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If you hadn’t already guessed, that title is a combination of this
& this. ^_^



Despite everything that's been going on, I managed to find a bright spot this past weekend.


I'm sure, by now, most of you know about my previous escapades at the Monster-Mania horror conventions.

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/319442.html (2nd half)

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/382408.html
http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/382836.html
http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/383075.html

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/384439.html
http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/384729.html

Well, it happened again.

I'd planned to hit Cherry Hill on Sunday for a quick gander at Monster-Mania 17, & the following weekend, spend at my mom's, since the twins' b-days are on Sunday (3/20). However, I'd put forth the option of taking the gang with me, & making it the boys' slightly early celebration & gift.

While I tend to be a plan-in-advance kind of person, sometimes circumstances end up requiring me to be a little spontaneous. Things were up in the air, as far as my family's involvement, until pretty much the last minute, when it was decided that they would go. Got myself a quick trim of the hair on Friday night, picked up a sushi party platter, a small cake, & some candles on Saturday morning, gassed up the ol' Beetle, & made my way to PA to pick everybody up.

Having learned our lesson after MM15, it was deemed easier to let them stay over at my place, & leave for the convention from there. I looked on-line for an alternate route back to their house, ensuring that I wouldn't be driving through central Philadelphia afterwards.

What I didn't bank on was having my tire blow out on the way home!

Yep, after a spot of lunch, a bit of sushi, & a little rest, we set out for my place (polishing off the sushi along the way). About 3/4 of the way back, my mom heard a weird noise. But there was no jolt or struggle for control of the car or anything. I never heard or noticed anything...until the window was open &, a couple blocks from the house, I heard a sort of roaring sound. I wondered if it was something with the road, but then there was a smell, like burning rubber. That's when I was informed about the tire, though luckily, we were almost at the house. I think I rode a bit of rim, but managed to make it back without incident.

I suggested waiting 'til morning, but the boys were awesome, changing the tire for me that night.

The gang rested up & hung out for a bit, then we had a mini-party with the cake. Triple-chocolate - yummy!

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There’s some video of the singing & candle-blowing, but I’ll spare them the embarrassment of plastering it all over the Internet & just use the still-shot. XD

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My mom was kinda tired, so we let her have a bit of a nap while we watched a DVD Johnathan had brought, Let Me In. Pretty good film! I'm 99% sure it's based on Let The Right One In, which I haven't seen yet. But I will have to check it out, considering I liked the English version.

We hung out a bit more, but turned in fairly early, so we could be up & on the road, hoping to get there around opening time at 10:00. Picked up some Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, which we ate before setting out.

The roads were a little tricky, but we still made good time, & didn't have to fight the u-turns this time!

Had a quick lookie at the available merch, esp. the video goodness, & saw a few things we wanted to ponder & check out again later. But first, on to the signing rooms!

I had my heart set on meeting 2 particular actors this time around (between Cherry Hill, NJ, & Hunt Valley, MD, they hold this convention 4 times a year), one of which was John Amplas. Not many people would know Mr. Amplas by name, but he worked a great deal with famed horror director George Romero, & has been in films like Day of the Dead, Creepshow, & one of my favourite vampire movies, Martin (as the title character).

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SwXSiGpCxc

There was a guy there ahead of me, conversing with him. And even as I started my turn, he was still conversing with him. He mentioned the Q&A the night before being very funny, & Mr. Amplas said that Doug Bradley & Kane Hodder were pretty much the cut-ups.

YouTube user hatchetjuggalo17 has posted clips of the Q&A:

MEET THE MONSTERS (John Amplas, Doug Bradley, Allan Hyde, Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff)

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMl4MPzde20
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bxO0YvBns
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkD9BLpFpDs
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRzkMT1GLUM
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DySLXnFRW-8
6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5U2ms4uRXM

I guess the guy was an aspiring director, 'cuz he was also talking about wanting to put so-&-so in a movie, & wanting to do a re-make of the Lon Chaney story...Mr. Amplas, who cited the senior Chaney as a major horror influence, was including me in the chat, as well, & agreed with me when I interjected that Chaney was pretty much the grandfather of all horror. He noted that actor & FX maestro Tom Savini has a son named Lon, after Chaney (I had heard this in a documentary about Savini).

