Shock Around The Clock 2012 (Columbus, OH)

 

 

Shock Around the Clock, the 4th annual Ohio 24-hour Horror Marathon will be taking place from Noon on Saturday October 20 – Noon Sunday October 21 at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave. Columbus, OH).

This Annual Horror Marathon is a 24-hour film festival running continuously from Noon Saturday until Noon Sunday. It features classic fright flicks, rediscovered gems, recent raves, area premieres, coffinloads of trailers, short subjects, and other such cinematic fare.

In addition to the movies, there will be a scream contest, a costume contest with $100 prize, and much more.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  They may be purchased at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave.), Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High Street), or online at www.horrormarathon.com

For full information, please go to their event page here.

 

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Midwest Haunters Convention

Calling all monsters!  If you’re a Halloween enthusiast who is counting the months until your favorite holiday, the Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) may be just the ticket.  From June 8th-10th, the MHC will be coming to the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

The MHC is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US serving Haunted Attraction Industry professionals and enthusiasts.  The MHC features a tradeshow, education, chartered bus tours and entertainment.

Nearly 8 years have passed since the original MHC was held at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, OH.  Now, this event has grown from a few hundred attendees to host thousands of haunt owners, actors, workers and enthusiasts to celebrate Halloween and Haunted Attractions.

The MHC Trade Show will feature a 60,000 square foot show room floor with over 100 vendor booths.  Educational seminars and workshops as well as networking activities are offered.  The 2012 MHC features a 2-day bus tour of Ohio/Michigan haunted attractions, a Monster Masquerade Costume Party featuring the Body Art Fashion Show and contests including the Bloody Mary Monster Makeup Wars Competition, Ms Midwest Scary Pageant & the Scariest Character Contest.

While many of the events and seminars are geared toward operators or staff of haunted attractions and home haunters, there is plenty of fun available for even the most casual of Halloween fans.  For example, for the ridiculously low price of $5, trade show registration gives you weekend access to vendors offering the latest in costumes, props, and all sorts of Halloween goodies.

If you’re looking for a bit of spooky fun to get you through the summer, consider paying a visit to the Midwest Haunters Convention.  You can read more about the event here.

 

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Zombissage….Massage with an Undead Flair

Running from the living dead can be tiring work.  Jumping fences, dodging trees, and catching a few winks on a hard floor can leave a survivor feeling pretty stiff and sore.  It’s comforting to know that there’s at least one zombie out there who isn’t looking to eat your brain.  Zombissage offers massage with an undead flair, to customers who are both living and otherwise reanimated!

A couple of weeks ago, while at HorrorHound Weekend in Columbus, I first heard about Zombissage.  It seemed like wherever I went, people kept asking me, “Did you see that there’s a zombie massage therapist in there?”

This all just sounded like too much fun so I had to learn more.  I tracked down Erin Farnlacher, the creator of Zombissage and UMT (Undead Massage Therapist).  She was happy to answer my questions and I thought I’d share her answers with you all.

I think folks will get a big kick out of hearing about your service.  How did you come up with Zombissage?

I’ve been a horror freak all my life, absolutely obsessed with zombies–my younger sister and I ignored every other section of the video rental place we went to as kids.  I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 5 years, and started Zombissage last year.  My friends had introduced me to Horrorhound the year before; they always go in costume, and I went as Janine Melnitz for their Ghostbusters theme.

After hours of walking around the con in high-heeled boots, my feet and legs were killing me, so I looked around to see if there were any massage therapists with a vendor booth.  There weren’t any, and I figured that I couldn’t be the only one getting sore and tired after all the festivities, so I started working toward combining my passions for massage therapy and the horror genre.

This past Horrorhound Weekend was my first convention as Zombissage; I had a great time and a very encouraging reception, and I’m very excited to see how this goes in the future.

Your service is quite unique, especially considering the “typical” fare for these type of events.  How did you find the reaction of folks during your first time out?  I would imagine they were a bit timid at first and then opened up a bit once they saw you with a customer.

Yep, that’s about how it went; people passing by seemed amused and intrigued, but it took a bit for momentum to build.  For my first con, I thought it went very well.  I was very grateful to the fantastic people at the Troma booth next to me, who helped promote me, and even took some of my business cards to some of the guests.

Your make-up is fantastic (and to be honest, scary as hell).  Do you actually talk with your customers or do you sort of stay in character throughout the process?

Thanks!  I wasn’t sure how I should approach the character, and decided to play it by ear.  I ended up just talking to people more or less like I would in my regular practice; part of that was the giddiness of being at a horror convention (I started grinning even before check-in, as soon as I started seeing familiar faces outside the hotel) and the excitement of being a first-time vendor.  In the future I might play with the character and try making the interaction more zombie-appropriate.  I’ll see how things go and what people seem to enjoy.

