Next week, I’m going to be heading over to Cincinnati to attend the annual HorrorHound Weekend. I haven’t been to this event before, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. That said, I’m pretty intrigued by the lineups for the panels and screenings.
As far as the panels go, I am most thrilled about an impressive “Re-Animator” panel that looks to feature Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbot, Dennis Paoli, and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. At this point, I have covered a whole bunch of Stuart Gordon movies that have featured the whole lot, so I will definitely be interested to hear what insights come out of that.
There are a couple of other panels I am looking forward to as well: MST3K founder Joel Hodgson has one all to his lonesome, and another features the core behind “American Mary,” a pretty solid 2012 horror movie that I only recently got around to. There are definitely more than a few high-profile ones that I will skip in favor of the film festival, though (I tried “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead,” and I’m not big fans of either).
The movie screenings at HorrorHound are what I am really looking forward to: Fritz the Nite Owl is going to be doing his take on “Re-Animator,” there is a US premiere of a well-received H. R. Giger documentary, and I’ll finally get to check out “Bloodsucking Bastards,” an anti-corporate horror comedy that I’ve had my eye on since the trailer popped up. I’ll also finally get that second viewing of “The Babadook” that I’ve been meaning to do, but I can just about guarantee that I’ll be passing on the opportunity to catch the “world premiere” of Bill Zebub’s latest. In case you are curious, it is called “Holocaust Cannibal,” and looks to hybridize all of the lesser elements of “Cannibal Holocaust” and the lowest of Nazi exploitation movies. If you think that sounds like it has entertainment potential, I can almost certainly guarantee that it won’t live up to it. This is Bill Zebub we are talking about, and I sat through “Antfarm Dickhole.”
I’ll be sure to do a write-up after the convention to cover everything I wind up seeing. Honestly, I’m expecting to be pleasantly surprised by the film line-up, as I am not familiar with most of them. There is also a deep lineup of shorts, and I’m sure there will be some gold in there as well.
If you happen to be in the area, I recommend checking out the lineup to see if anything peaks your interest. If any of you readers are going to be there, feel free to get a hold of me on twitter (@Misantropey): I’m planning to be around throughout the weekend, and live-tweeting when I can.