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It’s the quest of every ultra-fan: finding fellow obsessives to share in the collective joy.
Fan conventions provide a meeting place and an outlet for like-minded folk. What’s it like to really find your tribe?
In this episode I talk about horror conventions, my pilgrimage to the “Anti-Convention” known as “Cinema Wasteland” and meeting a group of fellow obsessives I call “the Algonquin Round Table of Horror.”
Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo– Holiday Inn, Strongsville, Ohio (shows every April and October). Created by Ken Kish and Pam Kish
History of Fan Conventions
1936- Philcon: First “Fan Convention”. Science Fiction Convention, held in Philadelphia. There were 9 attendees.
1975 World Fantasy Convention: first Convention where there’s a strong presence of horror under the Fantasy umbrella.
1991- World Horror Convention – the first true Horror Convention.
Movies Discussed (In order of appearance)
Alien (1979) Dir: Ridley Scott
Friday the 13th (1980) Dir: Sean Cunningham
Creepers (Phenomena)-(1985) Dir: Dario Argento
Saw (2004) Die: James Wan
Halloween (1978) Dir: John Carpenter
Paranormal Activity (2009) Dir: Oren Peli
Killdozer! (1974) Dir: Jerry London
Gargoyles (1972) Dir: Bill Norton
Satan’s Triangle (1975) Dir: Sutton Roley
Street Trash (1987) Dir: James M. Muro
Whiskey Mountain (1977) Dir: William Grefe
Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976) Dir: William Grefe
Stanley (1972) Dir: William Grefe
Kill the Scream Queen (2004) Dir: Bill Zebub
The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made (2008) Dir: Bill Zebub
Dickshark (2015) Dir: Bill Zebub
Demons (1985) Dir: Lamberto Bava
The Algonquin Round Table of Horror
The Giallo Room (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLXTTivU_q3vlbPbABloKbA
Billy and Vanessa Nocera
Gregg Olheiser and Jill Van Voorst
LIX (genre-based designer clothing)
Photographer Jim Sorfleet and model Kat McGill of SnS-Photo
Mike Watt and Amy Lynn Best- Happy Cloud Productions
Fred Vogel- Toe Tag Pictures (August Underground)
Bill Zebub- Bill Zebub Productions
Jane Arakawa– Actor “Street Trash”
Mike Lackey– Actor “Street Trash”
Roy Frumkes-Producer/Actor “Street Trash”