So as San Diego Comic Con nears, I thought I’d tease you with highlights from yet another recent convention…the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors. Fangoria magazine has been bringing horror entertainment news to fans for over twenty years. Their magazine covers everything from feature films, video games, comic books, collectibles, and monster movie makeup among other things.
The convention kicked off at 9am with an organized Zombie Walk. You know, I did notice a bunch of people that resembled the undead, but I thought they were all just having bad hair days.
The Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis
Students from Cinema Makeup School practice their craft
This guy is a little too excited to be here!
Ron Jeremey is a horror fan? Who knew!
Count Smokula & Troma's Lloyd Kaufman
Awesome werewolf mask
Zelda from Stephen King’s Pet Cemetary
Who said zombies couldn’t be sexy?
The convention wasn’t too large, but they did have quite a few panels and movie screenings. I was able to catch the Clive Barker panel where he discussed some of his philosophies while creating the movie “Hellraiser”. Walking the convention floor, I noticed lots of actors pimping out their autograph. Among them were Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Devil’s Rejects), Marilyn Burns (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), William Ragsdale (Frightnight), John Saxon (A Nightmare On Elm Street), and even Corey Haim (Lost Boys, Silver Bullet).
In another room they were having a horror movie prop auction. Why anybody would want any of that junk is beyond me, but people were paying hundreds for things like bloody tennis shoes and fake knives. Of course there were lots of horror b-flick promotions like at Troma Entertainment’s booth. Troma produced classic cult flicks such as Toxic Avenger and Swamp Thing. And Count Smokula was out there shamelessly promoting everything they have. I did love that Cinema Makeup School students were demonstrating how to apply monster makeup. Being a creature creator or special effects artist was my first profession of choice, although I never quite had the patience. And you need it. I came back about an hour later, and they were still applying the same guy’s makeup! Definitely got my horror fix for the day.