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Days Of The Dead (Con Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Days Of The Dead (Con Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Over the past weekend I had the privilege to volunteer at the Days Of The Dead convention in Atlanta, Georgia and as always, it was a blast. Days Of The Dead is one of my favorite conventions to attend and having volunteer for them before I couldn’t pass it up again. The convention had headliners such as Clive Barker, Hellraiser Cast (Barbie Wilde, Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford, Ashley Laurence,  and Nicholas Vince), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier), Tony ToddSid Haig, Bill Mosley, PJ Soles, and Kathy Najimy.  

With all conventions there are positives and negatives with some added pointers for the next con, but in this case I must say it ran very smoothly all weekend. Each celebrity and vendor room were very organized and easy to navigate and spread out. The back hallway had all the panel rooms, photo ops and film room which had a poster on the wall with each event and times per day, very easy to keep up with so you didn’t miss out on what you wanted to catch. I helped out with the photo op lines, and we all know with Saturday’s being the busiest of convention weekends, this went pretty smoothly, the lines were easy to manage and able to line up early enough so con goers could get in and out to continue on with their weekend. Between con goers and guests, there was nothing but positive feedback all around which makes Days so successful. 

A Highlight for me personally this weekend would be seeing a lot of my con family, making new friends, meeting David Howard Thornton he’s such a great guy and has such a great personality, the VIP party, helping out with the line control, and catching some panels. I also just love the overall atmosphere and seeing everyone just enjoying theirselves with one shared interest… horror. 

This was a great convention kickstart to 2019 and I can’t wait to see not only what Days has in store but for other conventions as well. 

Overall Grade: A


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HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

Memorial pieces are never easy to write, but this one stings even harder.  We have learned this morning that iconic actor and stuntman, Steve Dash has passed away.  Steve was 74.  Steve, of course gained fame for playing the “Sack Head” version of Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th Part 2.  And I am not going to get into a Steve vs Warrigton debate with anyone today, so just accept this as fact.  Over the years Steve obtained many acting and stunt roles (with one last film on the way), but to many he was and will always be Jason.

Throughout the last several years, Steve toured the country and made appearances at multiple conventions.  Usually posing with a machete and his trademark black button down shirt, Steve made many friends on the Con scene.  The reason?  Steve Dash was a genuinely nice guy who cared about his fans.  Steve posted on social media about 3 things.  His family, his fans and films.  These things were important to him.  His family always came first, but after that he loved his fans.  He hated missing shows because he never wanted to disappoint anyone.

At the beginning of this month Steve posted on his social media pages that he was undergoing surgery to have one of his legs amputated due to diabetes.  Steve was set to have a prosthetic in the leg’s place.  Steve of course maintained that his goal was to make it to Days of the Dead: Atlanta in January.

Monster Mania ConventionUpon waking up this morning, Monster Mania Convention (a show that Steve made it to a lot) had posted the terrible news that no one wanted to read.  Steve had passed away last night after his battle with diabetes.  Everyone at House of Tortured Souls is saddened by this news and wishes to express our sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Steve.

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CON REVIEW: Days of the Dead – Charlotte, NC – 2018

CON REVIEW: Days of the Dead – Charlotte, NC – 2018

For the first time, the Days of the Dead convention invaded Charlotte, NC this past weekend. They brought in a big lineup that included horror and rock icons. Some of those names are Heather Langenkamp, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Linda Blair, Tony Todd, Dee Snider, and Vinnie Vincent.

Friday night was night 1 of the event and at the end of the night was a Hall of Fame Induction. Days of the Dead honors a popular guest who has helped evolve the show and also an Indie Film Maker. The Charlotte show’s inductees were Heather Langenkamp and Tommy Faircloth. Langenkamp, of course, is known for her work in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. Faircloth is a Carolina native who has made films for years including Family Possessions. He is working on a new project called Nun’s Curse, which he has a crowdfunding campaign going. So congratulations to both Heather and Tommy!

