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Confessions of a Cosplayer: Payton Sabo

Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will feature horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is and would like to be in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com

What is your first memory of watching a horror movie?
My very first memory takes me way back to when I was 10. One day I was at my Nana’s house and it was just a few days before Halloween. We had a Halloween movie marathon channel on our TV, while we were carving pumpkins. As many would assume, they were playing the Halloween franchise. To my luck, I watched Halloween 1978 first. That memory has such a sense of nostalgia to me and I’ll never forget watching it to the scent of pure pumpkin,and the beautiful fall orangery glow of sunlight coming through the window.

You cosplay as the 3 main staples of horror franchise’s (Freddy, Jason, and Michael).  Which movie out of the franchise is your favorite and why?
For the Nightmare on Elm Street series, my favorite of the bunch has always been Nightmare 2. Out of all the movies, Freddy was at his climax of being a humorless dream demon in the 2nd movie. From his lack of humor to his design, he is overall the most terrifying Freddy of the bunch.
Robert Englund took Mr. Krueger in a whole new direction. For the Halloween series, I truly enjoy Halloween 1978. As I have said before, I have some authentic memories of watching the movie when I was younger and I simply love the original overall. Nick Castle had created a slasher that will last for decades. As for the Friday the 13th series, my favorite has always been Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives. The design of Jason and the movie overall is incredibly entertaining and CJ Graham is one of the best Jason’s out there.

What did you think of the 2018 Halloween movie?  Were you skeptical at first as the producers decided to ignore the majority of the lore and take away the backstory of Laurie and Michael?
I personally loved Halloween 2018. The design of Michael, the makeup FX and the kills really make it a sequel worth watching. I was a tad bit concerned when the producers said that they would ignore every movie after H1, with H2 taking place in the same night as H1. So H2 wouldn’t be as unique as it was. I do believe wiping the slate clean for the franchise was a risk well succeeded.

You also cosplay as another iconic character, Ash from the Evil Dead series. Have you met Bruce Campbell? 
For fact I have met Bruce. It was a golden moment in my life. I remember it like it was yesterday.
I got a photo op with Bruce and got the printed picture autographed. The whole time, Bruce kept referring to me as Ash. (Yeah, story of my life). It wasn’t until he read my name from the small blue sticky note when he signed my picture, something just clicked in my mind. I don’t know what it was to this day but I am beyond proud of myself for how casual and honored I was in that situation. To this day the autographed picture is framed and hung above my bed. I sometimes read it for fun. “Hey Payton- Stay Groovy! -Bruce Campbell.” Such a respectable and respectful man. Quite humorous too. I’ll never forget the time when it was my turn to meet him at his table.
“Ah, Ash! C’mon, let’s go!”

What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hoods, hockey mask, masks for Freddy and Michael.  If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
When I first got into cosplay, I was 8 years old. As a kid, I was a huge fan of Ghostbusters. Back in 2014, the very first in-state Connecticut Comiccon had rolled around. Of course for that event, I knew I had to go as a Ghostbuster. I had a gray flight suit and a cheap backpack with the proton pack printed on it. It wasn’t much but I was proud. When it comes to designing my costumes, I always go cheap for the little parts. If I am unable to make something myself, I just simply buy what is the cheapest but the most effective off of the internet. If I ever need help with something, I’m always sure to contact those who are experienced and know what to do.

How many versions of Freddy, Jason and Michael costumes do you have?  Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
For Freddy, I only have 3 versions. Part 2, and Part 3 & 4. For Michael, I have 4 versions. Halloween 1, 6, Resurrection (burned mask version), and H40. As for Jason, I currently have 3 versions complete. Part 2, 3, and VS. I do have plans to do a 1984 Freddy, all the other Michael, and I currently have the last pieces for my Part 4, 6, and 8 Jason on the way.

Do you attend conventions?  If so, which ones do you attend?  Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?  What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
I do attend conventions but very few. I attend “Terrificon-CT’s Greatest Comiccon”, the CTHorrorfest, and I used to attend Rock and Shock in Massachusetts. This year I may have the chance to attend Chicago flashback weekend and MonsterMania in March. If I were to give anyone any advice for attending conventions, I would suggest that you shouldn’t stay in character for the whole day. Loosen up a bit. Have some fun with the people!

What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
I would definitely say that you shouldn’t rush projects. Take your time to build/collect pieces. Once you are done, you are done. I would also say that not everything has to be legit. You can go cheap on certain cosplays and achieve something almost perfect.

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
My favorite cosplayers consist of my friends @the_fake_jason, @gavinator54321, @bundyjacob1, @bloodyfcknhell, @kyden.props, @hippiekid05, and @cydneyjeanette. All of these people have helped me out in so many ways in cosplaying and I hope to meet them all in person someday. They have grown to be some of my best of friends.

Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
My main account @sabo.slasher on Instagram. My page consists of everything pop culture. From horror, to sci-fi, I’ve got everything one could wish to see be made a reality. Props, pop culture and cosplays is the name of the game!

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