While most of the horror world spent the weekend on pins and needles waiting for the season finale of “The Walking Dead,” yours truly spent it at the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival, where I had the chance to chat with Norman Reedus about The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
The 12th annual Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival wrapped up today at the Nashville Convention Center (it ran all weekend, March 29-31). Horror fans enjoyed shopping, participating in fun events, and meeting their favorite horror celebrities. The convention featured an impressive lists of celebrities including Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), and many more.
Thousands of fans endured waiting in dreary and wet weather to get their tickets to the event. “I have been waiting in line for three hours,” stated die-hard fan Sarah Gomez. Sarah admitted that she traveled all the way from New York to meet one particular heartthrob. “I freakin’ love ‘The Walking Dead’ and Norman Reedus. I had to meet him!” exclaimed Sarah. After a quick poll of the crowd, it appeared that the biggest draw for the event was the guests from the hit AMC television show “The Walking Dead.”
The event also featured acclaimed tattoo artists (around 120) from all over the world with over a hundred awards being given out for tattoo contests. Fans could get tattooed right there on the floor by some of the best artists in the industry–which means if you have been considering a tattoo, then this is the best event for it. (Make your plans for next year now!) Where else do you get the chance to get a tattoo, talk with a horror legend, and then catch a scary movie? Some of the films shown at this year’s festival included Old Habits Die Hard, Friday the 13th: Part 6, and Night of the Living Dead to name a few with several films being hosted by the celebrities themselves. The fun didn’t stop there! Once the event ended at 11PM each night, then fans could head over to the after show parties, which included the Club Chaos Dance Party and Generation Landslide.
Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival is a great event for horror and tattoo fans alike. The festival also brought out hundreds of cosplayers, who flooded the convention center with some of their scariest and bloodiest outfits. There is no better way to spend your Easter weekend than with a convention center full of zombies, ghosts, and ghouls! With all the horror madness, there was only one thing missing–GAMES! This being said and with the recent release of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, there was only one thing left to do…talk gaming with Norman Reedus.
Reedus, aka Daryl Dixon, gave us his thoughts on the new game, summing it up in one word: “Awesome.” Norman still thinks it is pretty badass despite all the negative reviews the Activision game received. “It is a very smart game because of all the different ways to kill, and you have think on your feet by hiding and collecting things,” stated Reedus. He also commented that it is much easier to use the crossbow in the game than it was in real life on the television show.
Norman admits he is a noob when it comes to the gaming industry and that he only recently got into gaming with his teenage son. Besides playing The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, he also enjoys first-person shooters and is a fan of the Call of Duty franchise.
What did he take away with his work on The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct? “A lot of hard work goes into making a video game,” commented Norman.
Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival is a must-attend show for those who live in the area so make sure to keep updated by visiting the official Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival website.
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