AWIL still picked as the best practical transformation effect

It’s no surprise that John Landis’s “An American Werewolf In London” was picked for the best movie transformation effect in the non-scientific PDXWerewolf.com Twitter poll.

The poll posted on Wednesday and over the course of 24 hours, 48 voters have made their picks.

The pack leader comes to as no surprise. 69 percent chose the 1981 Academy Award winning comedy-horror for the Makeup category, An American Werewolf In London.

Coming in second is the 1981 horror-thriller The Howling, which received 17 percent of the votes.

The vaguely “other” category received 10 percent of the votes. On Twitter, @Lord_Stabdagger suggested the 1984 fantasy-horror Company of Wolves. The BBC version of television series “Being Human” werewolf transformation scene involving George was another selection, but the poll asked for movie practical transformation effects.

Coming in last at 4 percent was the 2014 independent Canadian film about a drunken sheriff deputy who becomes a drunken werewolf, WolfCop.

The original poll Tweet is posted here. Some of the comments in the thread may be omitted due to user’s Twitter protection settings.

‘Come Howl With Us’ and join the pack at HOWL CON 2017

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“Werewolves are the BEST MONSTER,” the headline on HOWL CON’s Indiegogo campaign page boldly states. Indeed, werewolves are the best monster, but the conventions based on and honoring werewolves are very rare. Only HOWL CON has hosted two successful werewolf conventions in the past, but we need to to do more to make werewolf conventions grow.

Last week I reported on HOWL CON starting up for its fundraiser campaign to bring HOWL CON back to Portland, Oregon, on February 4-5, 2017. I am excited to say HOWL CON has launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. So, let’s make HOWL CON happen.

From the HOWL CON Alpha, Stephen, from the funding campaign website:

The global community of werewolf lovers has their very own convention . . . sometimes. Hi, I’m Stephen, and I produced two HOWL CON events in 2012 and 2015. Hundreds of lunatics just like you got our socks charmed off by GRIMM’s Silas Weir Mitchell, line-moshed in costume to GrimWolf‘s blood-boiling werewolf metal, laughed ourselves silly at the instant cult classic film Wolf Cop, and raised money & awareness for Wolf Haven International.

Those were great cons, but behind the scenes they were pretty threadbare, achieved on charm, cussedness, and borrowed capabilities. If we’re going to howl together again, especially in the wake of 2016’s failure to launch, let’s do it without begging pardons or cutting corners.

The fundraising campaign is seeking a $15,000 goal within two months (started July 3, 2016). Each tier has it’s own perks, but I recommend at least the $40 weekend pass pre-registration or the $150 attending patron. Some limited tier perks offer lifetime weekend and lifetime patron passes. You can still make an “absentee” contribution, which you can still receive some of the perks if you cannot attend.

Even better, let’s exceed the $15,000 goal that can expand content, special entertainment, or even have a movie event, as we did at HOWL CON 2015.  Personally, I’d like to see the goal reached double. HOWL CON needs to become something big for the werewolf community.

If the goal is not met, HOWL CON keeps the funds as the campaign does have a flexible goal. Stephen says even reaching half of the goal, “that gives us the wherewithal to secure a hotel and book featured guests, and a regular pre-registration campaign will have August-January to finish the job.”

As for those who registered for HOWL CON 2016 and decided to roll over the pre-registration for HOWL CON 2017 (as I did), I inquired via email last night and should have an answer back soon on more details.

The convention location is to be determined, but will be in Portland, Oregon.

I definitely want to be at HOWL CON. It’s definitely a great convention for werewolf fans, costumers, artists, writers, and dealers. Let’s make HOWL CON happen and go fund it.

Be sure to follow @howlconpdx on Twitter or like their Facebook page.

I hope to see you at HOWL CON 2017!

Let’s Bring Back HOWL CON!

img_howlcon15After a cancellation in 2016, HOWLCON wants to make a return in 2017! The werewolf and fantasy convention hosted in the Portland (Ore.) metropolitan area, plans on returning in February 2017.

For this to happen, HOWL CON is running a crowdfunding campaign from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016. More information on the crowdfunding is available at HOWL CON’s 2017 Crowdfunding event page on Facebook. Go to the event page to sign up for notifications. HOWL CON is also on Twitter at @howlconpdx.

HOWL CON is a great convention for werewolf enthusiasts and aficionados to come together to explore and discuss all things werewolves. Attendees attend panels on werewolf-related topics. Meet the artists of werewolf art or authors of werewolf stories and novels and know more about their background. Meet werewolf makeup artists and costume builders and see the behind the scenes look and tips.

HOWL CON cancelled the 2016 event, which was to be held 40 miles north of Portland in the small town of Kelso, Washington. The convention relocated last summer when the original venue across the river from Portland in Vancouver, Washington, closed for demolition and redevelopment.

HOWL CON 2012 in Clackamas, Oregon, and HOWL CON 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, were a success. HOWL CON 2013 was the only other event that cancelled due to low pre-registration and that it was held in the month of October, likely from coinciding with other Halloween events.

HOWL CON’s official website, howlcon.com, apparently is offline.

‘Werewolf Airline Simulator 2016’ now arriving at Gate 8

Airline simulators are aplenty. The players typically find themselves sitting in the pilot seat, trying to perform an entire flight function from backout from Point A to parking at the gate at Point B. There is another flight simulator, but this one puts the player into the cabin.

Pestel Crew developed a simulator game, “Werewolf Airline Simulator 2016.” The goals: keep the passengers happy and the DC-10’s cabin clean. It is you, the shapeshifting flight attendant to do your job and not get fired. In the process, you may become a chainsaw-wielding werewolf, a skateboarding beaver, or a sweeping raccoon, all with the 70’s funk music.

For each success, the passengers cheer and the thick mustached pilot donning pilot cap and aviator glasses spins onto the screen.

“Werewolf Airline Simulator” is not rated. There is a bit of gore in some action. The game is available for download at Ludumdare.com.

 

HOWL CON looking to return in 2017

“The world’s only horror & fantasy convention for Werewolf fans” is looking to come back in 2017! That little announcement came to me personally from the “Con Alpha” Stephen Couchman himself when  I saw him at Furlandia in Portland, Oregon, this past weekend.

HOWL CON plans on hosting another convention in the Portland, Oregon, in February 2017, as also announced on their Facebook page. The registration campaign is planned to run from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016, through Indiegogo.

More information and details will be updated on HOWL CON’s Facebook page.

I will have more thoughts about the HOWL CON return after I have more information. For now, I want to help get the word out sooner.

Editor’s note: The website www.HowlCon.com appears to had been removed at the time of publishing of this post.