As a horror fan, a real one, one of those that lives and breathes this genre of most deranged films, you will always get the ”look”. You know the look people give you when you pick up the latest Fangoria issue at your local newsstand. The look you get when you sport your newest horror-themed shirt to school. The look that says it all. I feed on shit like that. Yet it feels liberating and incredibly exciting to be able to walk among a mass of people knowing that every single person in there not only gets your love for horror movies but also shares the same passion for them. The Weekend of Horrors convention in Germany gives us all that and so much more.
November. Time to spent a ridiculous amount of money on movie-related stuff in a relatively short amount of time. Time for, yes you guessed right (or you just simply read the headline…. duh), yet another trip to the biggest, baddest and most outrageously astounding horror convention Germany has ever seen. Pardon my enthusiasm but this year’s edition of the Weekend of Horrors just came to an end and once again it was fucking mind-blowing!
It has become an unspoken tradition for me and my brother. Every year we pilgrim to Germany for what will undoubtedly turn out to be one hell of an event. We have been doing this for a couple of years already and will, beyond any doubt, keep doing it for as long as we can. However this is the first time I went to the convention since the venue changed from the Saalbau in Bottrop to the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen. I was kind of curious to see how that turned out since in my humble opinion a change of venue can also alter the unique mood, the distinct atmosphere of a certain event that has been going strong for a couple of years already. And I was right. It did change… but for the better. The Turbinenhalle is not only way bigger than the Saalbau it is also way more accessible and has a huge parking next to the venue which was more than enough to receive all of the horror aficionados who travelled hundreds of kilometers and where more than happy not having to drive for hours around the block hoping to find a parking slot not to far away from the actual venue. I do however have to say that we were stuck in a traffic jam right in front of the venue. Just a couple of meters before the entrance. The waiting line to get into the parking was huge and to this day I still don’t know why. When we finally got in there were literally hundreds of free parking slots. Go figure.
When we finally got in we were immediately overwhelmed and forgot all the troubles we had getting in. Right there, right at that moment we were immersed by the epicness surrounding us and were ready to rock. Hard. The Turbinnenhalle was packed. With every year that goes by the Weekend of Horrors seems to gain more and more loyal visitors. It gets bigger and bigger (that’s what she said) with each and every year.
What I particularly like about the Weekend of Horrors is the fact that all the people visiting the convention all seem to have a different background, social or economic status and still for this particular weekend manage to bond together and forget their fucked-up daily routine, their shitty problems and decide to celebrate this genre we all love so much. The number of visitors is not the only thing growing over the years (no I am not talking about my penis) as the amount of sellers and exhibitors has increased drastically since the very first time a visited the Weekend of Horrors convention.
Literally every aspect of the exceedingly wide range and aspect of the horror genre was represented. Literally? Yes literally. You like horror comic books? Panini Comics got you covered. Art is your thang and you like to sneak around conventions to find yourself some freshly dried art to hang up your walls? Well there were some very talented artists on-site promoting their respective books and taking commissions. Mario Covono and Graham Humphrey for example were there selling their very promising-sounding comic book Video Nasty (review on that little baby coming soon). Looking for figurines? Busts? Books? Bitch please there were tons. Need a couple of new horror shirts to wear on your next churchgoing? No problemo. You into movies? Oh but of course you are. Every single horror movie ever released on German-speaking territory could be found there… in multiple editions! Home video heaven on earth. I could have spent 1000 Euros in on single day. Easy. Unfortunately I’m not rich. Yet.
As much as I love to walk around the convention halls and browse through all the amazing products for sale… I would not have driven from Luxembourg to Germany for merchandise and Blu-rays. Not when there is that little thing called the internet where you can literally buy everything and then some with on single click. No the main reason for me to visit the Weekend of Horrors events were always the stars in attendance. This year the biggest stars were undeniably The Walking Dead star Scott Wilson and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates. I swear to god, some were wetting themselves on-the-spot just from looking at Kim Coates. People (and I obviously mean girls) went crazy! Truth be told the guy was very cool about it and hugged and talked to each fan for a couple of minutes. Kim Coates seemed to be having a great time and of course so did his fans.
As excited as I was to get my The Walking Dead S3 fish tank Blu-ray edition signed by the great Scott Wilson (and believe me I was beyond excited) the actor I was the most thrilled to meet was Howard Sherman. Bub from Day of the Dead. O boy. I felt myself shaking. Other stars present at this year’s edition were the ladies of the Evil Dead Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly, Jamie Kennedy of Scream fame, slasher icons Kane Hodder and Tony Moran and many many more.
It was a blast! This year’s Weekend of Horrors convention was my personal geeky highlight of the year. The setting was perfect, the stars were great, heck even the food wasn’t as horrendous as it used to be. November 2015 can’t come soon enough.
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