The Violent Blue blog***Comics, Horror and Pop Culture***Updates Tuesday through Friday (and occasionally at random)

Horror Relm Spring 2016

Conmanweblogo612814552_1130634780314277_4866371316788061939_nI like Horror Relm, I really do – I enjoyed it all the way back to that first show they were doing, when they were still located in the Crowne plaza. The DoubleTree Hilton is a good home fore them, back at the Crowne, it felt like they were spread all across the hotel, while here, everything is fit in to one wing of the hotel. There’s a cozy fireplace with a great big Horror Relm banner greeting you as you walk in, a nice touch to have here in the dead of winter.

12799090_1130634736980948_1988055880887192949_n

I’m honestly not sure why I haven’t been back since that first show – it’s a small event, and I really like small conventions. The larger ones I’ve been going to for the last couple years kind of made me forget how much I like these kind of little cons. The big problem with Horror Relm, is that they have far too many repeat guests. I see the same names on that website every year, and the ones that aren’t the same are pulled directly out of the convention circuit. I was planning 12717966_1130634200314335_4794518419745217850_non going to the show last year as well, but when it came time to streamline my schedule and drop a few shows this was one of the first ones to go, particularly since I discovered that every guest I was going to meet I could find at a different show on my schedule later on in the year. It makes it hard to justify the 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive to get out to Pittsburgh.

That’s a problem they seem to have solved this year… At least as far as familiar faces from the convention circuit go. They manage to grab every Nightmare on Elm Street character they could who didn’t actually appear at HorrorHound last year – a real coup for me, trying to pull together that collection of Freddy victims.  In addition to that, Horror Relm 10600354_1130634190314336_6218256197454668970_ngathered a really nice, respectable Return of the Living Dead cast reunion including a few people that  had not managed to make it out to Motor City Nightmares last year! The theme thing really seems to work out well for them, especially considering the size of the show.

Horror Relm tries very hard to give you the most for your money. They run a film room, a panel room and an extra one for either photo ops or occasionally the author’s panel – I love that they have different things going on here like that! It’s always been a very literary based show, (which is a little unusual for horror cons) but they also include a best tattoo contest as well as a VIP party and an interesting little bit that they like to call “The Horror Match Game”. This was hilarious, based on the old match game TV show, they broght up a panel of familiar faces – Ken Kish and Amy Lynn Best who I know from Cinema Wasteland, as well as Mike Watts, another familiar wasteland face. They would bring up guests to ask questions, and you would score points if your answer is matched that of the panel that I kind of wish I could’ve got me in on this game, I didn’t realize that you had to sign up for it earlier in the day…

12801419_1130633960314359_314953370729240626_n

They’re running some very interesting movies as well – I’ve never seen “Spookies” before, and they’ve managed to dig up it’s unofficial sequel “Killer Dead” a film so rare I can’t even find a trailer for it on YouTube! They do have “Spookies” though, as you can see below.

Both great fun although “Killer Dead” was very poor quality and apparently that’s the only way it comes – there is no good print of it out there. I also popped my head in for The Survivors, the newest film from Silver Spotlight pictures. I’m already familiar with their work from “Captian Z and the Terror of Leviathan”, … I know I’ve seen posters for “Red Christmas”. Indie stuff and rare films is one of the best reasons to go to good horror convention and this was marvelous.

It was still fairly early in the day and I noticed that there was no 10347538_997141673663589_8417250128551374714_nline at Felissa Rose’s (of Sleepaway Camp fame)table. You’ll recall I met her back in June last year at Days of the Dead in Indiana. I dropped by her table to chat about that show quickly. She was one of the most fun people I met at that con and I told her so. We drifted onto the subject of her appearance on Adam Greene’s Scary Sleepover a few weeks ago and had so much fun talking about the show concept as well as her specific episode. She grabbed Tiffany Shepis (sitting at the next table over) who had been on last season to join in with her recollections about doing the show. I love Felissa. If I have a con crush, she’s it. To really understand how effervescent she is….here. Let me tell you a story.

