The Zombie Experience
Fantasmo All-Star Craig Vs. Roger's Burial Site At the Bridge
Fantasmo All-Star Craig Vs. Flyboy's Elevator
It was a great coincidence that we just happened to be staying in the town where Dawn of the Dead was shot, but things got better during our breakfast on the second morning of the trip. Our waitress asked us if we were in town to see Stan Lee. We exchanged surprised glances, and subsequently learned there was a comic convention in town with Stan Lee as guest of honor! Crazier still was the fact that The Last Dragon star Taimak (screened at our second Fantasmo anniversary) was also on hand!! Needless to say we checked the con out. Although I’m not an autograph seeking type of fellow, it was still very cool to be in the presence of the creator of Spider-Man and the man who defeated Sho Nuff via the power of the glow : )
Last but not least the Super Monster-Rama. In a word – amazing!! The first night we arrived it was drizzling, but we were still able to hang out under the protection of the concession stand awning and get the total outdoor experience. We were treated to Witchfinder General, Scream and Scream Again, and some great trailers and shorts (including the trailer for The House That Dripped Blood, on the Fantasmo September bill). Being a bit tired from our long drive, we opted out of the second two films The Crimson Cult and Terror Creatures From Beyond the Grave. We had seen neither, but Scream and Scream Again (a tough film to be fond of) depleted our reserves. In our hearts Friday was just a bonus to the main attraction, the Saturday night Hammer horror fest. The rain stopped and things kicked off with trailers for everything from Stripes to Escape From L.A., followed by a pristine restored print of The Vampire Lovers, The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula, Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Vampire Circus. Great stuff!
Rob Vs. The Evel Knievel Pinball Game At the Snack Bar
Our hats are off to the fine folks who planned this event, and the drive-in staff who served up delicious treats all night long (particularly the insanity that was the deep fried Oreo : ) We’re looking forward to seeing what’s on the agenda for next year, and wish the Monster-Rama a long, long life . . . nothing beats the drive-in experience! And if you were unable to make it to Vandergrift not to worry. Don’t forget we’ll be doing our own drive-in night (by way of lawn chairs) in just under two weeks! See you there!