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SUMMER 2014

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We head to Mars, PA for June 2014 with great guests from The Fabulous Fifties and Sinister Sixties and the year 3000!

Also at Monster Bash...see Cortlandt Hull's Witch's Dungeon Roadshow Museum!

 

 

Guest Star List June 2014

Our Guest List is complete for 2014....here they come this June!

 

Our Local TV Legend:

"Chilly Billy" Cardille


The host of Pittsburgh's Chiller Theatre from the 1950s through the 1980s on Channel 11, Pittsburgh, PA. This is the man who brought you spooky movies and made pizza partiies a way of life on Saturday nights for the city of Pittsburgh for three decades. Bill will only be at the Bash for a limited time. Make sure to get an autograph from this Pittsburgh icon. Appearng Saturday only.

Here's Chilly Billy opening a show in 1981:

 

 

Laurie Mitchell

The reignig queen of 1950s sci-fi! Appeared in ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE, SUPERMAN with George Reeves, THE ADDAMS FAMILY on TV, SOME LIKE IT HOT with Tony Curtis, MISSILE TO THE MOON, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA as one of Kirk Douglas's girlfriends, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, and she was the Queen of Outer Space...in QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE!

 

Joel Hodgson

Joel is best known for being the creator of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (MST3K). While they riffed low budget films (just like we do), Joel is a serious fan of classic sci-fi. He also has a wonderful history as a comedian and actor that strikes home with anyone that grew up in the 1960s, 1970s and has fun with the pop culture of that period. He is plugged in to the things we love. Joel will be doing his own Q&A that will no doubt turn out to be quite funny! He has done a huge service (in the same way Tim Burton's ED WOOD movie did) for keeping the films we love alive. He's introduced Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi and others to a younger generation. The young kids now have gone back to discover the original films. Welcome Joel Hodgson to MONSTER BASH JUNE 2014. And special thanks to Daniel Griffith for putting us in touch...

Here's a pre MST3003K video clip of Joel having fun with retro Monster Kid type toys that will give you insight into how funny and plugged in this guy is!:

 

 

Judith O'Dea

She is the iconic "Barbara" from the landmark film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). Yes, "Bash is coming to get you....Barbara!" Judith also appeared in THE PIRATE with Christopher Lee.

 

 

The Monster Bash Monster Kids:

Beverly Washburn

Beverly graced the screen through the years in OLD YELLER, SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN with George Reeves, SPIDER BABY with Lon Chaney Jr., STAR TREK, THRILLER (The Boris Karloff Anthology Show), SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE and much more.

 

Charles Herbert

One of our favorite monster kids of the movies! Charles is the star of the original 13 GHOSTS, THE FLY with Vincent Price, THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK with Ross Martin, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE, ONE STEP BEYOND with Julie Adams, THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WOLRLD and so much more.

 

Jay North

Jay North was and is a "Monster Kid" in more than one way! Not only was his a michievous monster kid as DENNIS THE MENACE on TV, but a real-life monster movie fan who rea FAmous Monsters magazine and watched monster movies at Clifornia theaters when he wasn;t on the set of DENNIS THE MENACE. He and Monster Bash guest Charles Herbert even went to baseball games together.

Jay also appearend in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE BANANA SPLITS SHOW, WAGON TRAIN and was the voice of Bamm-Bamm Rubble in Hanna Barbara cartoon shows.

 

Jeannie Russell

Best known as Margaret from DENNIS THE MENACE, Jeannie also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS, DEATH VALLEY DAYS and BABES IN TOYLAND.

 

Creature Features - A Universal Legacy:

Julie Adams

Julie Adams was the woman of the Gill-Man's dreams! Julie starred in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON ans also appeared in NIGHT GALLERY, ONE STEP BEYOND (with Monster Bash guest Charles Herbert), KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, MURDER SHE WROTE, PERRY MASON, THE UNDERWATER CITY and many more.

 

Ricou Browning

Standing proud, it's the last of the Universal Classic Monsters - Ricou Browning...swimming to Bash June 2014! Ricou was the underwater Creature in all three of the Universal Gill-Man movies: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US. He also appeared as a gill-man in the FLIPPER TV show and did underwater direction for the James Bond film THUNDERBALL.

 

Cortlandt Hull

Cortlandt Hull is the nephew of Henry Hull (the WEREWOLF OF LONDON) and Jospehine Hull (ARESENIC AND OLD LACE). Cortlandt, in his own right, is a sculptor and artist, heading The Witch's Dungeon in Connecticut. On display you'll see some of Cortlandt's life-size wax classic monsters!

