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Gore: Sometimes You Gotta Have It!

JAS from Bitter Balcony tells you all about it.

The Cheese of gore: Confessions of a Gorehound

Look up the definition of “gorehound” in the source of totally accurate information that is Urban Dictionary and you’ll see two definitions. For sake of not having a six-page post, the short one reads: “An individual that is immersed in the genre of horror that revolves around intense displays of gore and mayhem; Films like ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Zombie’. Someone that loves b-horror films that have poor plot and acting, and watch for the scenes of extreme violence and gore. Anyone who thinks that Lucio Fulci is a genius.”

It’s going overboard to label Fulci as a genius, but the man does have some brilliant ways to shoot gore. Scenes like the endless puking of guts in “City of the Dead” or the eye meets stick scene in “Zombi.” However, Fulci might just qualify as a genius (not your standard Albert Einstein variety) in the George Romero (back in the day) mold. Fulci’s movies are slow and not overly complex. What makes them great, aside from Fabio Frizzi’s musical scores, is the fantastic gore.

Gore is a lot like a squirt of Easy Cheese (the “good” stuff in a can) on top of, well, anything. You can have something bland and barely edible, but once you blast it with a dollop of Easy Cheese, you’re golden. Classic horror movies that rely on gore are great because of that. For gorehounds like myself, these potentially flat films become cultlike thanks to heads that explode on queue.

On rare occasion you get a film like John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing,” a standout among remakes because it was handled by talented folks with respect to the source material. “The Thing” is a great film, from casting and directing to writing and scoring. Add in some truly amazing makeup effects, and you get one of my personal favorite films of all time. “The Thing” is an exercise in masterful filmmaking coupled with the old-school special effects that make a gorehound like me shriek like a little girl with glee.

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has grown into a photo-realistic and cheap filmmaking method, but nine times out of 10, it doesn’t match the work of people like Tom Savini, Robin R. Bottin, Stan Winston, and Rick Baker. Filmmakers like Paul S.W. Anderson use CGI for movies like “Resident Evil” and it just doesn’t work as well. Uwe Boll takes poorly made CGI to a whole new basement level. Sure this is a different caliber filmmaker, but when a few zombies pull out a ton of guts and a whole chicken like in “Day of the Dead,” the bar is set pretty high. I mean, it’s a whole chicken! How did the guy even eat that?


“Ichi the Killer” is an example of how CGI can be used artistically, making blood ‘n’ guts almost like paint on a canvas (bodies sliced in half or body parts and blood shooting out a door). When the exaggeration reaches such heights it’s hard not to laugh, sit back and enjoy the show. This goes for most popular Takashi Miike movies. He’s a modern master of splatter film making (not to say there aren’t “those” moments).


Some people see gorehounds as sick bastards – and to that most of us say “thank you.” However, what is being appreciated here is not the actual violence or mutilations, but the art that goes into making it believable and just fun to watch because of it’s exaggerated nature. Say what you will about gore, but no one can deny the dedication that goes into sculpting and painting a replica of a human head – only to shove some dynamite and blood in it and watch it go boom.

The first career (aside from being a cop like the ones in “CHIPS”; yeah I’m getting old) I wanted was to create horror movie effects. I still have my first issue of Horror FX magazine showing how Freddy Krueger’s makeup was done, step by step. I was fascinated! The first time I realized how much I dug horror effects was when I was eating spaghetti while watching some cheeseball sci-fi horror film. My mother walked into the room to see me eating a giant meatball, while a laser cut the top of a guy’s head off leaving the lower jaw and neck shooting blood. The poor slob rises up, runs around and somehow screams. My horrified mother took a look at me and said, “This doesn’t bother you?” To which I replied, “Nope. It’s cool” – and took another bite of my meatball. She shook her head and walked away. While I sat there it dawned on me that this may not be normal behavior… but who cares? It was too much fun.

While a movie should never rely on any one thing to make it great, gore always seems to be the crutch that many can use to keep on their feet. And for that I will always love exploding heads.

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The con is done for 2010

Crypticon 2010 has passed away.  It was a gruesome killing.  Blood and dripping gore was spilled. Zombies walked. Movies were seen, books were read,  and futures were foretold.

This blog will stay active throughout the year with fun events, guest blogs, and horror bites.

Thanks for checking in.

A new guest blog will be up in a few minutes.

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Re-post Schedule

Ready for the weekend?  Check out the detailed list and the print friendly day-by-day links.

This schedule will have new information, new links, and updates in many forms almost daily. Check back often!

thank you for checking out Crypticon!

Check out the short sweet version of the schedule in easy to print grid form:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

FRIDAY JUNE 18th

6:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading
Tim McDaniel
6:30 Jennifer Brozek

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 The Glamorous Grotesque
Join Party @ Display & Costume as they teach you how to unlock your inner dark beauty. They will transform one lucky attendee into an Undead Beauty.

Hoyt Room 2 Spaceship Terror
Learn about this exciting new horror/sci-fi film. Includes exclusive preview clips!
Harry TchinskiandDoug HudsonMarcel Banks, Kristen Springer

Everett Ballroom 2 Dragon Demo Live Action Martial Arts

Everett Ballroom 3 Horror Magazines worth a Read or Submission
Industry veterans offer advice for the places to find or submit short horror stories.
Nick MamatasCody GoodfellowF. Paul WilsonJenna M. PitmanAngel McCoy (M)

Everett Ballroom 4 Infection: A Live Event
Check in now and be a part of this amazing event from the beginning!
Someone is infecting convention-goers with a Zombie Plague! It’s your duty to figure out how and why. Will the movies be shown? Will the readers be able to share a story? Will the panelist be able to take questions?  If you fail the answer to all of these questions is no! The films will be left in their packages. The books will lay unopened. The microphones will be silent. You can make a difference!

