Twice a year, MONSTERPALOOZA, the brainchild of Eliot Brodsky, descends upon Southern California like a dark cloud that attracts like minded horror fanatics and monster enthusiasts to celebrate their love of the macabre. The main event is usually scheduled for the spring, but come mid-September, Burbank is treated to “Son of Monsterpalooza,” the slightly smaller version of the convention that now rightfully kicks off the Halloween season, and this year’s stellar weekend kicked it all off in style!
On Friday evening, you could spot a mini YOU’RE NEXT reunion in the corner where Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton were signing when they were surprised by their co-star AJ Bowen. For the rest of the weekend, you could find Crampton next to her RE-ANIMATOR brethren Bruce Abbott and Jeffrey Combs! Jonny Brugh and Ben Fransham from WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS were there, and on Saturday, dressed in full character as their cinematic counterparts Deacon and Petyr! Other guests included Jewel Shepard, Zach Galligan (whom we did a live Facebook chat with), Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, Jeff Daniel Phillips from the last few Rob Zombie features and many more!
Let’s not forget about the stellar vendors room, the art gallery, the CONJURING mini-maze or the FX demonstrations taking place all over the floor. I was fortunate enough to fill in some holes in my horror DVD collection by picking up some long sought after titles, as well as find myself a cool “ROLLING THUNDER” t-shirt at the Rotten Cotton table. There were life size skulls, sculptures, pins, match books made to look like VHS boxes and so much more. In the auditorium, it was great to see former FANGORIA editor-in-chief Tony Timpone take the stage again to moderate a handful of panels. Or get a look at some original Clive Barker paintings in person.
Monsterpalooza is truly one of the best conventions you’ve bound to set foot in. And it’s popularity continues to grow. On Saturday, a line wrapped around the building all day long for those that missed out on advance tickets and opted to try their luck at the door. But even they seemed to get into the spirit with costume contests, horror discussions and other general comradery. Below you’ll find a gallery full of images that will give you an idea of what the weekend entailed.
And in case you missed it, here’s the entire Facebook live chat with Zach Galligan in celebration of the October 18th Blu-Ray release of WAXWORK from Lionsgate’s newly relaunched Vestron line. There was an issue with audio for the first minute and a half, but from that point on, it’s a fun, candid chat! Enjoy!