“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you… three, four, better lock the door… five, six, grab a crucifix… seven, eight, better stay up late… nine, ten, never sleep again…”
Now that we are half way into 2018, you may have already taken a trip or two, or are getting that summer trip planned. For some of us, this means that “con” season has started and it’s time to get in the car and start those road trips across the US to see and meet some of our favorite actors and characters. This week, we want to introduce you to a favorite of ours. This con is where horror comes to the party – Days of the Dead.
Days of the Dead is a 3-day weekend event focusing on the horror that we all grew up with and still love to watch. While there are several Days of the Dead events across the US this year, the one we are attending is Indianapolis, IN from June 22nd – 24th held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. The lineup at this con has us both excited to meet and hear some of our favorite horror characters in real life.
For Jason, this event is a must do for several characters, but the one that has him absolutely thrilled is the one and only, Mistress of the Dark herself, Cassandra Peterson aka… Elvira! Elvira in her black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown has been entertaining fans since 1970. Peterson’s adult career actually started in Las Vegas directly after graduating school where she played a showgirl in Viva Les Girls at The Dunes. An interesting fact about her, while working in Vegas, she actually met Elvis Presley and dated him briefly. It wasn’t until 1981 when Peterson came up with her Elvira character for a local Los Angeles weekend horror show that she titled, Elvira’s Movie Macabre. It was here that the Elvira character rapidly gained notoriety. As Jason says, “If for no other reason, Elvira is a reason to go to Days of the Dead!”. Peterson will be available each day for autographs and photo opportunities.
Another big pull for Jason at this Days of the Dead, is one of his favorite childhood characters, Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. Skeletor is voiced by Alan Oppenheimer who is also known to voice Man-At-Arms and Mer-man from the Masters of the Universe. Other favorite characters voiced by Oppenheimer include: Mighty Mouse, Vanity Smurf, Rhinokey and Crock from The Wuzzles and in everyone’s favorite 1984 film, The NeverEnding Story, he voiced Falkor, Gmork, Rockbiter and the Narrator. Oppenheimer will be available each day for autographs and photo opportunities.
For Daniel, a must see and meet is a member of one of his all-time favorite bands, Gene Simmons.. aka The Demon, of KISS. While not a “horror character”, Simmons is one of the most widely known Rock Legends of his time. Simmons created the rock band KISS along with lead singer Paul Stanley in the early 1970s. An interesting fact about Simmons is that the eye section of his Demon makeup comes from the wing design of Black Bolt, a favorite comic book character. Simmons has had an amazing career spanning many decades. Not only being a band member of KISS, he writes comics and books and enjoys family time with his two children. Simmons will be available each day for autographs and photo opportunities.
Another character favorite for Daniel, is Ross Marquand… aka Stonekeeper or Red Skull, from Marvel’s latest Avengers, Infinity War. Marquand has stared in several other movies over his career such as, Love Sick, Eden, Broken Road, Down and Dangerous and countless others. Marquand is best known for his recurring role in AMC’s, The Walking Dead, as the TV series’ first gay male character, Aaron. Marquand will be available each day for autographs and photo opportunities.
Some other favorites of both Jason and Daniel you don’t want to miss at this event are:
• Ernie Hudson… aka Winston Zeddemore of the popular movie series, Ghostbusters.
• Jeremy Bulloch … aka Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy.
• Alanna Masterson… aka Tara Chambler in the TV series The Walking Dead.
• Seth Gilliam… aka Father Gabriel Stokes in the TV series The Walking Dead.
• Warrington Gillette… aka Jason Voorhees from the hit movie, Friday The 13th.
• Heather Langenkamp… aka Nancy Thompson from the hit movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
• Danny Lloyd… aka Danny Torrance from the hit movie, The Shining.
Each of these special guests along with a long list of many others will be available for autographs and photos daily. Make sure to sign online today at, www.daysofthedead.com/indianapolis to buy your weekend pass for this must do event!
If you can’t make Indianapolis don’t worry, Days of the Dead will also be coming to Chicago from November 16th to the 18th and also in Atlanta from January 25th to the 27th. We hope to see some of you there!