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

7:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading
Jonathan Moon
7:30 Bruce Taylor

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Horror Screenwriting
Writing a good horror movie is a challenge. Learn to avoid the clichés and have a fun time getting your vision on paper
F. Paul WilsonJohn SkippJason HawkinsK.L. Young (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Credit Crawl: Ten Brilliant Opening Credits Sequences
Nothing sets up a great movie like a kick ass title sequence. In this examination of some of the horror genres coolest, most terrifying title sequences and creepiest opening credits come to see some new stuff, old stuff, classic joints, and obscure nuggets. There will also be a dissection of what it takes to make a title sequence, when we take a closer look at the titles for indy horror flick PERKINS 14.
Heather Buckley, Chris AlexanderSean “The Butcher” Smithson (M)

Everett Ballroom 2 Opening Night Ceremonies Chuck deClown and the Gore Gore Girls followed by Radio8Ball with Robert Englund via Skype and Nightmare on Elm Street alumni

Everett Ballroom 3 Zombie Make-up Tips
Everyone loves being a zombie and walking around freaking people out but, man!  The make-up just does not seem to come together sometimes! It will after this panel.
Eric PopeJana Hutchison, Sara James

Everett Ballroom 4 Infection: A Live Event
Continued from 6:00

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

8:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading                                                                                                                                                                                          James C Leonard                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8:30 Scott Glancy

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Music and Mayhem
The soundtrack can help set the mood for an entire scene.  With its help you can instill a sense of terror, humor, confusion or just about any other emotion within your audience. In this presentation you will see some classic horror scenes to illustrate in detail how a few scant notes can change everything.
Mars HomeworldSean “The Butcher” SmithsonChris Alexander

Hoyt Room 2 Slime City Massacre Screening

After the movie stay for a Q&A with:
Robert “Craig” SabinMars Homeworld

Everett Ballroom 1 Part 1: Let’s Make a Movie: Plan It!
In part 1, we go over the plan, figure out the gear, work up a story, write the script,
plan the shoot, and pretty much anything else we can think of. That’s right, from soup to nuts, we’re going to make an entire movie here at Crypticon. This is your chance to be a part of the annual fun and learn how to make a movie on a budget so tiny calling it “shoestring” would be an insult to shoestrings. The key to making a movie, of course, is good planning!
Edward Martin III, Ryan Johnson

Everett Ballroom 2 Radio8Ball
Continued from 7:00 pm

Everett Ballroom 3 Creators Edge Press
Creator’s Edge Press was born in the back of the Comic Evolution comic shop in Puyallup, WA.  It was found by a mix of eight artists, writers, and dreamers. Together they saw a lack of outlets for independent comics and they are here to fill that void with fresh voices.  Come and learn what these up-and-comers have to offer.

Oaks Room Drinks

9:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Publishing and Editing
How to get started as a successful writer, publisher, or editor in the horror genre
Rose O’KeefeNick Mamatas, James R Beach

Hoyt Room 2 Slime City Massacre Screening

After the movie stay for a Q&A with:
Robert “Craig” Sabin, Mars Homeworld

Everett Ballroom 1 Make Your Own Movie: Write It!
Continued from 8:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Radio8Ball
Continued from 7:00
Followed by Friday Night Dance

Everett Ballroom 3 Creators Edge Press
Continued from 8:00

Oaks Room Shocktails! VIP Party
VIP members and Crypticon guests rub shoulders, share eats and drinks, and schmooze in the elaborate elegance of an undead ball.
VIP MEMBERS ONLY

10:00 PM
Rucker Room 1CLOSED

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1&2 Taken Screening
writer/director Richard Valentine

Everett Ballroom 1 CLOSED

Everett Ballroom 2 Friday Night Dance

Everett Ballroom 3 ADULTS ONLY: Crazy Fetishes in the Media
Miss Sirriamnis

Everett Ballroom 4 Infection: A Live Event

Oaks Room Shocktails! VIP Party
Continued from 9:00

11:00 PM
Rucker Room 1CLOSED

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1&2 Late Night Movies
“Darkest Hour” – a Northwest production with director and co-producer in attendance. “Long Pigs,” “Drive-In Horrorshow,”

Everett Ballroom 1 ADULTS ONLY: Fetish Fashion Show feat. Gore Gore Girls Burlesque
Local designers show off their sultry, sexy looks and performers titillate your senses! 18+

Everett Ballroom 2 Friday Night Dance

Everett Ballroom 3 Nastiest Horror Films Ever
Extreme?! you think you have seen extreme? Come to this panel to find what you have been missing.
Lorelei Shannon, Thom Carnell

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

SATURDAY JUNE 19th
11:00 AM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Wily Writers

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Costume Contest Pre-Meeting
An absolute must if you are looking to participate in this year’s costume contest.  Specifics are outlined, questions are asked, and decisions are made.  Do not miss it!