 

This con was similar to most cons as there were panels, photo ops and chances to meet and get signatures from popular horror icons. The panel I found the most interesting was the Friday The 13th Part 6 panel. There were five cast members (CJ Graham, Thom Mathews, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Fridley, and Kerry Noonan) along with writer/director Tom McLoughlin. This had been the first convention appearance for Noonan, so this group has not been together since filming ended 32 years ago.

Now having traveled to several conventions just in this calendar year, I have seen a lot of great and some not so stellar moments. I have seen some things happen at shows that angered a lot of fans. Days of the Dead did not seem to have those issues this past weekend. Let me qualify this by saying that yes, I was a volunteer at this show. I have volunteered at several shows though. Does that mean that Days of the Dead has mastered how to put on a show? Not exactly.

They have put on 26 shows now in the last decade, so after a while, you learn what can and cannot work. I will also say they did have an advantage that some of the other conventions did not have. Timing. Days of the Dead came after some other shows that had problems. A lot of volunteers do work more than one show, and they post on social media about their experiences. Thus, the staff at Days of the Dead were able to see what problems other conventions experienced and had time to make sure they would not happen at their show. Again, this was their 26th show, and they have run in at least six states. They also hosted an open forum for fans to voice their ideas, issues, suggestions, complaints, etc. They wanted to ensure the fans knew they had a voice.

Let’s talk attendance. The attendance was not nearly what other shows have done. This has caused some people to say the show was unsuccessful. There have been shows in other cities where the crowds were so massive that the fire marshals were called. It’s a double-edged sword. Is there a perfect amount of people that is just right if this was too small and others were too big? I don’t have the answer to that.

What made this show work was that they secured a hotel big enough for fans to spread out. There was also a rhyme and reason for the celebrity layout. The celebrities all seemed to have a great time, including Kerry Noonan, who was often seen having fun with the fans.

What made this show seem to flow smoothly (at least from the perspective that I saw) was that Days of the Dead used a wash, rinse, repeat method. They booked a lot of celebrities that they have used at other shows, and they mixed them with some first-timers. They also used the same core volunteers and staff members that work most of, if not all of their shows.

Were there some hiccups? Sure. Tony Todd had an unexpected family issue come up and was not available for the show on Sunday. I was assured everything is okay, but it had to be taken care of. Life happens, and these celebrities are just like us. Were there some issues with the hotel? Yes. Was the crowd smaller than expected? Yes. But this was the first show Days of the Dead has run in North Carolina, and there are growing pains when you are dealing with a brand new venue and city.

There were some very creative fans that put their cosplay skills to use. There was an entertaining band called Elzig (a cross between Elvis and Danzig) that played the afterparty.

So final analysis. Was this a perfect show? Of course not. Has Days of the Dead found a formula that works for them? Yes. Were there things that could have gone better? I am sure that there are. Most of the fans that I spoke with were extremely happy and excited. Some fans voiced that there was not clear signage of where the panels were being held, but they were happy that team members on the floor were able to guide them in the right direction. Are there changes Days of the Dead can do make improve before their next show? Yes. That will always be the answer, though. This was overall a very successful show, especially for their first run in a new city.

Overall Grade: A

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CONVENTION REVIEW: Days of the Dead – 2017 Indianapolis, IN

