Horror conventions are part of a horror fans life. There is nothing more exciting than spending some time with like-minded fans, packing into a cinema screen and sharing in the experience of watching a horror film. Then there is the directors, the stars, the writers, the big names, the memorabilia, the comics, books and cool figures, posters and people dressed up as their favourite character. You can’t beat that buzz, and horror convention attendee Kyle Kuchta wanted to document exactly what it is like.
“For years, I’ve been a horror fan,” says Kuchta. “I’m a VHS collector, a convention goer, and generally obsessive about horror films. The only thing I was missing as a young horror lover were people to share my love with. That’s why I’m setting out to talk to some other die hard horror fans, collectors, convention coordinators, business owners, and actors/directors about ‘Why?’ Why does the horror genre consume us the way it does? Why do we succumb and devote ourselves to such a thing? And why is it that when we meet other horror fans, we have a connection far beyond what people realize?”
Several noteworthy names participated in the film: Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tom Atkins (pictured above) of Escape from New York and Night of the Creeps, director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) and Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger) are among the interviews featured.
At 15, Kyle’s parents took him to his first horror convention. The one thing he looked forward to most was attending the next convention. Now he’s revisiting these conventions to learn why these gatherings are so important to horror fans. FANTASM is about the horror community and the passion they have for the genre.