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It’s not Candyland, it’s Monsterpalooza

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Back in 1992, I went to the second Lollapalooza music festival. It, and similar music fests seem, to me, more like automat concert experiences than innovative cultural experiences. Regardless, all that Monsterpalooza has in common with the music festival of its namesake is a conglomeration of like-minded consumers and merchants. Straight up: this is an exposition for the public to load up on monster gear. Masks, props, toys, magazines, posters, signatures and make-up classes were all on display for us, the drooling horror community, to gobble up.

b2If you’ve never associated horror with cleanliness, it’s time you lathered up with a bloody soap brain…or perhaps Dexter’s face to cleanse your pores? Each of these designer soaps has its own pleasant fragrance, naturally. Monster Soap is the brainchild of Neil Goldsmith, and if you’d like to purchase a bar, visit his online store.

 

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John Pelico and his lovely assistant present some of his luminescent (and quite entrancing) works of art. To find out more about John’s art and the stories for which he designed the art, why not pay him a visit at his site www.killerpumpkins.com

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This young lady was kind enough to tear someone’s face off for me. At Immortal Masks, they make realistic full-head masks; some of them even have multiple layers, which allows the wearer (or the poor victim) the option of removing a face to reveal some nice-looking musculature. Check out the many cool things they’ve got for sale at their site: www.immortalmasks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

b6L.J. Dopp, artist, filmmaker, musician, sits austerely at his table. Look for his artwork on the cover of monster magazines and at his site: www.ljdopp.com

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To watch this young lady handle that adorable wolf-like creature, you’d swear the thing was alive. The texture and reaction of it’s limbs, when handled with love, enticed many monster fans to adopt one of these “werepups.” Their website is pretty cool, too, so head on over if you’d like to learn more about these little monsters! www.werepups.com

 

 

 

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Upon first glance, you might suspect that this young lady’s prayers for salvation were not answered, but upon closer inspection, you would realize that she’s way beyond saving. She and many other devils and poor unfortunate souls were parts of the display of the monster effects company Midnight Studios FX. The company manufactures life-size (and bigger than life-size) creatures, props, masks, etc. for the public, for film, and for haunted attractions. So, if you are in the market for a gigantic demon, werewolf, or something in that vein, then why not get some of your shopping done at www.midnightstudiosfx.com

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What’s a party without a Chiodo brother? Here, Edward Chiodo poses with one of his Killer Klowns. And speaking of Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Chiodo told me that the highly anticipated The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D is still in the works!

 

 

 

b8Though this looks like the kind of guy who is ripe for “the old Sharpie treatment,” it is in fact an extremely realistic dummy. Any Sharpie treatments, here, would surely wind up costing somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand bucks.

b11Beyond the exhibitors’ rooms, Monsterpalooza also featured a museum. It was inside this museum that I came upon something remarkable; the coolest zombie that ever didn’t live requires no introduction, but since some of you kiddies may not have been staying up late to watch horror movies (or perhaps you weren’t yet born) when George Romero’s Day of the Dead first fought the MPAA, this…is Bub.

 

 

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A most tantalizing make-up school demonstration. There were several make-up schools represented at Monsterpalooza, and many of them provided demonstrations of their students’ work. And although the costs of admission and supplies were competitive, I don’t believe that the make-up test subjects were included…

 

 

 

b13Last, but certainly not least, here we have a picture of some of the fans who attended Monsterpalooza — fans who were freakier in appearance than MANY of the exhibitions, themselves.

The event is still young; Eliot Brodsky has been cultivating it through its various guises (including the original, Maskapalooza) since 2008, but given the crowd of exhibitors and fans, if you missed it this time around, you’ll have a chance to sink your teeth in next year.

About Scott Feinblatt

Scott Feinblatt is an independent filmmaker who writes, produces, directs, and scores most of his projects. His feature, Outtake Reel (2011), is a unique spin on the found footage genre, and his short horror film, Tuning In, Tuning Out, is a surreal take on the threats of a media-dominated society.

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