By Jason Harris
Welcome to my second post of pictures from Super Megafest took place back in October at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center in Marlborough, MA.
Welcome to my second post of pictures from Super Megafest took place back in October at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center in Marlborough, MA.
The 2nd Annual CT Horrorfest took place at The Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT. on July 18.
New England is getting its second horror convention, TerrorCon, with the first one being Rock & Shock, which will be holding its eleventh convention this October. TerrorCon, which takes place in Rhode Island in June, isn’t the only new horror convention debuting in New England this year. Connecticut Horrorfest debuts in August.
TerrorCon is the brainchild of Steven Perry, director of operations for Altered Reality, who has brought conventions to fans of comics, movies, and pop culture. These conventions are Southcoast Toy and Comic Show and Rhode Island Comic Con. Perry had been thinking of his newest one, TerrorCon, for about a year, he said.
Rhode Island didn’t have a big horror type show, Perry said. “We wanted to bring that to the people of Rhode Island.”
Perry thinks the organizers of Rock & Shock do a great job so he decided to have his new convention take place in June so as not to interfere with Rock & Shock. He didn’t want to step on anyones toes, he said.
“Everyone’s happy and friends remain friends. It keeps everyone friendly with everyone. We believe that everyone should work together. There’s no need for shows to stumble.”
Perry isn’t sticking to only New England to organize shows. His company is in the process of organizing shows for New Jersey and Colorado, which should be starting up in 2015, he said. He can’t say what those shows will be since they are not fully developed, which is the reason he hasn’t announced them yet.
“Right now, they will both me similar to Rhode Island Comic Con.”
If you couldn’t guess from the different line-ups for Perry’s shows, they always try to do a theme, he said. They plan their guests around whatever theme they decide to do. Whatever guests they choose and book for the event, they are sure to tell the fans about who is coming. They have lists of guests for the next two years, he said.
“We like to keep the fans enticed and let them know what’s going on all the time. Something new pops up with us, we put it up for everybody to know,” Perry said about constantly updating the convention websites.
Perry was asked last November why they were announcing guests for this year’s convention when the 2013 one just ended. He responded with, “Why keep it a secret? We want them to know and get excited about it. We want the fans to make plans to come out to the show.”
Here is just some of the guests coming to TerrorCon: David Giuntoli (Grimm), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Planet Terror), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, The Celebrity Apprentice), Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Michael Jai-Whie (Spawn, Arrow, Fast and the Furious 7, The Dark Knight), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds), Josh Stewart (Grimm, Criminal Minds, The Dark Knight Rises), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th: Part 7, 8 and 10, Hatchet), Lew Temple (The Walking Dead) and Dee Wallace (ET, The Howling).
Perry started organizing conventions with the Southcoast Toy and Comic Show, which was held in a VFW hall, seven years ago. That first show had about 300 people in attendance, he said. It’s a far cry from the 22,000 people who attended the first Rhode Island Comic Con when they thought the attendance would be around 10,000 and the 30,000 people they had for the second Rhode Island Comic Con. He’s expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people to attend TerrorCon, which is a safe number in the mind of Perry.
“The horror market is a little more of a niche market so we don’t expect a large audience,” Perry said.
His vision for Southcoast was t bring a reasonable size show that would be community based, Perry said. He wanted something for the fans in that area to be able to look forward to every season or twice a year. Another thing he wanted to do was bring in celebrities that people don’t always have a chance to meet, he said.
Perry said that TerrorCon will be the same size of the original Rhode Island Comic Con plus an extra ballroom.
“TerrorCon will not just be horror. It will be horror themed, paranormal, all mixed together.”
TerrorCon takes place June 7 and 8 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.
Hello there, readers and writers of Horror, and watchers of horror movies. Well, watchers of movies in general. My name is Rob Smales, and this is my first ever movie review. Never even tried one before. Jason, the webmaster of the NEHW website, asked me for one, though, so I’m giving it a shot. If it sucks, don’t blame me, blame him.
Or better yet, blame Rob Zombie.
This is a review of Zombie’s new movie The Lords of Salem, from Alliance Films. Before I go off on a rant here, I should probably tell you what kind of Horror movies I like — if you don’t agree with my taste then you probably won’t agree with my review and can stop reading right now.
