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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 18, 2015
For people coming in early for Monster Bash, projectionist Geoffrey Curtis will be doing his un-announced MYSTERY MOVIES! Screening various 16mm films through the evening at various times.
FRIDAY June 19, 2015
DEALER & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 3 PM - 9 PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 10:00 AM - 2:30 AM
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 by Ron Adams.
Above: Cortlandt Hull at the original Witch's Dungeon museum.
10:00 AM - THE WITCH'S DUNGEON PRESENTS: Cortlandt Hull, Bill Diamond and "Gorgo the Gargoyle" will be hosting a sneak peek with what's new at "The Witch's Dungeon!" 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.
Cortlandt will discuss the new, greatly expanded
We will also bring some original Dick Smith head pieces with us for the show,
11:00 AM - Q&A: RON CHANEY: The grandson of "Kharis, The Mummy" himself! Direct from the ancient sands of Egypt....or, maybe Southern California....it's Ron Chaney. Ron is one ofthe nicest guys around and carries on the legacy of The Chaney Family. Ron can tell you first hand real-life stories about the man he simply knows as "Gramps," Lon Chaney, Jr. Moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
11:30 AM - MOVIE: KHARIS PART 1 - THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940) Lots of action and Tom Tyler is really scary as the Mummy. The effects crew has his eyes "glowing black" in this one and it'll provide the "jeepers creepers." The cast is wonderful -- Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wally Ford and all the others are very believable and likable.
1:00 PM - TALK: STAN GORDON - KECKSBURG 50 YEARS AGO. 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.
2:00 PM - Q&A: KRIS YEAWORTH - THE AMAZING BLOB TALK. Find out the behind-the-scenes of the classic science fiction flick. Kris was there, on the set of THE BLOB in 1958. The most amazing information on his dad's films is here for the asking! Kris has brought original scripts, his father's autographs, set pieces and, jokingly, he's got stuff with Steve McQueen's DNA! He's the son of the director. Kris is also a musician and has a song about the making of THE BLOB. This will be fun and a real BLOB treat!
3:00 PM - MOVIE PREMIER: TALES OF DRACULA (A Wolfbane Production) The undead Count Dracula, a werewolf and the Frankenstein monster are back to rally. A black-and-white retro film with more than a nod to the classics we grew up with. A project in the making for years by Monster Kid Joe DeMuro. Plus it features the outstanding creatures by make-up master Ron Chamberlain. Introduced by Executibe Producer and Director, Joe DeMuro.
4:30 PM - MR. LOBO's "CINEMA INSOMNIA" MOVIE: THE GHOUL (1933) A terribly underrated Karloff film. A mix of THE MUMMY's story with a stalking FRANKENSTEIN quality. Boris Karloff sports great make-up. Scary and VERY good. Co-stars Ernest Thesinger (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN's Dr. Pretorious). Hosted by TV Horror Host, Mr. Lobo, of Cinema Insomnia.
Above: Debbie Painter and a collage created by Jerod Blayney from the Monster Kid Classic Forum.
6:00 PM - TALK: LON CHANEY JR. IN FILMS. A slideshow and talk by author and historian Deborah Painter. The life and movies of Lon Chaney, Jr.
7:00 PM - TALKING MONSTERS: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - 80 YEARS LATER with classic film historian and author Greg Mank.HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN! She became an octogenarian in 2015, and never look better! Author Greg Mank provides a colorful power point celebration, covering the early script drafts, the censorship problems, and the audacious production - all against the background of wild and wicked power struggles at Universal City. Come and enjoy this tribute to the most admired and beloved of the Universal horror classics.
8:00 PM - SPECIAL FEATURES - THE FACE IS FAMILIAR: Una O'Connor. A new documentary. Hosted by the director of the project - Charles Henson.
8:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
9:00 PM - BASH COMEDY: THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW! The boys are back! See Bud, Lou and Scoop give you the business with the best routines and spot on A&C impersonations you'll ever see!
Above: Monster Bash's house band, The Bash Boys. Bob Pellegrino on drums, Steve Unger on keyboards, Kevin Slick on guitar. Not pictured Keven Scarpino (bass), Michael Pierce (guitars), Steven Thornton (lead guitar).
10:00 PM - HOUSE BAND: THE BASH BOYS: Enjoy The Monster Bash Band - "The Bash Boys" in the movie room. The band features staffers: Kevin Slick on guitar, Bob Pellegrino on the skins, Keven Scarpino thumping the electric bass, Bash vendor Steve Unger on keyboards and lead guitarist Steven Thornton. With a special appearances by the one and only Mark Statler, Michael Pierce and staffer Geoffrey Curtis as guest vocalists.