Hoyt Room 2 Part 2: Let’s Make a Movie: Shoot It!
You were there for Part 1, right, where we figured out what we needed and planned this movie all out? Quick! Time travel! In part 2, we shoot like mad weasels, because there’s not much time and if we’re going to make a movie at light speed, then we have to move at the speed of light!  So, don’t be late, or you’ll just see red-shifted versions of us. The key to making a movie, of course, is to get the footage in the can!  Or, “box”, actually, because we’re shooting video. But you know what we mean.
Edward Martin III, Ryan Johnson

Everett Ballroom 1 Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man
Jason V. BrockWilliam F. Nolan

Everett Ballroom 2 Help! A Bear Is Eating Me!
“Global warming and the expansion of North America’s population are bringing bears and humans together with unprecedented frequency.  What is the future of our relationship with these awesome creatures?  Must we eat one another?  Can’t we all just get along?

Portland, Oregon author MYKLE HANSEN addresses that question among others in his novel HELP! A BEAR IS EATING ME! — a schadenfreude-laden farce of American hubris in the face of Nature and her servants, specifically the wild bears of Alaska.

During his one-hour presentation, Mr. Hansen, a fixture of Portland’s literary and spoken-word scenes, will deliver an enlightening and entertaining slideshow on the shifting dynamic of the human-bear relationship in this era of global warming, economic meltdown and obesity.
Mykle Hansen

Everett Ballroom 3 F. Paul Wilson Interview
K.L. Young

Everett Ballroom 4 Infection: A Live Event
Check in for day 2 of the outbreak.

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

12:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
John Pitts
12:30 Angel McCoy

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Fashion Show Pre-Meeting
Designers and others involved in tonight’s festivities learn what they need to learn to make the event run smoothly.

Hoyt Room 2 Let’s Make a Movie: Shoot It!
Continued from 11:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man
Continued from 11:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Dragon Demo Live Martial Arts

Everett Ballroom 3 The Future of Fangoria: New Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander Speaks
Eric Morgret

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

1:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading
Lorelei Shannon
1:30 Rosemary Jones

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Book Signing: The Bleeding Edge
William F. NolanCody GoodfellowS.T. JoshiJason V. Brock

Hoyt Room 2 GOIN TO CAMP
Join Sleepaway Camp star Felissa Rose for a live audio commentary as she answers questions and pays tribute to the classic slasher film. Joining her on commentary are Shannon Flowers from Seattle Geekly as well as Celene Ramadan and Steve Lange of The Beta Society. A one-of-a-kind presentation not to be missed by any Sleepaway Camp fan. Commentary will be followed by a Q&A session.
Felissa Rose, The Beta SocietySeattle Geekly

Everett Ballroom 1 Special F. Paul Wilson Secret Screening!
“Keep” it safe, “Keep” it a secret!  A certain film based on one of F. Paul Wilson’s novel will be shown in a one-of-a-kind way!

Everett Ballroom 2 Bizarro Hour
One of the highlights of last year’s show returns!  Now with higher ceilings!  Sure to be an experience you will never forget!

Everett Ballroom 3 Ernie Hudson Interview
Jen Seaman

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

2:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Nick Mamatas
2:30 William F. Nolan

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Scary Monsters from Home!
Make your own scary make-up from items around the house.
Matt Cail

Hoyt Room 2 GOIN TO CAMP
Continued from 1:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Special F. Paul Wilson Secret Screening
Continued from 1:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Live Music from Dragon

Everett Ballroom 3 Doug Jones and Camden Toy Interview
Jay Tilley

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

3:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading
SatyrPhil Brucato
3:30 Cody Goodfellow

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 The History of Horror Movies
From Universal to remakes.
Chris AlexanderSean “The Butcher” SmithsonJenna M. Pitman (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Planet of Terror Presents!
Two films: Alice Jacobs is Dead: Set to the backdrop of a worldwide zombie threat, the film focuses on a doctor who’s keeping a secret in his personal life at home. A unique zombie short film that focuses on the love between two people, the lengths one will go to in achieving an end, Alice Jacobs is Dead is touching, horrifying, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Summer School: Charles is a horror fanatic who’s spent way too much time watching films and reviewing them for his blog. Due to a lack of sleep, he can’t stay awake during his summer school classes. Everytime he dozes off and wakes up, he finds himself in a new horror-themed scenario of which he’s the main victim. Will he really wake up and make it out of school alive?

Everett Ballroom 1 The Book of Zombie Screening

Everett Ballroom 2 Pure Cirkus Live Performance

Everett Ballroom 3 Margot Kidder Interview
Jen Seaman
Everett Ballroom 4 Infection: A Live Event

Oaks Room Drinks and snacks

4:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Reading
Mark Henry
4:30 Alma Alexander

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Local Success Story: Zombies of Mass Destruction
Cast and crew discusses the phenomenon.
Jenna M. Pitman

Hoyt Room 2 Planet of Terror Presents!
Continued from 3:00

Everett Ballroom 1 The Book of Zombie Screening
Continued from 3:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Pure Cirkus Live Performance
Continued from 3:00

Everett Ballroom 3 Northwest Filmmakers

Edward Martin III, Richard Valentine, Harry Tchinski, Antony De Gennaro, Ben Andrews, Bjorn Anderson, Eric Morgret(M)

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

5:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Undead Nation Writing Contest Live Finale
Two pre-selected up-and-coming northwest writers present a short story to the judges and a live audience. The winner’s story will be published in the forthcoming Undead Nation anthology and receive a host of gifts.
Rose O’KeefeF. Paul Wilson, Naick Mamatas, Chris AlexanderJenna M. Pitman

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 ARRGH! Brains!
Why do we love zombies so much? How have they managed to overrun the horror community for so many years?  What is the future of zombies?
Eric Pope, Mark Henry, Mark RahnerS.G. BrowneDerek Koch (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Beta Society Presents! Junkbucket 2
Watch the first Junkbucket followed by the trailer for Junkbucket 2!

