2006 Edition of 'Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors' Set to Scare Up Fun In Chicago

Whether you like the slice-'em-dice-'em flicks or the creature features, Fangoria magazine has covered the world of horror entertainment for years. So who better to lend their name to a horror fan convention?

Last year, Fangoria teamed with Creation Entertainment (which has produced many popular sci-fi fan conventions) to satisfy the legions of the undead ... er ... I mean, legions of horror fans with the first "Weekend of Horrors." This year, they're taking the show on the road, and Chicago is the first stop, on March 4 and 5, 2006.

Headlining the event are the legendary George A. Romero and special effects master Tom Savini, along with many others.

For my 28th Birthday weekend I was invited to attend the Chicago Weekend of Horrors with some friends. As you know I am a fan of Horror and Creature movies and I could not turn this event down. Plus I had the opportunity to meet two people who have inspired me in so many ways. I got to meet and talk with GEORGE ROMERO, Legendary "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" Zombie Master, the directing genius behind "CREEPSHOW, MARTIN THE DARK HALF" and many other classics and I also got to meet and talk with TOM SAVINI master of make up and effects such as "DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, CREEPSHOW" and many other classics.

Not only did I get to meet and talk with many people in the Horror Industry where I gained knowledge in the Horror Indusrty I also got to see people in costumes, learned some stuff about special effect secrets, learned about upcoming projects, and so much more.

Here are a few pictures of me with some of the people that I got to meet and talk with.

George Romero

This guy is the father of the Zombie movie genre. After his panel he met and talked with fans. There were so many fans that came to see George Romero that he stayed for many extra hours to meet and talk with them and take pictures. He is one of the few people in this world who will take the extra time for his fans. George realizes that his fans love him and he returns the kindness for each and every one of them.

Thank you George for being such a great guy and the words of advice!"

You are correct that practical effects are much better than CGI!

Tom Savini

This is the master of effects and make up. His talent is unmatached. His work has inspired me from an early age to go visual.

"Hey Tom! Instead of using the shot gun, next time try the paintball gun. It is less dangerous and has the same splatter effect."

Kane Hodder

Kane is most known for his role as Jason Voorhees. He played Jason Voorhees from 1988's "Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood" (1988) to "Jason X" (2001). Kane is a very powerful man but a softie who likes to meet with his fans. When I got my picture taken with him he put his arm around my neck. He has power so I went along with it. Now I can say Jason Voorhees choked me.

It was a fun time.

Kelly Stables

Kelly plays Evil Samara in the "The Ring 2."

I saw her and loved her petite size. So I went up to her and said hello. She is a very nice person.

"Hey Kelly I hope you win (won) the Oreo jingle contest!"

Ellen Sandweiss

Ellen was there promoting a project she is in called "Satan's Playground." I know her from her role as Cheryl in "The Evil Dead", the girl who gets sapped by the tree.

It was nice to meet her and talk.

While I was at the Weekend of Horrors I brought three items with me. My collage for George Romero to sign, my collage for Tom Savini to sign, and the Savanti Romero action figure from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line. Why the TMNT figure you ask? If you did not know this character was named after Tom Savini (though they changed his name a bit) and George Romero. I thought it would be really cool to have this toy signed by the both of them. Neither one knew of this toy and were surprised. I should of brought the article with me that tells how this figure was named.

I also got autographs from Kane Hodder, Kelly Stables, and Ellen Sandweiss.

Overall I had a blast this weekend at the Weekend of Horrors.