If you wondered what happened the next day, click here. Apparently, the mistreatment of Don was only half of the outrage, and more was yet to come. Not only did they treat him like dirt, but they basically mistreated all their fans and the local Vegas residents as well.
Also, to clarify, Don is not the “self-proclaimed” Vampire King. He’s the “Tyra Banks proclaimed” vampire king. I’m not going to argue about it. The statement wasn’t meant as a dig at Don, so there’s no need to get defensive, people of Facebook and beyond.
I’m on Facebook, pretty much 24-7. So you can imagine how disturbed I was to see Don Henrie all upset, and spewing hate at Eli Roth, –whom I maybe have been mistakenly admiring for a while.
If you’re a fan of vampires and have no clue who Don Henrie is, first of all, shame on you. The man is hotter than anyone on the planet has any right to be. He’s the self-proclaimed Vampire King, a sanguinarian (he does ingest blood) and has a famously gloomy visage. You may have seen him on Mad Mad House on the Sci-Fi channel (before it became SyFy). If you haven’t, check it out on Hulu. He’s also been on the Tyra Banks Show, where he talks about the vampire culture, and he’s been a key player in the constant struggle many of us face in finding acceptance from the rest of society. Don Henrie is like the Martin Luther King Jr. of the subculture movement, and so, as I said, you can imagine how outraged I was when I discovered he’d been cheated, scammed, and practically assaulted by the thugs at Eli Roth’s venue in Vegas, the Goretorium, a year round haunted hotel/casino type attraction. Sounds awesome, right?
Well sadly, what they neglect to mention in that kitschy interview, is that while they were searching for talent, and offering lots of marketing and promotional opportunities to their cast and crew, they only planned to pay them around $8.25 an hour. Vampire Don Henrie posted on Facebook repeatedly about how disrespected he felt. Here are just a few of his outraged posts:
“Don Henrie is not a happy camper right now. I feel hugely disrespected. I have been waiting here for quite some time, I find out that my “role” is quite a lame one, and I just read the pay isn’t what they were pumping it up to be. Yet they wanted me to send all of my people to them and promote them. Is this how people in Hollywood take advantage of others. Also, I told them I had my other apparently higher paying gig to go to tonight, they said it would be brief, and now I am late due to disorganization not on my behalf.”
“ELI ROTH LIED TO EVERYBODY: read the picture and the post attached to it. Many people quit their high paying jobs to get paid only minimum wage. On the way out they tried to get rough with me, grabbing my arm trying to force me to stop. I have never been treated so disrespectfully in my entire life.”
“It [Goretorium] is not worth your money, everything looks fake. I expected a lot more and was sadly disappointed when I went there to do my fitting. The place is very small, the haunt is incredibly short, and it looks like any regular haunt you would pay $12 for. The blood splatters aren’t even correct! They used over puffy props that you would buy at any party store, and the rooms are cramped. The lounge is very small, and there are only 8 machines to gamble at.”
So yeah, he’s pretty upset. The drama that unfolded after his initial run-in was lengthy, but you can read the whole story on Don Henrie’s Facebook page. Which side of the fence are you on?