11:00 PM -MEXICAN MONSTER NIGHT: THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1959). The Aztec Mummy is back, lurching, creeping and shuffling his way to a frenzied killing spree. A group of explorers are plagued by arch criminal Dr. Krupp! Krupp steals a priceless breast plate from the Mummy. The mummy rampages after it. Krupp uses a robot to try and stop the undead creature. Dubbed in English. The movie is dubbed in English. Introduced by your Mexican Monster Night host, author Roberto Cotter. Free tacos and burritos (while they last).
12:30AM - MOVIE: KHARIS PART 2 - THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1942) Lon Chaney's first time as the mummy - Kharis. The characters from the previous film (THE MUMMY'S HAND) are back and Kharis is out for revenge.
1:30 AM -THE BASH LATE MOVIE: CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN (1958). A petrified stone man is discovered in ancient volcanic ruins. The explorers who discovered the rock encased body, find there's an ancient evil at work. The thing walks again. Low-budget fun 50's flick! Hosted by renegade film maker - David "The Rock" Nelson
SATURDAY June 20, 2015
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!
9:30 AM - TALK: THE LEGACY OF KHARIS, THE MUMMY. Film historian Greg Mank unearths Kharis on this special occasion. A power point multi-mummy media fun and informative look at the Kharis series that Universal launched in the 1940s. Get the final wrap from Greg here at MONSTER BASH.
10:30 AM - MONSTER KID HOME MOVIES: Triple Feature! Three Monster Kids that grew up just like we did....loving monster movies. Each presenter will introduce his work PRESENTATION 1: NIGHT OF THE BEAST (FROM 20 ZILLION YEARS AGO) by Ryan Lengyel. A follow-up to his previous film shown at MONSTER BASH. Another amazing, and I mean amazing, funny and spooky piece of good ol' stop-motion animation sure to thrill you. PRESENTATION 2: Music Videos that will knock your socks off - I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD and THE NIGHT IS YOUNG by Joshua Kennedy and the second starring Martine Beswicke, shot at MONSTER BASH last October! PRESENTATION 3: Drum roll......please! Our next film takes us back to our childhood and the forts/clubhouses that were a special hideaway...protecting us from monsters, it's ZOMBIE ATTACK AT FORT FALCON by Brian Nichols. Brian then will present a past short film he made about an encounter in a mummy's tomb with THE MUMMY IN THE MAZE.
12:30 PM - 16mm PROGRAM: SATURDAY STOOGE MATINEE. Cleveland TV Horror Host SON OF GHOUL runs amok with his Stooge show! Yes, the stooges met mummies! You bet your King Rootin' Tootin'.
1:30 PM - MONSTER KID STORYTELLING: With Your Host Mike Adams. Mike Adams, a Monster Kid, grew up those great old spooky records we used to hear as a kid. Weird, funny, and around the campfire....quite spooky. Mike continues the spooky story tradition with the creepy tale of "The Skinny Toe." Mike will dig deep into the roots of storytelling used to scare your friends.....urban legends, fictional horror that could be happening right in your own town. An event and endearing throwback not to be misssed at this year's BASH! Bring the kids.
Mike will be asking you to come up with your campfire, spooky stories too. Bring YOUR scary kid's stories.
2:30 PM - MOVIE: THE MUMMY (1932). The classic with Boris Karloff and Zita Johann. Don't read that scroll, don't read....ahhh, too late. Introduced by Liesl Ehardt.
Above left: Liesl with Universal's Carla Laemmle. Above right: Liesl morphing into her cousin Zita. Family resemblance!
4:00 PM - PRESENTATION: THE LIFE OF ZITA JOHANN with her cousin Liesl Ehardt. Liesl is a second cousin of Zita and an actress in her own right. Liesl has appeared on numerous national TV commercials, THE GUIDING LIGHT and even portrayed her cousin in the drama-documentary KREATING KARLOFF. Zita was an enigma and is fascinating. Find out more on her at BASH.
5:00 PM - SHORT MOVIE: FRANKENSTEIN (1910). The Thomas Edison landmark horror film. A 13 minute adaptation of the Mary Shelly classic. Thought lost for years, one surviving print found it's way to daylight thanks to previous Monster Bash guest Al Dettlaff. Following FRANKENSTEIN is a look at the next MONSTER BASH and a "Mummy" music video we think you'll enjoy!
5:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
6:00 PM - LIVE MONSTER BASH THEATER with ZACH ZITO: "LOT 249." If you've never seen Zach Zito perform before....don't dare miss him this time. He will perform a horror tale of a mummy that was penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
7:00 PM - RETRO TV: ROLLER COASTER DOCUMENTARY with VINCENT PRICE. Besides being an actor and loving cooking and food....Vincent Price loved amusement parks and roller coasters. This is a rare 1978 documentary hosted by Vincent. Loads of fun and educational on amusement parks too!
