You heard it right my little ghouls and goblins--Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters.
Now, normally I am not big into the whole horror genre thing, but for whatever reason I thought why not. I had never been to a macabre convention so what the hell. (get it? What the hell?) Anyhow, me lovely wife Salma Gundy, our lovely friend Dastardly Debbie and meself packed our ditty bags and made our way to Burbank, CA to partake in this creepy experience, not quite sure what to expect.
Ah, before that however, one o' me mates, Bloody Bill let us know about the Western Costume Rental Company having a sale on old costumes. Now Western rents costumes to movie studios and has for quite awhile. Apparently, the predominate era of costuming being sold was probably the 1930s where everyone was about the size of Emmanuel Lewis. (Wikipedia look for for those of you youngsters) Anyhow, not much to fit the manly man in your life or real woman for that matter. I did find a shirt and Salma Gundy picked up a pair of gloves. Dastardly Debbie bought something as well. The best part was the fruit cart there. Woman hacked up fresh fruit and covered it with salt and chile powder. Man it was good.
Anyhow, afterward and just about two miles away was the Marriot where witches and werewolves prowled.
We arrived and entered and it was much like any other convention save for the fact that there were many gruesome busts and masks and prosthetics everywhere. This actually was not so much a monster convention as much as it was a monster making convention. All kinds of artists were there. Howard Berger, who won an Academy Award for his work and has done all kinds of make up--primarily for Quentin Tarrantino. He was just chillin and describing his works. Many others were there as well. I got to chat a bit with Camdon Toy. Great guy. He played some of the most memorable roles in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyone remember Gnarl? If not, you have gotta check it out. And while Camdon played some creepy parts, he is a super guy. Very amiable and pleasant. I asked him plenty of irritatingly trite questions and he answered with no reservations. I hope to meet up with him again some time. If you are making a movie and need a creepy bastard who will wear full body prosthetics then he is your man.
I also met Brian Andrews. He played Tommy Doyle in Halloween--The original. Brian is a superb guy. Quite a surprise as he was in an obscure corner, but he and I chatted for a bit. Frankly, we didn't go into depth on anything in particular; just exchanged pithy anecdotes and social pleasantries, but I really enjoyed chatting with him. He even let me shake his hand.
There were other celebrities there and folks that played obscure monster roles as well as famous monster roles. There were masks, busts, make up tools, body parts, books and magazines all over. It was really the stuff nightmares are made of.
While I am still not a big horror buff, I will say it was quite and experience and anyone interested in going into this genre for special effects and make-up, you should plan on attending next years event.