 

 

Boris Karloff & Lon Chaney Jr. Director:

Jack Hill

Director Jack Hill had the honor of directing films with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. His credits include: THE FEAR CHAMBER, ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE, ALIEN TERROR, HOUSE OF EVIL, THE TERROR (all with Karloff), SPIDER BABY (with Lon CHaney Jr. and Monster Bash guest, Beverly Washburn), DEMENTIA 13, BLOOD BATH and more!

 

Our Monster Bash Airforce:

Above: Monser Bash's Ron Adams with pilot and film star Arch Hall Jr.

Arch Hall, Jr.

Cult movie star of the early 1960s, Arch Hall, Jr. starred in: EEGAH!, WILD GUITAR, THE SADIST, DEADWOOD '76 and THE CHOPPERS!

 

Monster Bash Comedy:

The Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute Show

Joe Ziegler (Lou Costello), Bill Riley (Bud Abbott) and Jason Crutchley (Scoop Fields) bring back the perfect Abbott & Costello recreation to Monster Bash. Expect spontaneous skits in the halls of Bash and the routines so perfect that you could swear you're back in 1948 with "The Boys."

Check Them Out:

 

Monster Bash Spotlight:

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein Tribute

By Bill Luciani and Tony Pitocco

Bill Luciani and Tony Pitocco will be re-creating a scene from McDoogle's House of Horrors (ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN) with all three monsters, plus added atmosphere. The figures that Bill and Tony bring are extremely life-like and are to actual real-life specs of the actors and their wardrobes. With the Abbott and Costello tribute team of Joe and Bill also on hand, this will create once in a lifetime photo-ops where you can appear in a scene from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Additional props are being made by Monster Bash's Dan Weber! Get ready to pop your eyes out right at the entrance way to this June's MONSTER BASH!

 

Don Reese

In the above photo, comedian Don Reese terrorizes Monster Bash attendee Steve Wrzesien with laughter! Don Reese, the amazing colossal monster comic will perform at MONSTER BASH! Don is a favorite of ours and perfectly wraps his stand-up comedy around the brains of baby boomers who grew up in the Monster Generation.

See a preview of Don here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxTB92kXbXU

and get ready to laugh.....you can't help it!

 

Our Local Monsters!:

Tom Savini

Sculptor, Make-Up Master, Special Effects Genius, Classic Monster Supportor, Actor, Director....he does it all. Check out his incredible display at Monster Bash!

 

John Russo

Screenwriter for the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with George Romero, and part-time zombie on screen in that classic too!

 

 

Kyra Schon

The little GHOUL NEXT DOOR - Kyra Schon from the original Western PA classic - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! She was the little girl in the film with the unforgettable scene in the basement. Meet Kyra at Bash!

George Kosana

The sheriff from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. "They dead, they're all messed up!" Meet George at MONSTER BASH!

 

Monster Bash Make-Up Department:

John Tatarelli

Make-up artist and sculptor John Tatarelli willbe making monsters in the Monster Bash Make-Up Department. He'll be providing live classic monsters that wil be roaming the halls of Monster Bash! Look for mole people, lagoon creatures and some old friends. You can see the crew AS THEY WORK in the Monster Bash make-up room off the lobby at Bash!

 

Monster Bash 101:

Above: Stan Gordon, including Stan at Kecksburg, in front of a replica of the UFO that came in woods back in the 1960s.

Stan Gordon

Nationally recognized UFO-Bigfoot researcher. Stan Gordon has appeared on numerous world wide TV networks and is most known as the go-to guy for the world famous Kecksburg UFO Incident. He's written numerous books and the program this year will be about "Close Range Mysterious Encounters of the Weird Kind." These are PA cases where people were physically close to UFOs or strange creatures.

More info on Stan Gordon, CLICK HERE.

 

 

The TV Horror Hosts:

Son of Ghoul


The horror host that rocks Cleveland through to its bones! Son of Ghoul will be back to put the scare on you. Make sure to visit him at Bash and if you're in Ohio, check your local listings for that SOG listing! Son of Ghoul will host Saturday Stooge Matinee at Bash.

 

 

Above: Mr. Lobo, high finance businessman, makes a transaction at Bash. Selling slime and collectibles at his booth. Stock up with Mr. Lobo this Monster Bash, he has everything you'll need for your swinging monster pad.

