Surviving HorrorHound Weekend 2012

Synapse is to horror DVDs and Blu-rays what Criterion is to classic and art-house cinema. As run by Don May, Jr. and Jerry Chandler, the company puts out lavish editions of obscure and cult films that often slip under the nose of mainstream moviegoers. With titles like Rock N’ Roll Nightmare, Patrick, Maniac Cop, and Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except the label is the most absolutely invaluable to horror and exploitation lovers. HorrorHound Weekend 2012

Behind the booth, I recognized one of the guys whose work helps make Synapse so great – DVD producer Michael Felsher (seen above in a picture from a previous convention), who has made a career contributing interviews, commentaries and featurettes for countless special-edition packages. These days he tends to do a lot of work for Synapse, including the current uncut special edition Blu-ray of Scott Spiegel’s classic slasher Intruder.

I first became familiar with Felsher through Deadpit Radio, a weekly Internet radio show featuring in-depth interviews with big directors like John Carpenter and George Romero. Felsher is a semi-regular guest on the show, doling out detailed and candid stories from the world of home video distribution, DVD producing, and film restoration. Suffice it to say, I am a fan.
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In many ways, guys like Felsher, May, and Chandler are more interesting convention guests than the celebrities in attendance. Sure, they’re trying to sell you their movies, but they genuinely want to engage their customers in a conversation about them. Which ones are their favorites, which ones are the hot sellers, which ones deserve more attention than they get – it is evident these guys are passionate about what they do, love their customers, and deserve all the support they receive from them.

I came to the Synapse booth not just to browse DVDs, but to receive sage-like advice on my convention experience from the ever-accommodating Felsher, who has seen his share of the convention battlefield and has the scars to prove it. His words resonated: “Spend some time walking around, just taking it all in… and if there are any autographs you want, get them now, because things will be busier tomorrow.”
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I took the words to heart and continued my trek out of the main vendor room and down a tape-marked corridor that led to Horrorhound’s vendor tent. Said tent was more or less the same deal as the convention room, albeit far more claustrophobic. So crowded were the booths featured that I walked past Lisa Wilcox AND Adrienne Barbeau without any idea I had walked past Lisa Wilcox and Adrienne Barbeau (what the hell is wrong with me?).
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

To be fair, I was distracted by the Shh 3D ( – NSFW!) table, which was dedicated exclusively to 3-D DVDs, posters, porn, and comics – many of which they create themselves. While the vendors were keen on selling some of their “Doktormentor” erotic comics to me, I was more interested in a stack of original 3-D movie posters. Immediately, I inquired whether or not he had a Friday the 13th 3D poster, but someone had beaten me to it mere minutes before. Distraught but refusing defeat, I settled with a Jaws 3D one sheet, which Shh 3D was kind enough to cut down from $65 to $30. It would mark the first of many blows to my wallet, but when you’re talking about Louis Gossett Jr.’s greatest stereoscopic work, no price is too outrageous.
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I left the tent through yet another corridor, which led me straight back to the main convention room. There, I decided to take Felsher’s second bit of advice: get my shit signed.
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Now, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already figured out that I’m easily one of the coolest, most laid-back, friendly, witty, badass, awesome, clever, and handsome guys around (especially at Horrorhound, as seen in the slick-as-hell-photo above). But beneath this cold, sexy exterior lurks the heart of a socially awkward man who gets a little flustered when social pressure sets in. For whatever reason, I decided to get my first autograph from one of my cinematic heroes, Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon.

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Ike kind has a fail with Stuart Gordon…

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