The aspiring director guy was talking about something, I'm not sure what, & Mr. Amplas said he'd been caught at the wrong time, since he was married. I think, at that moment, I'd been talking to Johnathan, who'd come up to the table with me to once again act as my personal photographer. My mom wasn't far away, & I forget where Mattie went - maybe that was when he went to get a soda. I think, around this point, the guy had finished talking to Mr. Amplas. Johnathan was looking at the available photos, remembering having seen Mr. Amplas in Day of the Dead. I made a remark that the other films he'd been in were all great, but Martin is "the one you have to see". Mr. Amplas must have half-heard what I was saying as he finished up with the director guy, 'cuz he said, "Martin is the one you haven't seen?" I was, in a "Heaven forbid" kind of way, like, "No!" (LOL) Then I told him what I'd said to Johnathan, & he voiced his whole-hearted agreement. I said Johnathan was prob'ly too young to really know the film, & he asked how old he was. Johnathan told him (24), & Mr. Amplas told us he was 27 when he made the movie.

I can't recall precisely where the conversation went after that, in terms of how we got from one point to another - I was so nervous! - but I handed him my Martin DVD & asked if he'd mind signing it. He said sure, & at first I suggested he might want to do the inside (those pens they get aren't the best - I think some of the markers are a bit thick), but he said something like, "Naw! You want it on the outside, for the world to see!" He asked my name, & how to spell it, but said to go a bit slowly, as he tends to shake a little. I told him, & he said he would've guessed it was spelled that way.

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Between my name & his, he wrote, “There is no magic!” – a line from the film. (I didn’t even ask him to include a quote, he just did it!)

He was SOOOOOOO nice!!! Talkative & sweet. He said he was basically a theatre person; even when he was doing the movies, he was also doing theatre. He teaches acting now - North Point Univ. in Pittsburgh, if I'm not mistaken - & I believe he said runs the theatre there. "This," he said, motioning to the photos from the movies he'd done, "was basically a fluke." I gushed a bit (okay, more than a bit, I admit it) at this point, calling it "the greatest fluke in history," & about how moving I find Martin, & – being a vampire afficionado (tho' I struggled to find the word...I was, like, "I could be one!") – how much that film, in my opinion, has brought to the genre. He thanked me several times, & said he really appreciated my appreciation.

Mr. Amplas' table was between Melinda Clarke (from Return of the Living Dead 3 - we met her in MD last year) & Allan Hyde (from True Blood - more on him later). He motioned toward Allan's table & said, "Of course, we have another vampire right here," & added, "But we're modern vampires." I agreed. At some point (it might've been while he was telling me about the theatre), he was putting the DVD cover back in the case, but was having a little difficulty, so I helped him. I can't remember if it was before or after I asked for a photo with him, but my mom noticed some small cards on his table; he gave me one, & said it was his website (http://www.johnamplas.com).

EDIT: OMG, how could I forget this?? I mention that he'd said he was married, so somewhere in the midst of our conversation, I asked what his wife thought of "all this", meaning the horror thing. He said she doesn't really pay it much attention at all. I'm pretty sure THAT's when he said theatre was really his 'gig'. He also said he has a son (a 17-year-old, if memory serves), who has never seen any of his movies! "He knows I'm an actor..." Mr. Amplas said, but I thought it was a shame they hadn't seen or been affected by the man's cinematic work.

Johnathan took a photo, but Mr. Amplas' head was turned. "I moved," he said, & let us get another.

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After we got this shot, he looked at it & said I was beautiful!! He gave me a hug, & shook my mom’s hand, too.

Needless to say, I was riding high after that!!

A FOOTNOTE:
I had forgotten, until well after the convention, that I’d gushed about Mr. Amplas & Martin in one of my stories. I wrote the majority of my early stuff during my high school years, including Blood Junkie, which I re-worked between 1999 & 2000. At the end of the first chapter:

Despite what had been regarded as a prolonged Indian Summer, Autumn had crept up on the unsuspecting city. In a playground game of their own invention, the bracing winds blew through crowded streets, pushing and pulling select individuals before calming, only to rise up again, catching several other poor souls off guard, just for the fun of it.

