I Had another amazing time at Monster Mania Con this year even though it rained just like last year. Regardless, the crowd was huge on Saturday and I believe Dave Hagan, founder of Monster Mania is getting quite the following of fans himself.
This year had a great line-up of horror icon celebrities as well as a musician and my all-time favorite wrestler.
This year I was able to get pics with 2 celebrities, Bill Moseley and William Zabka.
I’ve been a fan of Bill Moseley ever since I saw him in Rob Zombie’s- House of 1000 Corpses. At the time it didn’t occur to me that he also played Chop Top in 1986’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. He was the guy with the metal plate in his head who kept lighting the end of the coat hanger and then would scratch his scalp and eat the dead skin.
The Chop Top character was permanently imbedded in my brain forever.
I thought Bill did an excellent job with his character Otis Driftwood in House of 1000 Corpses.
Bill can pull off “crazy” with a character much like another one of my favorite actor’s – John Malkovich.
It was great to meet Bill. He was really friendly and laid back and I sincerely thank Dave Hagan for bringing Bill Moseley to MMC this year since I had requested this several years ago.
I got my picture taken with Bill and also bought an autographed photo from House of 1000 Corpses in which Bill wrote his famous words “Run Rabbit Run” and signed it as well.
I was having major ADD that day – I blame it on the Ragweed in the air – and in my haste I almost walked off without my autographed photo.
That was until Bill so kindly picked it up and handed it to me and said, “You want to take special care with this.”
The other actor I met face to face was William Zabka.
Yes, Johnny Lawrence, the archenemy of Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid.
The 80’s was my generational period growing up. Almost anything having to do with movies and music from that time hold’s good memories for me.
So I didn’t want to miss my chance to meet and get my picture taken with someone who was in probably the most iconic movie of the 80’s. – The Karate Kid.
I approached William who was sitting alone and asked him how much for a photo with him. He said $20.
I thought, okay, how much for an autographed picture of you beating up Daniel LaRusso and a photo taken with you.
He said $50.
Me being a frugal spender, I asked if he could do $40 instead and he agreed.
I had to get a selfie with him because his assistant stepped out and I wasn’t about to let a stranger use my brand new S7 to take a picture.
All in all William is a really great guy and it was a pleasure to meet him on Saturday.
Here is the line-up of stars from MMC 2016:
>Robert Englund – A Nightmare on Elm Street
>Shannon Elizabeth – Thirteen Ghosts, Night of the Demons (09)
>Chris Sarandon – Fright Night
>Will Ragsdale – Fright Night
>Stephen Geoffreys – Fright Night
>Dennis O’Hare – American Horror Story, True Blood
>Kristy Swanson – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Flowers in the Attic
>Danielle Harris – Halloween 4,5, – Urban Legend
>Bill Moseley – Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1000 Corpses
>Bob Elmore – Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Monster Squad
>William Kratt – House, Greatest American Hero
>John Heard – C.H.U.D., Sharknado
>William Zabka – Karate Kid, Back to School,
>Ric Flair – Professional Wrestling Icon, WOOOOOO!
>Ronee Blakely – A Nightmare on Elm Street
>Amanda Wyss – A Nightmare on Elm Street
>Ricky Dean Logan – A Nightmare on Elm Street
> Phil Anselmo – Lead Singer Pantera, Down
David Arquette was supposed to attend this year’s MMC but he had to cancel due to a family emergency. Maybe next year Dave?
Why I go to MMC
I was born in the 70’s but the 80’s was my era for movies and music.
That’s when MTV came out, Cable Television, as well as VHS tapes and Beta.
The first horror movie I ever watched was Friday the 13th on Cable Tv back in 1981. I was hooked on horror after watching it with my older brother and some friends down in our basement.
Back in the day we had these places called “Movie Rental Stores”.
Basically they were usually small stores that had shelves full of VHS movies categorized by theme.
My favorite section was always the horror section.
My Mom would take me to the video store to rent some movies, and I would normally take about an hour to pick a movie.
I would literally go through almost every video tape they had, usually being pulled in by the graphics on the cover.
Some of my favorite horror movies from the 80’s were
>Friday the 13th
>American Werewolf in London
>My Bloody Valentine
>He Knows You’re Alone
>Night of the Creeps
And lots more….
The other reason I love MMC is for the Question and Answer segment.
The Q&A gives us an insider’s perspective about the Movie making process.
There were two people I really enjoyed listening to.
- Shannon Elizabeth
- Bill Moseley
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet Shannon or take a photo with her because she wasn’t at her table both times I went.
Shannon Elizabeth is drop dead gorgeous that is obvious. But little did I know she is very bubbly and full of positive energy and very compassionate too.
Shannon cares deeply for the Wildlife on this planet and she created a charity called Animal Avengers.
What I enjoyed about Shannon’s Q&A was that after about 20 minutes of sitting at the table she decided she would get up and bring the microphone to the audience member’s and answer their questions face to face.
It was kind of like a talk show.
Bill Mosely was also enjoyable to listen to. Man can he talk. I don’t think Bob Elmore said more than two sentences during the Q&A.
All of the discussion during Bill’s Q&A was about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. I would have liked to heard some stories about the making of House of 1000 Corpses.
Monstermania is held twice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and once a year in Hunt Valley, Maryland – Usually at the end of September or beginning of October.
In Hunt Valley Monstermania is a three day event. Friday (5p-10p), (10a-7p) Saturday and Sunday (10a-5p).
I took some pics while there so enjoy!