Whew!! Another year at Sinister Creature Con was had and it was a total blast. Before I knew the exact guests were set in place I wondered how they would follow up the Elm Street, Freddy's children panel that took place at the first ever SCC held in Stockton earlier this year. That was until I sat in a packed panel room full of hot breath and tons of other fans as we waiting for half of the cast of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" to enter the room. Did I also mention Ted Raimi, brother of the genius behind the Evil Dead franchise, Sam Raimi, and Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2, Intruder) would be there?
I've been aware of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival for a long time now. This year was the first year I was able to actually attend and it was quite an experience. There's definitely something to be said about being a huge genre fan, sitting in a theatre with like minded individuals. It makes for excellent company and one hell of a time.
This year was the first year I was able to attend Wizard World Sacramento. Unfortunately I was only able to attend one day, but I had fun regardless.
Northern California is where I was born and (primarily) raised. Therefore, I'm always incredibly excited when cool stuff happens here. Sinister Creature Con is probably one of the coolest conventions to happen in Northern California over the last few years. The fact that they moved it to Stockton during June to have it take place two times a year is absolutely brilliant. Southern California is chalk full of cons (if I'm able to drive 6 hours away), but it's a good feeling knowing something so awesome is happening close to home.
Before diving into my experience at Sinister Creature Con, I think it's important to mention that I was absolutely stoked to have a horror con in my hometown of Sacramento. 2016 is the second year that they have done it and I was really disappointed to have missed out on it in 2015. Having now gone, I will let you know that I will be attending every year moving forward. This review isn't going to be written day by day but more of a blending of our experience at the convention.
First, I need to tell you that the weather was absolutely fantastic to attend a horror convention. It was the first weekend we had received any rain in MONTHS and everything looked dreary and their was a lot of cold moisture in the air. We arrived around 11:30 and promptly got in line. The line was not very long and it only took about 10-15 minutes to get through it, get our passes and make our way into the Con. Considering I have never been to the Scottish Rites Center before, I had no idea how the event was going to be set up; however, the check-in table was at the entrance to a room that look like a very large hallway leading into two other rooms and another, smaller hallway, that lead to the panel and workshop rooms.