Clearly a big part of Festival of Fear are the fans. In fact, the fans are really the biggest part. They’re the ones who face the line ups, recreate immaculate costumes and break restraining orders just to get close to their favourite serial killer/scream queen/monster. But fans aren’t just about wearing the t-shirt and owning the action figure. Some fans take it to the next level, which was the idea behind the Lance vs Lance panel this afternoon: who knows Lance Henriksen better? Henriksen or Rue Morgue Radio’s Last Chance Lance? Oh yes, things got strange.
Moderated by RM’s Stewart “Feedback” Andrews, Lance and Lance answered questions about, you guessed it, Lance. To add a sporting element to the event fans would bet on which Lance (“Real Lance” or “Handsome Lance”) would answer the question correctly to win signed copies of Rue Morgue. Signed by Lance. Henriksen, that is.
The questions were predictably unpredictable and certainly tested both Lances knowledge of Henriksen. Rapidly everyone lost count of the score as the actually trivia became secondary to Henriksen’s stories behind the facts (like being arrested for vagrancy in Arizona, reading a Pumpkin Head script in Rome and why he named his daughter Sage). As he noted, the whole thing felt somewhere between “the twilight zone” and “a revenge roast.” But the real hilarity started when the audience started posing the questions. Coming up with everything from specific X-Files references to the make of Henriksen’s first car to how he learned how to read, the crowd proved Last Chance Lance may hold Henriksen as his namesake but he is certainly not the only fan well versed in the lessons of Lance.
Correction: As Feedback pointed out in the comments section below ‘Handsome Lance’ came from an audience member and was in reference to Lance Henriksen. Corrected the caption above. Guess I got lost in the Lances.