Surviving HorrorHound Weekend 2012

Saturday – March 24, 2012

Saturday got off to a late start, thanks in part to the dearth of people visiting the surrounding area for Horrorhound. It took us a good hour to get in and out of a Waffle House for breakfast with all the horror nerds crammed in it. And don’t get me started on my All Star Breakfast, guys. Don’t even.
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

When we got to the convention we were immediately struck by the amount of people crammed into the hotel. Columbus Crowne Plaza North is a fairly small hotel, and the whole thing was positively blitzed with fans cramming every empty space available. Norman Reedus’ line stretched out of the hotel. The tent and convention rooms were packed. Jayme and I walked around for a while, purchasing various items (a DVD of Patrick from Synapse’s booth; jewelry from Night Owl Designs (www.nightowldesigns.com) before deciding freely roaming the convention area was useless. Jayme opted to sit out walking around in favor of waiting for panel lines to open up. Being restless and impatient, I decided to take my iPad and do some candid photography of the sheer madness erupting around me.
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

The convention was bringing out people in droves, many of whom were coming for Horrorhound’s costume contest. Every con, Horrorhound dishes out prizes for the most ambitious costumes designed. This meant I got to watch as lavishly constructed Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruegers, Elviras, and Wolfmen (from Monster Squad, natch) roamed the premises turning heads and taking photos. If nothing else, Horrorhound brings all the spirit of Halloween early, and with only half of the hedonism (well, maybe three-fourths – that Wolfman looked drunk as fuck).
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

Arriving back at the lobby, Jayme and I got into the line for the Behind the Mask: Rise of Leslie Vernon panel. Conducted by a representative for T-shirt gurus Fright Rags, the panel featured director Scott Glosserman and star Nathan Baesel promoting their upcoming sequel, Before The Mask, as well as Glosserman’s theater-distribution project Gathr (http://gathr.us/).
HorrorHound Weekend 2012

Running at a scant 30 minutes, the panel was sort of a disappointment, not because of Glosserman or Baesel (both spoke intelligently, enthusiastically, and with a nice aura of self-deprecation), but because of how tightly wound the woman conducting the panel kept things. She did more talking than either the star or director, which is not what people are paying admission to see. I’m under the impression Fright Rags is partnering with the filmmakers on Before the Mask, so her adamancy in promoting the sequel is understandable, but seriously, I stood in line for 20 minutes to hear Baesel and Glosserman’s thoughts on the original film, not to have a third party talk up the sequel. In future promotions, Horrorhound, let the makers of the film do most of the heavy lifting, please.

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