MONSTER BASH October 13-15, 2023
Event & Programming ScheduleMarriott Pittsburgh North, Cranberry Township-Mars, PA
***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.
The following is the schedule for a past October MONSTER BASH expo. The 2023 schedule will be announced this spring.
Please note that guests, and programming, are subject to change...and that some guest will be leaving early Sunday to catch flights.
THURSDAY October 13, 2022
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.
FRIDAY October 14, 2022
DEALER & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 3 PM - 9 PM
MOVIE & EVENT ROOM HOURS 9:00 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 with a welcome to the Monster Bash by Ron Adams.
10:00 AM - TALK: Bill Diamond, monster muppeteer and producer, will talk about the latest new coming out of The Witch's Dungeon and Bill Diamond Productions.
11:00 AM - MOVIE: MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE (1947). Screwball comedy with Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour. Lon Chaney Jr. supports as a "Lenny-type" thug and Peter Lorre who has homicidal tendencies..
12:30 PM - MOVIE: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960). Stars Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles. A boy and his dog...errr, no...his plant! A chomping giant man-eating plant relies on his human friend Seymour to find him fresh meat. Still strange. "Feed me Seymour!" See Jack Nicholson in a crazy, early role!
2:00 PM - MOVIE: THE MONSTER (1925). Stars Lon Chaney and Johnny Arthur. A young man who has aspirations of becoming a detective is surprised on a roadway by a strange man. He investigates and finds a secluded sanatorium. The place is full of odd characters and run by a mysterious Dr. Ziska. Ziska (played by Chaney) is experimenting on dead bodies and live victims in his basement laboratory! A horror-comedy with some excellent lab sets and use of light and shadows.
3:00 PM - DEALER BALLROOM OPENS! Get the creepy cool collectibles you want before some other Monster Kid gets them!
3:30 PM - MOVIE: THE BOWERY BOYS MEET THE MONSTERS (1954). Stars Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Lloyd Corrigan, Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton), Paul Wexler (FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE) and Laura Mason. The Bowery Boys end up in...a haunted house? It's complete with mad doctor, gorilla, crazy old woman, robot, a Vampira-like vampire gal and a man-eating plant. Shades of Charles Addams crashing with Brooklyn.
5:00 PM - TV SHOW: THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1963). A classic TV show with Barney and Gomer investigating a "haunted house" after kids knock a baseball through the window. Andy Griffith is called in to check it out after weird goings-on are reported by Barney. Don Knotts at his finest.
5:30 PM - TV SHOW: HALLOWEEN WITH THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1964). It's the season and let's join one of our favorite families for Halloween.
6:00 PM - GAME SHOW: MONSTER MATCH GAME. Remember the old MATCH GAME TV show? Well now it's done with classic monster movies! Your hosts are Leonard Hayhurst and Thom Shubilla. You could participate and win prizes! Don't miss the fun! Celebrity guest panel.
7:00 PM - MOVIE: THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN (1966). Stars Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Dick Sargent and Liam Redmond. One of the funniest haunted house movies with Don Knotts (Barney in the original Andy Grifffth TV Show). Knotts is a typesetter at a newspaper and sees his big break as a reporter coming by spending a night in a reported haunted house and clearing up many mysteries that revolve around the old place. You'll love the organ in the house (with bloody keys), playing by itself. Then there's a knife that appears in the heart of a portrait hanging on a wall...with blood flowing from it!
8:30PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick! Only a half hour left for shopping in the Dealer Ballroom today. If you don't get it now, you might never see that item again! The Dealer Ballroom closes at 9PM today.
8:30 PM - MOVIE: ABBOTT & COSELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948). The rip-snortin' monster fest classic and Abbott & Costello's pinnacle. Lou's brain is targeted for the Frankenstein Monster's skull by Dracula (Lugosi) and his lovely assistant. Larry Talbot flies in from London to try and help keep Dracula from completing his nefarious plans. Lon Chaney Jr. is great in his final Larry Talbot/Wolf Man incarnation, Glenn Strange rocks as the mighty Frankenstein Monster and Bela Lugosi's major studio swan song --- and he's GREAT! I can never get enough of this, it's one memorable scene after another.
10:00 PM - Q&A: RON CHANEY. We celebrate A Century of Chaney's with Lon Chaney's grandson, Ron Chaney. Ron will talk about his grandfather and his great grandfather....the Chaney legacy. Ron is currently involved with finishing a two volume bio-photo book that was started by his grandfather. Ron recently was consultant on the musical stage show about his great grandfather - "A Thousand Faces." From The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Dracula...the Chaney family has portrayed an army of classic movie monsters. Lon Chaney Jr. also appeared in the iconic ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Don't miss this east coast appearance with Ron Chaney....Moderated by Ron Adams.