Everett Ballroom 1 Nightmare on Elm Street Documentaries
Two filmmakers discuss their documentaries on this cultural juggernaut.
Thommy Hutson, Heather Langenkamp, Sean “The Butcher” Smithson (M)

Everett Ballroom 2 CLOSED

Everett Ballroom 3 Northwest Filmmakers
Continued from 4:00

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

6:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Jenna M. Pitman
6:30 Nathan Crowder

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 How do the Books go to the Movies?!
You really want your author to get that break so you can see their work on the big screen and they can start making the big bucks.  But how is that done and why don’t more of them do it?  And once the process starts how come so many movies are so DIFFERENT than the book that made them possible? That’s what we are here to explain.  Directors and authors explain the process of getting words from paper to screen; the excitement, the honor, the frustration and the joy.
John SkippWilliam F. NolanF. Paul Wilson S.G. Browne (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Beta Society Presents Junkbucket 2
Continued from 5:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Best of Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009
Great horror shorts: The Urge, Auburn Hills Breakdown, The Kirkie, Thirsty, Death in Charge and more

Everett Ballroom 2 CLOSED

Everett Ballroom 3 All Tomorrow’s Tentacles: The Future Of Cthulhu
Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos barely kept him in navy beans, but has grown to become the greatest cult phenomenon nobody else has heard of. But is the latest resurgence of the Cthulhu canon a sign that the stars are right at last, or just that we’re fresh out of new ideas? What sinister influence compels artists and authors to this bleak, mind-blasting stew of pulp existentialism, and what terrors can Rl’yeh and Cthulhu still hold for audiences trapped in a world besieged by oil-rig apocalypses and tentacle-porn?
S.T. JoshiNick MamatasCody GoodfellowScott Glancy (M)

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

7:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Chris Alexander
7:30 Michael Montoure

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Zombie Films You Might Not Have Seen
Mail Order Zombies escorts you through the world of lower-budget and more-obscure zombie filmature
Derek Koch

Hoyt Room 2 Audio Dramas
When hell is full, the dead will walk the audio waves!  The newest media frontier for horror and sci-fi is also one of the oldest!  Audio dramas are on the rise (like the walking reanimated corpse of old time radio) and show no signs of stopping.  Come and “see” why this is such a popular and vibrant storytelling option for the iPod generation and beyond.

Chris MartensJulie Hoverson (M)

Everett Ballroom 1 Best of MIFFF 2009
Continued from 6:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Costume Contest and Fashion Show
See contestants strut their stuff and local designers flaunt their wares.

Everett Ballroom 3 Skewed and Reviewed and in the News!
Come take a look at the genre films due in the next three years. From films just now going into production or in the process of being planned to the latest news on this summers blockbusters! Come for the information, stay for the Q&A session and exclusive post-panel swagline.
Gareth von Kallenbach

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

8:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Dark Discoveries

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 The Funniest, Sickest, Most Gruesome Flash Fiction Written Tonight!
Come watch our funniest writers read stories of 1,000 words or less that they wrote today during the con.  The funniest and most uncomfortable story wins, YOU get to decide what that is!

Hoyt Room 2 Fan Podcasting
Jeff Dean, Willy GreerDerek KochShannon & Matt

Everett Ballroom 1 Zombie Walk
Led by Mr. Goth Seattle and King of Zombies, Eric Pope!

Everett Ballroom 2 Costume Contest and Fashion Show
Continued from 7:00

Everett Ballroom 3 Skewed and Reviewed and in the News!
Continued from 7:00

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

9:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Cameron C Pierce
9:30 S.G. Browne

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1&2 13 Atrocities: The Return of Films Every Horror Fan Needs to See
It’s baaaaack. You’ll be scurrying to Scarecrow video after this presentation. Sadistic maniacs. Psychotic femme fatales. Cannibals. Satanic cults. Urban lycanthropes. Alien invaders. Ancient evils. Giant insects. All that and more is represented here folks! This year will be a  couple of very special surprises thrown in to thrill and chill you.
Chris AlexanderSean “The Butcher” Smithson (M)

Everett Ballroom 1 Zombie Walk
Continued from 8:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Stocker Farms Field of Screams Saturday Night Dance Party
Stocker Farms Field of Screams and DJ Mix Master Beck are going to deck out this year’s Crypticon Party with creepy ambiance and devious music all nigh, 9-til  we drop!

Everett Ballroom 3 Writers Iron Hack!
John SkippCody Goodfellow, Cameron Pierce, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, Eric Morgret (M)

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

10:00 PM
Rucker Room 1CLOSED

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1&2 13 ATROCITIES: The Return of Films Every Horror Fan Needs to See
Continued from 9:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Center Ring Cinema
Our own vile spokesperson talks movies!
Chuck deClown

Everett Ballroom 2 Stocker Farms Field of Screams Saturday Night Dance Party
Continued from 9:00

Everett Ballroom 3 Guerilla Panel

Everett Ballroom 4 CLOSED

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

11:00 PM
Hoyt Room 1&2 Late Night Movies
“Someone is Knocking at the Door” is a premiere. See it at Crypticon first it is ADULTS ONLY! “The Hills Run Red” (R rated)

SUNDAY JUNE 20th
10:00 AM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Jason V. Brock
10:30 Timothy Long

