Gallery and Report: Days of the Dead Indianapolis 2014Books/Art/Culture,News Brian Steward
You would think after three years, any normal city council would have enacted ordinances to keep the demon-fueled party that is Days of the Dead out of their quaint urban utopia. Obviously, Indianapolis is no normal city.
For the fourth year, Indianapolis has welcomed this convention with open arms and this past June 27-29, FANGORIA was there to capture the action. Descending on the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, Days of the Dead brought the party in full force! There were more film screenings, karaoke parties, costume and tattoo contests than you could shake a stick at (if you are the kind of person who shakes sticks at things). Quick Example: the Friday night festivities were handled by Indy’s own Iron Diamond, an ‘80s metal cover band (amazingly fronted by Dustin Boltjes, the drummer of the brutal blackened metal band, Skeletonwitch).
For those brave enough to wander into the hotel’s haunted halls, there were amazing sights to be seen. Tons of vendors were showing off their horror wares, from vintage soundtrack vinyl to crafts made from bone and everything in between.
Meanwhile, in attendance were such horror icons as Bill Moseley; FX legend and Gorezone columnist, Tom Savini; NIGHT OF THE DEMONS director Kevin Tenney; beloved Scream Queen Linnea Quigley; AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON star David Naughton; Nancy Allen from De Palma’s CARRIE and DRESSED TO KILL; not one, but two Jason Voorhees actors from the most recent FRIDAY THE 13th film, Derek Mears and Caleb Guss; HELLRAISER’s Ashley Laurence and Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley. SHARKNADO’s lovely Tara Reid; THE LOST BOYS’ Corey Feldman; PJ Soles of both CARRIE and HALLOWEEN; dear old Grandpa from the original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, John Dugan; Eddie Munster himself, Butch Patrick; Laurence Harvey of the second and forthcoming HUMAN CENTIPEDE films and many, many more.
Music fans were not left out either! On hand to meet and sign were Eerie Von of Samhain and Danzig fame; former Misfits guitarist and now solo artist, Doyle; Stephen Pearcy, the former voice of Ratt; and Cherry Currie of The Runaways fame! The dancing outlaw, Jessco White even made an appearance!
As always, convention promoters Adolfo Dorta, Bill Philput and Rick Lara delivered a brain-devastating weekend long party that is already aiming to please its rabid fans for a fifth year!
Next stop: LA!