Thursday, June 6, 2013

Horrorhound - Cincinnati The Good, The Bad and The Irritating

As a major horror fan I really love horror conventions. I am also a huge fan of The Walking Dead, of both the comic and tv show. So, I was very excited to see one of my favorite horror conventions, Horrorhound having a great lineup of Walking Dead cast members. They had in attendance Daryl, Merle, Lori, Shane, Hershel, Axel and Carl. Instantly I knew this was going to be a hugely popular con, just for the fact that Norman Reedus would be there. I have been to a couple of cons he was at and the lines for him are insane. So, with that in mind I purchased early entry for Saturday. I had already prepared myself to stand in line for him for at least 3-4 hours. I know some people think that is insane to stand in a line for that long for someone. But, I really wanted him to sign my Walking Dead poster and its not like I do this everyday so it was really not a big deal for me. I had traveled 2 hours to the con and booked a hotel for the weekend because I knew I would be at that con all day Saturday.

Now with that said I had heard some negative things about past Horrorhounds in Cincinnati, but what people sometimes complain about is typical con things and if you have been to a con before then you expect them. Plus the past cons had taken place in a hotel and this would be in a convention center so logically there would be more room than what a hotel could provide. I arrived on Saturday almost an hour before early entry and the line to get into the convention was literally wrapped around the building and down the street. This line was also going into 2 different directions on each side and there were no signs to indicate where the line started, ended or a line for early admission. With no direction I randomly asked someone where the line was for early admission and I was told I had to go inside and get a wrist band and come outside and stand in line to get in. So, I went into the convention center found the table for wrist bands, got my wrist band and I asked a HH worker where the line was for early entry since I had my wrist band and I was told you can just stay in the convention center. Okay that was easy and now on to find Norman Reedus I knew he would be the longest line of the day so I wanted to get into his line first thing. Problem was there were no signs showing where he was in the convention center. I had to walk all over the place trying to find him. I finally found a group of people that were looking for him too and finally we found the room he was in. They did have chairs for you to sit while you wanted for the cast to appear. In this room they had Norman, Sarah who plays Lori and Jon who played Shane. So, count that with me that is 3 Walking Dead cast members in that room. I went through Reedus's line which took about 45 minutes walked two steps over and got in Sarah's line and waited about an hour for her. When I left the room I saw another line forming so I asked a HH worker whose line this was for he said The Walking Dead....okay who from the Walking Dead....he said I don't know I think all 7 of them.....really because I just walked out of a room that had 3 of them. I should have known things were going to go downhill from there. The wonderful con experience I had had in the past was turning into nothing but a chaotic unorganized mess. Most of the time was spent running around trying to find where the cast was located, which most of the HH workers had no idea so it was better to just ask convention goers. It seemed only Reedus and Michael Rooker had someone organizing their lines to keep them moving. Beyond that people couldn't figure out whose line they were in, you couldn't tell if people were actually standing in a line for someone or just trying to take picture or just standing there taking up space. Once in awhile you would have a HH worker that helped organize the line and keep it in order which lasted about 5 minutes and then they were gone and I didn't ever see them again. By the end of the day I had gotten 5 autographs on my poster and I was completely over this con.

I have been to several HH cons in the past and really enjoyed them, but this was the most unorganized mess of a con I had ever been too. The convention center seemed nothing more than a hotel without the rooms attached to it. It was just banquet style rooms that could not accommodate the massive amount of people. Apparently this con sold out, but they failed to communicate that on their website or in any other way so those that had stayed in line for hours or drove from 6 hours away were told at the door that it was sold out. On Friday from which I hear was the worst day due to the fact that their server crashed which had people standing in line for up to 4 hours. This con could have greatly been approved if HH had better communicate with its staff so they at least knew where all the people were in the room. It needed signs directing people to various locations and better line and crowd control.

Overall it was a disappointing con, but I did get the signatures I wanted and picked up a few items in the vendor's table. Would I go back to a Horrorhound convention....yes I would. I just hope the next time they have improved.