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Guerrilla Panel

Hoyt Room 2 Proud to be a Horror Fan and How to Draw Others out of the Closet
For decades horror has been considered a ghetto genre by “real” filmmakers and literary fiction.  But those of us who love it know that there is more to it than just girls screaming and lots of blood.  The fact of the matter is that many people, even “normal folks,” have a soft spot for a horror film or two.  So how can you prove to friends and family who claim to “not like scary movies” that the genre is just as serious as the last Oscar winning movie?
Lorelei Shannon, Thom Carnell, Jenna M. PitmanEric Morgret (M)

Everett Ballroom 1 The Best of the Tri-Cities Fan Film Festival

Everett Ballroom 2 Horror Trivia Contest  featuring Seattle Geekly

Everett Ballroom 3 NW Haunters Crypticon Panel

The frightful and gloomy NW is filled with many dark attractions, aka haunted houses, that light up in October. Members from Black Lake Insane Asylum, Dark Hollow Haunted Forest, Haunted Nightmare, and Stocker Farms Field of Screams will share what’s coming to the Puget Sound this season. Learn, listen, and lounge at this informative open discussion about local indoor and outdoor haunted attractions!

Everett Ballroom 4 Infected: A Live Event
Day 3, where are we now?

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

11:00 AM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Forgotten Slasher Films
Are you a fan of films featuring deranged, mask wearing lunatics slicing and dicing nubile young co-eds? Come learn about some slasher films that DON’T have killers named Jason, Michael or Freddy! Long, lost films from a time when VHS ruled the land!
Jeff Dean, Willy Greer

Hoyt Room 2 Part 3: Let’s Make a Movie: Edit It!
Let’s make a movie! You were there for Part 2, right, where we shot video like crazy? Quick! Time travel! In part 3, we show you a little about editing, how we put all that crazy footage down and make it into a movie that makes some kind of sense. Actually, we hope it makes some
kind of sense. We never really know. If you bought a computer within the past two years, chances are excellent that you have more digital video editing power at your fingertips than has ever been subject to the hands of Ordinary People. Learn about using this power for Good.
Or Evil. We don’t care, because we only use it for Fun. The key to making a movie, of course, is editing.
Edward Martin III, Ryan Johnson

Everett Ballroom 1 The Best of the Tri-Cities Fan Film Festival
Continued from 10:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Kane Hodder Interview
Steve Lange

Everett Ballroom 3 Dragon Demo Live Action Martial Arts

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

12:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Jeremy Robert Johnson
12:30 John Skipp

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Horror Games you Didn’t Know you Wanted to Play
We’ve all heard of Dungeons and Dragons (geeks!) and are tired of Clue and Risk.  But did you know that even with the tv and computer turned off that there are horror options to play?
Scott Glancy, Mickie Shulz, Eric Pope, Aron Tarbuck (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Make your own movie: Edit It!
Continued from 11:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Special F. Paul Wilson Secret Screening PART TWO!

Everett Ballroom 2 Nightmare on Elm Street
The stars of the films talk shop.

Everett Ballroom 3 Remaking Romero
How has the master of zombies influenced the undead hoards in today’s media?

Chris Martens, Eric Pope, Mark Henry, Mark RahnerS.G. BrowneDerek Koch (M)

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

1:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Reading
Erik Scott de Bei
1:30 Alan Gandy

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Up from the Depths! 30 Stories Tall!
Godzilla! Godzilla! GODZILLA!!!
Come listen to a panel of experts talk about, you guessed it, Godzilla and all his pals!
Jeff Burk, Aron Tarbuck, Nick Gucker, Kyle Yount, K.L. Young (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Son of Terror Screening
Local Northwest film with cast and crew Q&A

Everett Ballroom 1 Mail Order Zombie Movies!
One of the most knowledgeable people in the genre introduces a new zombie movie:  “George’s Intervention”
Derek M. Koch

Everett Ballroom 2 Crypticon Make-up Contest Finale and Closing Ceremonies
Make up contest winner announced, Crypt-i-con Award presented and a charity auction.

Everett Ballroom 3 The Survival Game
You’ve all played it.  You’re watching the screen and you just know that the main characters are doing something stupid.
Well… aren’t they?
What does it take to really survive a zombie apocalypse, or a crazed, knife weidling maniac, your haunted house, or an insidious parasite that seems to be taking over your town?

John SkippCody GoodfellowNick MamatasS.G. BrowneJenna M. Pitman (M)

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

2:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Guerrilla Panels

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Seattle Geekly Podcast
Our very own Seattle Geekly records a live podcast from Crypticon!

Hoyt Room 2 Son of Terror Screening
Continued from 1:00

Everett Ballroom 1 Mail Order Zombie Movies!
Continued from 1:00

Everett Ballroom 2 Closing Ceremonies
Continued from 1:00

Everett Ballroom 3 Internet Piracy and Peer to Peer Filesharing
Jeff Burk, Carlton Mellick III, Jennifer Brozek, Nick MamatasJohn Skipp

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

3:00 PM
Rucker Room 1 Guerrilla Panels

Rucker Room 2 Art Show

Hoyt Room 1 Start Your Kids Right; Start Them on Horror
You want to introduce your children to horror but let’s face it, this isn’t the most “family friendly” genre in the world.  So what is out there?  What movies and books are appropriate for growing minds?  Is there anything actually made for children that isn’t corny or overtly silly?  Are the days of Mary Downing Hahn and R.L. Stein done for?  What happened to shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters?  And how much damage do YOU think the next Saw film or Feast II will do to a youngster?
Thom Carnell, Cody GoodfellowJason V. BrockLorelei Shannon (M)

Hoyt Room 2 Mail Order Zombie Podcast
Mail Order Zombie records a live podcast at Crypticon!

