AIN’T NOTHING WRONG, WITH A LITTLE Q & A
There are many panels for fans to attend and hear about the making of their favorite movies, and a chance to speak directly to their favorite stars. Unfortunately time management is an issue, having to choose which panel to attend as so many occur at the same time.
I was able to attend the ‘Death House’ panel – an upcoming horror movie set in a secret prison taking viewers on a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by an army of inmates. The panel featured Sean Waylan (Batman Returns, Twister, Idle Hands), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, Jason Goes to Hell, Smothered), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Dead Serious, Silent Night Zombie Night), and Yan Birch (The People Under The Stairs, Charmed). They discussed the process of making such a layered horror movie that has so many levels of evil, but then became a ‘study on acting’. It was incredibly enjoyable hearing about the actors experiences in Hollywood and them sharing anecdotes about life on a set. I really liked them demystifying the public’s ‘idea’ of life as an actor; being pampered in a trailer in exotic locales. Sean Waylan commented that even though he was in Hawaii for ‘Lost’ the actors were limited in where they could go and do and often were there without their loved ones. I did get to ask my own question to the cast, in keeping with the discussion of acting. ‘’I have worked 10 years in a call center, so when I am home I absolutely despise talking on the phone; as actors, do you still enjoy going to the theater to watch movies or is it something you’d rather avoid?” – All of the cast was quick to reply that they all love watching movies, with Sean stating it was something that is vital to being a good actor is a love of the art form.
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The second panel I wanted to attend was the ‘Who’s Ready to Scream?’ panel featuring Matthew Lillard (Hackers, SLC Punk, Scooby-Doo
) and Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, The Craft, The Newton Boys
). This highly anticipated panel was well attended by convention guests. Matthew was exactly as I expected, entertaining, he walked around the room handing his mic to guests wanting to ask questions and interacting with the press. Skeet remained on stage. Both stars were asked the expected questions of ‘What’s your favorite scene’, ‘How was it working with Wes Craven’, etc. but they were presented with some in-depth questions about the aspects of being an actor such as auditioning, something that Matthew gave an impassioned response about misconceptions the public have about celebrity. He even thanked the audience for attending the convention as it helps blue-collar actors support their families. The 50-minute panel felt like it went by way too fast as we were all having a really great time.