WOW! Monsterpalooza, in only its third year, hit capacity yesterday afternoon! The Fire Marshall had to close admissions to the event, allowing members of the long line to get in only when other attendees left.
Continuing my “Old Home Week”, old friends Rick Baker, Mick Garris, Jon Favreau, Joe Dante, Richard Jones and many other celebrities of All Things Monster stopped by my booth yesterday. I took a quick break to say “Hi!” to my friends the wonderful Chiodo Brothers.Mike Hill has another amazing display with a gigantic Karloff Frankenstein Monster head, and full-sized figures of Oliver Reed’s werewolf, Henry Hull’s werewolf and Charles Laughton’s Hunchback.
After the show I chatted with Roger Corman (thanking him for buying my first screenplay and for hiring me to do several of his company’s movie posters back in the day) over at the Famous Monsters Film Festival in Beverly Hills. I filled him in on my career; he lit up when I mentioned Pan’s Labyrinth, one of his favorite films of recent times. Samantha Holmes and I had dinner with the charming Lugosi family (not only do they drink wine, Dracula fans, they produce it and sell it) and Carla Laemmle (101 years old and still going strong), who speaks the first line in Dracula and was a ballerina in the Lon Chaney Phantom of the Opera.
If you’re going over to Monsterpalooza today, get there early (open 11:00AM – 6:00 PM)!