th
Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes and The Devils Rejects
Special effects master Cleve Hall and his daugther Constance. The are featured on the TV show The Monster Man. Cleve’s work has been featured in countless films. He is a true believer in making movie monsters without using CGI effects. I have to tip my hat to him for that.
Dee Wallace, Tyler Mane and Scout Taylor Compton sharing a laugh on the red carpet.
Doug Bradley and Nicholas Vince from Hellraiser
Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Miko Hughes from Pet Sematary
Clive Barker and Malcolm McDowell were booked as guests but both had to cancel because of illnesses. There was a table set up where you could sign get well cards that would be sent to them after the show.
Paranormal ghost hunters The Booth Brothers are regulars at Scarefest and are very popular with the fans.
Scott, Joe, Susan and Paul from Ghost Hunters International
Susan Slaughter From Ghost Hunters International
Fan favorite Derek Mears
Oh my god!!! Where’s Carl????
Screen writer Charles Edward Pogue who’s credits include The Fly, Psycho 3 and Dragonheart
Candyman himself Tony Todd
J.D. Feigelson who wrote one of my favorite horror movies of all time Dark Night Of The Scarecrow
Tucky Williams and Friends
I first met Tucky Williams at a convention in Chattanooga, Tn several years ago. Since then she has become one of my favorite actresses. Her hit web series Girl/Girl Scene has taken off like a rocket and is watched by people all over the globe. Girl/Girl Scene had a table at this years Scarefest and several of the actresses from the show were there to meet their fans.
Interviewing Lauren Virginia Albert
Interviewing Katie Stewart, she was such a sweet lady.
Interviewing Abisha Uhl who not only stars in Girl/Girl Scene but is also the lead singer of Sick Of Sarah
Me with Tucky Williams
Tucky signing some stuff for me
Some of the other celebrities
I was really looking forward to meeting Scout Taylor Compton
The always sweet Dee Wallace
Beautiful Lisa Marie
I really enjoyed talking with Meg Foster. We talked about her role in the film Carney. He costars were Gary Busey and Jodie Foster.
Because of a weld accident Ashley Laurence is unable to make pictures because of the risk of the cameras flash going off. She told me it felt like a lighting bolt going threw her head. But she was nice enough to give me a picture of herself to use in our review. Thank you Ashley!
RJ Haddy and Beki Ingram from Season 2 of Face Off were at the show all weekend doing make up on fans.
Edward Douglas of the band Midnight Syndicate whose music was featured in the film The Dead Matter
Special effects artists Cleve and Constance Hall
There was a group of young girl dancers from The Scapa Dance Exchange School For The Creative And Preforming Arts who danced to the title track of Michael Jaskson’s Thriller album in honor of the lps 25th Anniversary. They were a very talented group or young ladies.
Actress Kayla Perkins
With Michael Graves from the band The Misfits
Circus Envy and Jerry Dewayne Lester
The Fans In Costume
I think Scarefest attracts some of the best fan costumes of any show we attend. Check out these pictures of a few of the cool costumes.
A couple of fans of The Booth Brothers
Friend Frank with a couple of Predators
Jeff Wickedbeard as The Creeper
I always love checking out the vendors at horror conventions and Scarefest has some of the best.
A haunted mini putt putt golf course from Putt 2 U
A face only a mother could love
Ever laid down in a coffin? You could do it and get your picture made at Scarefest.
This lady was in The Hot Seat from The Scream Park
These pictures are just a small sample of what was going on at Scarefest this year. There were many other stars, vendors, paranormal investigators at this years show. This is one show you want to attend if you are into horror in anyway. It just keeps getting bigger and better each year.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Patti Starr and Chip Coffey for putting on a great horror convention. And also to Nic Brown for making us with Monsters From The Basement feel very welcome! Thanks guys and we will see you in Lexington Ky again next year!
I had the pleasure of attending the Full Moon Tattoo And Horror Convention in Chattanooga a few weeks ago. The Full Moon Conventions are organized by Ben and Stacey Dixon of Nashville. Ben is one of the best tattoo artists in Nashville and Stacey is an actress and model. I have been attending the Full Moon shows for many years and they never disappoint.
My favorite part of attending conventions is meeting the celebrities from my favorite horror movies. It means a lot to me to be able to tell the stars what an impact their work has had on my life. I really like it when a convention has a reunion of several cast members from one of my favorite films. Full Moon had several cast members of the Phantasm cast. A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm was joined by director Don Coscarelli for what was in my opinion one of the best movie reunions you could ask for.