Laurence couldn't sleep. He decided to go to the second-run theatre for the Halloween Film Festival (it was the last night of the festival - November 1st).
Martin was showing.

He hadn't seen it in a few years, so he was keen to go. He had always been able to identify with that film. The character of Martin, in comparison with Laurence's own life, was in a similar predicament. Though Laurence found the film's ending somewhat dismal, what really enticed him was the actor, who seemed to put a humbling face on the type of creature he was - whereas Schreck's portrayal made it something to fear, Lugosi made it something noble, Lee made it something powerful, Langella made it something desirable, Nielsen made it comical, Kinski made it pitiful, and Oldman made it versatile,
Amplas gave it humility and depth of persona.

The ride in the taxi he'd caught outside the theatre took him through the town, past the old freight line, which ran beside a landscape barricaded behind a chain-link fence that was broken or torn down in places. Watching the scenery, which grew ever more barren as it went on (it was being cleared for construction, dismembered husks of uprooted trees littering the dirt mounds, factories beyond the horizon belching furious white clouds from their smokestacks like dragons laying on their backs), he increasingly thought of himself as an alien lost within the urban tribal commune of a species he had once been a part of, but from which he had been severed like a gangrenous limb.

In a cab, much like this one, he had done his first. His mind and memory took him back there now, against his will, a hostage to his thoughts. On a lonely road, he had taken her...it had been hard, not quick, and messier than he'd imagined.

He could still hear her, speaking to him as if he were going to befriend her, feel her struggling beneath him as he held her.

His heart started racing, a stampede of elephants in his chest.

He opened his eyes (he didn't even realise he'd closed them). It was the driver who'd been talking to him, shaking him because he must have dozed off, trying to tell him he'd arrived...but when Laurence looked up, the driver was
her.

The pretty eyes were rolled back in her head. Her hair was disheveled, matted with clumps of dry blood. Her mouth was twisted, little slivers of red running down her chin from where she'd bitten her tongue to keep from screaming.

He shook his head, doing a double take, and found he
really must have dozed off, because the young-star-of-Melrose-Place-On-Acid-with-five-o'clock-shadow-and-haggard-blue-eyes taxi driver was, in his Clint-Eastwood-underwater voice, basically throwing Laurence out of the cab.

Had a bit of a gander at the other stars who were there, such as:

John Franklin & Courtney Gains from the original Children of the Corn

Catherine Mary Stewart from The Last Starfighter (Lance Guest was supposed to be there, too, but we didn’t see him)

Jenny Wright from Near Dark

Alvin Alexis, Jill Terashita, & Allison Barron from Night of the Demons

Stella from Saturday Night Dead - I used to watch that, when I could catch it; the clip I’ve linked must be a bit early, ‘cuz later on she had a butler, & he was with her at the signing table

Nick Castle from the original Halloween (Tommy Lee Wallace was there, too, but altho’ the sign was up at his table, he wasn’t sitting there when we went by - must’ve been on a bathroom break XD)

Laurie Holden, John Bernthal, & Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead (Norman Reedus, whom we’d met in MD with the Boondock Saints, was supposed to be there, as well, but we didn’t see him)

hatchetjuggalo17 posted the Walking Dead Q&A...

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9orxe2Ly64
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNPH2QjN5yA
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWqskOy_KVM
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kZS1zxqlYg
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9StoVBuqs
6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fq2OGhwH6M

...& also the Q&A of Nick Castle & Tommy Lee Wallace

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o85a14FpkY
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilMWY6IzdGM
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsFpHLmktvQ
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqFbuOWOBTw
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4EokGXhR2k
6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjU5jqmPoJg
7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7W-28QskZc
8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj02wPGSlYw

There are a few people on the convention’s website listed as scheduled to appear, but whom, at least on Sunday, seemed to be absent. Didn’t see Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (tho’ there was a table for him); & my family said they saw Lee Merriwether, but I didn’t see her. The Troma Films stall was there again, but no sign of Lloyd Kaufman or the Toxic Avenger. There was a girl there, however, who must’ve been Debbie Rochon.

