Horror came to Dublin this weekend in shape of ScreamVention in what I am sure is going to become a regular event! Taking place at The Red Cow Morans Hotel, the organisers – O’Brien Event Management had lined up what can only be described as a dazzling array of guests from the horror world including; Simon Bamford, Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Kane Hodder, Ari Lehman, Tony Todd, Nicolas Vince, Alex Vincent and Barbie Wilde most of who you only ever get to see at convention in the UK or UK.
Now while this may not be as big as your more established conventions it somehow had something far greater going for it, that feeling of friendliness where somehow you felt you were part of it rather than just being a visitor with every guest chatting freely undaunted by time restraints or the constant stream of fans. I have to say a big thank you to Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff who graciously spent a lot of their time chatting about their projects and the indie film business in general, as they gave a small glimpse in to their world (and keep an eye on Kewel World in the next few months as we keep in touch and report on their happenings).
While the guests were very much the focus of ScreamVention there was also a lot going on around with merchandise tables for the eager memorabilia seekers, cosplay , Burlesque Dancing from Bella Dama, Vanity Haze & Bugsy Devine, and of course all this was perfectly wrapped around panels and film screenings, one of which Jessica Cameron’s Truth or Dare I was extremely happy have gotten to see after hearing so much about it, and will give giving a full review a little later.
Another real highlight was chatting with Spencer from www.horrorautographs.com who’s knowledge of the horror industry and conventions was pretty refreshing as we talked about Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) from the Walking Dead. It goes without saying if that if you are looking for that exclusive autograph then these guys are the place to go too.
There are so many little things that go in to making a convention like this work and it would be remiss of me not to mention the guys from www.emeraldgoresociety.com whose welcoming and helpful attitude only added to an enjoyable weekend.
As the curtains came down on what can only be described as a very successful first ScreamVention in Ireland Lisa O’Brien and her team should take a well-deserved bow on what was a fab weekend, the seed has been planted and I am in little doubt that its roots will firmly grow.