Me and Don Coscarelli
Me and Reggie Bannister from Phantasm
With A. Michael Baldwin
The Tall Man himself Mr. Angus Scrimm
Me with Reggie and Michael
Fans meeting the Phantasm guys
One of the hottest tv shows on the air right now is The Walking Dead. There were several cast members of the show on hand to meet and talk to the fans. Many of these people we have met before and become friends with. It is always fun to hang out with these fine actors and actresses.
My girlfriend Christi could not make it to the show. She had found a bottle of Zombie Zin wine in North Carolina and thought it would be cool to get some of the walkers from the show to sign it. Here is a pic of Sonya Thompson signing the bottle.
Rodney Hall saying hello to Christi and holding her bottle of wine.
Our favorite zombie of all time and good friend Melissa Cowan AKA The Bicycle Girl was at the show on Saturday and put her signature on the bottle as well.
A Walking Dead fan talks to Melissa about the show, along with Melissa’s boyfriend Erin.
Me and Melissa before she headed back home.
Viviana Chavez who appeared in the first season of the show as Miranda was at the show on Sunday. I did not know that she was going to be at the show. It was a very nice surprise to be able to meet her.
My picture with Viviana
PJ Soles who starred in the first Halloween movie is a very special friend to Christi and me. She was at the show and did a very nice question and answer panel and talked about Halloween, Rock And Roll High School and some of her other films.
PJ during her Q & A.
Steve Dash who played Jason in Friday The 13th Part 2 was one of the guests at Full Moon. He is a very nice guy.
David Naughton was in the film American Werewolf In London. A lot of people don’t know it but David was the guy that sung about being a pepper in the Dr Pepper commercials in the 70′s and had a hit record with the theme song of the tv show Makin’ It that he also appeared in.
David signing a picture for Christi.
Two of our good friends from Georgia were on hand as well. Circus Envy and Jerry Dewayne Lester saying hello to Christi.
With Lace Grainger, one of Argos T. Fleam’s Kooks
There was a costume contest on Saturday Night so I thought I would stick around and check it out. The judges for the show were Daniel Griffith, Melissa Cowan and David Naughton.
Here are pictures of some of the costumes that were entered in the contest
The judges voting for their favorite costumes
And the winner is…..
I was hoping this girl would win. A very original idea with her Tippi Hedren costume from The Birds.
As with any horror convention there were a lot of very cool vendors selling their products at the show.
You could also get a tattoo at the show if you wanted to. Full Moon started out as a tattoo show and the horror side was added a few years later. Glad to see they kept the tattoo part.
Me and Stacey Dixon, one of the shows organizers.
As always I had a great time at the Full Moon Tattoo And Horror Convention in Chattanooga, Tn. They always have stuff going on all weekend and great celebrity guests. A big thanks to Ben and Stacey Dixon for putting on one of the best shows in the south. As long as they keep doing the show I will keep coming. Looking forward to their show in Nashville in 2013 at the Nashville Convention Center. Hope to see you all there.
When the fall season starts to arrive it means several things to me. It mean the days and nights get cooler, Halloween and it is time for Scarefest. Scarefest is held in Lexington, Ky each fall. One of the main reasons I love attending this show so much is because one of my favorite actresses always attends, Tucky Williams. Tucky is from Kentucky and started out as a meteorologist at a local tv station. She then appeared in several locally produced independent films and last year started he web series Girl/Girl Scene. It has become a Scarefest tradition for us to interview her for this website. For two years stright Tuckys interviews have been some of the most listened to interviews I have done. In fact they have been second only to Elvira. This year I have a special treat for fans of Girl/Girl Scene. Not only do I have a new interview with Tucky, but I also have an interview with Katie Stewart, Lauren Virginia Albert and Abisha Uhl who is also the lead singer of the band Sick Of Sarah. I really hope you all enjoy these interviews as much as I did doing them!!!
Click here to listen to the interviews
Abisha Uhl, Katie Stewart and Lauren Virginia Albert
In 2011 we attended the first Horror Weekend in Gatlinburg Tennessee. The promoters have just announced that Horror Weekend will be returning to East Tennessee in 2013 and they promise that it will be bigger and better than ever.
Announcements concerning location, dates and guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Click here to visit their Facebook page and give them a like!!!
Here are a few pictures from the first Horror Weekend!!
Me and Cerina Vincent
Christi and J. LaRose
Christi’s brother Michael with Ari Lehman
Christi, me and Sonya Thompson
First Jason at the Horror Weekend Party at The Hard Rock