Friday the 13th (original, great!), Halloween (original, brilliant!), A Nightmare on Elm Street (original, I had to buy new pants!), Let the Right One In (the Swedish version, wonderfully creepy, fantastic idea!), The Woman in Black (Slow suspenseful build to get you looking over your shoulder — and THEN it gets scary!), The Ring (Still freaks me out), The Shining, The Birds, Psycho (the original), and the list goes on …
So, as you can probably see I like a touch of psychological horror over the Spatterfest. I also live in Salem, Massachusetts, which is the setting for Zombie’s movie. A horror movie set in Salem? Should be a win-win for me, right?
Oh, one final thing. This review is going to contain spoilers, basically because I don’t know how to do it without them. In fact, it’s going to be one big spoiler because I can tell you in a couple of paragraphs what it took Rob Zombie one hour and forty-one minutes to tell me. Those who want to go out and experience the genius that is Rob Zombie first-hand, with no warnings or foreknowledge, there’s the door; we’ll catch you in the flip side. But hold on to the review — you can always watch the movie first, then come back and read the review later.
Alright, where to start …
This is the story of a nice little heroin addicted rock-n-roll DJ (played by Sheri Moon Zombie — wait, the writer/director cast his wife in the starring role? Whew, no red flags here!) who works the night shift. One day she receives a box at the station containing an unsolicited record with no title, just a note saying it is a gift from ‘The Lords’. She plays the record, the music doing something strange and mystical to her and starting her down the path to possession by the Dark Lord Satan. Without her knowledge, of course. She’s guided on this path, again without her knowledge, by the spirit of a witch who was burned in Salem way back in the 1600s. She and her partners at the station play the record on the air where (surprise, surprise) it’s a hit even though it sounds a bit like blocked pipes. In a bull moose. Who has cramps. Once The Lords have a hit on their hands they send another box to the station, this one containing free tickets, records and posters so the station can host a local show for The Lords, which they do, even though they have no contract and have never talked to, nor even seen, The Lords … because that’s just how things are done in the real world, right?
Anyway, the concert begins, the music somehow being performed by the coven of witches that burned alongside the witch who has been haunting Heidi, our leading lady. The coven has apparently been summoned by Heidi’s landlady and two women she claims are her sisters. The whole thing culminates in Heidi giving birth to a … uh .. a thing that looks a bit like a Jumbo Shrimp that’s gotten into former Governator Schwarzenegger’s steroid stash.
Though the film starts off somewhat cheesy, with a prologue set in the 1600s filled with naked dancing witches, it slips almost effortlessly into modern day Salem and a naked DJ. As a Salem native it was kind of neat to see things and places that I pass by on a daily basis in the film, and I have to admit the acting was not terrible. Okay, not too terrible.
The middle of the story, the haunting portion of our program, was actually pretty good. There was some nice camera work, a terrific dose of creepiness, a good build-up of suspense, and even a couple of little “boo” moments where there were audible gasps from the audience.
Here, I thought, he saved it! All he has to do is build things in this vein and he might be able to make an impressive recovery!
The last third of the film. Seriously, after making this creepy comeback within the movie you are somewhat unprepared when Zombie drives the plot right off the rails into an almost violent shift from scary and serious to something so over-the-top it actually becomes funny. Rather than trying to make any sense of what happens, I’ll simply list off some of what I consider the low points of the film, most of which happen in the later third of the action
The witches in the film were named “The Lords” way back in colonial Salem by the man who was trying to root them out … because it is only natural that someone would have referred to a group of women by such a masculine name, what with the Puritains being so open and fun-loving about things like gender.
When I think of Satan, The Father of Lies, The Prince of Darkness, the fallen Angel the Hebrews named “the Enemy,” I don’t think I have ever, ever, thought of a four-foot tall, succulent, crispy-skinned, juicy, cooked turkey with a vaguely human head. Apparently Rob Zombie does. I’m sorry, Mr. Zombie, no disrespect intended, but do you honestly think the Lord of All Evil should make the audience suddenly crave mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce? What was undoubtedly supposed to be a terrifying set of scenes really only made me hungry … and aware that it’s seven months ‘til Thanksgiving. Thanks. Thanks a lot … but, damn it, that Satan looked tasty!
