Convention Review: Days of the Dead – Indy ’13

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Days of the Dead made it’s debut three years ago in Indianapolis, and has since evolved into a juggernaut. With four shows across the country (Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta) chances are, you’re within driving distance of one of them. This year’s Indy show ran July 5th through 7th, and I made the trip to check it out for Into-The-Dark.

Opening night crowds were pretty low key and ticket lines ran fast and smooth. Even the celeb autograph lines were manageable – although the first night of a con tends to be a little less crowded anyway. Festival volunteers were friendly, but lacked some basic info. A note to convention organizers: every volunteer should at least be able to point out the nearest restroom and ATM.

The vendor area was a good size, spread out across two convention halls and a couple of adjoining hallways. When you go to a lot of horror cons, you start to notice the same vendors over and over – and to be sure, Days of the Dead had plenty of familiar faces – but I also noticed quite a bit of merch I hadn’t seen before, which was a nice change of pace.

The show itself had a good mix of celebs, including a cast reunion for The Thing (1982) with nearly everybody from the movieĀ except Kurt Russell. Events included celeb panels, tattoo and costume contests, and a VIP after-party. Days of the Dead also included the JABB 48 Hour Film Fest, which was one aspect of the event that was really disappointing. The rental screen wasn’t much bigger than the TV in my living room, and sound was pumped through a couple of cheap-o speakers. The first movie on Friday ran late, and when it ended, there weren’t any staff members on hand to start the next one.

Overall, DOTD Indy seemed like a fairly well-run show, but for anyone who goes to a lot of cons, you might not find yourself blown away by the experience.

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About Dave_P

Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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