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Event Report: Screamfest Orlando 2007

Screamfest!
Last year I had a blast covering Spooky Empire’s Screamfest, but I was only able to make it out there for one day. This year, we didn’t make the same mistake. The beautiful Robyn and myself made sure we had full accomodations at the resort Screamfest was taking place this year in Orlando, Florida. Coolers were filled with water, ice, beer, booze and prop bananas (more on that later). We headed out and prayed for the best.

Florida weather is a bastard. I’ve lived here all my life and it never gets easier dealing with the heat and humidity in the middle of October. Regardless of my bitching, people still turned out to join Zombie #1 Bill Hinzman for the zombie walk that took place along International Drive. If Bill can walk around in full make-up and a suit, I’ve got no right to complain about the weather.

Screamfest (click for larger image)After settling in and making sure all our liquor arrived intact we darted out to see if we could find some familiar faces. Within no time John Faust, the director of the praised indy short By Appointment Only (review), greeted us with gifts and thanks for being supportive. Later on that evening we got to finally see his movie play on the big screen and I have no doubt John is going to be going far in the business.

After talking to John it was the Guest Room for us. Petey really took things up a notch this year. Previously everything (celebs and vendors) were all crammed into one room. This made navigating the tables difficult, but this year the guests had their own room, so did the tattoo artists, bands and the film festival. Bravo! This made Dread Central’s job easier as the crowd this time was even more massive than before and now we didn’t have to step over people just to take a picture.

Screamfest (click for larger image)We were greeted with many friendly and familiar faces in the guests’ signing area. Everyone from Barry Anderson, Danielle Harris and even Doug Bradley when I presenting him with … the Chakilla Banana. You see, after our Qee auctions ends, I thought it would be a good idea to help raise some money for needy children this holiday season. So, clever Robyn found some very realistic prop bananas and we went around and got a couple filled up with signatures. Anything for the kids! We’ll have more on that in the coming months.

There were only a handful of no-shows as far as celebs went, but that’s with every event. Honestly, there was so much to do that I doubt many cared if Stephen Geoffreys didn’t come, or that David Arquette made a very brief appearance.

The music was kicking ass and the film festival looked to be packed every time we passed by. This was not a show to miss! Hell, we even got to see the bad ass clown for 100 Tears (review)! Not to mention the evil looking Stitcher from a film by the same name.

Honestly, there’s just not enough good things to say about the show this year. Even the tattoo room was an awesome experience. If you were looking to get ink done there was no finer tattoo artist than Annie from Inkredible Ink. I was in and out of her booth within an hour and not one ounce of pain could be felt were she laid down my Gonzo tattoo! Sweet damn!

Thanks everyone who showed up and especially our Dread Central readers! Check out more pictures from the event below!

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