Everett Ballroom 1 Women of Horror
Over the years women have had a profound influence over the horror genre and yet when we think of “horror greats” hardly any female names come to mind.  Let’s talk about why that is, who has done some amazing work, who to watch next, and what should be done about gender stereotypes in the genre.
Jenna M. Pitman,Jennifer Brozek, Heather BuckleyAngel McCoy (M)

Everett Ballroom 2 Dragon Demo Live Action Martial Arts

Everett Ballroom 3&4 Infection: A Live Event Finale
Come to see how it all played out!

Oaks Room Drinks and Snacks

4:00 PM
Rucker Room 1Guerrilla Panels

Rucker Room 2 Art Show CLOSED

Hoyt Room 1 Gravestone Pictures Final Word Casting

Hoyt Room 2 Guerrilla Panels

Everett Ballroom 1 Guerrilla Panels

Everett Ballroom 2 Guerrilla Panels

Everett Ballroom 3 What Would You Like from Crypticon in 2011?
What did you like this year?  What would you like to see us do differently?  Is there something you just keep hoping we’ll include and we keep overlooking it?  Come give us input to make next year even better!  (Please keep comments polite and respectful, constructive criticism only)

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Fashion Shows? Amazing Fashion Shows!

Friday’s Show Event Listing: 18 & Up R-Rated Variety Gore-Fest~ A True Blood-Y Feast For The Senses!

Saturday’s Show Event Listing: Crypticon Seattle Fashion Show & Costume Contest

Looks like a great show. Get tickets now!

Friday Night Event Performers & Designers:
This 18 & Up Variety Show is R-Rated and not to be missed! We will have Performance Artists, Killer Fashions, Naughty bits, Tasty Treats and Fancy Feasts. This event will surely leave you hungry for More Gore!  Headlining Performers include the stunning Gorelesque Troupe~The Gore Gore Girls! Also performing will be Noel Austin and his merry band of Pure Cirkus brand art and fashion!

See you there, if you Dare! Be sure to tell all your fiends!

HEADLINING PERFORMERS:

The Gore Gore Girls
Website: www.gorelesque.com

The Gore Gore Girls are Seattle’s one and only gorelesque performance troupe!  We specialize in horror, gore, and zombie based performances. Blood, brains, and rock n’ roll – We are your partners in GRIME!

AND

D.N.A Designs In Collaboration With “Pure Cirkus” Freaks

DESIGNERS for Friday Night:

D.N.A Designs
Website: http://www.noelaustin.com/

D.N.A. Designs is a new fast way to approach a world that demands true style. Born from the streets I grew up on, I was that dirty punk rock kid sitting on the street corner sewing on patches on my pants that I got at the hardcore show the night before. Beer, drugs, and fast snotty music is what gave me inspiration to fill my leather jacket full of studs. And as I grew up and changed my life I kept my style and my beliefs. People would ask where I got my clothes and I would say I made them. Next thing you know I started making designs for other people. Now I have some help from my friends and my business partner, Talbot Shoemaker, so here we are, if you don’t like what we are doing I say to you, “Fuck off.” As things grew and became the creature that it is today, this creature that brings you sex, violence, fear, and joy. It is more than fashion its a way of life, built from a world in fashion by the dinosaurs of today. We are here to change the world and make it ok to be a hot, sexy mess. So please take my hand, and fuck you, let’s rodeo.
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The Crypt
Website: http://www.cryptleather.com/seattle/

The Crypt: Sexy Stuff For Sexy People.
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Morph Clothing
Website: http://morph-clothing.com/

Morph Clothing is an online boutique of high-end streetwear currently based out of Toronto, Ontario. All of our current items are made and designed in Canada. Therefore, we only sell garments of the highest quality clothing for women and men.
The word Morph means to transform. It’s only fitting that Arlene decided to call her clothing line Morph because it applies to both her personal life and her design aesthetic: change + evolve.
Morph has been featured in Dazed and Confused, Redskin Mag, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Pulp Magazine, Skin Two Magazine, Goth Magazine and other print publications in featured Arlene as one of its up and coming new fashion designers. Morph is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Developed for the ever-changing urban environment and guided by underground subcultures, Arlene mixes styles with her own interpretation of these cultures to create her designs; she follows a natural process of evolution with her designs. Arlene is constantly searching for new, interesting ideas to inspire her and she finds that her spur-of-the-moment ideas are usually the most successful.
The entire collection retails from $75-$300 and is currently available at selected boutiques in Canada, and the United States. For wholesale information, please contact us at info@morph-clothing.com.
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Helene Hawthorne Fashions

Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hhfashions

Local designer specializing in original costumes, hats, corset, accessories, jewelry and more. I’ll be in the vendor room all weekend selling my clothing.

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Evil Pawn Jewelry
Website: http://www.evilpawnjewelry.com/

Evil Pawn Jewelry by Faith Evangeline. A fusion of Antique, vintage, goth, bohemian, glamour, old costume, and Native American Jewelry. All done DARK! Home of the copyrighted Cameo Skull. Adorn Yourself in Metal.
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Cleo Wolfus Designs
Website: www.cleowolfus.etsy.com

“Accessories for adults playing dress-up.”