Above: Host Thom Shubilla, and on the right, the crazy Lagoon Creature from THE CASTLE OF THE MONSTERS (1958) on the left.10:30 PM -MEXICAN MONSTER NIGHT: THE CASTLE OF MONSTERS (1958). A South-of-the-Border version of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. A vampire, werewolf, mummy, Frankenstein monster and facsimile Creature from the Black Lagoon chase a poor nut around a spooky castle. Though it's silly, it has some great moments. The opening is extremely creepy with a carriage going through dark woods and the driver turning into a werewolf. German Robles plays the vampire. NOTE: In Spanish, no subtitles....but I don't think you need them for this, it's obvious goofy fun! Free tacos and burritos (while they last).
12:30 AM MONSTER BASH LATE SHOW: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932). The James Whale classic tale of a stormy night. Sardonic humor, wonderful photography and eerie scenes with a cast to kill for (literally!). Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Melvyn Douglas star in a tale of stranded travelers...in an old, dark house!
2:00 AM MONSTER BASH LATE, LATE SHOW: MISS FRANKENSTEIN. The Bash rolls on. See David "The Rock" Nelson introduce a montage of material including a preview of is "MISS FRANKENSTEIN" epic. You truly don;t know what to expect from our long-time friend David. The renegade low budget monster movie maker! There's no one like him.
SATURDAY October 15, 2022
DEALER HOURS & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 10AM-6PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 8:00 AM-2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 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. Presented by TV horror host SON OF GHOUL!
9:00 AM - TV SHOW: SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (1969) A classic episode that we all grew up with whether it was first run, or on re-runs! Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma...along with some mysterious monsters...?
9:30 AM - MOVIE: THE CAT ND THE CANARY (1939) Stars Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Gale Sondergard, George Zucco and John Beal. The creepy ol' chestnut! The old dark house, the reading of the will, the spooky trappings. Gale Sondergard is particularly great!
10:00 AM - DEALER BALLROOM OPENS! Get the creepy cool collectibles you want before some other Monster Kid gets them!
11:00 AM - BRAIN TWIST QUIZ SHOW with Tom Weaver. You better start studying....this is a fast-paced, no holds barred quiz show. A quiz on your knowledge of classic horror and science fiction films. A huge grand prize of blu-rays, DVDs, books, monster magazines and t-shirt! Plus, consultation prizes. Tom's one of the greatest authorities on the subject in the world....so get ready. The spotlight will be on THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1939). Study hard, win prizes!
12:00 NOON - MOVIE: THE MYSTERY IN DRACULA'S CASTLE (1973). Johnny Whitaker stars in this post FAMILY AFFAIR project. A true "Monster Kid" movie with two boys making their own monster movies on 8mm film. It's a Dracula film and in their intrepid production they get mixed-up with jewel thieves. Family fun.
1:30 PM - Q&A: JOHNNY WHITAKER. Hugely prolific child actor Johnny Whitaker at Bash! Johnny's credits include, of course, FAMILY AFFAIR...but, it goes far beyond that! He was in THE MYSTERY IN DRACULA'S CASTLE as a young monster movie maker, TOM SAWYER, SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS, ADAM-12, SOMETHING EVIL, GUNSMOKE, GREEN ACRES, BONANZA, BEWITCHED, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING and even more. Question and answer session moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
2:30 PM - FORGOTTEN HORROR-COMEDY MOVIE: ONE FRIGHTENED NIGHT (1935). A great old dark house poverty row flick. A crotchety old man reads his will and all hell breaks loose during a storm. Great opening credits with neat peer through a window of the house. This highly regarded, seldom seen little film is so much fun. Introduced with great insights by MONSTER BASH's Michael Adams.
4:00 PM - THE MONSTER BASH GAME SHOW: WHAT'S MY MONSTER? Join Leonard Hayhurst and Thom Shubilla for a romping game show. Test your abilities as a Monster Kid with your knowledge of monsters and monster movies. Guess the monster and maybe, win monstrous prizes too! And MONSTER BASH's own "Vanna White," Paisley Jaynes will assist!
5:00PM - MOVIE: MASTER MINDS (1949). Stars Leo Gorcey and The Bower Boys, Jane Adams, Glenn Strange, Alan Napier, Skelton Knaggs and Minerva Urecal. One of the great horror setting films for The Bowery Boys. The boys run into a brain-swapping mad doctor who uses electronics to transfer brain patterns. Satch (Huntz Hall) gets his brain swapped with a werewolf-life giant monster (played by Glenn Strange). Great fun.
5:30PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick! Only a half hour left for shopping in the Dealer Ballroom today. If you don't get it now, you might never see that item again! Dealer ballroom closes at 6PM.
6:30PM - CLASSIC TV: LAND OF THE LOST! A fun episode of the show that features guests of honor Wesley Eure (Will) and Kathy Coleman (Holly). A family lost in time and space.
7:00PM - Q&A SESSION: WESLEY EURE and KATHY COLEMAN! Ask your questions, find out more about the background of Wesley and Kathy...which goes beyond LAND OF THE LOST. Soap operas, singing groups and so much more. Moderated by John Bishop.
8:00 PM - MONSTER BASH WEDDING! Monster Bash vendor Terri Mount weds Tom Alsup. This is real wedding with pastor Mark Statler officiating. Come join the wondrous event here at MONSTER BASH.
