Days Of The Dead Convention – Review – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA
April 7, 2013
Last weekend we had the pleasure of spending time in downtown LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center for one of the coolest events to hit our city this year. If you care even the slightest about horror movies then you are likely familiar with The Days Of The Dead Convention and how it is the perfect replacement for Fangoria’s Weekend of Horror’s which was laid to rest a few years back.
Days Of The Dead is now the main horror convention in town and stands up there with the best sci-fi fantasy and comic conventions around today. It was a no brainer as to why the event had such a strong turn out throughout the weekend as it’s fun as hell and affordable! The entry price was relatively low despite the number of horror celebrities on site and the fun didn’t stop once you got through the doors. It’s by far the best gore for your buck and as far as location it couldn’t be more convenient.
Opening night (Friday) was a real thrill for fans of the “Halloween” film franchise as Alan Howarth who served as composer to Halloween 2,3,4,5,6 and numerous other horror film scores played from his synthesizer a number of his best known compositions in a fashion that was audibly entertaining to everyone in attendance. Part of his presentation included stories from working with other artists, and directors in the genre, namely John Carpenter and those at 20th Century Fox. This even included British musician Brian Eno of Roxy Music who he had the pleasure of meeting twice throughout his musical career.
The number of horror stars we saw both Saturday and Sunday outnumbered the late starting Friday. Some of our favorites included Bill Moseley, William Forsythe, Sid Haig, Traci Lords, Dick Miller, Brian Peck, Thom Matthews, Kane Hodder, Rick Mora, Camden Toy, Naomi Grossman, Nivek Ogre (Of Skinny Puppy) and John Philbin who all signed more autographs for fans and collectors than you can imagine.
Some of the best special fx artists were on hand to transform lucky guests into monsters themselves!
There were a large number of vendors selling some of the coolest items and props we’ve seen in a long time. You could have spent your entire savings account that weekend as there was no shortage of awesomeness in every direction. Many fans we met traveled from a far to attend The Days Of The Dead, some even coming from other countries like Mexico and Canada, others came from neighboring states like Nevada, Oregon and Arizona. Our favorites were those fans who dressed up undead for the event. There was no shortage of monsters and creatures throughout the weekend and we’ve come to the conclusion that both Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers are never going out of style.
The FearNet table had a photo booth setup with movie props and go-go girls ready to pose with eager fans looking to mix gore and glamour together for a memorable time. Monster A Go Go had their specialty Vampira shirts for sale, and other items you might see at their store located on Melrose in west Hollywood.
It’s no mistake that Days Of The Dead continues to grow every year and how this convention put on by fans is becoming the most talked about horror event of the year. We cant wait to see what horror magic they bring with them this time next year. Support a great convention and best of all a great time by attending Days Of The Dead next time its head rolls into your town!
More photos of the show can be seen HERE
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