Monster Movie Con Reviews

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One Sentence Horror Convention & Film Festival Reviews

imageBay Of Blood:
Tampa, FL
One Sentence Review:
This first year Convention (put on by a dickie, husband & wife duo ... encountered some unwarranted attitude from both of them for simply asking a question ... not a good way to succeed in this industry) had some great ideas (massive 35th anniversary reunions for: My Bloody Valentine, Friday The 13th pt2 & The Burning along with a pretty cool MBV, 80's dance party) but a lack of sound execution (extremely overpriced tickets, bad choice of vendors, poor advertising, untimely scheduling, a meager amount of programmed events etc) resulted in a very low turnout and a general feeling, on all sides (celebrities, attendees & vendors), of having been ripped off. 
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imageMonster Mania 34:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
One Sentence Review:
'Monster Mania 34' definitely had some positive points: it was extremely well organized (pre-order wristbands were sent via UPS which eliminated the unnecessary will-call lines, the food was good & provided at multiple price levels, crowd control was handled adequately ... I did hear of issues with autograph lines but I didn't experience any personally) and they had pretty stellar vending rooms (could use less bootleg tables. I believe there were 7 total) - the negative: the hotel's air conditioning was ill-equipped to handle the summer heat & at $142/night I expect the proverbial "lap of luxury", no film festival, just old movie screenings and finally, MM 34 had the worst event schedule of any convention I've gone to (all Q&As were on Saturday and ran into the night, effectively killing any after hours fun which left Friday & Sunday with virtually nothing to do), so bad that buying anything more than just a Saturday ticket would be just pain stupid - I was hoping that this Con would finally provide a valid reason why anyone should subject themselves to the ultra-annoying populace of the state of New Jersey (also a HUGE negative) but unfortunately the search continues.
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imageHorrorhound Weekend: Cincinnati '16
One Sentence Review:
There's no doubt that HHW is in the upper echelon of Horror conventions and it's always an insane amount of fun no matter which location you choose from (Indianapolis or Cincinnati) but this particular show had some issues that could be improved upon - decimated by guest cancellations, to an already weak line-up, and in serious need of a new crowd control strategy (pre-sale ticket holders were forced to stand out in the cold waiting for the, lethargic & always unprepared, will-call counter to open, over 30 minutes late! ... Con-goers were forced to exit through one set of side doors while the main, front doors were for VIP, vendor & celebrity use only. This created a massive & unnecessary traffic-jam in the hallways), Cincy 2016 wasn't Horrorhound's best effort however it was still tons better than most Conventions.
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imageFreak Show Horror Film Festival '15
One Sentence Review:
In their first year separate from the constraints of running within a Horror Con, FSHFF brings their show back to the mothership, the beautiful (and recently remodeled) Wyndham Resort in Orlando FL, where it all began back in 2006 and I can tell you (having been to both) that it's stronger than ever - with a quality line up of films from around the world and a top notch projector, screen & audio setup, it's clear that 2015 was only the beginning of the great things in store for this festival.
(check out our Periscope coverage HERE)
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imageMonsterama '15
One Sentence Review:
By moving to a bigger hotel for their second year, Monsterama may have tried to walk before learning to crawl - with a larger venue, attendees expect bigger fun; more famous guests, better panels, more nightlife & parties but sadly, much of the convention remained the same (repeat guests, repeat panels, repeat screenings) making all the extra space seem empty & lifeless and on top of all that, celebrity cancellations decimated their already meager guest line up resulting in such a low turn out that many of the vendors & celebs left early on the final day while others didn't bother showing up at all.
(check out our Periscope coverage HERE)
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imageHorrorhound Weekend: Indy '15
One Sentence Review:
If you are expecting the grand spectacle that is 'Horrorhound Weekend Cincinnati' then you might be a bit disappointed - the Indy show is smaller but holy fuck, Horrorhound packed a lot of fun into this Con with an obvious emphasis on catering to the fans with events such as an impromptu, free signing with genre legend, Michael Ironside proving that no matter the size or the state in which it's held, HHW is the the best of the best.
(check out our Periscope coverage HERE)
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imageTexas Frightmare Weekend '15
One Sentence Review:
Overall, TFW '15 wasn't as good as 2014 - the guest lineup was weaker, there was a serious lack of quality movie screenings, almost zero after-hour party scene and I found the $250 VIP benefits to be severely wanting for the price (autograph "line-skips" were only for a few pre-determined celebrities, the "free autograph" actually only covers $40 or less and VIP "premium seating" rules were not enforced by the staff) but, with that being said, it's still one of the biggest Horror-Cons in the world with lots of fun to be had and a vendor room that would give any self respecting fan a giant, raging woody.
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imageHorrorhound Weekend: Cincinnati '15
One Sentence Review:
I went to Horrorhound Weekend in 2010 when it was held in a small hotel but since that time, they have added on a massive convention center across the street and holy shit, it's now a spectacle to behold; from the vast and diverse vendor room to the amazing food court (that's right, a fucking food court) and unbelievable after hour entertainment (they flew in the Nekromantix!!!), Horrorhound has catapulted themselves to the top and straight into legendary Horror Con status.
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imageMonsterama '14
One Sentence Review:
A promoter doesn't have to create a massive spectacle for a Horror Con to be great, there just needs to be a true passion behind its design especially when catering to old school fans and at Monsterama, even though it was small, you could sense a genuine love of the genre in every last detail so it felt much bigger than it was.
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imageDays Of The Dead: Atlanta '14
One Sentence Review:
A combination of sub-par vendor room, long lines (the staff cleared the room after each celebrity panel creating unnecessary bottle necks in the hall ... rookie mistake), hotel alcohol Nazis patrolling the halls (killing the after hours fun) and low turn out made this Con a bust.
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imageTexas Frightmare Weekend '14
One Sentence Review:
With the backing of Fangoria and just about every major company known to the Horror Industry, TFW is the gold standard of Horror Conventions that's often imitated but never duplicated but I would suggest going VIP because the joint gets packed with rabid fans from all over the world.
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imageDays Of The Dead: Indianapolis '14
One Sentence Review:
This Convention was plagued by devastating headliner cancellations, a horrible will call setup (pre-sale ticket holders were forced to wait in a massive line), a weak event schedule and ridiculous alcohol restrictions (hallway check points, really?!?) so the only real high point was the massive and diverse vendor room.
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