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William Sanders at the April 2014 Steel City Con
William Sanders at the April 2014 Steel City Con

Recently I was able to attend yet another Steel City Con. While browsing vendor tables I noticed an eye catching movie poster. I asked the dude who was manning the table, what was happening. He explained that he was there to let people know about his upcoming film Road Trip of the Dead. William Sanders (director/writer/producer) told me a bit about the project. He explained that unlike many other films, it’s not actually a zombie movie. Instead it’s a documentary style horror film. The general plot is that a group of friends decide to visit the locations used by George Romero while filming in and around the Pittsburgh area.

If you aren’t from this area you may not realize how big it is that Romero shot around here. Chances are you know somebody who knows somebody who had something to do with one of his PA movies. I once had an entire convo with a guy bagging my groceries at a local supermarket who told me how he was an extra in 1990’s Night of the Living Dead. So yeah, that’s the cool thing about this area.

with Tom Savini at Horrorfind Weekend in 2005
with Tom Savini at Horrorfind Weekend in 2005
Hot Donna with Tom Savini at Horrorfind Weekend in 2005
Hot Donna with Tom Savini at Horrorfind Weekend in 2005

Road Trip of the Dead is sure to be both entertaining and informative. Locations featured in the flick will include the Monroeville Mall, the Evans City Cemetery and the Wampum Mines. Plus Tom Savini will be in the film!

Wouldn’t you like to help make this movie happen? Right now, you can go back it on Indiegogo. Indiegogo is a crowdfunding site similar to Kickstarter but with one huge difference, the fundraisers get the money regardless of whether or not they are able to raise the entire goal amount. That means these guys can still make their awesome movie even though they may not meet their goal.

There are a variety of perks available. For only $5 you can receive a special thanks credit, for $10 you will receive a special thanks credit, an Iron City Beer Bottle Opener and a 4X6 promo card from the film, $25 gets you a special thanks credit, a shout out on the film’s official Facebook and twitter accounts and an awesome Road Trip of the Dead poster signed by the cast. Of course there are many other perks that you can receive when you back the movie. They include props and other memorabilia pertaining to Romero’s flicks.

This sounds like a very interesting movie to help fund. Check out some videos from the team behind the film below. Then back it.

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Meeting Elvira

Last weekend I attended the Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA again. Yes, I’ve gone quite often in the last few years since it’s fairly close to where I live (about an hour away). I went to meet Elvira (Cassandra Peterson). I’ve been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember. In fact I dressed as her for Halloween in 2005. Even buying my costume was hilarious. My social anxiety was actually worse then so after I found the dress a worker came up to ask if I needed anything and I blurted “A WIG” overly loud. “It’s a wig” emergency!” he declared and he, my sister and myself all had a good laugh. Obviously my costume was a big hit at our party as well because, hey, boobs!

Anyway, back on track, we arrived around the time that she was supposed to show but they were still getting her table ready. Plus the line was forming and yes, it was very large, especially for this small con. So my fiance and I decided to check out the merchandise before getting into line. I (rightly) assumed that we’d be tired after waiting and want to go pretty soon. Plus we had just been sitting in the car for a while so we needed to walk around.

I often see many great cosplayers at the Monroeville Convention Center. However this time while there were a ton of attendees many of the cosplayers weren’t super impressive. I really only feel like accosting strangers who look fantastic so I just got a photo with a guy who had great Darth Maul makeup.

I picked up a few neat presents while we were checking out the dealers. Some of the sellers that I purchased from were the talented RAK and Candy Box Crafts. My man bought the cool necklace that he’s wearing above as well.

Eventually we decided that we better get in Elvira’s line. The people in the line were quite varied. Old, young, conservatively dressed or sporting a metal or goth look. I wore my Coquette capris and a cleavage boosting top with my trusty boots. Yes, being December and all I’m starting to think that I really need to buy the full leggings as well.

It took somewhere from 40 minutes to an hour to reach the table. Some of the people in the line were pretty funny so listening to their convos was pretty interesting. Plus we were stuck by one seller in particular for a while who had some affordable toys. I’m glad that we were staring at his table for a while because they had the original Monopoly which I’ve wanted forever. My man bought it for me as an Xmas present, aw.

As we got closer we were able to watch Cassandra Peterson in action. She’s just as fun as in the movies. She was very informative and funny. We found out that she will be filming another Elvira movie, Movie Macabre soon. Apparently it was a short lived TV series that I somehow missed. You can check it out on YouTube here. She made some great quips like when someone asked her how much an autographed photo was and she said “a million dollars”. She was also holding up her new calendar and pitching it like she was in an infomercial. It was really cute. She did her classic shocked expression pose for lots of attendees which was very neat. Her trainer/assistant was very nice and super buff. She even had a bunch of guys requesting funny poses with her. I thought that the merchandise that Elvira had for sale was great. I would have picked up one or two things in addition to my signed photo if I’d had more money. I really liked the 45 with the Movie Macabre theme song on it and the calendar. My fiance wished he had some extra dough to pick up one of her Zippo lighters. She said that the song was on a record because the person who had worked on it likes them. I later found out, via her site, that Jack White produced it, so cool!

