The annual Fright Night Film Fest is coming up this weekend in Louisville, KY and I am absolutely geeking out about it. The guest list is insane! I attended the film fest last year as a fan and as a filmmaker because my film In The Deathroom played to a “fire hazard causing” crowd. The feedback was excellent and I had a great time. I even slipped Roger Corman a DVD of my film when I got my Death Race 2000 poster signed. I thought I was being pretty slick until his assistant took the DVD from him and put it on top of a stack of about 15 other DVD’s. I don’t have a film playing this year so I’ll be going in full fanboy geekout mode.
The following is a list of people I will be making a priority to meet:
The whole reason I’m going! I never thought I would have a chance to meet the man himself. He had been in hiding for so long I never even thought there would be a chance he would return to the public eye let alone to a film fest. Some of you may remember my little misfortune a few weeks ago. I bought an original 1988 They Live double-sided poster in mint condition in hopes of having Rowdy Roddy Piper sign it at Days of the Dead here in Indianapolis and then John Carpenter at Fright Night this weekend. Well, that didn’t quite go as planned. I missed Piper by about 30 minutes. If I hadn’t blown most of my poster money on the They Live poster I would have bought a few for the others to sign. I’ll be damned if I miss Carpenter!
“Whaaat?!” “For serious?!” That was basically my exact thought when they announced this group of nerds was going to be there. When they originally announced the reunion Andrew Cassese, who played the super smart boob infatuated “Harold Wormser”, wasn’t part of the announcement. I remember thinking immediately how awesome it would be if he were there and a couple weeks later they added him. Score! Get ready for a group photo. I’ll be standing in for Gilbert Lowell.
“Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?” ” NO, SENSEI!” This is something I would have never had seen coming or think would ever happen. Now that it is it pretty much drips with awesomeness. Billy Zabka “Johnny Lawrence” and Robert Carradine from Revenge of the Nerds are also there to premiere a new film they’re in called Cross, which has a pretty decent cast.
This should obviously go without saying but I hope she has some stuff from Roller Boogie to sign. Yes, I will be getting her to sign a can of pea soup…and my chest.
One of the greatest werewolf films of all time. I don’t know when or if I’ll ever have the opportunity again to meet him and get his autograph. It would be really cool if he had full sized posters to sign but that’s doubtful.
This was another “Wow, really?!” moment. It’s going to be super cool to meet these guys. I will be asking Bob Wall what it was like getting kicked in the nuts by Bruce Lee.
Wolverines!! I can’t wait to tell him how much I was cheering for him to actually touch Mary’s butt in E.T.. Another interesting thing is if you notice in the picture above they show a poster for “Spider-Man 4”, which we all know was cancelled, with “The New Amazing Spider Man” on top of it. It would be nice if he had some Spider-Man stuff to sign but I’m going straight for Red Dawn and E.T..
Here’s a nice little Father/Son photo opportunity. I have to say that if it comes down to choosing just one, I will be going with Michael Biehn. No offense Edward, it’s just that your pre-pubescent voice from T2 still sends chills up my spine. I will, however, partake in whatever drug you are on in the picture above.
This will probably become pretty high on my priority list since I don’t think I have anything from either of them. The real question is whether to have them sign the same thing or separately. I’ll have to wait to see what they have out.
I think that about covers it for high priorities. The following are a few not so high priorities that if I happen to get a chance, I’m going for it.
This was a hard one to prioritize. I know what you’re thinking, “But you’re such a huge fan!” and that is true. In the end I have to consider that these people will probably be popping up at a few more conventions in the future due to the popularity of the show, the others not so much. Time management is the key, people!
I can’t remember if it was Fright Nigh last year or Famous Monsters Con here in Indy, either way my original Cyborg poster is long since missing so I didn’t have anything I wanted him to sign. When I did see him last year he didn’t have anything to sign so I’m hoping this year he has some Cyborg stuff or even some Captain America, but I doubt it.
What? I don’t know, why not? When do you get a chance to meet Jem and Pizzaz? My sister watched it, yea that’s it. Some autographs from these two could make for a nice nostalgia contest in the near future.
Margot Kidder is another one of those tough choices. From what I’ve seen she does a lot of conventions even though she cancelled on the last one I was at. When we were casting for our Stephen King short In The Deathroom, Margot Kidder was actually interested in playing the main female lead. Unfortunately her fee was about 10x’s our budget. Larry Drake is a guilty pleasure. If he has anything Darkman related to sign I may make it a priority.
I think that about does it. Anyone else going? Anyone want to give me some money so I can afford all this? 😉
It’s going to be a hectic schedule but with a little perseverance and help from my wife and daughter I think it’s going to be one hell of a rad time.