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***All films shown that are in print will be available for sale on site, from the legal copyright owners. See a display of MCA/Universal product, Columbia Tri-Star, MGM Home Video, Criterion, Image, Fox and others.
Please note that guests, and programming, are subject to change.
THURSDAY June 22, 2017
Pre-Bash: For people coming in early for Monster Bash, Ron Adams will run rare films in the afternoon and then projectionist Geoffrey Curtis will be doing his un-announced MYSTERY MOVIES! Screening various 16mm films through the evening at various times, with the exception of the special 11:30PM presentation.
11:30 PM - SPECIAL EARLY BIRD MOVIE: THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS (1931/2011). Stars Matt Foyer. This H.P. Lovecraft story was written in 1931. The filmmakers took that year and produced the film as if it were 1931. It's shot in black and white and set in that period, rural New England. A traveler comes to a remote farm to discuss real estate and gets swept into a netherworld of terror, demons and beings from another world, ready to replace mankind. Extremely well acted, directed and true to the feel of the Lovecraft mythos and writings. Produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Society. Amazing film work.
The above is a special presentation courtesy of The H.P. Lovecraft Society.
FRIDAY June 23, 2017
DEALER & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 3 PM - 9 PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00 AM - 2:30 AM
9:00 AM - A Special Introduction for our 20th Year Anniversary MONSTER BASH. Get ready for our look into the future's past with this special intro to MONSTER BASH that begins the start of this MONSTER BASH that kicks off at this time here and now. With apologies to the genius of Ed Wood.
9:00 AM - 16mm FILM: MONSTERS WE'VE KNOWN AND LOVED. It's our traditional opening short film. A documentary produced back in 1964. A look at the classics from the early days through the eyes of 1964. Narrated by Joseph Cotten. Introduced with a welcome to the Monster Bash by Ron Adams.
10:00 AM - THE WITCH'S DUNGEON PRESENTS: Cortlandt Hull and Bill Diamond start our Bash festivities with information on "The Witch's Dungeon!" A special presentation on the 50th Anniversary of THE WITCH'S DUNGEON and surprise from Svengoolie too. Cortlandt is the nephew of Henry Hull (WEREWOLF OF LONDON) and oversees his museum in Bristol, Connecticut. He knew Vincent Price (who lent voice talent to Cortlandt's museum) and Cortlandt can answer questions about your favorite classic stars as well.
It's a visual presentation on our 50th Anniversary from last
11:00 AM - MOVIE: BEGINNING OF THE END (1957). These grasshoppers are out-of-control, and as big as houses. Bert Gordon has great stories about making this sci-fi shocker. Radioactive fun from the 50's! A Bert I. Gordon classic!
12:30 PM - Q&A SESSION: BERT I. GORDON. Producer, director, screenwriter, the Amazing Colossal Bert I. Gordon will discuss his film legacies that have thrilled generations: BEGINNING OF THE END, FOOD OF THE GODS, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, THE CYCLOPS, NECROMANCY, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, KING DINOSAUR and so many more. This is your chance to ask your questions and hear Bert speak to fans about the behind-the-scenes and making of his films. Moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
1:00 PM - MOVIE: THE GHOST BREAKERS (1940). A great comedy-horror with Bob Hope. Noble Johnson in really great make-up is the zombie of an island. There's a castle, and a ghost too. Excellent fun!
2:30 PM - TALK: STRANGE ASPECTS OF THE ELUSIVE BIGFOOT. Stan will be discussing some of the stranger aspects of the Bigfoot mystery and give an update on some of the UFO, Bigfoot, and cryptid encounters. Expect an amazing talk with author Stan Gordon and he'll have a power point with photos. You decide. Stan will take your questions.
3:30 PM - MOVIE: THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943). It's England during World War II and Lugosi's back as a full throttle vampire. He's got a werewolf assistant and is out for revenge. One of the great roles for Lugosi. Lots of fun.
5:00 PM - TALK with Author Frank Dello Stritto: THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE. Overlooked, overshadowed, but never overrated, Lugosi’s “other” vampire still holds a lot of surprises. Frank unearths the secrets of this 1943 gem in an entertaining and informative talk.
