Horror-Rama, Toronto Ontario, Canada, November 1-2, 2014
I wasn’t sure I would even get to Horror-Rama due to my work schedule, but a week before the event, I learned that I would be free for an afternoon, so I bought my one-day $25 ticket not sure what to expect. After checking out the website, I was prepared to part with some of my hard-earned money to get some stuff. Horror stuff. Little did I know that stuff was just the gory icing on the horror cake!
Let me back track a little. You might be wondering what Horror-Rama is. Put on by Suspect Video owner Luis Ceriz (one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in Toronto who runs one of the coolest movie rental and rare finds stores around) and Fangoria Magazine’s editor-in-chief Chris Alexander, it is Toronto’s first ever horror only convention, and it was a blast! Catering to the horror fan who loves rare finds and weird stuff, there were many vendors selling DVDs and rare VHS horror films, as well as gifts, t-shirts, and original poster art and illustrations, but I suspect the biggest draw was the celebrity line-up. Boasting such stars as Barbie Wilde mostly know as the female Cenobite from Hellraiser, Michael Slade author of Headhunter and Ghoul, Nivek Ogre of Industrial band Skinny Puppy (who I listened to endlessly in high school), and Lisa Marie of Mars Attacks, it was a veritable wonderland for fans of all things dark and diabolical. Tom Savini was also there. From special effects, to directing and acting, this horror dynamo was a revered name in the line-up.
I at first wasn’t going to attempt meeting him, for one because I thought it would be rammed and kind of like FanExpo, and secondly because I am an introvert by nature with awkward bursts of nuttiness. I don’t know what to say to celebrities because after all, they are people just like me, and I don’t want to sound like a dork. What was pleasantly surprising was the celebrity meet and greet area. It was quite intimate, and it wasn’t crowded when I arrived, so I gave it a shot. I mean, he was right there. Like, right there! So I took the plunge, got an autographed photo of Savini and Danny Trejo in Machete Kills, a handshake and a picture taken with him for $30. Unfortunately, I had nothing witty to say; the nuttiness crawled away and hid, and I didn’t bother to hand him my Rosemary’s Pixie card, even though he does follow me on the twitter (just sayin’). I just smiled and said thank you. In my defense, some dude would not stop talking to Savini while I was there, so I think that chatty dude owes me at least $15 for my troubles. And I will find him…anyway, here is my photo-op with Tom Savini, who was really nice and called me sweetheart, and my weird hair (I swear it looked better in person):
As for any other pictures, I didn’t take any at the event because I was there to buy stuff, and kind of forgot in my shopping frenzy. I can however show you all the loot I got, including a rare find of Henry: A Portrait of a Serial Killer for $12, and some top-secret but awesome gifts for my salt-of-the-earth-and-weird-like-me friend T-Bone:
I also wanted to pick up my pass for The Blood In The Snow Film Festival, happening from November 28th-30th at the Carlton Cinemas here in Toronto. It’s a 3 day festival of 100 % Canadian horror, and it is always a good time. There was an Anchor Bay Screaming Lounge where a preview of the festival was screened, as well as indie horror movies Avenged (2014) and The Devil Incarnate (2014). Check out the films and tickets for this year’s BITS fest here. The convention also had a Horror-Rama Hangout, where you could attend Q & A sessions with some of the headliner guests.
I also hit the Black Fawn Distribution booth where there was a bunch of great Canadian independent film for sale. Better known for films like festival hits Silent Retreat and Discopath, they were promoting a new horror called The Door. I picked it up and was treated to an autographed copy by one of the film’s stars, Alys Crocker. I also got a photo-op with her and had a quick chat with the film’s director, Patrick McBrearty. They were both lovely and I can’t wait to watch this creepy film which caught my eye a few weeks ago on my twitter feed.
I wrapped my visit up somewhat early because plain and simple, I ran out of ducats. I didn’t want to sell the farm for more memorabilia and movies, so after tracking Luis down to thank him for a great event, I took myself and my horror horde home. I will definitely go back next year. Horror-Rama fills a void for those of us that want a more specialized type of convention with all things horror for the die-hard fan and collector. Go Horror!