CONVENTION REVIEW: Days of the Dead – 2017 Indianapolis, IN

DotD / Courtesy ZomieGurl-DaysoftheDead Indy 2017.
ZombieGurl (far left) with Eileen Dietz and fellow con-goers Kim (far right) and Maria (back).
This past July I was able to represent House of Tortured Souls at the awesome Days of the Dead convention in Indianapolis, IN. It was my second time volunteering for this con when they gave me the go ahead to cover it in a more professional aspect and write about it. Let me give you some history about how this con came to be.
Co-founders Adolfo Dorta and Rick Lara used to run a website called From Dusk till Con. In the beginning, DOTD was going to be a Midwest expansion of another well-established horror convention and they had approached From Dusk Till Con about sponsoring an even for that show. However, just a few months after the decision, the original promoter had changed their mind. This caused Mr. Bill Philputt (one of the people putting it together) left without a partner and a hotel space to fill. Adolfo stated, “Rick and I were offered the opportunity to step in as partners in what went on to become Days of the Dead. As huge horror fans who would go to several conventions a year, it was kind of a no brainer.” From there, their first show was held in July 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.
This year’s Indy show was special. It introduced the DOTD Hall of Fame. After years of guests giving their all, the show wanted to give back. The inaugural inductees were Jason Hover (owner of Jabb Pictures), Roddy Piper (RIP), and the legend himself Sid Haig.
Sid Haig, 2017 DoTD Hall of Fame Inductee / Courtesy / ZomieGurl-DaysoftheDead Indy 2017.
Sid Haig - 2017 Days of the Dead Hall of Fame Inductee
Each DOTD con also offers a Chaostume Showdown featuring special guest judges and face off events at times. It can be extreme. They will often pair with tattoo artists to bring you live tattooing. Get your favorite celeb to sign your arm and then get it tattooed. Numerous guest panels, film screenings, vendors/artists, and after parties. In addition to all this, DOTD also collects for local non-profit organizations. The Indy show campaign and food drive, titled DOTD: More Grains, broke their record books. They collected enough nonperishable food to feed approximately 3,000 meals to both people and pets in need in the Indy area.
One regular attraction at these conventions is the sideshow act of Captain and Maybelle - “America's Favorite Sideshow Couple”. They have performed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Americas Got Talent season six, Coney Island, and many other events. I had a chance to ask the beautiful Maybelle what they thought of working with Days of the Dead, her response was perfect, “DOTD is a place for like-minded horror fans to come together and enjoy diverse entertainment, panels, shop unique vendors, and meet a broad spectrum of celebrity guests. We enjoy connecting with our fan base and expanding our brand across the country with people who truly appreciate SHOCK!" You can visit their site at Captain & Maybelle: America's Favorite Sideshow Couple!.
Captain and Maybelle / Courtesy https://captainandmaybelle.com.
Captain and Maybelle - seven sword and balloon swallow
Days of the Dead now occupies five cities a year: Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Chicago, IL. And, between me and you and all their fans, I wouldn’t expect it to stop there. If you get a chance to check it out, let us know. I will be attending the Louisville show for sure and can’t wait to share my experiences with you all.
Happy Nightmares!
ZombieGurl
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2016 Convention Dates and Locations

2016 Convention Dates and Locations

By Woofer McWooferson

These are the convention dates and locations we have assembled for the rest of 2016. If we missed anything, please feel free to let us know. If you would like us to include you in our 2017 list, feel free to let us know.

We will update this list if and when changes are made.

MAY

May 26-29, 2016 MegaCon Orlando @ Orange County, FL

May 27-29, 2016 Crypticon Horror Convention @ Seattle, WA

May 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Chicago @ Chicago, IL

May 30, 2016 Hellraiser II: The Return of Hellraiser @ Minneapolis, MN

JUNE

June 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con @ Philadelphia, PA

June 3-5, 2016 Scare-A-Con New England @ Springfield, MA

June 4-5, 2016 WonderFest Hobby Expo @ Louisville, KY

June 11-12, 2016 Calgary Horror Con @ Calgary, Alberta, Canada

June 11-12, 2016 Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

June 17-19, 2016 Contamination @ St. Louis, MO

June 17-19, 2016 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con @ Sacramento, CA

June 24, 2016 The Love Horror Short Film Festival 3 @ Sacramento, CA

June 24-26, 2016 Days of the Dead @ Indianapolis, IN

June 25, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

JULY

July 8-10, 2016 Monster Bash @ Mars, PA

July 9-10, 2016 Rue Morgue Dark Carnival Expo @ Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

July 9-10, 2016 Walker Stalker Con New Jersey @ NJ

July 21-24, 2016 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego, CA

July 22-24, 2016 Scares That Care Weekend @ Williamsburg, VA

July 29-31, 2016 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con @ Columbus, OH