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Winter Fetish
Website: http://winterfetish.com
Since 1998 we’ve been creating fetish fashion and fantasies from high
quality materials. All of our products are designed and manufactured
right here in Seattle WA.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS for Friday’s 18&Up Event: DJ LIGHTRAY~Currently spinning 80s/Goth/Synthpop/Modern Dance every Tuesday night @ Neighbours Underground. Artist Jason Green
Email:
dursnap@gmail.com

DESIGNERS FOR SATURDAYS FASHION SHOW:

Fancy Terrible Clothing
Website: http://www.fancyterribleclothing.com
Email:fancy.terrible.clothing@gmail.com

“This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.” ~ Dorothy Parker
Goth Lolita Clothing Line based in Seattle, WA. Hats, jewelry, skirts, jackets, blouses, corsets, dresses, bloomers, burlesque-wear, tights, other accessories. Also the creator of FANG! The Cuppycake: Cupcake of DOOOOM! T-Shirts available here along with other products from House of High Maintenance. Find us on Facebook or Twitter!  (NOTE TO WEBMISTRESS-please add this linkhttp://fancyterrible.spreadshirt.com/fang-the-cuppycake-C49833 to the word “here” in the last sentence.

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Last Wear
Website: http://www.lastwear.com


Lastwear is a group of three designers. They design clothing for outlanders, steampunks reality hackers and temporal misfits. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality and most durable products on the market. They hope their designs will inspire people to see the world a little differently. You can find them online at lastwear.com or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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XIV Minutes
Website: http://www.xivminutes.com/

Johnathan  McMinn & Rachel Carnahan are the designers behind XIVminutes.  Both coming from creative backgrounds they decided to start this line while working on a charity runway show.  Johnathan & Rachel’s background focuses in abstract art, modeling, runway production, designing and the study of couture.

This will be XIVminutes last event in the area as we are relocating to LA in July.

Mekanikal Angel Chain Fallz™ and Metal Dreadz™

http://www.mekanikalangel.com/

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See information above about these designers.

Evil Pawn Jewelry
Cleo Wolfus Designs
Helene Hawthorne Fashions
Morph Clothing


Movies, Movies we are Showing Movies!

Many people have been asking for the movie line-up.  This is a listing of movies we will be showing.  Crypticon will also have panels about movies and making movies. Make sure to check the full schedule for everything going on at Crypticon.

Click on the links to see trailers and learn more about the films.

Friday June 18th

8:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Slime City Massacre screening JUST ADDED to the show: Robert “Craig” Sabin from the original and new Slime City movies and composer Mars Homeworld

9:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Slime City Massacre screening

10:00 PM

Hoyt Room 1 and Hoyt Room 2 TAKEN with an introduction from writer/director Richard Valentine

11:00 PM

Hoyt Room 1 and Hoyt Room 2 after TAKEN ends Late Night Movies “Long Pigs” “Drive- In Horrorshow” – “Darkest Hour” a local Northwest film (order subject to change)

11:00 AM

Everett Ballroom 1 Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man with director Jason V. Brock and William F. Nolan

12:00 PM

Everett Ballroom 1 Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man with director Jason V. Brockand William F. Nolan

1:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 GOIN TO CAMP w/Felissa Rose, The Beta Society, and Seattle Geekly:

Join Sleepaway Camp star Felissa Rose for a live audio commentary as she answers questions and pays tribute to the classic slasher film. Joining her on commentary are Shannon Flowers from Seattle Geekly as well as Celene Ramadan and Steve Lange of The Beta Society. A one-of-a-kind presentation not to be missed by any Sleepaway Camp fan. Commentary will be followed by a Q&A session.

Everett Ballroom 1 Special F. Paul Wilson secret Screening ‘Keep’ it a secret. Really big fun with a movie from the 80’s.   It is a film based on an F. Paul Wilson book.

2:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 GOIN TO CAMP w/Felissa Rose, The Beta Society, and Seattle Geekly:

Join Sleepaway Camp star Felissa Rose for a live audio commentary as she answers questions and pays tribute to the classic slasher film. Joining her on commentary are Shannon Flowers from Seattle Geekly as well as Celene Ramadan and Steve Lange of The Beta Society. A one-of-a-kind presentation not to be missed by any Sleepaway Camp fan. Commentary will be followed by a Q&A session.

Everett Ballroom 1 Special F. Paul Wilson secret Screening continues

3:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Planet of Terror presents movieAlice Jacobs is Dead: Set to the backdrop of a worldwide zombie threat, the film focuses on a doctor who’s keeping a secret in his personal life at home. A unique zombie short film that focuses on the love between two people, the lengths one will go to in achieving an end, Alice Jacobs is Dead is touching, horrifying, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Summer School: Charles is a horror fanatic who’s spent way too much time watching films and reviewing them for his blog. Due to a lack of sleep, he can’t stay awake during his summer school classes. Everytime he dozes off and wakes up, he finds himself in a new horror-themed scenario of which he’s the main victim. Will he really wake up and make it out of school alive?

Everett Ballroom 1 The Book of Zombie

4:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Planet of Terror presents movieAlice Jacobs is Dead: Set to the backdrop of a dwindling worldwide zombie threat, the film focuses on a doctor who’s working on a cure while using his wife in his experimentations. A unique zombie short film that focuses on the love between a man and his wife, the lengths one will go to in achieving an end, Alice Jacobs is Dead is touching, horrifying, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Summer School: Charles is a horror fanatic who’s spent way too much time watching films and reviewing them for his blog. Due to a lack of sleep, he can’t stay awake during his summer school classes. Everytime he dozes off and wakes up, he finds himself in a new horror-themed scenario of which he’s the main victim. Will he really wake up and make it out of school alive?

