HorrorHound Weekend, Indianapolis, 2018

CON REVIEW: HorrorHound Weekend, Indianapolis, IN, 2018

HorrorHound Weekend has come and gone once again. Last weekend their stop was Indianapolis. The guest list was highlighted by Bruce Campbell, Robert Englund, Shannen Doherty, Kane Hodder, Jason Patric, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Iconic director Joe Dante even made a surprise cameo. If that was not enough, Kiefer Sutherland headlined the group. The venue was new for HorrorHound as it had been moved to the JW Marriot for the first time. Fans from all over the country regardless of where they lived flocked to downtown Indianapolis to meet their favorite stars.

Celeb Photo Ops Clint Narramore

Let’s start with the negatives and get them out of the way. Do you hear that sound? Crickets… There were not very many if any negatives, so let me nitpick. I think there could have been a little better communication about where screenings of movies were going to be. The hotel had issues with keys to rooms not working (I am nitpicking with that and this no way reflects on the con, by the way). I had to find something to improve on for the show and there it is.

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Positives? Everything else. Friday night at 5:00 PM when the show opened for general admission, there was a huge line of goers trying to get in. There was also a Bruce Campbell photo op scheduled for 5:30 PM. The solution was simple and extremely effective. Allow those who had purchased a photo op for that time to enter in the VIP line. Problem solved. Celeb Photo Ops did an AMAZING job moving lines quickly through the photo ops and getting perfect shots. There are other great companies but they are in my opinion the bar when it comes to photo ops.

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Big guests draw big lines that can cause problems with fans. HorrorHound, however, KNEW that. Their solution was again, simple and effective. They issued time cues for people to come back and stand in line at certain times for these guests. For Shannen Doherty, they formed a line in the hall along the wall and allowed five people into her main line at a time. This avoided clutter and massive lines in the main room. These little things created a better environment for everyone involved. HorrorHound knew some complaints from other shows but instead of saying, “Oh well”, they sidestepped the landmines.

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HorrorHound ran one of the most effectively run conventions I have seen. They did a great job creating a smooth show however, they had time to see what problems to avoid. By setting this standard, they must now ensure all of their shows run this smooth. That is the goal of all shows, but HorrorHound proved it’s possible.

Overall Grade: A+


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