Monsterpalooza’s second day of terror was packed with a bevy of ghoulish and gory presentations. The busiest day of the convention kicked off with a panel celebrating the groundbreaking make-up effects of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Titled “Making Apes”, the presentation featured artists Tom Burman and Vincent Van Dyke transforming “Apes” actor Lou Wagner into his original character, “Lucius”.
The convention’s main theater featured a presentation showcasing the upcoming killer-baby film, Cynthia. The panel featured new footage from the horrific gore fest, as well as a discussion with directors Kenny Gage and Devon Downs as well as actors Scout Taylor-Compton, Bill Moseley, Rebecca Marshall, and Robert Rhine.
Next to take the main stage was Emmy and Academy Award winning make-up artist Christopher Nelson, who shared stories of his life and career, as well as took a few questions from the audience. This was immediately followed by a panel for Deep Blue Sea 2, the upcoming sequel to the 1999 cult hit.
Next, director Adam Rifkin and actress Missi Pyle took to the stage to discuss their new horror comedy, Director’s Cut. The film has previously been screened at Sundance, but is getting a wide release next month through Epic Pictures.
The next panel to take the stage was a 30th Anniversary celebration of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, hosted by Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson. Peterson reflected on the making of the film that launched her into stardom as well as the character she’s personified for so many decades.
Also celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year is Tim Burton’s unforgettable black comedy classic, Beetlejuice. The panel was hosted by the Oscar-winning make-up team consisting of Robert Short, Ve Neill, and Steve LaPorte. Also in attendance was actor Doug Turner, who portrayed “Char Man” in the film.
The evening culminated in the 3rd annual Saturday night Monsterpalooza “After-Life Party” in which they honored the career of 7-Time Oscar winning make-up legend Rick Baker.