Everett Ballroom 1 The Book of Zombie

5:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Beta Society Junkbucket 2 Watch the first Junkbucket and the trailer for Junkbucket 2!

Everett Ballroom 1 Thommy Hutson and Heather Langenkamp talk about their Nightmare on Elm Street documentaries moderated by Sean “The Butcher” Smithson

6:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 Beta Society Junkbucket 2 Watch the first Junkbucket and the trailer for Junkbucket 2! continues

Everett Ballroom 1 Best of MIFFF great horror shorts The Urge, Auburn Hills Breakdown, The Kirkie, Thirsty, Death in Charge and more

7:00 PM

Everett Ballroom 1 Best of MIFFF great horror shorts The Urge, Auburn Hills Breakdown, The Kirkie, Thirsty, Death in Charge

8:00 PM

9:00 PM

Hoyt Room 1 & 2 – 13 ATROCITIES: The Return of Films Every Horror Fan Needs to See

It’s baaaaack. You’ll be scurrying to Scarecrow video after this presentation. Sadistic maniacs. Psychotic femme fatales. Cannibals. Satanic cults. Urban lycanthropes. Alien invaders. Ancient evils. Giant insects. All that and more is represented here folks! This is a DO NOT MISS event, with a couple of very, very special surprises thrown in to thrill and chill you. Chris Alexander and Sean “The Butcher” Smithson
Saturday 9pm until WE ARE DONE!

10:00 PM

Hoyt Room 1 & 2 – 13 ATROCITIES: The Return of Films Every Horror Fan Needs to See

It’s baaaaack. You’ll be scurrying to Scarecrow video after this presentation. Sadistic maniacs. Psychotic femme fatales. Cannibals. Satanic cults. Urban lycanthropes. Alien invaders. Ancient evils. Giant insects. All that and more is represented here folks! This is a DO NOT MISS event, with a couple of very, very special surprises thrown in to thrill and chill you. Chris Alexander and Sean “The Butcher” Smithson
Saturday 9pm until WE ARE FRICKIN’ DONE!

11:00 pm- Late night movies

Hoyt Room 1 & 2 : Premiere of the film  SOMEONE IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR! (this film is 18 and over ONLY)  “The Hills Run Red”

10:00 AM

Everett Ballroom 1 The Best of the Tri-Cities Fan Film Festival

11:00 AM

Everett Ballroom 1 The Best of the Tri-Cities Fan Film Festival

12:00 PM

Everett Ballroom 1 F. Paul Wilson 2nd secret screening

1:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 SON OF TERROR Local Northwest film with cast and crew Q&A “Son of Terror” examines the inner workings of a mentally ill person set on the stage of a monster movie. Inspired by the homeless population inPioneer Square, Seattle, this film takes a fictional look at the horror of mental illness. You will have a front row seat inside this character’s mind and experience the reality of his inner struggle. Ride alongside as he consciously tries to understand & escape….sit and watch from the inside of the characters mental experience. This can be a frustratingly compelling emotional interaction.

2:00 PM

Hoyt Room 2 SON OF TERROR – Screening and Q&A at Crypticon continues

Everett Ballroom 1 Derek Koch Presents zombie movies continues

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Spaceship Terror!! At Crypticon Friday night!

Harwen Productions LLC. is pleased to announce its newest film  written and directed by Harry Tchinski. ‘Spaceship Terror’ a demented and mad look at a killer with a love for torturing and killing of innocent people out in the far reaches of space.

It stars Jay Wesley Cochran, as the mad captain, and Kristen Springer as the leader of a small group of five women and one male pilot on their way to their next duty station. While on their journey their military transport crashes on a small uninhabited planet, but they are able to send out a s.o.s before crashing and destroying their transport. Shortly after crashing  they are picked up by a old derelict space vessel which heard their s.o.s and came for them right away. Once picked up they find themselves trapped and unable to escape from the strange lifeless ship.  From that moment on they find themselves fighting to stay alive while the ships demented mad capt. does everything possible to frighten and torment his female captives before killing and in some cases feeding on them while they are still alive.

If you’re a diehard horror/sci-fi fan you will find yourself talking about some of the most why out slasher moments
you’ve ever seen. Get ready to close your eyes tight because you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Learn more at the official website and follow all the fun on Facebook: “Spaceship Terror” fan page.


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This Looks Fun

Showbox and The Stranger present
Cinematic Titanic: Original Cast & Creator of Mystery Science Theater
3000

Day: Fri, Jun 11, 2010
6:00 and 9:30
Ticket Prices*: $36.00 ADV-$40.00 DOS
www.cinematictitanic.com

CINEMATIC TITANIC is the feature-length movie riffing show from the
creator and original cast of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. Like MST3K,
the show was created by JOEL HODGSON and features the same team that
first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life:
TRACE BEAULIEU (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. ELVIS WEINSTEIN (Tom Servo, Dr.
Erhardt), FRANK CONNIFF (TV’s Frank), and MARY JO PEHL (Pearl
Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the
unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies
from the past.

Founded in late 2007, Cinematic Titanic is reconnecting the CT crew
with MSTies around the world as well as bringing new fans to the comedy
art form first introduced by this group 20 years ago on television.

http://www.showboxonline.com/market/eventdetail.php?id=26889

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