Mr. Lobo

We're happy to welcome, host of Cinema Insomia, Mr. Lobo to Monster Bash 2012. One of the most talked about Contemporary Horror Hosts on the Shock Scene! Make sure o check out his web site and videos. Mr. Lobo's in the House of Bash!

Ghoul A Go-Go


See you're favorite TV show personalities at Monster Bash! It's Vlad and Creighton from the Ghoul A Go-Go show. A twisted twisting monster -craze for kids of all ages. A retro kid's show that is a combination of Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Addams Family.

What is "Ghoul A Go-Go?" Check out this promo:

 

The Patient Creatures


Spooky personalities, the Patient Creatures will be roaming the Monster Bash halls in search of a home....perhaps, yours! Our friends from the Netherworld will treat the kiddies to spooky stories too!

The Writers & Historians :

 

Tom Weaver

Prolific writer and historian for many books on classic horror. Co-author of the bible for Universal Monster fans - UNIVERSAL HORRORS. Tom hosts the Monster Bash Braintwist Quiz live at every Monster Bash delighting fans with his knowledge, wit and biting sense of humor.

 

 

Above: Frank pictured with his wife Linda at a past Bash!

Frank Dello Stritto

Writer-historian Frank Dello Stritto has some of the best books out on the genre...including the much acclaimed VAMPIRE OVER LONDON on the life of Bela Lugosi when he traveled to England. Frank makes takes fun and interactive. Don't Frank's talk at MONSTER BASH 2013!

 

 

Gregory William Mank

Author of numerous books and over 100 inverviews...specializing in cassic horror. You can catch Greg's great commentaries on various classic horror DVDs and Blu-Rays too. Meet Greg and his wife, Barbara at Monster Bash this year.

 

Deborah Painter

Author of THE LIFE OF FORRY, the great biography from McFarland Books on the founding editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND - Forrest J Ackerman.

 

 

Daniel Griffith

One of the best documentary makers in the business today - Daniel Griffith. His company is Ballyhoo Productions. Daniel produces and directs amazing documentaries on classic and cult films. He's top-notch technical expertise is stepped up to masterful with his sense of humor and obvious love of his subject matters.

 

Above: Forrest J Ackerman with Ted Bohus.

Ted Bohus

Ted Bohus is a film director and publisher of the widely respected SPFX magazine. Ted is also known for his modern horror film THE DEADLY SPAWN. Chat with him at MONSTER BASH, he's interviewed almost everyone in classic 1950s science fiction films and has great stories.

Robert Michael Cotter

Long time Monster Basher, author Bobb Cotter will be set up at Bash signing books and hanging with the Monster Bashers. Bobb's books for McFarland include A HISTORY OF DOC SAVAGE, THE GREAT MONSTER MAGAZINES, THE MXICAN MASKED WRESTLER & MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY, and a forthcoming book on Hammer actress Ingrd Pitt! Also, don't miss him introducing our Mexican Movie Night at Monster Bash!

Monster Bash Music Director:

Kevin Slick


Keyboardist and life-long silent film fan, Kevin Slick! Kevin will perform at this year's MONSTER BASH! Don't miss out on this live event. Make sure to visit Kevin's site for all of the interesting things this renaissance man does!

 

 

Monster Bash Artists:

Lorraine Bush

Classic Monster portrait artist (left) pictured with fans at Monster Bash. She's also a cover artist for Monster Bash Magazine.

 

Bill Diamond

Bill Diamond, who worked with Jim Henson's muppets, and now runs MONSTER TV on the Internet!

 

...and last BUT not least, without words to describe...

David "The Rock" Nelson

Indescribable, but let's try....renegade monster movie maker, convention personality, self-made pitch man, renaissance fan, the Ernest T. Bass of the earth (and that's meant in the best, positive way)! Talk to him about his movies, his life and his love of monster movies. You might even win the shirt off his back (bring disinfectant). Check out his BLOG SPOT!

Cool Monster Cars

Get geared for cool monster rods coming to MONSTER BASH this summer....including the DRAG-U-LA from The Munsters and the Creature Car.....great rides to see at Bash!

Barbara Bows Out

Sadly, I just received this message from Barbara Steele (1/18/14):

Dear Ron,

So sorry to disappoint you but I now have serious legal estate stuff that I will have to deal with in June in the UK, which makes it impossible for me to do for show this year.

Thank you for inviting me to your show, I wish you all the best for a great convention.

Best Wishes,

Barbara

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