Ace Frehley from Kiss (does anyone remember this doozy?) was supposed to be there, too, but we didn’t see a table designated for him...they must’ve had him in a private room someplace, maybe upstairs where they generally screen films on Fri. & Sat. nights; we kept seeing this one guy we thought might be him, but now that I look closely at the photo on the website, he looked more like this other guy that passed by once, tho’ I couldn’t tell you if it was actually him or not. :P

Speaking of private signing rooms, I’d thought for sure the other person I’d gone there to meet would be in one, but lo & behold, he wasn’t! While my mom & Mattie took a breather, Johnathan came with me to line up for Doug Bradley, famous for playing Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series.

See a little of what makes Mr. Bradley so special here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYXLMhTAO3E

He actually didn’t have that long of a line, tho’ we had time for a quick chat with 1 or 2 people before it was our turn. Mr. Bradley seemed a bit tired (so I wasn't planning to make any ‘demands’ of him, such as including a particular quote from one of the films with his autograph), but still, it was quite glorious just to be that close. Yeah, I know he’s just a guy, a regular working actor-dude, but part of the fun of these things is the chance to go a bit fangirly, isn’t it? At the beginning of the Meet The Monsters Q&A, Mr. Bradley cites Hammer Films as his first major horror influence, noting that Peter Cushing is pretty much akin to God in the horror realm. Among subsequent generations of horror-lovers, the same may well be said of Mr. Bradley, himself. Tho’, considering his most famous role, perhaps the Devil would be more appropriate. ^_^

We felt kind of sorry that he would sit down, talk to people & sign things, & then get up to do photos. It must get rather tiring, all day long for 3 days, up & down like that. Which is obviously why he finally said, in a kind & lovely, English-gentleman sort of way, “Would anyone else like a photo while I’m up?” XD

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The photo’s a little blurry, because Johnathan took it too fast & forgot that you have to wait for my camera to focus. I tried to sharpen it a bit with my photo-editing software. You might notice that I’m holding my copy of The Hellbound Heart, the novel on which the Hellraiser films were originally based (the white around my wrist is the wristband they give you in lieu of a ticket); I’d brought it with me to have it signed. I was contemplating bringing the Fangoria book I have, which includes a chapter on Hellraiser, & Mr. Bradley’s ‘diary’ during the making of Hellraiser 3 (including this great quote, in which - to paraphrase - he was filming the scene where he’s part of the column, tending to get a bit antsy having to be stuck in it for long periods of time, & somebody asked him something, to which he replied, “Don’t ask me, I’m just a head!”), but it’s a rather sizeable book & I thought it might prove a bit cumbersome to lug around, so I opted for the novel. I nervously asked if he would sign it, & he kindly said he would, & asked my name.

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I have a very large Hellraiser 3 poster on the wall of the stairway leading to my room, which [livejournal.com profile] hyacintheraven gave me, & which I took a picture of (below), thinking I’d say something goofy, like, “I have you on my wall!” – & completely blanked out when I was standing there in front of him, forgetting to mention it. *facepalm*

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I thanked him &, with a bit of a bow (as I am wont to do), made my gleeful way off again.

As part of their b-day gifts, I not only paid for the boys to get in, but for them to get autographs or merchandise, as well. Mattie is a fan of the True Blood series (he lent me his box set of the books this weekend), so I got him an autograph from one of the actors, Allan Hyde (the other “modern vampire” to whom Mr. Amplas had referred). The person working his table was a dark-haired gal with lots of tattoos. ^_^

Check out this UBER-SPOILER-IFIC clip of Allan as the vampire Godric in True Blood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rvW3C-qEA

Allan was really friendly. He asked Mattie his name & shook his hand; then he asked my name, & shook my hand, too! I said Mattie was my brother, & a “big fan”. He signed a picture for Mattie, & of course, I asked if I could take a photo of Allan with him. He seemed more than happy to oblige. After I took it, he was, like, “Aw, we can do better than that,” & let me take another! My brothers aren’t always big on smiling in photos, but I managed to get a nice, smiley shot of them.

