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.
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 13, 2023
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 - MOVIE: HORROR ISLAND (1941) Stars Dick Foran, Leo Carillo and Peggy Moran. Enterprising young man inherits a castle that he tries to exploit with haunted cruises to it. Or....is it already haunted? A creepy looking cloaked phantom roams the halls as guests mysteriously disappear! Adventure, comedy, horror & mystery...matinee magic!
11:30 AM - MOVIE: MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958). Blood from a prehistoric fish gets mixed with that of a college professor. Atomic age Jekyll & Hyde!
1:00 PM - MOVIE: SON OF DRACULA (1943). Lon Chaney, Jr. as Dracula. He's powerful, intimidating and electrifying in the climax with Robert Page. Moody film work from Robert Siodmak. A Film Noir/Gothic monster movie!
2:30 PM - MOVIE: THE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958). Francis Lederer as the evil count coming to small town America for fresh blood. Great modern 50's Gothic with a shocker ending!
3:00 PM - DEALER BALLROOM OPENS! Get the creepy cool collectibles you want before some other Monster Kid gets them!
4:00 PM - MOVIE: HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945). Chaney, Strange, Carradine. Monsters, monsters, monsters. Onslow Stevens is great as the mad doc and Jane Adams is sweet as the female hunchbacked assistant.
5:30 PM - MOVIE: HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941). Stars Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert, Mischa Auer, Jane Franzee, Robert Paige, Shemp Howard and the Frankenstein monster. Probably one of the most surreal films you'll ever see....ESPECIALLY from the 1940s. A screwball comedy that never has its feet on the ground. Totally out-of-the-box with nonsense and camera gags. Two guys tell a cab driver to go you-know-where and HE DOES! Somehow they end up in command of the events in brimstone. Everybody is over the top in performance. The most restrained performance is probably the brief appearance of the Frankenstein monster in Jack Pierce make-up, catching a dancing girl. Shemp Howard is the real treat as his usual frantic self, projecting the film as we watch.
7:00 PM - LIVE THEATER: ZACH ZITO: THE JUDGE'S HOUSE by Bram Stoker. 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.
8:00 PM - Q&A: ZANDOR VORKOV. Zandor was the Dracula of the 1970s. He starred as the King of Vampires in DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN. He'll be here in his Dracula cape and ready meet you...if you dare! A cult movie hero. Now live and undead on stage to answer your questions. Moderated by John Bishop.
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.
9:00 PM - MUSIC: THE BASH BOYS. A trip back to the 1950s-1980s with the music we grew up with while reading FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine an hearing our radio. It's the live Bash house band comprised of Bash staff, friends and family! This time around it's Kevin Slick, John Sargent, Andy Harbison, Dave Walters, and Nick Pocengal.
Above: Host Thom Shubilla, and on the right, Santo (Samson) on the hunt for vampires!10:00 PM -MEXICAN MONSTER NIGHT: SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (1962). At the rwquest of Thom, himself, the classic Mexican horror-action film is back! The legendary SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMAN. 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. Free tacos (while they last).
11:30 PM MONSTER BASH LATE SHOW: THE GREEN SLIME (1969). Astronauts aboard the Gamma III are infiltrated by an alien lifeforce...The Green Slime! Tentacled monsters are out to do away with the pesky humans. Remember the cool old Famous Monsters magazine cover that featured THE GREEN SLIME? See MONSTER BASH guest Linda Miler in this crazy film from outer space. "No one in space can hear you slime!"
1:00 AM MONSTER BASH LATE, LATE SHOW: DAVID "THE ROCK" NELSON. The Bash rolls on. See David "The Rock" Nelson introduce a montage of material that will feature highlights from his movie GIANT FLY 2! 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. The no-budget monster movie maker from the wilds of Illinois.
SATURDAY October 14, 2023
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 BOYS OF THE CITY (1940) Stars The East Side Kids with Minerva Urecal. The East Side Kids are chasin' spooks again! It's the city kids in for a country mystery. This belongs in there with GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE and SPOOKS RUN WILD. The East Side Kids have car trouble while traveling to summer camp. They end up at a huge stone mansion. The ghost of the former mistress "Lenore" is said to haunt the castle. This has the BEST scary performance I've ever seen out of the hatchet-faced character actress Minerva Urecal. Three scenes are stand outs. One where she's looking through a fire, one where she's warning the boys about Lenore in a genuinely creeeeepy scene with an ultra close-up underlit. This woman was freakin' me out. And, there's a scene very similar to one in 1932's THE OLD DARK HOUSE where Urecal is threating the heroine about her flesh that will yellow and rot. Wowsa.
10:00 AM - DEALER BALLROOM OPENS! Get the creepy cool collectibles you want before some other Monster Kid gets them!
Above: Giant flyin' monster Gamera chases a UFO from another world. Two young boys follow below...one being BASH guest Carl Craig.
11:00 AM - MOVIE: DESTROY ALL PLANETS (1968). Stars Gamera and MONSTER BASH guest Carl Craig. Squid-Monster from another world travels to earth along with ping pong ball-like spaceships. Gamera must save the Boy Scouts and the World (can't forget everybody else!) from total destruction. Rubber suited turtle monsters rule!
