van helsing pics!!
joe rock
Posted 2006-10-27 9:51 PM (#6953)
Subject: van helsing pics!!
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i first want to thank cyndi for posting them for me. i tooks some of the slot machines, the cast and a few pics
of people with dee. i think i made it one of the pics. The show was so fun. Dee said they might go back in the
spring, look for me in vegas if they do. stay sick joe rock
here is the shortcut to the pics
SMF Cyndi
Posted 2006-10-28 10:35 PM (#6973 - in reply to #6953)
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Location: Graveyard BLVD.
joe rock - 2006-10-27 9:51 PM

i first want to thank cyndi for posting them for me. i tooks some of the slot machines, the cast and a few pics
of people with dee. i think i made it one of the pics. The show was so fun. Dee said they might go back in the
spring, look for me in vegas if they do. stay sick joe rock
here is the shortcut to the pics

My pleasure as always Joe Da Rock! Any time I can do anything for you, just give me a holla. You are so VERY generous & good to everyone, thanks for your kindness Joe! Great pic's too. I did not know that the slot machines would have VHC/Dee's face on them. VERY nice!

SMF Cyndi
Posted 2006-10-29 2:46 PM (#6980 - in reply to #6953)
Subject: Great review...Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Location: Graveyard BLVD. -- Neon - 'Greatest Thing Ever'

-- Oct. 20, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

'Greatest Thing Ever'

Dee Snider says he can't overhype his horror-themed rock spectacle


Even in the delivery room, Dee Snider is not the kind of guy who misses the chance to scare the crap out of someone.

Hence, when the Twisted Sister frontman's daughter Cheyenne was born one Halloween night, the expectant father oversaw the birth of his child with obvious relish -- clad in a gnarly Leatherface mask, of course.

"Hell, yeah! When you do get that chance?" Snider beams, recalling the moment. "I'm a big Halloween fan, as you might imagine."

But Snider has never been much of a fan of the music that accompanies one of his favorite holidays, all those moldy novelty songs and cheap sound effects discs chock full of rattling chains and someone groaning demonically in the background, like Satan with a pulled groin.

"It's maddening," Snider growls. "At my house, every year, that's what we played during the Halloween party: It's putting on that damn sound effects CD, and occasionally, 'Monster Mash,' 'Purple People Eater' and 'Ghostbusters.' They're such caricatures, and they're not cool songs in any way -- they're sort of fun and silly. I mean, where is the cool music for the coolest holiday?"

Snider has attempted to answer this question with his latest project, "Van Helsing's Curse," a theatrical rock 'n' roll stage production that the show's Web site describes as a "psycho-audio experience that propels you through a hellish, musical nightmare."

Backed by an 18-piece gothic rock orchestra, Snider narrates a tale of good vs. evil, darkness vs. light, refined tastes vs. spilt entrails.

"It's a story about an ageless, timeless evil force that descends upon a small town and proceeds to kill all the adults in the community, just basically devouring them, leaving only children and the elderly behind," Snider explains, his voice gushing with enthusiasm like blood spurting from a fresh wound. "One of the children decides that since there's no one left to fight back, he'll fight. He seeks out a descendant of the Van Helsing family who comes to his aid, so it's this old man and this child that do battle against this evil entity."

Snider's musical accompaniment is a mix of vintage horror themes from films like "The Omen" and modern hard-rock stylings.

For instance, the band takes Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells," best known as "The Exorcist" theme, and renders it into something called "Tubular Hell," blending the piece with the symphonic "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and the sung prayer "Kyrie Eleison," linking it all together with touches of metal riffing.

It's a sound as outsized as Halloween itself has become.

"Halloween is the second biggest holiday in terms of dollars -- it's second only to Christmas," Snider says. "It's the fastest growing holiday, and this is in the adult sector. I remember five years ago -- and this is actually one of the things that started the ball rolling here -- I remember reading an article in Time magazine about how Halloween had gone from a $2.7 billion industry to an $8.3 billion industry. And it continues to grow."

Snider should know. He's gotten a second career out of the horror industry, hosting the "Fangoria Radio" horror talk show on Sirius satellite radio and writing and starring in the gruesome 1998 bloodbath "Strangeland," which presaged torture flicks like "Hostel" and "Saw."

"What really got me going is that, at the time, there were no good horror icons anymore," Snider says of developing "Strangeland" in the mid-'90s. "Freddy was played out, and who's afraid of Chucky? And 'Leprechaun 7'? Come on. I was like, 'Geez, this is horrible. Who are the really bad guys? The guys who really scare you?' I tried to examine why horror was really played out."

Snider's currently working on a sequel to the underground cult film, and in the meantime, he hopes to turn "Van Helsing's Curse" into an annual touring event with several companies performing in various cities. Now in its third year, the production has made the rounds in various cities -- Detroit, Philadelphia, New York -- and Snider is looking to make it a month-long fixture at the Hard Rock Hotel every October.

Snider talks up the show breathlessly -- at tonight's performance, he's renewing his wedding vows with his wife of 25 years -- but then again, understatement is hardly to be expected from a man who came to fame in shoulder pads, covered in eye makeup thicker than his thighs.

"I tell ya, this is the only project that I've ever done that I cannot overhype," Snider announces proudly. "I can just sit here and tell you that it is the greatest thing ever -- and I've never said that about Twisted (Sister) or my movies or radio shows."

"I'm offering a money-back guarantee," he continues, promising refunds to anyone who doesn't like the show. "After the show, the cast always goes out in the lobby and signs autographs, and I say, 'Come up to me, I won't bite your head off. I will reach into my skintight leather pants, I will pull out your money and I will give it back to you,' " he chuckles. "But I've never had to give any money back."