Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Interview -- Spooky Empire's very own Petey Mongelli!!

*I had to reupload this since it disappeared from my blog. I'm still coming down from my Spooky Empire Weekend high.

Recently, I had an awesome opportunity to interview Spooky Empire's founder Petey Mongelli! I was able to somewhat pick his brain on his horrific creation: Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, Florida! Thousands of people look forward to it EVERY year! Yes, the beauty of Central Florida being taken over by HORROR FANS! Are you crying like I am?

Formerly known as Screamfest (changed in 2008), this awesome horrorfest has gone from a single room hall in Plantation, FL to the entire Wyndham Resort in Orlando! It's a home for horror with its very own celebrity roster! There are over 60 celebrities who attend, along with a dozen of guest panels, a weekend filled with full movie screenings and so much more! Each year, this convention makes history. So let's enjoy some of that history now with my interview with Petey below. Make sure that you attend Spooky Empire! If not, remember, I know where you live...and so does the guy in the picture below.

1. For those few who haven't been fortunate enough to know until now, could you please tell us who you are and what you do?

My name is Petey Mongelli. I am the owner and promoter of the largest horror convention in the United States, Spooky Empire.

2. How did Spooky Empire start?

Ten years ago, me and two other guys were working on the Broadway Show The Lion King. I mentioned to them that I wanted to put together a convention, but at the time the idea was to do more of a rock n roll convention. Music was kind of in a slump at that time, and horror movies were becoming more mainstream with the first of Rob Zombie’s films. It just seemed like a good choice for a convention. The rest is history.

3. Could you tell us your TOP 5 horror movies?

1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

2. Halloween 2

3. Motel Hell

4. House of 1,000 Corpses

5. The Leprechaun series

4. What's the attendance goal of Spooky Empire? (celebrities and guests)

There’s never enough, once we hit a goal we want more

5. QUICK! There is a zombie apocalypse; what is your weapon of choice?

Baseball bat.

6. What are 3 tips you could give us when attending Spooky Empire?

- Visit the vendor room before you get autographs. There are some great items in there you can get signed.

- Reserve your hotel room way in advance, it always sells out, and then everyone complains they can’t get a room.

- Pace yourself – you don’t want to get too drunk on Thursday night. You have a whole weekend of partying, take it slow and enjoy the show!

7. In 10 years, where do you see yourself and Spooky Empire?

Being able to finally enjoy the actual show, instead of working it and watching it on video later!

8. Which guest are you most excited about seeing this year at Spooky Empire and why?

Rose McGowan, we’re fans of a lot of her work. Also the Nightmare on Elm Street 4 reunion, it’s a first, never been done.

9. Why should we visit Spooky Empire this year?

Why wouldn’t you? If you are going to celebrate Halloween, what better way to do it?

10. Finally, this is just for my own personal record. What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

Cream cheese and jelly.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Upcoming Horrors for November 2012!

It's November! It's time to share the list of all the delightful horrors that are coming out this month! It doesn't matter if it's straight to DVD or theaters--horror is HORROR!

If you've already checked any of the movies out, please let me know; or if you plan on checking any out...let me know anyway! Or! If I'm missing any, let ME know!

Supernatural Activity - RELEASE DATE: November 6th, 2012
So by the looks of the cover can't you tell? It's a parody of Paranormal Activity--duh! So expect ridiculous, perhaps funny videos!

Vamps - RELEASE DATE: November 13th, 2012
I doubt that this is a horror, but of course because it has vampires in it, they slap it in the horror section. Anyhow, its the modern day tale of two young beautiful female vampires living the good nightlife in New York. UNTIL!! They fall in love...and now they have to choose between LOVE or jeopardizing their immortality.

Hellsgate - RELEASE DATE: November 16th, 2012
A business man, his wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2) - RELEASE DATE: November 16th, 2012
Not a horror but it has horror elements plus SURPRISINGLY, I'm a fan of Twilight. So. Yeah...judge all you want! I'm a secret romantic.

Hitchcock - RELEASE DATE: November 23rd, 2012
This film is based on a non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello. It's pretty much about how Hitchcock arrives at his highest point of directing and decides to make a horror.

Silent Night - RELEASE DATE: November 30th, 2012
A small-town sheriff and deputy are on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus who terrorizes their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade...the killer is hiding in plain sight! Surprisingly! I'm looking forward to this film and have been since last year. :P

The Collection - RELEASE DATE: November 30th, 2012
Synopsis:When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through thegruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn.

I'm sooo looking forward to The Collection!

Sadly, that's all the horrors that are coming out this month...

Happy Horror!