Okay … this is a weird one. Faceless people strike me as creepy right off the bat — the Terrible Trivium from “The Phantom Tollbooth” gave me nightmares as a kid. Faceless clergy in Hell … yes, creepy, and potentially scary depending on what they’re doing. This started out as a good idea, I think, but when what you have them doing is sitting in a group and facelessly beating the bishop (har-har) and the weasels they’re whipping happen to be somewhat floppy rubber penises in all the colors of the day-glow rainbow, well then what you get is an entire theater full of people all bursting out in laughter at the same time. That’s what you get, trust me. I was there and that’s what we did. Hell, I’m chuckling right now just thinking about it.
After all the threatening and posturing, after going through what was supposedly a terrible ordeal (aside from Turkey Satan and the Attack of the Day-Glow Dildos, of course) … nothing happens. There is no fire, there is no brimstone, there is no destruction. Even Heidi seems to be happy at the end, suggesting the existence of some sort of Rohypnol of Evil. I want my destruction!
I know, when was the last time you heard a guy complain about women taking their clothes off, right? Well, for me it was last Wednesday while I was watching this movie. When the DJ sleeps, she’s naked. Whenever there is witchcraft they get naked. The ghost haunting the DJ is naked. The women who hear the constipated moose music get naked. According to this movie every woman in Salem is just naked, naked, naked. I grew up here in Salem. I was a teen-ager in Salem. If there was some odd community of women who would just peel off whenever they heard a drum-beat then I’m pretty sure teenaged me, also known as The Human Hormone, would have found them and developed a one-man-band act so good it would have kicked the ass right off anything you see on American Idol today! All in all, it was more than a bit much. When, toward the end of the movie, a group of women start shedding clothes and the 20-ish guy a couple of seats down from me shouts “Oh, come on!,” then Mr. Zombie, my friend, you’re doing it wrong.
The thing that annoys me about this film is that the middle portion is so comparatively good. It’s not great, but it’s really pretty good. It’s like Rob Zombie was just showing us he could do it so we’d be more disappointed when he didn’t. What he did instead was make a film that’s going to be different things to different people.
If you’re a serious Horror movie buff who isn’t happy unless you’re having the pants scared off you, you might want to give this one a pass. The laughter at the end will only annoy you.
If you like the gore-fest, then a lot of this movie will seem slow to you. There are a couple of nasty scenes (it’s like Rob Zombie just couldn’t help himself) that try to make it up to you, but it probably won’t really be enough.
If you like the suspenseful thriller, then this is almost for you… but winds up being more of a tease than anything else. You’ll walk out of the theater bemoaning all that the film could have been.
If, however, you’re someone who occasionally likes to watch a movie just to make fun of it, as I sometimes do, then we have your Golden Ticket right here.
There. My first movie review. Did you actually read this far? Did you laugh at the stuff up there? If you did, then this movie might be for you.
Okay. I’m going to go read up on how to actually write a movie review and see just how far from the norm I got with this one.
Until next time.
He had a great time on the movie and compares John Carpenter to a computer because of the way he had every shot planned out.
“We never shot more than three shots for every scene,” Moran said. “He was pretty amazing.”
He considers Jamie Lee Curtis, his Halloween co-star, “really cool and really good.”
“[She] was a down to Earth chick.”
When asked if there were any scenes filmed that didn’t make it into the movie, Moran didn’t know of any.
Moran was asked to be in the sequel, but turned it down.
“I didn’t want to wear a mask,” Moran said about his reason for turning down the sequel.
The mask was uncomfortable and “really hot,” he said.
“You couldn’t breathe through it. The only holes through it were for the eyes.”
When asked how long he was in the mask on a typical day, he replied. “It seemed like forever.”
Moran received credit in the sequel since footage from the original was used in it, he said.
He doesn’t plan on seeing Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake.
“It’s a remake of me so I won’t watch it.”