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I paid for my mom’s admission, as well, & said what the heck, why not let her get an autograph, too, since Mattie & I had gotten some. One-time star of an ABC series called The Invaders, actor Roy Thinnes was there as part of the convention’s tribute to classic sci-fi. He also acted on soaps like General Hospital & One Life To Live. He was nice, & talked quite a bit, introducing himself as, “Roy, but you already know that,” LOL, asking where we were from - my mom even told him the story of us getting a flat! She said, “We almost didn’t make it,” (as in, to the convention), & he said, “Well, I’m glad you did”. ^_^ When he heard my mom’s name is Grace, his person (they always have, like, a manager or assistant there with them to collect the money) said, “Amazing!” & I replied, “She is!” So Roy starts singing “Amazing Grace” to her!!

Check out Roy in The Invaders here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olOE2ZAG74A

He signed a photo for her, & let me get a pic. We were about to take our leave when he asked who was on her shirt. I told him it was director John Carpenter, & he said it looked like Albert Einstein. I told him my brother (Johnathan) had said the same thing! My mom asked if he did a great many conventions, & he mentioned one he’d done in Parsippany, NJ, which was huge, & a bit chaotic on Saturday (those are the busiest days for all-weekend conventions like this), but he liked Monster-Mania ‘cuz it was calmer & a bit low-key, more relaxed. My mom agreed that the atmosphere is a friendly one (don’t think she’d quite agree with Saturdays being calm, which made it a bit scary to imagine Parsippany being even more hectic than last year’s Cherry Hill or MD). He called it “the Pennsylvania spirit”.

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As we left, I mouthed to Roy, “You made her day.”

Time to check the dealer tables again. So many nifty things available to buy! So little money. :P I was hoping for a cheap copy of something like Machine Girl, but no luck. One table did have the Twin Peaks box set (I don’t think it was the ‘gold’ version in the link, but it did have all the eps + the pilot, the latter of which I got for my b-day on VHS) for $50. Felt a bit greedy spending that much, considering I just donated to the Japan relief effort, so I figured I’ll find it again somewhere down the road, & opted for something cheaper. Chatted a bit to one vendor about the convivial atmosphere of the MM conventions, particularly with regard to the stars. Eventually, I bought myself something - a copy of the somewhat Argento/Fulci-esque Evil Dead Trap for $10, & got a video catalogue from the people at the stall, which had several Asian horror flix, as well as a few of the low-budget Turkish ones (I thought of you, [livejournal.com profile] charaxinae!) - unfortunately, the vids are not listed on the website, http://www.brucesmonstermemorabilia.com/.

Watch the Evil Dead Trap trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL0xRMXiJck

Later on, we were scoping the autograph rooms again, & passed Roy Thinnes’ table; he saw my mom & started singing “Amazing Grace” again!! A short while after that, I got my mom & brothers a little something to eat (I was holding out for that other chocolate donut left over from breakfast), & Mr. Amplas was on his way outside for a bit, & noticed my mom sitting there, & said hi to her!! And here, she thought she was gonna come out with just a key chain or something. XD

HILARIOUS moment coming up!! One of the guests was Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason, the killer in the Friday the 13th movies. While many stuntmen/actors have taken on the role, he has done it more times than anyone (a total of 4 - in parts 7 through 10). We saw him in MD last year, as part of a Friday the 13th-related panel, but didn’t get to speak with him one-on-one or get an autograph. When we heard he was coming to this one, we thought we’d try to catch him.

We actually saw him walking across the lobby at one point, but didn’t get the chance to go up to him.

One of my favourite Kane Hodder moments - Jason’s “sleeping bag” kill, from Friday part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRJWz8QO8ag

After a bit of debate as to whether to do it (my mom & I really wanted one of the twins to do it, & since Mattie had already met Allan Hyde, I thought Johnathan should, but he said he didn’t want to – we think he was nervous; Kane is a funny guy, but looks very intimidating!), Mattie agreed. Johnathan was looking around at merchandise (he ended up with a Joseph “the Elephant Man” Merrick t-shirt), so my mom & Mattie & I went up to Kane’s table. He was finishing up a conversation with someone else, & they were talking about Kane’s birthday. Kane said, rather loudly, “April 8th!” & then said, “It’s not too far away, & I expect a present!” So my mom points to Mattie & goes, “His birthday’s next weekend...& he expects a present!” Kane goes, “Oooh, she’s a badass!” XD Then he asked when Mattie’s b-day is, & he told him (March 20), to which Kane said, “You’ve got me beat.” My mom noted that Mattie is a twin, & that the other one was around somewhere.