9:00 PM - LET THEM EAT "WEDDING" CAKE! The famous MONSTER BASH cake feeding frenzy. Giant, monster sized sheet cakes are served up by the MONSTER BASH staff to fans for as long as it lasts. Think ahead...chocolate or yellow cake...some hard decisions! A a nice break and the kick-off for Saturday night MONSTER BASH madness. Head for the front of the lobby!
9:30 PM - FILM CLIP: See MONSTER BASH guest Zandor Vorkov with our MONSTER BASH guest from 1997-2007, Forrest J Ackerman.
9:35 PM - Q&A: ZANDOR VORKOV. Dracula himself, from DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN...Zandor Vorkov. Zandor worked with Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carroll Naish and Forrest J Ackerman on the cult drive-in classic film DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN. The film was covered heavily in FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine back in 1971. In 1971 he also appeared in the horror film BRAIN OF BLOOD. He has risen from the grave to reunite with fans at MONSTER BASH! Moderated by John Bishop.
10:00 PM - MONSTER BASH MUSIC: MARK STATLER. Time to take a breather from movies and enjoy the music of Mark Statler...standards to retro monster music. Step back in time to days of big bands and classic vocalists. From songs like Moonglow to a song called Dracula's Daughter. This Monster Kid can sing!
11:00 PM - STOOGE THEATER with TV host SON OF GHOUL: Ohio's TV legend "Son of Ghoul" has been on the air for over 30 years and counting. He hosts three scary Stooge classics for Saturday evening fun. Sheer entertainment.
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, blu-rays, 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. We'll kick off the midnight fun with the Monster Bash Lifetime Achievement Awards too!
12:30AM - THE LATE MOVIE: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). A remake of the 1932 James Whale film...this time starring Tom Poston. A wild, dark horror-comedy with some really shocking scenes and a lot of insane humor. If you haven't seen this, it's a lot of fun! A Columbia-Hammer Studio co-production directed by William Castle.
Sunday October 16, 2022
DEALER HOURS, GUEST SIGNING HOURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
SOME GUESTS WILLBE LEAVING EARLY TO CATCH FLIGHTS.
PLEASE BE AWARE, SOME DEALER MIGHT PACK-UP EARLY, SO GET INTO THE DEALER ROOM FOR THE STUFF YOU WANT NOW!
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!
8:00 AM - MONSTER BASH CHURCH SERVICE . Pastor Mark Statler will give the service at Monster Bash. All denominations are welcome. Mark Statler is a mimister from Ohio. Attendees don't have to go out looking for a church. We do it here with all your friends and Monster Bash family. Music by Steven Thornton, John Sargent and Ursula Adams.
9:00 AM - SUNDAY MORNING FILM SHORTS. Three short films of the Little Rascals (Our Gang) canon. Presented by -- Ohio TV Horror Host and fellow Monster Kid brother -- Son of Ghoul.
10:00 AM - MOVIE: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944). Wonderful horror-comedy with Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster who is at odds with his brother Jonathan who looks like Boris Karloff (played by Raymond Massey). Jonathan and his accomplice, Peter Lorre, are fugitives from the law. Wanted for murder and other heinous crimes. The only thing is when they take refuge in the house where their two aunts live......they find the aunt's are more prolific murderers then they are! Hysterical, spooky and endearing. Directed by Frank Capra. Music by Max Steiner. Classic cinema at its finest.
12:30 PM - LIVE THEATER: EDGAR ALLAN POE MATINEE. It's amazing one man theatre as Zach Zito acts out short horror story classics....If you've never seen Zach perform...don't dare miss this...and if you have seen him before, you know to be there. It's a Poe matinee with THE TELL-TALE HEART, THE RAVEN, ELDORADO and THE BLACK CAT.
1:30 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. Next to ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN this might be the second best classic horror-comedy!
3:00 PM - MOVIE: FRANCIS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (1956). One of the best Francis "The Talking Mule" films. Noted as an inspiration for the MR. ED television show. But, what may be a real interest, is that Universal re-used almost every familar set from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN! Almost every scene's set is recognizable from the earlier 1948 film. Stars Mickey Rooney.
5:00 PM - CLASSIC TV: LIZARD'S LEG AND OWLET'S WING (1962). The classic Route 66 Halloween special: LIZARD'S LEG AND OWLET'S WING starring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre, Betsy Jones-Moreland and Martita Hunt, along with regular Martin Milner, George Maharis. Karloff's very last performance in the Frankenstein monster make-up. Lon Jr. returns as Kharis, The Mummy, his father's Hunchback and, of course, The Wolf Man!
4:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
Please note that guests, and programming, are subject to change.
Stay tuned for infomation on the June 16-18, 2023 MONSTER BASH at the Marriott Pittsburgh North.
Plus, we'll see you again August 18-19, 2023 at the INVASION OF MONSTER BASH in Canton, Ohio at the grand PALACE THEATRE (see photo below!) with vendors and giant screen movies!
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