I came in through my front door followed by Dan with his six-pack of Smirnoff Ice. Dan said, "Dude that was so much fun. When is the next one?" My wife met us in the living room, "You guys sure look like you had fun. Why do you have two pizzas in your hand and Geof, why are you wearing a shirt that has 'OBEY!' on it? Did you join a cult?" I told her, "Well I knew you were hungry and I admit to knocking back a few rounds of beer, so I'm really hungry too. I didn't eat all day. And this is not a t-shirt, it's a Fright Rag. Huge difference!" She said, "So from the way you're acting, let me guess...they had Blue Moon on tap?" I answered, "Why yes! They did have Blue Moon on tap."
I kept on with my drunken rambling, "I met some great friends tonight! You know I try to like everybody but all of these people were sincerely awesome people. I wished we could have stayed longer. We need to go next time Monster Mania is in town." Jules said, "It should be in August like the one we went to in August." I continued, "Well then I'm getting a room, so we don't have to worry about monsoons and we can party like rock stars when the ballrooms close. Oh by the way - Dan and I killed a zombie that he had a crush on." My wife said, "Dan and you did what?"
I ignored her and kept going, "This was an epic evening that must be documented. Wait, where is my laptop? It's time to go to the 'Cave"! This will be a new feature post called "DWB: Drunk While Blogging!" Jules said, "That does not sound like a good idea at all. I was like, "Sure it is! Let me just boot my laptop up and I'll...I'll...You know I should call John and Jen and let them know we made it home ok...where's my phone....ZZZZZZ!"
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Text fades onto the screen: "13 Hours Ago at Monster Mania"
We arrived at the show a little after 10am. Since Jules had a baby shower to attend to in Allentown, I asked my best friend Dan to come along instead. He watches some movies but is not a horror fanatic, so I was worried whether he would enjoy himself or not. Let's just say things definitely worked out.
We started off in the one of the celebrity ballrooms and it was packed!! Everyone had a decent-sized line except for one of the people I needed to meet on this day: former pro wrestler Al Snow. I used to be very into wrestling up until about 6-7 years ago and Al was one of my favorites! I even went the extra effort to bring a figure of him that I have been holding on to since '99 in the event I ever met him at a signing. I was so excited to finally meet my favorite cult wrestler, but unfortunately he did not seemed the least bit enthused to speak with me. I'm not going to go into it, but let's just say I was probably the most legitimate Al Snow fan in that building and he treated me like he didn't want to talk to me. Guess I shouldn't have been surprised since my Jules told me that she met him years ago before her and I met and how he was really "douchie" toward her. I told her she probably caught him at a bad time in a non-signing environment, but looks like I got played out here.
Me and Al with Head.
After a not so good moment, what could put me in a better mood? Thom Matthews...because he FTW! Dan and I thought this would be two actors down in less five minutes as we jumped in line with only one man and his friend ahead of us. Played out again! I shit you not, we were in line for 20 + minutes while these dudes had Thom sign at least 100 items. I wish I was exaggerating.
This guy was the culprit who gave Thom the hand cramp!
The only thing that kept us entertained was Kane Hodder's non-stop ballbusting of fans and even towards Thom himself at the adjacent table. When it was finally our turn, I told Thom, "Listen I can give you a minute to work out that hand cramp if you need it." He laughed and told me how unexpected that was to sign of all of that stuff. I told him that he can find it on Ebay tomorrow morning. After I told him that I not giving him close to the business he just received from that last guy, I mentioned my adoration for Return of the Living Dead and Friday the 13 Part 6: Jason Lives. Also gave him mad props for hooking up with Kathy Ireland, who was in her prime, in Alien From L.A. No I wasn't being a dick bringing that up...I was serious. He even gave me a "golly"-like smile. At least I didn't bring up Bloodmatch. That's when I got diarrhea of the mouth and mentioned my first date with Jules when I asked what was her favorite Friday. She told me she was a genre fan, so iu asked her as a friendly test. Without missing a beat, she said Part 6 Jason Lives, which you all might know is my favorite entry and not something a liar would immediately say without thinking about it. Strangely enough, it was one of those many sparks on our first date that led to other dates and so on. After getting our picture taken together he told me, "Nice meeting you Geof and thanks for the break. Say hi to your wife for me." Very nice experience.
Thom Matthews still FTW!
Next up was Bill Moseley or who I affectionately call "The Mose". This was my first time meeting him and as an enormous fan, this is someone that I have been really looking forward to meeting for a long time. He had a great variety of items to sign that it made it hard to choose which one I wanted (I went with a Chop-Top pic). I let him know that I enjoy his presence in every film, but that Chop-Top is my favorite character he has played.
I loved this sign.
Also, I mentioned that back in the day before IMDB, I watched Full Moon's Crash and Burn and did not recognize him until the third act when he was revealed as the villain. He started acting all crazy and started sounding like Chop-Top. I revealed to him that I endured the pain called Evil Bong just to see his one minute cameo. He jokingly shook my hand and said I was REALLY a true fan. Then to finish things off, he started yelling "Dog will hunt!" in his genuine Chop-Top voice which made me laugh during our photo. It was really cool hearing that voice live. Finally, I mentioned All-American Massacre and he told me that it does in fact exist and you can probably find it somewhere but he seemed surprised that he would bring it up.
Bill Moseley is the shizzy!