Nerd Girl Comic Art

As most people know I am a huge horror fan and not just of movies but of comics too. I have touted the praises of the comic 28 Days Later which bridges the gap between the 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later where Selena goes back into the infected zone. I fell in love with The Walking Dead since the moment I read the first issue and absolutely loved Michonne from the moment I saw her. Since I am just now getting into comic art I always wanted to have a picture of my 2 of favorite comic book characters. So, I decided to commission this comic art piece from Sean Forney. This is not my first commission from him I received a custom Catwoman for Spazzy for Christmas and I also received a custom steampunk Cassie Hack. Checkout our Nerd Girls Art Gallery to see the art.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Evil Dead

So, you want to remake Evil Dead....did you hear that? That is the collective groan of horror fans. As a group we have weathered all kinds of remakes, re-imaginings, reboots and re-anything in our genre with only a few being actually any good. Now the cult classic film Evil Dead is now on the official re-list. I will admit I was skeptically as I am with pretty much any kind of remake of anything horror let alone classic horror, but I thought I would hold out and give it a chance. Before, during and after production great information about the film was revealed Sam Rami would be writing, Bruce Campbell would be a producer, it is suppose to be CGI free and the greatest news was it's initial ratings screening garnered it an NC-17 add to that the various red band trailers and horror fans were pretty optimistic that finally a remake was going to deliver on what hundreds had tried and thousands had failed at.....a good gory fun horror movie....and I can tell you that as a long time horror fan we finally got what we wanted!!

When a group of friends go to a cabin in the woods to try and help their friend Mia go cold turkey on her drug habit they get more than just helping a friend when they discover the Book of the Dead and how reading it probably wasn't the best decision one of their friends can make. To me the success of a remake lies in paying homage to the original source material, but updating with a new spin and this movie does just that. Instead of being a direct re-telling of the original Evil Dead or taking it in a direction completely opposite of the original it still retains the origins of the original with great gory updates that don't shy away from showing you the full on action. The film starts out solid and stays that way throughout. The scares are not typical and neither is the gore factor. I would not recommend this movie to someone who has never watched horror before and is easy to scare unless you would like to scar them for life....which truthfully could be kinda fun!

Overall, this is a solid disgusting bloody fun horror movie that has restored my faith that great R rated horror can still be made....even if it is a remake.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Bates Motel

It's a simple story about a boy and his mother....if only it was that easy. With the success of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story A&E is trying their hand at horror with the prequel to one of the greatest Hitchcock movies ever Psycho. The Bates Motel is set in modern day telling the story of Norman Bates and his mother Norma.

As a fan of the original Psycho and even watching all the lackluster sequels it spawned including the abomination of the shot by shot remake. So, I wasn't sure how well this classic story could be told, but A&E was able to translate it fairly well. Freddie Highmore played Norman Bates with same venerability that Anthony Perkins originated the role with. Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates was well acted although I would have liked to see her a bit more demented, but I think as the show continues you will see that in her build. The setting of the small town and the filming of the first episode gave off a Stephen King movie of the week vibe. I will say there is one particular scene that I was not at all happy with and felt that could have been reworked better. I do believe this will be a slow burn kind of show, which could be a turn off to some viewers. But, overall the first episode laid the ground work for what could possibly be a good television show.

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Episode 104

It's Episode 104 and the Nerd Girls dive into all things nerdy. The girls discuss the unexpected problems that comixology experienced when they decided to give away 700 free comics. Sapph and Spaced discuss Sherlock and Downton Abbey and Spazzy reveals a viewing secret her mother had with The Walking Dead. Spaced travels down the yellow brick road when she reviews Oz the Great and Powerful and she also gets exorcised with The Last Exorcism Part II. Spazzy reads Ravine, but still isn't to sure about it, Sapph plays some Tomb Raider, Spaced lays down some horror news and so much more!

So, grab your iPad and put up your flying monkeys because the Nerd Girls get nerdy on you!!

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Episode 103

It's Episode 103 and the Nerd Girls are getting nerdy on you! Spaced starts it off with some horror news from across the pond in BBC Three land and she also shares some George Romero news. Spazzy gets catty about Catwoman and she is catching up on the Dresden Files and Sapph is going old school on her comic book reading.

The girls let their girly side show when they discuss Oscar night fashions. Who was a hit and who was a major miss? The Girls also talk about comics rehashing their storylines, Tomb Raider, Batwoman and the controversial subject of DC Comics hiring of Orson Scott Card and so much more!

So grab your tally card and get ready to judge because the Nerd Girls are settling the score!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Episode 102

It's Episode 102 and the Nerd Girls get all their nerdiness on! Sapph becomes the law as she reviews the Judge Dredd comic. Spaced gets her Red Lantern rage on...well with the Red Lantern comic. The girls also get their toy love on as they discuss all the goodies from the Toy Fair. Spazzy runs down all the coming Catwoman loveliness  Sapph discusses the Mass Effect and Iron Man toys and Spaced gets her horror on with the Michonne and Carrie statutes. The girls also discuss the controversial nerdy show King of the Nerds as well as The Walking Dead and so much more!

So, grab your toy catalog and get ready to shop because the Nerd Girls are toy crazy!

****Warning there are spoilers for the newest issues of Red Lanterns****

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