This past weekend, we all went to Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. We attended last year and it was definitely not made boring with experience. They seem to attract different people and have a different vibe each year. Famous people, movie screenings (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is worth your time), and tons of people watching, etc. If you’re local, you need to check it out.
Many notable things happened. Firstly, Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) was slightly dismayed that I hadn’t seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was still reeling from how much he looked like my dad to get the significance of him wishing me an enjoyable first viewing of the movie. Later, I realized how sinister that sentiment could be…
In all honesty, Gunnar is a very sweet and genuine man. I’m sure he didn’t really chainsaw all of those people. 🙂
My absolute favorite moment of the MMP was meeting Danny Trejo. I’ve loved him since From Dusk Til Dawn (even more in Bubble Boy) and get super excited whenever I see him randomly pop up in movies. I saw Machete finally last year and realized that if I ever did meet him, I needed to make him sign my machete. If you followed the exploits of my last blog, you may remember my induction into the Machete Army and know that I already owned my own:
Let’s not try to hide the past, right? Please feel free to get a good laugh out of that one.
Anyway, Danny seemed impressed that I brought a very-obviously-used machete and insisted upon taking two pictures with me. He is seriously the most fun famous person I’ve ever met (aside from Jorge Garcia — it’s a close call).
The third notable happening was, on top of it all, I was super sick for most of the weekend and in quite a lot of lady pain (referenced here). It brings me to an important point. If your body is telling you to rest, you should do so… unless you have the chance to meet Danny Trejo. Then you sweat profusely, tough it out, and take a nap after.
All in all, I had a great time with my friends and their shenanigans. I’m pretty sure we will be going again next year.
Do you go to conventions? What’s your favorite part about them?
MMP photos courtesy of Mike Gillman