7:30 PM - MONSTER BASH PRICELESS EVENT: VICTORIA PRICE. The daughter of one of the most amazing men in the history of film. A true Renaissance man. Art collector, art historian, stage actor, film actor, TV actor, master cook....from horror, suspense, drama to comedy, he did it all. Introduced by Ron Adams.
8:30PM - BASH SPECIAL: LET THEM EAT CAKE! Guest of Honor Reception, photo ops & monster sized sheet cakes will be set up and served near Monster Bash registration in the lobby in front of the Creepy Classics room, free to all Bash attendees! Served up by the Bash staff, Bud, Lou & Scoop Fields!
OUTDOOR SATURDAY NIGHT BEGINS
The following two events will take place in the grassy area out fromt of the hotel. We'll have a sound system and do our drive-in style open air movie following an introduction by "Bud & Lou!"
9:00 PM - BASH COMEDY: THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW! The boys are back! See Bud, Lou and Scoop give you the business as they introduce the film....
9:15 PM - OUTDOOR FILM: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955). Get ready for Bash fun! We will show the film in the parking lot. You will need to have your car facing a small line of trees facing away from the hotel. Or, you can bring a blanket and sit in the center lawn "island." We'll have the audio on a PA system. Special thanks to Drive-In historian Mark Bialek and projectionist Geoffrey Curtis for making this happen. And, make sure to check out Mark's Drive-In Web areas at www.driveintheatre.org! In the event of rain..this will run indoors. Pre-movie cartoon provided by Son of Ghoul.
11:30 PM - MONSTER BASH COMEDY: - DON REESE: Don Reese, the amazing colossal monster comicperforms! 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:
12:00 Midnight - MONSTER BASH SPECIAL TRIBUTE - CHRISTOPHER LEE: At 93 years old and more movies than his age, Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015. This special reflection and video produced by Charles Henson. Introduced by Ron Adams.
Above: The prize toss, besides beach balls, get ready for the flinging of free DVDs, Blu-Rays, Monster Magazines, Monster Toys and more!
12:30 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 hte 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!
1:00 AM - BASH LATE NIGHT MOVIE: THE BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955) Lugosi in his last speaking role is terrific in this Ed Wood opus (!). This is the one with the rubber octopus and Tor Johnson getting whipped by Lugosi! If you haven't seen an Ed Wood movie, this might be the one to get started on. Watch for Conrad Brooks in the police station.
Introduced by BASH LATE NIGHT HOSTS Leonard Hayhurst & Thom Shubila
SUNDAY June 22, 2014
DEALER HOURS, GUEST SIGNING HOURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00AM-5:00PM
8:00AM - 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.
9:00AM - MOVIE: THE RAVEN (1935) Lugosi shines as a Poe obsessed doctor...evil to the core. Karloff as a gangster mutilated into a murderous monster by Lugosi. A dark house, torture chambers...Karloff growling like the Frankenstein monster. Total fun.
Above: Monster Bash attendee Dalton Smoot, Frank Dello Stritto and to the right....well, you know those two guys!
10:00AM - TALK: THE 1936 BRITISH BAN ON HORROR FILMS. Author and horror film historian Frank Dello Stritto digs up some of the best reseach and background on the movies we love. No doubt it will NOT be boring. Frank makes everything fun and interesting!
11:00AM - Q&A: VALERIE LEON. Hammer Horror actress who played a mummy herself in BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB is here to speak with fans. She was in many of the British CARRY ON comedy films, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, SPACE 1999 and so much more. Moderated by Scott Goettel.
11:30 AM - MOVIE: KHARIS PART 3 - THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) Kharis back, this time with John Carradine as the "High Priest." Will he be true to the cause for Kharis, or will he too fall and betray the wrath of The Mummy?! Watch for the black cat in this one.
1:00 PM - MOVIE: KHARIS PART 4 - THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1945) Lon Chaney as the Mummy in the bayou. Cajun songs, swamps and Kharis, the mummy. Virginia Christine is dynamite as a female mummy revived from the dried swamp. Seeing her rise from the dried mud is a sight to behold!
2:30PM - THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW. Joe, Bill and Jason warm our hearts and bring Abbott & Costello to life one more time for this BASH.
3:30 PM - SPECIAL FEATURE - TRIBUTE: A fond look back at all the Monster Bash past guests and classic horror and sci-fi stars that we lost over the past year. Compiled, produced and presented by Charles Henson.
4:00PM - MONSTER BASH MEMORIES: MONSTER BASH 2014. What a great way to end another Monster Bash. Let's re-live Monster Bash June 2014. Introduced by Charles Henson.
4:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!