Staff member Anna Greenberg attended Horror Hound 2015 this weekend. Here’s her review, including plentiful pictures.
Horror Hound is an annual horror convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Please insert your own bad joke about Ohio here, as I don’t want to offend anyone with mine). This year had some very special guests including: Norman Reedus, Josh McDermitt, Alanna Masterson, Lawrence Gilliard, Max Hernandez, Madison Lintz, Adam Minarovich, and Michael Rooker (the Walking Dead); Linda Blair (the Exorcist); Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th); Joel Hodgson (Mystery Science Theater 3000); and as it was the 30th anniversary of Re-Animator, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbot, Barbara Crampton, Stuart Gordon, Caroline Purdy-Gordon, and Dennis Paoli.
I am a huge fan of both Re-Animator and wordplay, so I attended the convention as Herbert Westcoast. Speaking of cosplay, there were some truly incredible costumes present. I can’t do them justice through mere description, but there are plenty of pictures below.
The convention floor wasn’t huge, but it was packed absolutely full with vendors of all varieties. You could buy bone sculptures, preserved cow hearts, zombified teddy bears or cartoon plushies, replica Phantasm spheres, functional crossbows, or basic t-shirts and prints for the faint of heart. (I ended up with a Creature from the Black Lagoon plushie and a gremlin sculpture because I too turn into an energetic monster if I’m fed after midnight).
If you needed a break from the crowds and had some time to spare you could go and get a tattoo. There was a small collection of tattoo artists in one of the signing rooms who were ready and willing to inscribe your body with eldritch symbols. I was tempted to get a Lovecraftian tentacle on my ankle, but common sense (i.e, the knowledge that my parents would absolutely murder me in a way that would make Saw look tame even though I’m in my twenties) prevailed.
At night there were contemporary and classic horror films screened across the street. I got completely lost while trying to find the movie room…until Bruce Abbot gave me directions. I saw Pieces of Talent, a movie about murder and obsession and, of course, Re-Animator. Re-Animator was hosted by late-night horror host Fritz the Owl who provided commentary throughout.
Naturally there were panels. Highlights include:
- Kane Hodder talking about his favorite kills (using a sleeping bag as a murder weapon in one of the Friday the 13th films and literally tearing a woman’s head apart in another franchise).
- Terrance Zdunich, creator of Repo! the Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival, giving a sneak peak (or sneak listen) of some of the music from The Devil’s Carnival 2.
- The Reanimator cast telling stories that have been locked in the morgue for thirty years. These include the tragic tale of how a poor actor who was playing a reanimated corpse ended up having his penis spray painted black since the murkins had been thrown out, the ‘snot take’ where Bruce Abbot got overly emotional during filming and accidentally got some nasal goo on Barbara Crampton’s head, and how the actress who was originally cast to play Meg had to quit when her mother saw the script.
Overall Horror Hound provided a horrifically good time. It was well organized, had a stellar guest list, and surprisingly good food…though I’ll admit the Soilent Green didn’t look as fresh as I’d like.