Monster-Mania Con 2017 Hunt Valley

Wow, what a huge turn out this year for Monster-Mania 38 in Hunt Valley, MD. This was by far the largest attendance I have ever seen. I went to my first Horror Con in Hunt Valley in 2005 and have been a regular of MMC at Hunt Valley since 2012.

At Monster-Mania there is such an eclectic range of people attending. You have parents and their kids, people dressed up in costume, regular folks and so on.

There were a ton of vendors set up selling their merchandise. Two levels of the hotel are used for MMC.

This was also the first year I ever saw a Police Officer at the Convention. He was pretty cool though, talking with folks and admiring the scenery.

The vibe at MMC Hunt Valley is laid back. I talked with one of the staff members for MMC and she told me MMC in Cherry Hill, NJ is way more intense.

Who Was At MMC This Year

Rose McGowan– Scream, Phantoms, Charmed

Tobin Bell – “Jigsaw” Saw Film Series

Dina Meyer – Saw, The Evil Within

Betsy Russell – Saw, The smoking hot girl Jordan in 80s classic movie – Private School.

Wilford Brimley – The Thing, Cocoon,

Malcolm McDowell, Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1-2,

Michael Biehn – Reese from Terminator, Hicks from Aliens,

Adrienne Barbeau – The Fog, Escape from New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing

Curtis Armstrong – Booger – Revenge of the Nerds, Metatron – Supernatural,

Dean Cain – Lois and Clark – The New Adventures of Superman, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Doug Bradley – Pinhead – Hellraiser movie Series,

C.J Graham – Jason Vorhees, Friday the 13th pt6 – Jason Lives,

Andrew Divoff – Wishmaster, The Hunt for Red October,

Ashley Laurence – Hellraiser,

Alex Vincent – Andy Barclay, Child’s Play,

Meeting the Stars

This year there were three separate areas to meet the stars and get an autograph and pic. Upstairs there were two smaller rooms and downstairs there was one large room.

In one room upstairs Malcolm McDowell and Rose McGowan were signing, next to that room was Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer, Betsy Russell, and Michael Biehn and downstairs was everyone else.

There was a huge line to get into the Saw Room so I skipped on that one and went downstairs.

The first pic and signed picture was with one of my all-time favorite 80s actor – Mr. Curtis Strong. Yes, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds and Charles DeMar, John Cusack’s chemically altered buddy in one of my favorite 80s movies – Better off Dead.

One of my favorite scene’s from Better off Dead is when Charles DeMar is on the ski slope with John Cusack’s character and he is snorting actual snow off his top-hat. The classic line was, “This is pure snow, it’s everywhere.”

I actually mentioned that line to him while he was signing the photo for me.

So when Mr Armstrong signed my glossy photo, which is that scene, he signed it with, “This is pure snow.” Curtis Armstrong was very kind, and surprisingly very reserved. It was a pleasure to meet him. He was played the character Metatron on one of my favorite T.V. shows – Supernatural.

At the next table was Adrienne Barbeau. A classic 80s movie actress and definitely one of my favorites for sure. She couldn’t have been any nicer or sweeter if she tried. And she still got it if you know what I mean.

I loved Adrienne’s character in many movies, especially Swamp Thing and Creepshow.

Last but not least I had to get a photo with Dean Cain. My son and I were waiting in line to pick out a glossy photo to get autographed. I mentioned to Dean’s assistant that my son is an actor and has had starring roles on several occasions.

I even mentioned that my son can sing as well.

Dean interrupted, jokingly of course and said that he can’t sing at all. My son decided to get in on the photo and Dean’s other assistant took at least a dozen photos with my camera. Dean was as nice and personal as anyone could be. It was definitely a pleasure meeting him as well.

The Vendor’s

I enjoy looking at all the Horror Mechandise as much as I do meeting the celebs. I usually walk around the vendor tables several times in case I missed something. I’ve never bought anything yet, but there is always a chance I will.

Q & A

My favorite part of MMC is the Q & A panel. Every hour there are either one or more guests sitting at a table being hosted by either Rob Dimension or the MMC founder Dave Hagan.

I was able to watch and listen to Michael Biehn and his wife Jennifer Blanc. Also Wilford Brimley, Rose McGowan, The Saw Reunion and The Hellraiser reunion. One Thing I noticed with the Q and A this year was that the meeting room used was completely packed. Almost every Q & A had people standing because all the seats were taken.

My favorite Q & A was with the Hellraiser Reunion. It was all the Cenobite characters – Doug Bradley – Pinhead, Simon Bamford – Butterball, Barbie Wilde –Female Cenobite (Hellraiser 2), and Nicholas Vince – Chattering Cenobite.

What made it more enjoyable was listening to their English accents. They probably could have talked for two hours and I still would have sat there mesmerized by their stories on set.

All in all, MMC is a great event and I definitely recommend you check it out for yourself.

Hellraiser Cenobites

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