July 30, 2016 The Cult Classic Double Feature w/Hocus Pocus & The Lost Boys @ Sacramento, CA

July 30-31, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Boston @ Boston, MA

AUGUST

August 5-7, 2016 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con @ Rosemont, IL

August 5-7, 2016 Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

August 11-13, 2016 Wizard World Orlando Comic Con @ Orlando, FL

August 12-14, 2016 Boston Comic Con @ Boston, MA

August 12-14, 2016 Monster-Mania Con @ Cherry Hill, NJ

August 18-21, 2016 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con @ Chicago, IL

August 22-23, 2016 Bruce Campbell Fest @ Chicago, IL

August 26-28, 2016 Carnival of Parahorror @ Buffalo, NY

August 27, 2016 CT HorrorFest @ Danbury, CT

SEPTEMBER

September 1-4, 2016 Fan Expo Canada @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

September 2-5, 2016 Dragon Con @ Atlanta, GA

September 8-10, 2016 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con @ Nashville, TN

September 9-11, 2016 HorrorHound Weekend @ Indianapolis, IN

September 9-11, 2016 Wizard World Richmond Comic Con @ Richmond, VA

September 16-18, 2016 Motor City Nightmares Halloween Horror Show Novi, MI

September 16-18, 2016 Son of Monsterpalooza @ Anaheim, CA

September 22-25, 2016 New Orleans Horror Film Fest @ New Orleans, LA

September 23-25, 2016 The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 23-25, 2016 Wizard World Austin Comic Con @ Austin, TX

September 24-25, 2016 Monster Con @ San Antonio, TX

September 28 – October 2, 2016 Mile High Horror Film Festival @ Denver, CO

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo @ Berea, OH

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Monster Mania @ Hunt Valley, MD

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Scare-A-Con @ Verona, NY

OCTOBER

October TBD, 2016 Fantom Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 1, 2016 Monster Fest @ Chesapeake, VA

October 1-2, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Philadelphia @ Philadelphia, PA




October 5-9, 2016 Spooky Movie @ Washington, DC

October 6-9, 2016 New York Comic Con @ New York, NY

October 7-9, 2016 The 10th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival @ Sacramento, CA

October 7-9, 2016 Monsterama @ Atlanta, GA

October 7-9, 2016 Spooky Empire @ Orlando, FL

October 13-15, 2016 Idaho Horror Film Fest @ Boise, ID

October 13-21, 2016 Toronto After Dark @ Toronto, ON

October 14-16, 2016 Crypticon @ Bloomington, MN

October 14-16, 2016 Fear Fete Horror Convention & Film Festival @ Biloxi, MS

October 14-16, 2016 The Living Dead Weekend @ Evans City, PA

October 14-16, 2016 Scream in the Dark Film Fest @ Omaha, NE

October 14-16, 2016 Telluride Horror Show @ Telluride, CO

October 15-16, 2016 Horror- Rama @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 15-16, 2016 Shock Around the Clock @ Columbus, OH

October 15-16 2016 Sinister Creature Con @ Sacramento, CA

October 16-18, 2016 Rock and Shock @ Worcester, MA

October 17-23, 2016 Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival @ Providence, RI

October 18-27, 2016 Screamfest Horror Film Festival @ Hollywood, CA

October 21-23, 2016 Horrific Film Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 21-23, 2016 Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con @ Tulsa, OK

October 23-25, 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Fest @ Knoxville, TN

October 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Atlanta @ Atlanta, GA

October 28-30, 2016 Chiller Theatre @ Parsippany, NJ

October 28-30, 2016 Necronomicon @ Tampa, FL

October 29, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

NOVEMBER

November TBD, 2016 New York Horror Film Fest @ New York, NY

November 4-6, 2016 Wizard World Pittsburgh Comic Con @ Pittsburgh, PA

November 11-13, 2016 Fan Expo Vancouver @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

November 17-20, 2016 Buried Alive Film Fest @ Atlanta, GA

DECEMBER

December 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Cruise Comic Con @ Miami, FL

December 17-18, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Charlotte @ Charlotte, NC

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