On our way to the other signing ballroom, we went to the hotel desk to ask for a folder to put our signatures in. Just then, Gary Busey came strolling in with his luggage and stood almost right next to us. He looked like he was in a salty mood. Worse than salty. Foul would be a better word. He was saying some weird stuff (of course) to the clerk that I wish I could remember before he stormed off. Guess that was Busey being Busey, lol!
Yes this shot is shit, but he was in motion.
Next we got in a rather large line to meet William Katt, which was not too bad because it was right next to the Full Moon booth. Check these out before I continue...
The Puppets from Puppet Master
I told William Katt how much I still love Greatest American Hero and how I was so bummed how quickly he was killed off Heroes. Then I spoke with him about my "Amateur Hour" review of AVH last summer and how the head of his fan club commented on my blog and told me she showed it to him. He put his head in his hand in disgrace, but in a joking way. To clarify things, I expressed my love of watching horrible films and reviewing them on my blog and that I only watched AVH and House IV because he was in them. He was laughing and it was all good. Then he went back to AVH and complained about how poorly The Asylum treated the entire cast. He only did that film because Deedee Pfeffer was a friend and asked him to do it. Go figure that about The Asylum...I'm not surprised. He recommended a film he was in called The Man From Earth, which is a sci-fi film he labeled "intelligent" but is not getting any airtime due to its lack of special effects. He then continued by saying that "...yet AVH gets played in a prime time slot, which is an awful film but hey...it has special effects." Go figure right? So I figured I'd give a plug for his film and will make sure to check it out for myself real soon.
Not that I thought he'd be an idiot or anything like that, but the man is very intelligent and speaks on a high level about his craft. He also seems to be legitimately "hip" for his age which is something I hope I am when I get older. What a great conversation and real pleasure it was to meet him. Our exchange even led me to see his Q&A session later on in the afternoon.
William Katt: best interaction I ever had with an actor.
Running low on money, Tom Atkins was my last stop for the day. I actually thought he was going to be a bit rough but he was extremely nice to me. We were talking for a bit about some of his films, but my picture with him didn't come out right at all. Then I felt like I took up too much of the man's time and did not ask him to record "Thrill Me" into my phone so I can use it for messages. Oh well! Since my pic came out like crap, here is one that is post worthy for you Atkins fans:
Here are some other pics...
So many good ones to choose from but I went with this Fright Rag.
Malcolm McDowell posed into my camera from afar. Got lucky with that!
A robotic Michael Myers figure
I loved these demon dolls...especially Possessed Ash!
Loved Toxie 4! This is by the Troma table.
New announced sequel! Freddy vs. Jason vs. Geof
Former pro wrestler Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Bruce Abbott from Re-Animator
We thought this was hilarious.
Just a random life-sized zombie figure
Someone defaced this advertisement. Gotta check that site at some point.
See? I told you we killed a zombie that Dan had a crush on.
Now on to the best part of the day: An impromptu mini blogger meeting!
I have only met up with one blogger (Allison from Allison-Writes) in person before, to a success where we are good friends outside of the electronic world. Johnny (from the extremely awesome Freddy in Space) and I had been planning to meet up at the show for some time and finally pinpointed the perfect meeting area: the hotel bar, of course. When I arrived at the bar, he was there with the guys (Lance and John) who run Kindertrauma! I was really excited to meet Johnny face-to-face, but I had no idea these guys would be there too. This was great. If you are reading this, you probably already know these guys, but if you do not, please check out their blogs and you will not be disappointed. Must reads.
From L-R, epic awesomeness united: Me, the Kindertrauma guys, Kate and Johnny.
We all engaged in some good conversation for an hour or so, until the Kindertrauma guys had to leave. Al Snow even came into the bar at one point and I told them all my Snowplow of an experience with him...hardy har-har! Jill Whitlock and Steve Marshall from Night of the Creeps came in at one point as well. Another notable incident included some pack of indie filmmakers who were peddling their wares to us. For some reason named rounds of beer, we bought copies of this film I will not name as of yet, but I will tell you that it has Amateur Hour installment written all over it.
She was helping sell that indie flick that John and I bought.
After giving me the heads up of having Blue Moon on tap, John, his girl Jen, Dan, and I had a few more rounds before heading back to the ballroom so John could get Thom Matthews' autograph. No sooner we got in the room, security kicked us out due to a "medical emergency". We looked around, but couldn't figure out what they were talking about and there was no use talking to the guards because those asshats always think they are state cops. We thought: Must have been Busey...had to have been. So instead, we went to the Fright Rags table where I picked up the sweetest "OBEY" They Live shirt before taking off for the night. Had it not been for the monsoon-ish weather and the fact that we lived 35 minutes away, we would have partied until the sun came up. Next time, Gadget...next time.
Us after round number...ah who knows?
Not only did we have a great time at the convention and met some cool actors, but the end of the night ended with making new friends outside of the blogger-verse. And hope they feel the same way about me. For me, that was definitely the highlight of this particular convention. I really hope there's another Monster Mania in August.
Dan, Jen and John
Dan and I got a little food in our systems and walked 1/4 of a mile in the monsoon to get back to our cars and had a safe trip home. I decided to pick up some pizza and bring it back for Jules. That's when I headed to the door, excited to tell her all of my experiences tonight, but I admit to still being a little drunk while Dan the warrior was fine. I remember opening the door and then...