When we got our turn to meet her I was such a mess. When I’m a huge fan of someone I literally shake. So yes I was shaking when her assistant took the photo above, I’m surprised that it came out so well. Elvira quipped “I’m above your head” to my fiance when we showed it to her because of the large banner of her in the background. He got a real kick out of that. At first I lamely said “We love you. You’re so beautiful.”, yes full fangirl mode. Then I told her that I had introduced my fiance to her movies. When I found out that she was attending the con we watched Haunted Hills and her original film. Of course he thought that she was awesome. She responded that I was like Scientology recruiting people for her.

So yeah, she was one of the most fun guests that I’ve met at a con. Some celebs barely look at you or come off as angry. She was super fun, like the persona that she projects on film and TV.

After we met her we had to do one more lap around the dealers’ tables. Usually I would meet more than one guest at a con but the only other person I was interested in meeting was Alan Ruck and he had to cancel. I had already met Peter Mayhew in June at Philly Wizard World so I didn’t feel the need to bother him again. Before we left we had to get a picture with the Lego Spiderman that was assembled near the entrance.

It was so much better going to the convention center with my man than when I’ve gone alone. I even forgot and then realized that I didn’t need to take a Xanax for my anxiety even though there had to be 400-500 people in the room. Hopefully we will get to attend the next con in 2013 too. It is in April and will feature Kevin Sorbo and Ernie Hudson.

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May the 4th Be with You (& Me)

Since it’s Star Wars Day I’m going to write a bit about my love for/history with the flicks. Plus I’m including some fun pics.

When I was 13 years old the original Star Wars flicks were rereleased to get everyone hyped for the future prequels. Prior to 1997 I hadn’t had any interest in them. I thought they looked boring and were for boys.

However there was so much hype surrounding midnight screenings (which were totally new here) and my father wanted to introduce my sister and I to them.

So i went to see A New Hope and I fell hard. I’ve always considered myself to be a bit more like a guy in my thinking. I fell for Han Solo. Yes, that began my Harrison Ford obsession. You see where teen guys got all hot and bothered over a young Carrie Fisher I was going crazy for mutton chopped Ford. A sarcastic guy with a giant, furry sidekick? What is not to like?

So I immediately went home and dug out the tape my father had me record them on from the Christmas before (they used to run the original trilogy around Christmas yearly) so I wouldn’t have to wait until the next month to see the second movie.

Of course it wasn’t all about holstered dudes striking poses. I too loved the lightsabers and CRAZY twists in the sequels. He’s what to her? Who is his father?

By the time the first prequel came out two years later I owned two lightsabers and had 3 Star Wars posters in my bedroom. Yeah, I was totally cool. To post a photo of the Episode 1 fishermen style bucket hat that I wore the year I was 15/16 would no doubt be amusing but my eyebrows were out of control so I think I’ll pass. I even had a birthday cake with Ewan McGregor wielding a lightsaber for my 16th birthday, yeah.

I actually enjoyed the first prequel. I can tell you this because looking over my high school journal I counted seeing it at the theater at least thrice (okay, it was also cuz of McGregor). I wasn’t as crazy about the other two prequels but I did used to dislike Hayden Christensen so that didn’t help.

Okay I don’t have the blu-rays (cuz I’m poor), didn’t go see the 3D transfer of Episode One (3D transfers suck!) and I did take the opportunity to joke about it on twitter.

My Star Wars joy is still there though. You can see my excitement in the photos below.

I enjoy frequenting the nearby Steel City Con on occasion where I love seeing fans dress in Star Wars regalia. Believe me when I say that when I used to attend horror conventions this was a big no no. Horror fans do not react well to a Luke Skywalker parading around, just a warning for y’all. I also was able to meet a few actors from the flicks.

with Billy Dee Williams and his son Corey Dee Williams (yes, that’s a Millenium Falcon tee)
with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) at 2012 Philadelphia Comic Con
with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) at 2012 Philadelphia Comic Con

Yes, I’m wearing my Chewbacca tee (which I carried in my purse and put on over a sexy dress). He was nice even though I couldn’t afford to purchase anything from him.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)

I ran out of money so I just snuck around and took this on the fly.

random R2-D2 sighting
Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker)

During a previous Steel City Con (2010) I had the pleasure to meet Jake Lloyd. As I like to look up actors prior to meeting them, the night before I learned he is basically universally hated by Star Wars fans. Seems totally harsh to hate on a then little kid, but whatever. At any rate his table was completely empty. He was very amiable and totally let me take a photo free of charge. I am making a hideously awkward face because my father said “she’s your favorite” just to have something to say while he was taking the photo. So yeah.

I’ve also met some other fans at various Steel City Cons wearing kick ass costumes.

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Anakin Skywalker
Darth Vader
Stormtrooper

May the force be with you!

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