30 October 2004 | njfire
Daniel Doyle has the daunting task of taking a sub culture and bringing it to the masses,while still poking fun at the sub culture itself.ALthough he misses on a few targets his steady and crafty talents make the movie flow evenly despite the subject matter.
Doyle's representation of the fans and the "stars" of this genre is done with compassion and understanding, enough so that you actually want to learn more about them and this pathos that they have so devotedly followed.Even if you're not a big fan of the horror genre,you'll come to understand why this event is Disney World and Mardi Gras all rolled into one for these "ghoul groupies".I personally would like to see what Doyle could do with a budget of some size.You can tell this was made on a shoe string budget,but you can also tell that he used it all and to the fullest effect in Unconventional.
For some older fans of horror this is a real treat with the likes of Zacharly"the cool ghoul" and grand poobah of the convention, as well as some of horrors' pantheon such as; Linda Blair(The Exorcist 1&2), Steve Railsback ( Lifeforce and Ed Gein) and even the original Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw fame.
All in all Doyle does a splendid job of showing all movie fans the power of cinema in regards to it's fans, and the devotion of fans to this medium of entertainment.Definitely worth watching even with the lights off.