I got my first taste of Chainsaw Sally from April Burril – Sally herself – at a tiny little film festival in Texas a few years ago. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since it wasn’t something I’d usually watch, but I decided to give it a chance. I wasn’t disappointed. And now, two web seasons and a couple of movies later, Sally is moving on to cut a bloody swath into new territory.
If someone asked me to sum up the Saturday experience at TFW, I could do it in two words: absolute insanity.
Truckers back in the day may have described the scene as “wall to wall and treetop tall” and they would have been right. Horror fans packed into the Sheraton Grand to see their favorites: Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Malcolm McDowell, Doug Bradley and many more. The zombie walk – hosted by Moxley Manor – kicked things off this morning and while the undead shambled in, hearses filled the parking lot for the annual hearse show.
However, for a night owl like me, morning came a lot later in the day so, when not writing, I spent time trolling the vendor hall.
Day one here at TFW was supposed to officially start at 4PM. At least that’s what I thought at first. Instead, things kicked for me right around ten-thirty when networking started with local bloggers and assorted horror types. It rapidly spun into a whirlwind of activity culminating in the opening red carpet ceremony filled with some of horror’s biggest names and rising stars. True to form with most horror gatherings, the stars are generally accessible and truly happy to meet fans. From the red carpet, festivities spilled over into the dealers’ room, which was packed with vendors, filmmakers, artists and fans.
Following an evening of screenings and “Helldriver” karaoke, the evening ended in raucous conversation and generously flowing beverages.
How does one kill a Lovecraft monster?
Option it to Universal Studios.
Even after the much ballyhooed – at least in genre circles – of the melding of director Guillermo Del Toro, producer and current 3-D deity James Cameron, Tom Cruise and one of author H.P. Lovecraft’s best stories, Universal Studios has decided not to go forward with the proposed big-budget adaptation of “At the Mountains of Madness”.