Attention all serious genre fans in Southern California (or anyone who doesn’t mind a worthwhile road trip): the epic horror convention known as MONSTERPALOOZA will arrive in Pasadena, CA this Friday! If you haven’t heard about the awesomeness in store this weekend, we’re gonna break it down for you.
Due to enormous fan turnouts at past conventions, the con’s founder and show-runner Eliot Brodsky not only created a second annual event, SON OF MONSTERPALOOZA (which takes place each fall), but MONSTERPALOOZA is now so big it needs a much bigger venue.
With a focus on monsters of every size, shape and species across every kind of medium imaginable, the show is particularly known for showcasing genre artists on both sides of the camera, with demonstrations and panels dedicated to monster-makers and performers, and a huge roster of celebrity guests. Plus, there are incredible life-size monsters lurking around every corner!
This year’s lineup includes Linda Blair (THE EXORCIST); Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG); David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON); Lance Hendriksen (ALIENS); Britt Ekland (THE WICKER MAN); makeup artist Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD); GODZILLA suit-performer Haruo Nakajima and kaiju designers Keizo Murase, Shinichi Wakasa & Shinji Nishikawa; FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist Basil Gogos; the families of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney; JAWS production designer Joe Alves and effects designer Roy Arbogast; cast mini-reunions from HELLRAISER, STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, NIGHT OF THE COMET and THE KISS… and the list goes on and on.
Events include a retrospective on THE LOST BOYS, paying tribute to actor Brooke McCarter, who died late last year. The tribute will feature actor Billy Worth, makeup FX artist Greg Cannom, and composer G Tom Mac, who will perform a special version of “Cry Little Sister” in McCarter’s honor.
Multiple film screenings include THE LOST BOYS and STARSHIP TROOPERS, and an exclusive showing of DRY BLOOD, written by Clint Carney and directed by Kelton Jones (and look for an onscreen appearance by Blumhouse Managing Editor Rob Galuzzo!).
Panels will include a 75th Anniversary celebration for Universal’s classic monster THE WOLF MAN; a salute to Oscar-winning FX guru Greg Cannom; the CREATUREGEEK Monster Makeup Show; a showcase on the use of puppets in genre film and TV; numerous how-to panels on creature design and special makeup FX; a GODZILLA retrospective; and in-depth tributes to FAMOUS MONSTERS creator Forrest G. Ackerman (who would have turned 100 this year) and legendary genre author H.P. Lovecraft.
Also featured this year is THE STATE OF HORROR, a panel hosted by Blumhouse Development Executive Ryan Turek and Blumhouse.com Editor-in-Chief Rebekah McKendry. Addressing the ever-changing climate of horror, the discussion is sure to get genre fans buzzing as we dig into current horror fads and trends, and look for feedback from fans and professionals alike.
MONSTERPALOOZA kicks off at 6 pm this Friday, April 22, and runs through Sunday, April 24 at the Pasadena Convention Center. For a complete event schedule and ticket info, check out Monsterpalooza.com.
We’ll see you there!