Surviving HorrorHound Weekend 2012

This time around, things were a bit easier, though more or less a repeat of the same events. Bradley is the sort of guy who doesn’t seem to get worked up about much, especially at conventions. He’s incredibly nice and open, but has a weariness about him that is hard to pin – heh, heh – down. This attitude is one of the things that makes Bradley so unique onscreen – whether he’s playing the Prince of Hell or a backwoods criminal being hunted by a Pumpkinhead, he oozes a seen-it-all, done-it-all detachment that makes him come off cool as shit. Seriously, the guy’s a 60-something-year-old British man wearing the loudest shirts you’ve ever seen and is still the most fascinating, chilled-out guy to ever sit behind a table.
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

I had him sign my old New World Hellraiser VHS that I scrounged from an Alabama pawn shop at the age of 10. Though I own the film on DVD and Blu-ray, I keep the tape close to me, in part because of a cheesy Hellraiser merchandise commercial buffering the beginning and end of the tape that encompasses everything that was great about video stores and VHS nostalgia. Having Bradley be all cool and put his John Hancock on it – that my friends, is a dream come true, and encompasses the polar opposite of the Gordon incident. Then again, that may have something to do with Bradley’s demeanor and the fact that I was a little more relaxed with the celebrity interaction. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a card or anything (though Bradley asked for MY card, which made me curse myself for not having the foresight to make cards before the show), but ol’ Pinhead was nice enough to steer me in the right direction.

Finally, it was down to one autograph I desperately needed. One person I had to meet. One moment my entire geek life had built toward. I could not flinch. I could not walk away. I had to meet Barbara Crampton. Star of Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Puppet Master, Trancers 2, and Rob Zombie’s upcoming Lords of Salem.

Listen, if you’re a straight guy who caught Re-Animator or From Beyond during your formative years, Barbara Crampton left an impression on you. Hell, as far as I’m concerned the woman is the horror sex symbol of the ’80s, towering over such B-movie giantesses as Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens. Crampton left her mark on the scream-queen cycle of the ’80s with impeccably sharp acting chops and a fearless sensuality that sold whatever macabre perversions directors like Stuart Gordon threw at her. To the horror world, she is Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn rolled up into one awesome, appealing actress who transcends scream-queen status despite a career tied closely to low-budget horror films.
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

So, uh, yeah. This was a big deal. I took Jayme with me on this journey to provide proper support as my nerd wing-woman, should the whole thing go wrong Gordon-style.

Who wouldn’t want to fulfill their teenage fantasies?

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