TFW 2011: Day 2, The Midday Edition

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.

Oh, the things I heard.

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REVIEW: ‘Spirit Camp’

Nikki (Roxy Vandiver) and Rachel (Julin) demonstrate the power of cheer in "Spirit Camp".
Nikki (Roxy Vandiver) and Rachel (Julin) demonstrate the power of cheer in "Spirit Camp".

If you ask either of my ex-wives, there are a great many things that I don’t know anything about. However, I do know something about cheerleaders. Now before you start with the knowing winks or high-fives, let me clarify: my older sister was a cheerleader. That made me the dorky little brother that got dragged along to games or was otherwise jammed into a car with a bunch of girls wearing really short skirts. It wasn’t all bad.

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REVIEW: ‘The Final’ (2010)

Dale (Marc Donato) takes group therapy to a whole new level in "The Final".
Dale (Marc Donato) takes group therapy to a whole new level in "The Final".

Directed by: Joey Stewart
Written by: Jason Kabolati
Starring: Marc Donato, Lindsey Seidel, Julin, Jascha Washington, Whitney Hoy, Justin Arnold
Running time: 92 minutes
Rated: R

High school and horror movies go together like… well, they just go together. The horrors of adolescence and its accompanying trauma has always been the perfect backdrop for any number of murderous monsters and maniacs. In general, though, the typical coupling of horror and high school means a set number of things: attractive but stupid youngsters who partake in drink and sex and are invariably dismembered or dispatched in gruesome ways. However, the truly horrifying part of this union is not the results but the staggeringly predictability that these events happen. That makes it quite refreshing, then, when something different comes along.

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