Mattie asked Kane about a recent appearance on tv’s Ghost Adventures – Kane is also part of a paranormal investigation group, Hollywood Ghost Hunters (along with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3’s R.A. Mihailoff, who was at the table next to his - sorry, there are no good, short clips of TCM3, & the trailer is a goofy rip on Excalibur), namely, if it was real. Kane said it was, which is why he likes working with the team on that show - other shows, he believes, fake things (he called them “bullsh*t”). He said you might find the Ghost Adventures episode a bit boring, but it’s authentic.

My mom told Kane we’d seen him in MD last year, & he said he’ll be going again this year - MM18 in June is doing “Return to Crystal Lake”, a big Friday-films reunion. He asked if we would be going, & we said we’d try to make it if we can. Sadly, cash is a bit tight & these things get expensive...

Anywho, Kane autographed a photo, then said something like, “Hang on a sec.“ He takes a a different photo (he must have seen us trying to decide which one to have signed) & autographs that, as well, hands it to Mattie, & says, “Happy Birthday.” How awesome!!!

Naturally, I wanted a picture of them together, esp. as Kane always mock-strangles people in photos (except for one young boy, who was having his photo taken with Kane as we walked up, whom Kane says is the only person who can strangle him). I asked if maybe my mom could get in there, as well, & he was cool with that. Actually, what I’d said was, “Can you do both of them?” & I didn’t hear this, but Mattie later told me Kane said, re: my mom, something like, “I could do her all by herself”. :D !!!! At that moment, however, Johnathan walked in, so my mom said, “Here’s the other twin!” & asked Kane to ‘strangle’ them both. Again, I didn’t hear it, but Johnathan later said Kane said something like, “I’ll strangle both of you motherf***ers!” XD

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You gotta love that guy.

It was getting close to the time we were slated to leave, so we made one more jaunt through the dealer areas, & one last pass through the signing rooms. Neal DeConte, manager of Amelia Kinkade (you'll remember her from MM15 in Cherry Hill last year), was there with his company, Horror Idols. They do sculptures & jewelry, all kinds of cool stuff. We went up to him, & he remembered us! Asked how Amelia has been. She’s doing well, is in S. Africa at the moment, & I believe he said she recently moved to Seattle; he said they were hoping she’d be able to make MM this time, since several of her Night of the Demons co-stars were there, but with her animal work, her schedule fills up really fast. By the time they get word from the conventions, she’s already booked. Talked to him a bit about his work with Idols also (he does all the sculpting & everything), & he really enjoys the MM conventions. He said Idols has been doing it since around MM3, & even tho’ it’s quite a hike back to Rhode Island, he doesn’t mind it so much. He said going to MM is like “coming home”. ^_^

Got to wave good-bye to Kane on our way out. He waved back. ^_^

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Okay, I admit it, this was a cheat-shot. Yes, it’s nice to get pics of the twins together (L-R, Johnathan & Mattie), but if you’ll notice, they’re standing not too far from a table where another star is signing autographs. That’s Dina Meyer, who was in some of the Saw movies, & a sci-fi pic called Starship Troopers. Not to mention one VERY MEMORABLE scene in Nip/Tuck. Mark, my other brother, was hoping to make the convention, but has been working on the Army base, & wasn’t able to come. But Dina was one of the people he was hoping to see, & asked me to try & get her picture.

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As I wan’t able to buy him an autograph (like I did with the Boondock Saints actors in MD last year), I hope he’ll be satisfied with the fact that you can see her pretty decently (albeit in the midst of conversation) when you enlarge this pic to its full size.

