We boozers love cons, especially when very friendly publicists provide us unworthy film critics with press passes to one of the most popular cons of the year, Wintercon New York Comic and Sci-Fi Expo. How popular is Wintercon? So popular that it attracts really big time geek idols.
Road Warrior screening and Q&A
To lead things off, Wintercon held a rare reunion of the cast of the 1983 classic Road Warrior. Great stories were told about the making of that great film and we had a blast checking out the film, which really doesn’t feel outdated at all. In attendance were Bruce Spence (The Gyro Captain), Vernon Wells (Wez), Kjell Nilsson (The Humungus), Virginia Hey (Warrior Woman), and Emil Minty (The Feral Kid).
The Star Wars Rebel Pilots Panel
Things got off to a great start on the first official day of Wintercon. The Star Wars Rebel Pilots panel featured Bigs Darklighter himself, Garrick Hagon, and one of the biggest draws from Wintercon, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca. This Star Wars fan since day one was in Star Wars heaven. Yeah, pretty geeky.
The Warriors Reunion Panel
The most anticipated panel was without a doubt the reunion of the original cast of The Warriors. The guys talked about filming the movie in New York City in the summer of 1979, basically owning the city as young, 20 year old actors and working with Walter Hill. All are pretty cool with a remake of The Warriors, but the cast felt a remake or a sequel has to create its own magic because the magic created by the original film can never be duplicated. We agree (but we do feel a remake of The Warriors would be pretty cool to see). James Remar (Ajax), Michael Beck (Swan), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), David Harris (Cochise), Brian Tyler (Snow), and Tom McKitterick (Cowboy) were all in attendance acting as if they were the same 20 year old actors in New York City again.
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