It was Friday the 13th, Mercury was in retrograde, and early in the day, it was dark and stormy. Later on, the skies had cleared to reveal a full moon, but not any full moon, a honeymoon. Whether or not you’re superstitious, there’s no denying that the mood was set for horror, in a very Edgar Allan Poe kind of way.
The ambiance was perfect for my first attendance at Bizarre AC Horror Convention, and it lived up to its name in the most wonderful and weird ways. I’ve been to another NJ based horror con, and this was superior in so many ways. The venue was more equipped to handle the attendees, there were less vendors with better quality merch, and I was much more interested in the guests. Particularly, in the panel for The People Under the Stairs.
The People Under the Stairs is one of my favorite horror movies of all time, especially due to the character, Roach, played by the amazing Sean Whalen. During the Q & A portion of the panel, I stood up and told him that Roach was one of my favorite characters ever and proceeded to ask him and the other cast members from the movie there, Brandon Quintin Adams and Yan Birch, my question. Not too many people were in attendance, and no one really had much to say so the cast kept saying, “Let’s hear from the Roach fan again!” even when I head nothing to contribute.
That night after the con events ended, I went to Boogie Nights club with Dennis and I saw Sean Whalen dancing in there. I noticed he started dancing closer to me and eventually came up to me and said, “You were in the panel!” and proceeded to give me a big hug and then invited me to hang out with him on the dance floor.
I didn’t know it at the time, since I never saw the movie, but the woman who was with him was Ashlynn Yennie from The Human Centipede. Dennis and I spent the next hour and a half dancing and partying with them. It was so amazing that they were so receptive to hanging out with fans, and genuinely seemed excited to be around us. Unfortunately, we lost them at the end of the night when Sean and Ashlynn went to the bar and Dennis went to the bathroom, so we didn’t get to say goodnight or thank them for inviting us to be with them. It was a surreal experience, and so wonderfully weird.
Other highlights of the evening:
-Seeing Corey Feldman (although everyone was talking about how he was being a diva)
-Getting autographs from the people who make Weird NJ
-buying awesome prints for the apartment, one of Nikola Tesla and one of The Reanimator
-Having people come up to us all night and asking me where I got Dennis’ Freddy Krueger claw shirt
Bizarre AC It was more amazing than I could ever imagine, and I can’t wait for the next one in December!