Here is a snippet of Ms. Meyer’s work in the Saw series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj0fsrUoDSI

Phew! I think that’s pretty much it. I’ll edit in anything I might’ve forgotten, but I that seems to be all the big, important stuff. Snarfed my donut as soon as we got to the car, & the gang polished off what was left as I drove the twisty, turning, non-central-Philly way back to my mom’s (with the help of my twin navigators/direction-readers, LOL). The boys thanked me numerous times, & my mom was super-appreciative, too. Everybody really enjoyed themselves, as did I.

When we got back, I played them the Martin DVD, as none of them had recalled seeing it. A bit of food & a short rest later, & I was off again, bound for my place. Got in, called my mom to let her know I was home, & passed out immediately afterward. XD

Date: 2011-04-07 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] japanesedream.livejournal.com
I've only seen a few clips, not the whole series. But I'll be reading the books soon, so I'll have a better idea of everything. I watched that amazing Godric death-clip, & got totally teary-eyed! I would've complimented him on the performance, if I'd seen it before I met him. I thought maybe they could do more flashback stuff or bring on a new character that's related to Godric or something. I don't know what the books did, but I did hear they changed a few details from the novels.

Yikes! Oddly enough, LJ has gotten better for me, but FB is a bit screwy now. XP C'mon, people, let's fix this stuff!

No probs; I'm still catching up on e-mails & replies, myself, so take whatever time you need. ^_^ Good luck helping your dad! X3 <3

Date: 2011-04-17 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diru915.livejournal.com
i've been meaning to read the books, but i still have so much other stuff to read XD .. i did just finish another gay novel though XD haha.. the title is "Hero" < it should be underlined, but i dont know how to do that on here XD hahaa.. but it was cute and i really like it.. its just about super heros and this kid named Thom is an outcast and he's gay, and he has super powers, blah blah blah blah , lol XD but i liked it

but thats another reason why i havent taken much time out to read them because i hear that they are slightly a bit more boring than the series, and i really love the series XD i cant wait til summer! cuz the new season will be starting :D ..

but omg! that scene of him dying was soo sad because he was Eric's maker, and XD poor Eric [Eric is my fav character XD]

AND OMG! I'M RAISING MY FIST IN THE AIR WITH YOU! I'M TIRED OF FB CRAPPIN OUT AND LJ! ugh XD

Date: 2011-04-17 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] japanesedream.livejournal.com
I know the feeling! XD I really have to get crackin' on my reading...I've borrowed stuff from people & it's taking me forever to finish things! XP

I'll have to look for Hero - you just put in "< u >" & "< / u >" (without the quotes & spaces) to start & stop underlining, btw. :) Sounds fun!

Really? Hmmm...I won't have anything to compare it to, until I see the show, but I'll try & let you know, once I get to them, how they are. ^_^ I hope the new season meets expectations, or at least, lives up to the standards of previous seasons. I know a lot of people who are into that show.

That was such a sad good-bye he said to Eric...I'm inclined to wonder what is in store for Eric now that Godric's gone? It's so, so sad, a lot of the time, when vampires lose their makers. Particularly if they have a bond or relationship, as it looked like those 2 had. ;_;

*fist-pump* Yeah! No more crappin' out, LJ & FB!! XD

Date: 2011-04-17 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diru915.livejournal.com
lol XD but omg, i'm not gonna lie that book is super cheesy XD hahahaa, there is a lot of cheesy charisma in there XD but i cant help but love it! XD

and i'm wondering whats gonna happen to, cuz S3 ended with such cliffhanger, so i need to see whats gonna happen XD i dont know how much longer i can wait! XD haha

it hasnt crapped out on me yet, which is nice cuz i have so many messages to get too XD i finally have caught up though XD but now i have to get off the comp and finish some stuff, but i dont think i'm doing anything later so i should be able to read your previous entries

Date: 2011-04-19 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] japanesedream.livejournal.com
Ah well, nothin' wrong with that - what fun is life without a little cheese, right? XD

Argh! Cliffhangers are so frustrating! I forget if you mentioned when the new ones are out - is it Summer? Fall? Hopefully, you won't have to wait too long. :)

Yay! Loving the fact that the site hasn't gone crappy on you! Good luck getting to your messages...I've been posting the newest links (I think you have 2 to get to now) on FB, so when you have some time, you can catch up. ^_^

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