was a bit disappointing, compared to last year.
As with last year's cancellation of Tom Savini, this year it's Charles
Band. What upset me was that Band's
disinvolvement wasn't even mentioned anywhere on their website. As of
this writing, their website
still lists Band as a guest: "6:00pm Charles Band and his Full Moon Road Show in the Music Room 2nd Floor."
This year, the merchandise room was reduced to a size of a
large bedroom, so you walk in and out in about a minute. I did manage
to pick up some stuff, but they weren't cheap. Celebrities prints are
costs anywhere from $20-40, we weren't allowed to take pictures (if you
did purchase a print, then taking pictures would cost an extra $5).
Last year, most of the nicer stars let us take pictures for free.
As for merch, the usual bootlegs, toys, horror t-shirts were
there, but because of the smaller room - it feels like there weren't a
lot of choices. Some commonly seen t-shirts were Nightbreed and
Hellraiser, which I thought were cool, since I have always thought
Clive Barker is genius.
this year they had music as part of the show. The person that was
supposed to give me a pass to the music area was not at the ticketbooth
and I didn't feel like paying extra to see music. Besides, all of the
bands seems to be either punk or metal, not really my cup of tea, so I
didn't bother to make much effort in getting the pass.
Anyway, since Charles Band wasn't there, his Q&A was replaced with Linnea Quigley and Don Calfa (both actors appeared in Return of the Living Dead).
If I had known, I would've rewatched the film to refreshed my memory.
But it would seem even the stars had some trouble remembering what
happened on set.
Still, some interesting stories came out of it.
First of all, they paid George Romero a million dollars to use the name "Of The Living Dead". Romero's third sequel, Day of the Dead came out a year later, but was not as successful as Return.
Linnea Quigley and Don Calfa ♥ Sheraton Hotel, Minneapolis (11/07/09)
My favorite was when
Calfa said one of the star wanted him to punch him for real, so he gave
two hard slap. What's funny was that as he was telling the story, his
hand gestured the slap and the next thing you knew: he had hit the
microphone in front of him! Way to each that mic a lesson.
With the disappointing cancellation, incorrect/false information (is
updating a website too much to ask?), the smaller space, and
expensive admission ($30 at the door) - this will be the last year that
my group will attend.
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