6:00 PM - MOVIE: THE REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) John Agar and friends are dealing with the gill man (Bash guest Ricou Browning in all the underwater shots). An action packed sequel to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Look for Clint Eastwood in a small role.
7:30 PM - Q&A SESSION: RICOU BROWNING. Director, actor, and the last living Classic Universal Monster - Ricou Browning! Ricou played the gill-man in all the underwater scenes in every Creature movie from Universal: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE nd THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US. He also portrayed a gill-creature in an episode of the TV show FLIPPER! James Bond ties, yes there is! Find out more about an amazing career in film. Moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
8:00 PM - MOVIE: MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958) A renegade scientist, two convict stowaways and a couple of other earthlings end up rocketing to the moon. The convicts are Shanghaied for the crew! One of the young convicts is Gary Clarke (Teenage Werewolf in HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER and MONSTER BASH guest). On the moon they find a race of women that have their own plans for the travelers from Earth. Plus, it's got a really cool giant fake spider, and let us not forget that there's Rock People too!
Above: Monster Bash's house band, The Bash Boys.
9:30 PM - HOUSE BAND: THE BASH BOYS: Enjoy The Monster Bash Band - "The Bash Boys" in the movie room. The band features Bash Boys, staffers: Kevin Slick on guitar, Bob Pellegrino on the drums, Keven Scarpino...his Beatle Bass, Bash vendor Steve Unger on keyboards and lead guitarist Steven Thornton. With a special appearances by the one and only Mark Statler and Ursula Adams.
Above: John Babcock and John with The British Invasion that performed at Walt Disney World for years.
10:30 PM - BASHMANIA with John Babcock: Enjoy The Monster Bash Beat Band backing up John Babcock. John performed as Paul McCartney in the touring BEATLEMANIA show and for years at Walt Disney World as Paul McCartney in THE BRITISH INVASION. A Bash must....we all grew up with monsters and music! My life as a twelve year old was reading FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine, while the Beatles played on my plastic radio in my room. So many of us grew up the same way. Let's all go back, way back with John Babcock. Plus, John is always a Monster Kid at heart and has recorded and re-mastered a CD called CHILLER THEATER. He'll perform some Beatle favorites and his own original song "Chiller Theatre" with lyrics we at MONSTER BASH can relate too! An anthem for Monster Kids around the world.
11:30 PM -MEXICAN MONSTER NIGHT: SAMSON AND THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (1961) The movie is dubbed in English. Introduced by your Mexican Monster Night host, author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY - Roberto Cotter. Free tacos and burritos (while they last). Really moody and creepy in spots as a coven of female vampires in a run down castle threaten the old country. Don't worry, hero Samson (Santo) is on the case. Watch him wrasslin' a werewolf and take on the horde of vampires. Great fun.
1:00AM - SPOOK SHOW & MOVIE: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1959) Whoahhh. Probably the grossest movie around for its time. A ludicrous beginning with a woman's head being kept alive by a crack-pot scientist. He also keeps a weird mutation of a creature in the lab closet. Outrageous ending. Introduced by an old fashioned Spook Show that will chill and thrill the audience...can you take it? Spook show by Leonard Hayhurst, Thom Shubila and Monica Moehring. A mad doctor, hypnotism and a woman without a body...
2:30 AM -THE BASH LATE MOVIE: KRONOS (1957). A UFO lands in the ocean. A giant monster machine comes pounding out. It's kinda like a robot, kinda like a humungous refrigerator with force fields...the size of a skyscraper. Its function, to suck the earth dry of energy. Fifties sci-fi vet Jeff Morrow heads the cast.
SATURDAY June 24, 2017
DEALER HOURS & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 10AM-6PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 8:00AM-2:00AM
8:00AM - SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS & CEREAL. Cartoons for kids of all ages. Plus, FREE cereal is passed out to the audience...just the way Saturday morning used to be growing up...cartoons and cereal. Hosted by TV horror host SON OF GHOUL!