Did any of the celebrity guests at HHW happen to stop by your booth, either as a customer or just to see what was going on?

Ken from Fright Night Film Fest (who was a massage therapist for 16 years) brought Tyler Mane to my table, and we worked on him in tandem.  Tyler was super nice, and easily the tallest person ever to be on my table.

So, with HorrorHound under your belt, what’s next?  Do you have any other appearances planned?

I’ll be at Blood on the Beach in Virginia Beach and the Cleveland Zombie Walk in April, Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, Kentucky in June, Days of the Dead III in Indianapolis in July, hopefully returning to HHW for the Indianapolis show in September, and possibly some other events this year.

If folks want more information or someone would like to book you for an event, where can they find you?

I’m on Twitter and Facebook as Zombissage, most active on FB.
https://www.facebook.com/Zombissage
https://twitter.com/#!/Zombissage

Finally, what’s your favorite horror movie?

It’s always hard to pick one, isn’t it?  Pure cheese, but I always go back to my first zombie love, Return of the Living Dead II.  My little sister and I (we were probably around 8 and 10) discovered it at the local video rental place and became obsessed with it and anything else involving reanimated corpses.  We were… weird kids.  And now we’re happily weird adults, especially with being surrounded by our childhood obsession in popular culture.

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As always, thank you for reading.  For myself, I just love hearing about someone being able to take their hobby and run with it.  Know of any other unique businesses with a spooky twist?  Leave me a comment or drop me a line.  I’d love to help spread the word.

My visit to HorrorHound Weekend Columbus, OH 2012

     For years now, I would get excited at the approach of Halloween.  As October would arrive, I would tune up my stilts and prepare for the fun that was to come.  Finally, during Halloween week I would pick up a few gigs and have the time of my life.  However, without fail, November 1st would leave me feeling sad that it was all over and that it was again time to say goodbye to my big, green alter-ego.

     This past year I decided that something needed to be done about this.  At 42 years of age, the years were going by too fast.  I realized that my days of tramping around as a 9′ tall monster were numbered.  I decided to search out new events throughout the year where I could “suit-up”.

     Zombie walks were my first discovery and my brushes with them thus far have yielded nothing but joy.  During the couple I managed to take part in last year, I not only had a blast but also met many wonderful people…err, zombies.

     Rolling out of the holiday season, I began to feel the itch for another event.  Perhaps I could find a spring zombie walk or even a “halfway to Halloween” party.  Well, my search ended upon reading a post on the Terror from Beyond the Daves blog.  For those of you who may not be aware, the “Daves” write a lovingly crafted blog which pays homage to horror movie hosts and all things relevant to the genre.

     At any rate, they had written a post about the upcoming HorrorHound Weekend convention in Columbus, OH.  With celebrity guests, vendors, movie screenings, and guest panels, this sounded like it would be right up my alley.  I immediately started making preparations.

     The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, OH.  I arrived in town on Friday evening and it was immediately apparent that I was in the midst of “my kind of folks”.  I checked in, made my way to my room, and suited-up.  Before you could say “trick-or-treat”, my monster was in the thick of things.

A chilling bride

     While this was my first horror convention, there was a very familiar feeling about it.  It’s hard to explain but I guess it’s a shared experience thing.  It was not unlike the feeling that I would have while hanging out with the crew from a haunted attraction or sitting around chatting with a bunch of home haunters.  You take this big bunch of people, from all different age ranges and walks of life, and because of a shared interest, there’s just an electricity in the air.

Ben from Fright-Rags

     There were a fair number of costumed folks around and I must say that the vast majority of them were absolutely fabulous.  Heavens, some of the make-up was just amazing.  I felt a bit like a girl who’d worn a burlap bag to the prom.  Nonetheless, I didn’t get the feeling that anyone was looking down on me.  Quite to the contrary, folks were coming up to introduce themselves and take pictures left and right.

     In the dealer’s room, I was able to meet Ben Scrivens from Fright-Rags.com (an amazing horror t-shirt company from my hometown of Rochester, NY).  I also bumped into Marlena Midnite & Robyn Graves, the hosts of Midnite Mausoleum.

The gals from Midnite Mausoleum

     I caught glimpses of or literally bumped into a number of the celebrity guests during the evening but there was one in particular who I was dying to meet.  You see, I met Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) years ago in Massachusetts.  However, I didn’t have my monster with me at the time and I’d always hoped to get a picture of her with the monster.  Well, I managed to check that one off the list.  Let me just say, that at 61, she’s just as lovely as ever (and still quite quick with the one-liners).

Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

     Much of the rest of the evening was spent drinking and mingling with other convention-goers.  What a friendly and easy-going bunch of folks.  I swear you could walk right up and talk to just about anyone without it being the slightest bit awkward.

     It was during this later part of the evening that I was able to cross paths with and grab a picture with the “Daves”, who had been responsible for me learning of the event in the first place.

The "Daves" from "Terror From Beyond The Daves"

     On Saturday, I went in on foot and did a bit of shopping.  The venue, was considerably more busy (due in large part to the throng of people waiting in line to meet Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead).  Despite this, folks were still quite friendly and in good spirits.

     While I could have easily spent the night and all of the following day, I decided to hold off and get back home.  Again, I’m really feeling the desire to tinker with my costume and come up with something truly fantastic.  It’s simply not built for these types of appearances.  I will have to see what I can come up with so I can be ready for next time.

     Thank you so much for reading about my adventures.  If you happened to be at the show or have any questions or comments, please leave me a note below.  I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures.  If you care to see all of my shots, you can find them here.

HorrorHound Weekend comes to Columbus, OH 3/23-3/25 2012

HorrorHound Magazine brings its mid-west Horror Convention to Columbus, Ohio from March 23rd-25th 2012. The event will be located at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229, (877)-270-1393. Visit their website for full details.

Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest icons in horror history. A list of special guests for the event may be found here.

Vendors will be on hand, offering the opportunity to shop for some of the newest or rarest classic horror toys, t-shirts, posters, displays, dvds, masks and other assorted goodies.

Movie premieres and screenings will be included, as well as special celebrity panels, and much more.

I’m planning on sending my monster to cover the event. If you plan on attending, please leave me a message below or say hello at the show!

Fright-Rags

     Today I want to tell you folks about a small business from my hometown of Rochester, NY.  As a good number of you folks are either Halloween or Zombie enthusiasts, I believe you’ll appreciate hearing about Fright-Rags.

     Fright-Rags was created by Ben Scrivens and produces the most kick-ass horror t-shirts you’ve ever seen.  A big fan of the genre, he found that the shirts on the market were either of very poor quality or less than impressive in design.  He started his business back in September, 2003 to fill that void.  With just 3 designs, a web site, and a credit card, he took his shot. 

     Since then, Fright-Rags has grown by leaps and bounds.   He now has a dedicated printer who does all the shirts, professional artists that bring his ideas to life, a programmer that helps with the site, and even someone to help fold shirts.  Fright-Rags shirts have been sent to every state in the US, and to countries all around the world. They’ve even been in Hot Topic stores across the nation as well as many mom n’ pop stores and online shops.

     Ben still fills all the orders, answer all the emails, and coördinates everyone’s efforts so he can keep it a well-oiled machine and get people their shirts.  This guy has a passion for the genre as well as a desire to produce a high quality product.  Take just a minute and check out his designs.

Hallowindow

     Mark Gervais is an illustrator and animator from Calgary, Canada.  A few years back he came up with a brilliant idea to decorate his home, using some of his animated art work.   He turned to local Calgary musician and producer, Dewi Wood to supply spine tingling sounds and Hallowindow was born.

     Hallowindow is a collection of Halloween themed animations that you can use for window projection or your TV.  It is available on DVD and as downloadable video files with spine tingling soundtracks.

     In order to display the animation in your window you will need a DVD player hooked up to a projector with proper connection cables.  It is best to use a projector with a fairly bright bulb, 2000 lumens or more, but dimmer projectors will also work.  You will also need something to project the image onto in your window.  A simple solution for this is a white bed sheet or a white shower curtain pinned to the window frame on the inside of your house.  There are also some other tips about projectors on the Hallowindow blog.

     The still pictures presented here don’t do this masterpiece justice.  I strongly suggest checking out Mark’s page or YouTube to see Hallowindow in action.

 

Calling all Halloween enthusiasts!!!!

Jack-o-latern

Image via Wikipedia

     Are you someone who really enjoys Halloween?  I’m trying to find as many Halloween enthusiasts as possible, in the WordPress community.  Why do you enjoy it?  Which activities do you enjoy the most? 

     Please take just a moment to leave a comment below.  With less than 100 days until Halloween, I’d like to find as many of you out there as possible so that we can exchange ideas, recipes, pictures, or whatever.

     Whether you’re into costumes, cooking, crafting, Halloween parties, haunted houses, scary movies, I’d love to add you to the list.