A couple came up to meet Felissa and get an autograph. Felissa discovered this fan was having a birthday. She immediately got everyone in the surrounding area up on thier feet clapping and singing Happy birthday. When the crowd didn’t sing it loud enough she raised her hands and got more people singing. It was kind of like that thing where the servers at Applebee’s surround your table and sing you a birthday song crossed with just a touch of a charismatic Church revival…

Back in the dealers room I came across this fascinating model maker. His main display was a stunning graveyard, which he had funded by selling individual gravestones. You could see in a little book who each stone belonged to. There were mausoleums up with names in the back, people, monsters, cars, all sorts of great bits. he hadn’t even brought out the entire thing, as it had grown too big! He also had several dioramas done up utilizing old heroclix and horror clix. nice to see some of these getting a good home.

12804727_1130633166981105_675012070993318258_nThe dealer’s room was just a bit too small. You can pretty much do that thing to your satisfaction in about fifteen minuets. maybe half an hour. As a result, most of my time was spent in the film room or the panel room.

12804630_1130634676980954_569965684221573349_n12801281_1130634703647618_7117179459465567700_nThe Elm Street panel was predictable but somewhat enlightening that I wasn’t aware of some of Ken Sagos other roles, and it was interesting to hear this ecclictic cast talk about later Elm Street sequels. In particular it was interesting to hear about the speed in which they made those movies, how rushed the production was and how lowof the budgets were… You don’t think about that with these films considering how successful they were, but really it seems like nobody want to spend any money on these 12729220_1129924387051983_3801522888454164249_nmovies and yet they still came out with these amazing productions!

I ducked out a little early, we did hit some dead space in the show and I missed the return of the living dead panel… I’m still hoping it shows up on YouTube, but figured I could either wait for an hour and a half to see the panel, or I could get a head start on my way back to Cleveland and hit the Ghoul’s 40th anniversary party! But that’s a whole other story, and you can read all about it over at Kreepy Kastle.com!

12832567_1130629876981434_3203983423102781496_n12832302_1130634890314266_1393155665151746157_n 12821578_1130634510314304_450173172188633158_n 12819397_1130634636980958_2751906349351626929_o 12814743_1130629550314800_7283717552702611510_n 12814224_1130634430314312_156426962496498614_n 12814612_1130629453648143_8324901740675278018_n 12814146_1130633223647766_3042027504608605041_n 12814072_1130633283647760_4783610685700546927_n 12814008_1130633760314379_5861076451731547137_n 12809657_1130633253647763_7574449626785987348_n 12809753_1130629443648144_4257495762174586533_n 12813917_1130631846981237_3610206170481385140_n 12809509_1130629446981477_943186677447818465_n 12806230_1130633533647735_7203162013862678798_n 12806220_1130633526981069_3899218461851539995_n 12805920_1130633250314430_2611990269195953177_n 12805944_1130630513648037_7409579263114411954_n 12806159_1130633246981097_4456165296380321390_n 12805723_1130630423648046_464044508314241439_n 12805714_1130633180314437_4661457570530417129_n 12804904_1130633160314439_3397458383647556061_n 12804789_1130634593647629_1996212084600199826_n 12804756_1130633946981027_7429717779734889626_n 12803302_1130629523648136_3889075867717408003_n 12802942_1130633173647771_8930254728982668604_n 12801310_1130629066981515_4761724425398577245_n 12799342_1130629546981467_1918868369180061690_n 12799263_1130630023648086_1417310311902833654_n 12799220_1130629540314801_4905718043489965776_n 12798853_1130629403648148_5168754015695354229_n 12799208_1130629076981514_5385970052605830670_n 12795535_1130633756981046_3881770689077726209_n 12795454_1130629616981460_2753487623195505235_n 12794621_1130633546981067_8707174570433199337_n 12742161_1130633543647734_7667888973323336386_n 12790844_1130634850314270_4450615689377090485_n 12794333_1130634870314268_8666787693985684552_n 12670920_1130633963647692_5830971913332793432_n 12670381_1130633766981045_2078430560621456461_n 12472817_1130629773648111_3072817693668479679_n 12495252_1130631636981258_3311711177705465629_n 12512434_1130633953647693_6027185705312579408_n 12321591_1130629450314810_4279816344398834197_n 10400194_1130634853647603_1244484363926059903_n 1936246_1130633753647713_735005508991748187_n

And don’t forget to check out Kreepy Kastle for pictures and videos from The Ghoul’s 40th Anniversary party!

KKweb_header2

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s