9:00 AM - MONSTER KID HOME MOVIE: ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT GHOUL GIRL! An encore presentation of a heartfelt home grown monster movie short by Brian Nichols. A sure fire way to put a smile on your face for all day Saturday at MONSTER BASH. Following this fun Monster Kid Home movie...a special tribute by Brian to our dear departed friend Joe Ziegler who was the Lou Costello of Monster Bash's Abbott & Costello Ultimate Tribute Team. We all loved Joe.
9:30 AM - MOVIE: MIGHY JOE YOUNG (1949). The original MIGHTY JOE YOUNG with animation by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen. A wonderful story of a girl and her ape (not unlike a boy and his dog!). She is lured from Africa to the big city for fame and fortune on the nightclub circuit with her giant ape, Joe. A romping adventure-fantasy that is pure movie magic.
11:30 AM - Q&A SESSION: TERRY MOORE. She was the star of MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, she was involved with Howard Hughes, she hung out with Marilyn Monroe, she is a true Hollywood starlet. Don't miss this amazing talk and your chance to ask questions too. Moderated by Scott Goettel.
12:00 Noon - MOVIE: THE BLOB (1958). That red jelly ooze from outer space has arrived! A meteorite from the cosmos smacks into earth and is discovered by an old codger. He pokes it with a stick and the thing cracks open, The Blob shoots out and attaches itself to his arm -- then devours him. It grows and keeps seeking other victims...Look for the theatre scene -- it features the cult classic DAUGHTER OF HORROR on the marquee in a live "Spook Show" with Bela Lugosi (who would have been dead two years when this film came out). Cool Daddy Steve McQueen and Aneta Corseaut star. Aneta went on to be Andy Griffin's girlfriend in his classic TV show. Hot rods, teenagers that look like they're in their thirties and a neat-o original monster.
1:30 PM - Q&A SESSION: KRIS YEAWORTH. His dad was the director of THE BLOB, DINOSAURUS and THE 4-D MAN. He was a tech on the set of all the films. He hung out woth Steve McQueen, Patty Duke and red ooze from outer space! He has the stories....plus, Kris is a singer/songwriter and will perform a song he wrote about the making of THE BLOB. He was there. Moderated by Ron Adams.
2:00 PM - MOVIE: MAD MONSTER PARTY? (1967). The 50th Anniversary of this classic puppetmation film from the great Rankin/Bass Productions. The puppetmation feature length film about a monster party at Frankenstein's island. The nephew of Dr. Frankenstein receives a request for the get-together. Other guests include Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Hunchback, Mr. Hyde, The Creature, The Frankenstein Monster and his mate. Loads of fun and a cornerstone in the minds of Monster Boomer kids from the 60's. Dr. Frankenstein's voice is Boris Karloff and the monster's mate is the voice of Phyllis Diller. From the people who made the Christmas puppetmation feature RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.
3:30 PM - TALK: RICK GOLDSCHMIDT. Author of THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS celebrates the history of MAD MONSTER PARTY? on its 50th anniversary! He worked directly with Rankin/Bass (Videocraft International) founder Arthur Rankin, Jr. (until his untimely death in January, 2014) and has written four books, many articles, CD booklets, and DVD liner notes about his movies, career, and style of animation. Rick has also designed figurines for Enesco Corp. and have been involved with many events honoring the success of Rankin/Bass Productions.
4:30 PM - Q&A SESSION: JO MORROW. She co-starred with Charles Herbert in 13 GHOSTS, worked in Ray Harryhausen's THREE WORLD OF GULLIVER, was in DOCTOR DEATH with Moe Howard, was Mary Lou in GIDGET Plus her TV credits include: PERRY MASON, HAWAIIAN EYE, MAVERICK, SURFSIDE 6, LARAMIE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, FAMILY and more! Moderated by Scott Goettel.
5:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
6:00 PM - 16mm PROGRAM: SATURDAY NIGHT WITH THE STOOGES. Cleveland TV Horror Host SON OF GHOUL hosts the best of the Spooky Stooge shorts!
