This past weekend I attended Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, a horror convention in Orlando, Florida.
From commercial merchandise to handmade jewelry and paintings, the vendor floor was packed full of anything a horror fan could want. It took all my self control not to buy that baroque Frankenstein portrait up there, but I managed.
And what horror con would be complete without a vendor selling bootleg DVDs? Going for $5 a pop, there was quite a selection… everything from dailies and workprints to TV specials and even unreleased films! And the quality’s not half bad, either. Sure, you could probably find most of this stuff on Youtube, but there’s a certain charm to these bootlegs and I couldn’t resist going home with a few. (More on that later)
The Ghouligans were there too, partying the night away.
All in all, it was a great weekend. As someone who loves horror, Spooky Empire was a real treat. I definitely plan on going back next year.
But before I end this article, let’s take a look at the dumb crap I blew my money on!
Tales from the Cryptkeeper action figures! Now, Tales from the Cryptkeeper was an animated series from the 90’s, a sort of companion series to Tales from the Crypt. Of course, being animated, it was much lighter in tone than the dark and gory Tales from the Crypt. That said, it was a fun show, and got a neat little toyline to go with it. I nabbed two of them for $5 each… the Vampire, and the Gargoyle. They also had the Mummy and the Cryptkeeper himself, but I’m pretty satisfied with my choices.
And yes, I bought a few of the aforementioned bootleg DVDs. Firstly there’s Highway to Hell, which I’ve never heard of before and bought solely on the merits of its wonderfully terrible artwork. Then there’s Rawhead Rex, one of the earliest films written by Clive Barker. It’s terrible and has a scene where the titular demon pees on a guy, so naturally I needed to buy it.
The last two aren’t horror movies, but are notorious all the same. I got the 1994 Fantastic Four, a film so terrible that it was never actually released. And lastly, I got the 1974 TV special It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, which… hoo boy. It needs to be seen to be believed.
So that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed! If you’ve got a horror con near you, I highly recommend you go. It’s well worth it.