Horror Weekend Tennessee, Troll Hunter and Salt City Horror Fest 35mm Triple Feature.

All right!! Getting myself going there. I took a little time off from this column to attend and write about the first Days of the Dead convention in Indianapolis, which was a total blast, but now it’s time to get back to this, stuff is piling up over here.

Since we got back from Indy, a new convention has popped up right in our neck o’ the woods. Horror Weekend in Gatlinburg, TN will take place on Oct 1-2 and they have been on an absolute tear announcing guests including Tony Todd, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, PJ Soles, Mark Patton and Margot Kidder. They’re starting off big and I hope this one sticks since we haven’t had a hometown con since leaving Texas. And hey, if you’re coming from out of town for it, you get a combo Horror and Smoky Mountains vacation so that’s a great bonus. Hope to see some of you here.

Got to attend a screening of Troll Hunter, sponsored by the Knoxville Horror Film Fest, and while I wouldn’t really stick it in the Horror category, it was still an awesome film and it definitely appeals to us horror fans with its big ol’ monsters and action. April Snellings, who wrote the cover story for Rue Morgue on Troll Hunter, gave an introduction before the screening and mentioned that the filmmakers were inspired by Man Bites Dog, and you can definitely see that in the dry, dark humor of Troll Hunter. There was one scene involving billy goats on a bridge (obviously),that was the funniest thing I’d seen in a genre film in a while. The movie had moved on but I was still laughing about it minutes later.

Speaking of freaking great movies, you’d be hard pressed to find a better triple feature to attend than the one in Syracuse, NY on August 16th. Salt City Horror Fest is presenting a 35mm triple feature of Shock Waves, Hobo with a Shotgun and The Wizard of Gore (the H.G. Lewis original). This will be a one night event and there will be special guests, tattoo artists and vendors in attendance. Definitely worth a day trip for this bonanza. Here is the Facebook Event page and the theater website with full details: http://www.palaceonjames.com/

OK I guess that’s gonna do it for now. Got some more stuff to talk about though, so check back in a week or two for that. Of course if you have anything you want to plug, feel free to drop us a line.

- Shrub


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