This weekend horror fans from far and wide gathered for the tenth annual “Monsterpalooza” convention in Pasadena. In an age where comic books and geekdom reign supreme, Monsterpalooza serves as the ultimate con for horror fans.
This year’s roster of guests, events, and exhibitors proved to be one of the best ever. Special Guests included Pam Grier, Danny Trejo, Tom Payne, Tobin Bell, Alex Winter, Cassandra Peterson, Fairuza Balk, Daphne Zuniga, Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Linda Blair, Paul Sorvino, Tom Savini, Mitch Pileggi, Ray Wise, E.G. Daily, Danielle Harris, Corey Feldman, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Andrew Divoff, Steven Weber, Kane Hodder, Ted White, John Carl Buechler, Barbara Crampton, Lou Wagner, and Brandon Crane.
In addition to these special guests providing autographs and meet-and-greets, Monsterpalooza also boasted an impressive selection of panels and film screenings. Friday night’s panel selection mainly consisted of new horror film screenings with a few offering an introduction and/or post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers. First on the roster was the new vampire thriller Corbin Nash, starring Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davidson, and the film’s director, Ben Jagger. The film’s synopsis reads as follows: “Searching the world of darkness for a truth he was never ready for, a rogue detective is murdered only to be reborn the ultimate killer. Embracing his destiny, vowing vengeance on all that destroyed his family; he is Corbin Nash, Demon Hunter.”
Next, was a screening of Todd Tucker and Zack Ward’s new film, The Terror of Hallow’s Eve starring Juliet Landau, Christian Kane, Caleb Thomas, Annie Read, and JT Neal. The synopsis reads “After a fifteen-year-old is brutally beaten up by high school bullies, his wish for revenge unknowingly unleashes the terror of Halloween.” The film was followed by a Q&A and poster signing with Tucker, Ward, and the cast.
Also included in the night’s festivities were screenings of a chilling new creature feature Cold Skin, two horror-comedy shorts entitled Lunch Ladies and Bride of Finklestein, and the new documentary Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters.