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Interview: Crypticon Seattle - Horror Convention, Baby!


Eric Morgret, Head of Programming for Crypticon Seattle, was kind enough to take a moment out of his time to answer a few questions about what we can expect from this years event, plus comment on horror movies in general. Of course, "Twilight" is never overlooked, so expect opinions on that suckfest inside!

Let's get to it shall we!

BB: What are your hopes for the convention, long term?

Eric: Simply put we would like Crypticon to become the “go-to” horror event for the Northwest and a convention that people want to travel to. A unique and interesting event that gives people things to talk about until the next convention comes around.

BB: Year established?

Eric: In Seattle 2008.

BB: Who created the group?

Eric: It grew out of the Minneapolis Crypticon.

BB: What should someone coming wear?

Eric: We are a casual organization so whatever they like. We will have a great costume contest on Saturday. All people coming to the con are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character or original horror costumes of their own design. Crypticon loves the costume imagination of the people that come to the con.

BB: Will there be any horror movie icons/stars at the convention? If so, who might that be?

Eric: Yes there will be several. Margot Kidder, Doug Jones, Kane Hodder, Ernie Hudson, Brian Sipe, Felissa Rose, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow to name a few. There are more are in the works.

BB: Is your lineup of talent still growing? Any secret ones you want to reveal?

Eric: It is still growing but I can’t say who is coming up. Watch the Crypticon site, Facebook and Twitter for the new guests that are soon to join.

BB: What stars, if any, have you had in the past?

Eric: We have had some great guests: Don Coscarelli, Lloyd Kaufman, Adrienne Barbeau, Ken Foree, Tom Atkins, Reggie Bannister, Adrienne King, Howard Sherman, and many more.

BB: What do you think about modern horror films?

Eric: I will answer this myself not as a Crypticon representative. J

For me the modern horror film is an interesting study of very different sides. The underground and independent film is producing amazing, original, and fascinating new horror films. I have a hard time making the blanket statement that all new big-budget horror movies suck. Many of the re-makes and “re-imaginings” that are being made are simply produced to make a buck. Some of the disappointment in these movies comes from the lack of respect that this genre lives in. The idea that anyone can make a horror movie because those movies don’t matter, they are not about real emotions, and they are not realistic: is complete bullshit. This has been proven time and time again when the most talented people in Hollywood make a horror movie and it’s terrible. That is what happens when they do not have respect for the genre. When a horror movie becomes too good to be horror they re-classify it as a “thriller”. Say what you want, “The Silence of the Lambs” is a horror movie. Although horror has moved beyond the time when scary movies only came out in October, they still have not moved into the realm of “real movies” as far as the big boys are concerned.

Horror may never get the respect we know it deserves. The genre pushes boundaries; it makes the viewer uncomfortable. If you are looking to sell to the largest audience possible, it’s hard to justify making them uncomfortable. I know exceptions exist but they are exceptions for a reason.

Amazing new work is being created in horror. Genre film festivals and conventions have a duty to seek out these hidden gems and share them with an audience.

BB: What kind of volunteers for the convention are you looking for?

Eric: All kinds, we want fun and enthusiastic people to help make Crypticon as great as it can be.

BB: What do love about working with this group?

Eric: They love horror. I like working with and hanging out with people that “get it”. It’s still a labor of love so you have to like the people you are working with. I’m glad I do.

BB: Does Twilight "bite" or "suck"?

Eric: Suck, hope my wife doesn’t see this.

BB: What are your thoughts on Twilight's rise in fandom? Is it a story worthy of attention or not?

Eric: My hope is that it will lead fans to look for more in horror. The idea of a “Twilight” fan discovering the magic of Christopher Lee as Dracula is intriguing. It could just be my optimistic side coming out.

BB: What do you think of the Hollywood remake machine? Do you support the reboots/remakes or think someone should be lashed for them?

Eric: I have to say: neither. Remakes do not interest me but sometimes they are fun to watch. The money would be better spent making original movies. However, the proliferation of remakes has increased the over-all visibility of horror. They are generally big budget movies with big budget advertising campaigns. When the remakes are released we are often treated to a shiny new special edition DVD of the original. Although it is just “cashing in” on all the advertising from the major release; it does not keep me from getting that extras-loaded disc. Damn my optimistic side is strong today.

I still wish the money was spent on making original movies.

BB: What movies do you recommend people coming to the convention should watch before coming? Any must-sees?

Eric: The best thing to do is check out the people that are coming and look up the movies they have been in. At first glance, Margot Kidder may seem like an odd choice, until you have seen the original “Amityville Horror” and “Black Christmas”. Doug Jones: Hellboy one and two. Ernie Hudson: “Ghostbusters” of course. Felissa Rose: “Sleepaway Camp”. Check out books by Mark Henry, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow, and the other authors. What would make me happy is to know that horror fans discover something new or fall in love again with that film or book they enjoyed when they first discovered horror.

BB: Are you involved in any other projects (conventions, movies, etc)?

Eric: I am the festival director for the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival in Seattle. It’s a genre film festival featuring horror, sci-fi, animation, fantasy, and action movies. Also I am the ad executive for the HP Lovecraft inspired and strange tales based magazine “Strange Aeons”. I enjoy filmmaking. My latest project is a short film based on HP Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House”.

I have included some links for trailers and a short film; I hope you enjoy them.

Under favorites “The Shunned House” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnbE8VGLnZw

“Strange Aeons” - http://www.youtube.com/user/CrypticonSeattle?feature=mhw5#p/f/7/q3_avZ7T9r4

Both of the above were directed by me.

BB: What movie do you think should be tied to a heavy object and sunk to the depths of the ocean?

Eric: Anything that assumes the audience is not as smart as the person making the movie.

BB: What Hollywood movie do you find most horrifying?

Eric: “Van Helsing” looked pretty but was just so disappointing.

BB: Who would win in a thumb match Bub ("Day of the Dead") or Bill Heinzman's character from "Night of the Living Dead"?

Eric: Bub, he could operate a cassette player, sort of. J

BB: Anything else you'd like to add or any special message to horror film fans local, and not, out there?

Eric: I, like many horror fans, search for good scary movies. We are a loyal fan base. Always hoping that the next movie will be the one that gives us the rush we got the first time we were scared by a film. Never stop searching. Those films are out there. Keep the search alive!

BB: Thanks for your time, Eric!

You can follow Crypticon Seattle at the following sites:

Their site: http://www.crypticonseattle.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/crypticon
Facebook: Crypticon-Seattle
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CrypticonSeattle

Most importantly though - ATTEND!

Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 5:25pm

Wow, great makes ups. Love the dress ups too.

JAS on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 9:33am

P.S. I'll be there June 19th & 20th! Say "Hi" if you spot me and get a super-fantastical-cool-mega-awesome "hi" back!

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