Moran is proud to have portrayed the character of Michael Myers
and wouldn’t want to be known for Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, two other horror icons from Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th fame, respectively. He states “Halloween started it all …”
Moran has added producer to his resume when he took on that job when a guy messaged him on Myspace and sent him a script for Beg, a short film. It’s now a full-length movie starring his friend Tony Todd, P.J. Soles, and Michael Berryman, who he got to be in the movie. Debbie Rochon is also in Beg.
He would love to work with director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro.
“They are brilliant.”
Moran will be appearing at The Nightmare Factory, located at 2 Museum Place Mall in Salem, MA. from Friday through Sunday.
Kristen Connolly and Fran Krantz, two of the stars of The Cabin in the Woods, recently sat down in a Boston hotel to discuss their movie, which opens in theaters on Friday.
The movie was written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and directed by Goddard.
Krantz thought the script was “perfect” while Connolly was “surprised” by it.
“I was blown away when I first read it,” Krantz said. “I worked with Joss so I expected it to be more than what the title suggested.”
He never could have predicted in his “wildest imagination” where this movie was going.
“The poster says, you think you know the story, but it couldn’t be more accurate,” Krantz said.
As Connolly was reading the script, it was hard for her to picture some parts including the scene where her character is getting the crap beat out of her, she said. But in the finish product, the music in that scene is “really amazing.”
Krantz felt such a strong connection to the script and felt an “ownership” to it, which he considers “rare in an actor.”
“It was difficult if I didn’t get it, it was going to haunt me for the rest of my life because I loved the movie so much on paper.”
Even though the movie was shot in 2009, Krantz never lost faith that it would see the inside of a movie theater even though other people didn’t think it would.
“I knew how good the movie was,” Krantz said. “I was always confident that it would come out. It’s satisfying now that you can already feel the buzz around it.”
Connolly said, “it was cool to watch [the movie] at South by Southwest. It was so crazy, it was like a rock show. There was cheering and laughing. It was so cool that there was so much energy in that room. It was a truly extraordinary experience.”
Both Connolly and Krantz auditioned for their parts in the movie. At the time, Krantz was working on Whedon’s newest television series, but that didn’t give him a leg up on anyone else.
“I auditioned like any other movie, which was weird since I was working on Dollhouse,” Krantz said.
When Goddard visited the set to talk over possible shooting locations with Whedon before Krantz even got a call about auditioning for a part, he walked over to where they were talking.
“I’m a big horror film fan so I just kind of wandered over. I wanted to see what they were talking about. They were looking at potential lakes for potential shooting locations.”
Krantz said, one of those locations was “the original Friday the 13th Camp Crystal Lake.”
“I started geeking out,” Krantz said. “I was a big fan of those movies.”
He told them it would be so cool if they would film the movie there, but the movie ended up being filmed in Vancouver.
Krantz and Connolly had good things to say about some of their co-stars.
“I think Richard [Jenkins] and Bradley’s [Whitford] performances are so funny,” Connolly said.
Krantz thought everyone on the movie brought their “’A’ game.”
Krantz said, “the performances are so great across the board.”
During filming, he saw the dailies of co-star Chris Hemsworth and thought he was “a movie star.” Hemsworth received his role in Thor and the Red Dawn remake while filming The Cabin in the Woods. Chris’ younger brother, Liam, was considered for the role of Thor first before it went to Chris, Krantz said.
“I know Joss called Kenneth Branagh and at some point it started shifting gears in his direction,” Krantz said. “I was not surprised at all.”
Connolly thought it was a great break and a “no brainer” that Hemsworth received the role of Thor.
The Cabin in the Woods is full of scares and fears. Everything a person can be afraid of is in the movie, Connolly said.
“I think what I feel most afraid of is drowning or being buried alive.”
She mentioned a particular scene in the movie where she is in a pond. She also found it hard to watch the scene in Kill Bill:Vol. 2, where Uma Thurman’s character is buried alive.
“I have to get up and leave the room because [that scene] is so intense,” Connolly said about Kill Bill.
The fear that bothers Krantz is “claustrophobia.”
“The Descent killed me because of that. The monsters were scary, but I was far more uncomfortable with the earlier tight space moments.”
You can travel tomorrow to see what fears The Cabin in the Woods contains when it opens in theaters nationwide.