7:00 PM - Q&A: GARY CLARKE & GARY CONWAY. It's the reunion of the two teenage monsters from HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) with Gary Conway (Teenage Frankenstein) and Gary Clarke (Teenage Werewolf). Gary Conway went on to LAND OF THE GIANTS and BURKE'S LAW. Gary Clarke rose to tremendous popularity in TV's THE VIRGINIAN and he even wrote scripts for the comedy hit GET SMART. Moderated by Scott Goettel.
7:30 PM - MONSTER BASH COMEDY: DON REESE. One of the funniest stand-up comics in the world...and he's in our Monster World! A big guy with a big love for growing up with monster movies, comic books, monster magazines and a twisted sense of humor that will have you laughing through the night. Don't miss Don!
8:00 PM - LIVE THEATER: CLASSIC FRENCH GHOST STORIES. Actor Zach Zito presents three tales of supernatural horror. If you've never seen Zach perform before, you are in for a real treat! An amazing stage actor with incredible intensity that will grip you to the bone. Stories include: The Played Hand, From the Tomb and Phantom Hag.
9:00PM - BASH SPECIAL: LET THEM EAT CAKE! Saturday night free cake for all! It's our 20th year anniversary....but don't worry, the cake isn't 20 years old. Reception with monster sized sheet cakes will be set up and served near Monster Bash registration in the lobby free to all Bash attendees!
OUTDOOR SATURDAY NIGHT BEGINS
The following two events will take place in the grassy area out front of the hotel. We'll have a sound system and do our drive-in style open air movie
10:00 PM - OUTDOOR FILM: HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958). If you know about the history of classic make-up artist, Jack Pierce...this could be almost his story! A great make-up man is kicked out of his studio. In this guy's case, though, he goes nuts and creates real monsters utilizing his TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (Gary Conway) and TEENAGE WEREWOLF (Gary Clarke) make-ups!
11:30 PM - LIGHTS OUT AT MONSTER BASH: With Your Host Mike Adams. Mike Adams will host a vintage radio program, and the lights will go down for a scary vintage radio show....A chiller. Spooky fun for the whole family. Tune in with Mike Adams.
Above: The prize toss, besides beach balls, get ready for the flinging of free DVDs, Blu-Rays, Monster Magazines, Monster Toys and more!
12:00 MIDNIGHT BIG EVENT - THE MONSTER BASH "FESTIVAL OF THE NEW WINE Song." A Monster Bash tradition. Bob Pellegrino sings the "Festival of the New Wine" from FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN. Plus, the great free prize toss, this year featuring magazines, DVDs, and just plain cool Monster Kid stuff. WARNING: If you do not wish to get hit by flying free stuff, do not stay in the room for this event. Enter and stay at your own risk. Thanks to Creepy Classics, Scary Monsters for providing the cool prizes for....what else?....our PRIZE TOSS! We'll kick off the midnight fun with the Monster Bash Lifetime Achievement Awards.
12:15 AM - Q&A: JOHN RUSSO. He was the screenwriter and a zombie in the iconic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. He was there with George Romero, George Kosana, Kyra Schon, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman and was involved in the entire production. This is your chance to ask your questions about one of the biggest movies in horror film history. Moderated by Ron Adams.
1:00 AM - BASH LATE NIGHT MOVIE: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) Classic story of radiation bringing the dead back to life...if that weren't bad enough, they think living people taste pretty good. Very shocking for its time with an ending that still packs a punch and a 2X4 over the head! George Romero directed.
SUNDAY June 25, 2017
DEALER HOURS, GUEST SIGNING HOURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00AM-5:00PM
MAKE THIS YOUR LAST CHANCE SHOPPING DAY! YOU MIGHT NEVER SEE THOSE COOL ITEMS IN THE DEALER ROOM AGAIN. Sunday is shopping day at BASH. In between our final great programming you have to hit the dealer ballroom. Hurry before that person that was next to you in the hallways gets that rare item you really wanted! Note: Some guests will be catching flights, so get them early.
8:00 AM - MONSTER BASH MASS. Father Mike returns to give Mass at Monster Bash. All denominations are welcome. Yes, Father Mike is a real priest from Ohio. Attendees don't have to go out looking for a church. We do it here with all your friends.
