"Come on people line up! We've been waiting here for three hours!" a beefy man in a Korn shirt yelled with both hands covering up. He was in the back of the line but no one cared. People who prepaid could go up the stairs first. I had just arrived a few moments before, chattering with a man whose mutton chops could challenge the entire 18th Century. They were that awesome.
Neither of us knew what to do. He was behind me and flashing the prepaid tickets to three days of the Mad Monster Party Horror Convention. I had the same ticket, "I dunno, I just keep hearing things about prepaid and cards or cash. Things like that," I told him.
He shrugged, "Yeah same here, but either way I hope the line thins."
Slightly Off-Topic: The guy above (Arthur Chester) has the exact same facial do as the Mutton-Chops Man!
Well we eventually parted, knowing we had our own things to find. Adios Mutton-Chops Man, you were cool! So anyways I go up with my green paper bracelet and get assaulted by at least five hundred people. I didn't know where to go. Fuddruckers was right in front of me, trying to be tempting with a pretty sales-girl but I wasn't hungry. Too bad, I could have tried my meager flirting skills on her.
The main floor was packed with famous horror actors. I was most interested in seeing Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination's) and Dee Wallace (The Howling, Cujo). Tony wasn't there yet but Dee was. But here's the thing. I didn't have any galls enough to go up to them. What was I supposed to say? Anyways, there was also a free Green Screen horror photo shoot which would have been cool. But I didn't want to give out too much personal information to these people.
Afterwards I went down a short hall and into a dining room/lounge thing. I was looking at a sign which happened to be a menu (the Blake Hotel) was trying to buy me out on food. When blam! a cute brunette bounces up behind me and all Horror Con breaks loose! "Hi there!" she says with an enthusiastically evil grin. "We're screening a short movie. Would you like to watch it?"
I didn't get time to nod or even think about the question. "Great, I'll take you there!" She led me to a nearby room- Carolina A- where a few others were sitting there. We were screened with Desdemona 6; a throw-back to Christine and other killer car flicks. It was funny, had a sad ending, gory at a part, and brilliant in its simple 12 minutes.
Next was Portrait for Hell, 90 minutes of psychological, gory horror. It was of the typical newly weds moving into a spooky (and I mean damn spooky) haunted house. This film had tension, it had love, it had comedy, and an awesome ending. You guys should check it out here: http://www.portraitforhell.com/
Part Two of Day One will be here tomorrow. Until, then....