9:00 AM - SUNDAY MORNING FILM SHORTS. Two spooky episodes from the Little Rascals canon: SPOOK SPOOFING (1928) an early Our Gang comedy with Farina as a kid that is very afraid of ghosts! THE KID FROM BORNEO (1933) has a young Spanky and kids mistaking a sideshow wild man as their uncle! Plus, a Laurel and Hardy scary seafaring short, THE LIVE GHOST (1934) too! Hosted by your Ohio TV Horror Host and fellow Monster Kid brother -- Son of Ghoul.
10:00 AM - MONSTER BASH TV: OCCURENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE. A classic episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE that was a French film that Rod Serling was impressed by and he used it as part of his series. It involves the Civil War and a man about to be hung. The only TWILIGHT ZONE that was not produced for the show itself. If you've never seen this film, it's a thing of haunting beauty and horror. If you have seen it, don't give away the ending!
10:30 AM - TALK: MONSTER BASH - 20 YEARS FORWARD! Film historian and author Deborah Painter gives a wonderful talk and power point presentation on 20 years of the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. From the Classic Monster U.S. Post Office stamp unveiling and a long, long list of great guests, talks, rare movies and, most of all, the gathering of all of us monster kids from the monster boom generation. Don't miss it....
Above left: Doug Nelson (Ron's cousin) and Ron with his beloved FAMOUS MONSTERS #56 in the 1960s. Above right: A Pittsburgh newspaper color center spread used when promoting MONSTER BASH in the 1990s.
11:30 AM - TALK: MONSTER BASH'S RONDO REMEMBERS. Ron Adams discusses how MONSTER BASH began, some of the best memories, some of the funniest stories, some of the behind-the-scenes (rarely talked about, ha!) weird happenings...and takes your favorite memories from the audience. We hope your there to share your memories too.
12:30 PM - MONSTER BASH CLIP: Bill Reilly & Joe Ziegler. MOVIE: THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (1946). It's revolutionary war time and Bud and Lou are there. A misunderstanding and Lou is mistaken as a traitor, along with a beautiful girl. Their ghosts return to haunt and Bud's back as his own descendant. It's a wonderful movie, with many touching moments that will remind of us of Lou Costello and Monster Bash's Joe Ziegler. Introduced by Ron Adams.
2:30 PM - MOVIE: THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR (2017). Sunday afternoon was always the time for epic movie viewing on TV, with gladiators and Hercules movies. Well, we have a new one one with the spirit and the tradition for you. On almost no budget, Joshua Kennedy has created an epic fantasy with stop-motion monsters (thanks to the mad genius of Ryan Lengyel). Introduced by Joshua Kennedy, a true modern pioneer of retro fantasy. An amazing achievment.
4:00 PM - MONSTER BASH SHOW & TELL: JOEY VENTO. Joey runs THE HAUNTED BARN Movie Museum & Theater in upstare New York. He will be sharing some of his props with BASH attendees. They include items from Ray Harryhausen movies and so much more. Bashin' Monster Kid fun!
4:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
4:30 PM - MONSTER BASH REMEMBERS: CHILLY BILLY. We lost so many great people this past year in the field. One we cannot overlook is our local TV horror host....Chilly Billy. Bill Cardille was a true old school entertainer who would give the time of day to every single fan. He treated everyone one-on-one with true charm and appreciation. He was the host of Pittsburgh TV's CHILLER THEATER for decades. Making pizza and monster movies a family party. Here is a CHILLER THEATER reunion show produced by my old school chum, Don Gawryla.
5:00PM - MONSTER BASH MEMORIES: MONSTER BASH 1997-2000. Perry Edelbergs, Tom and the Cleveburg group have a fun look at the first three MONSTER BASH CONFERENCES. Is that YOU in the crowd? Footage and clips, much of the 1997 and 1998 video was shot by my mother (Janice Adams). The newspaper center spread above is from about 1998-1999 of daughter Paisley (now 20 years old) and myself. I hope you liked the first 20 years, I've got a few more years left in me....we'll see you this October at MONSTER BASH Octoberfest in Canton, Ohio at the grand PALACE THEATRE with vendors and giant screen movies!