12:30 PM - Q&A: CARL CRAIG. We needed someone to control Gamera! So here he is, Carl Craig from DESTROY ALL PLANETS (GAMERA VS. VIRAS)! A slice of Japanese giant movie history. Meet Carl and get an autograph for your collection. A facinating life that includes being a U.S. Airforce pilot and a presidental advisor in Washington. Moderated by John Bishop.
1:00 PM - MOVIE: KING KONG ESCAPES (1967). Stars MONSTER BASH guest Linda Miller. King Kong is back in the swingin' sixties. A giant robot ape is created and real Kong and the giant robot clash. Plus, a bonus giant monster...a massive T-Rex joins in the romp.
2:30 PM - Q&A: LINDA MILLER. Out of King Kong's hand and right into the Marriott Pittsburgh North for MONSTER BASH! It's actress Linda Miller who was in the fan favorites KING KONG ESCAPES and THE GREEN SLIME. She is super fan friendly and is happy to share her movie memories with you. Moderated by Ron Adams.
3:00PM - MOVIE: HORROR OF DRACULA (1958). Christopher Lee in his first portrayal of Count Dracula. Stunning and classy. Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.
4:30 PM - Q&A: TONY ISABELLA. Iconic comic book writer, editor Tony Isabella brings a touch of Dracula to Bash! His credits are amazing, he's written comic titles including GHOST RIDER, DRACULA LIVES, DAREDEVIL, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, TALES OF THE ZOMBIE, BLACK LIGHTNING, IT - THE LIVING COLOSSUS and that's just skimming the surface. He served as editor for Marvel's black and white comic magazine line which included many horror titles. Moderated by John Bishop.
5:00 PM - MOVIE: DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936) Van Helsing is arrested after staking Dracula. But Dracula's daughter is still on the loose on the foggy streets of London. Well-acted and atmospherically filmed at Universal.
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 - MOVIE: THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933). Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray and Dwight Frye in a very good vampire-mystery film from the 30's. Moody and well-acted.
8:00PM - TALK: ROBOT MONSTER RESTORED: A introduction by Bob Furmanek. President and founder of the 3-D Film Archive Bob Furmanek has taken on the project of restoring a clean, 4K 3-D restoration of ROBOT MONSTER. Bob will fill you in on the history and background of the film and his project.
8:00 PM - MOVIE: ROBOT MONSTER in 3-D (1953) The Robot Monster has reached earth and its looking for humans to take back to its own planet! This is one of the greatest, nutty sci-fi flicks of all time. The Robot Monster is an ape suit with a deep sea diving helmet for a head. The science fiction film that rocks! Plus, some amazing extras and 3-D fun! 3-D glasses will be handed out.
9:30 PM - Q&A: GREG MOFFETT & BOB FURMANEK. Greg was the guy that was there! He was right there with ROBOT MONSTER in 1953. Terrorized by the ROBOT MONSTER and befriended by George Reeve's SUPERMAN....it's actor Greg Moffett. He was there at the heart of the 1950s science fiction pop explosion. We are proud to have Greg back to talk with fans about behind-the-scenes stories from cinema history, plus Bob Furmanek who has re-calculated and given ROBOT MONSTER new life. Moderated by Monster Bash's Bob Pellegrino.
10:00 PM - MONSTER BASH CAKE: It's our celevration of MONSTER BASH. Free cake in the hotel lobby while supplies last. A Famous Monster Feeding Frenzy. It goes fast, don't miss out!
10:30 PM - RETRO TV: HALLOWEEN ADDAMS STYLE (1965). It's Halloween and, despite salamander sandwiches and a fresh porcupine taffy, Wednesday's upset. A neighbor told her there aren't any real witches or goblins. Since Morticia and Gomez can't produce immediate proof to the contrary, they hold a séance to contact their late Aunt Singe, whom they believe was a genuine witch. (She was burned for it, at any rate).
11:00 PM - THE MONSTER BASH GAME SHOW: WHAT'S MY MONSTER? Join Leonard Hayhurst and Thom Shubilla for a romping game show. Plus, a guest panel of monster movie experts! 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!
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!
12:15AM - THE LATE MOVIE: NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1958). The perfect Halloween season movie. One of the scariest movies (even today) to grace horror's hallowed halls. Dana Andrews is great as the unbeliever. An ancient "rune" is passed off to undesirables by an evil cult. The recipient is then doomed to face an immense demon and annihilation.Introduced with historical background on the original story by M.R. James...by Monster Bash's Mike Adams.
Sunday October 15, 2023
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 minister 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 - 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.
Above: Tom Adams, age 5 and a few years later
11:00 AM - BEHIND THE BASH Q&A: TOM ADAMS. Moderated by Ron Adams. Father and son have fun reminiscing about the beginnings and journey of MONSTER BASH. Your questions from both the staff and attendees will be welcomed! I don't even know what to expect from "Daddy-O Adams!" It will sure to be spontaneous, funny, and informative. Probably mostly funny!
11:30 AM - RETRO TV: JONNY QUEST. A classic episode of the sci-fi adventure cartoon Jonny Quest!
12:00 NOON - MOVIE: THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (1946). Stars Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, and Gale Sondergaard. Two patriots during the Revolutionary War are mistaken as traitors. They are killed and come back as ghosts...cursed to haunt the grounds where they were killed and the mansion on the property. A more touching and endearing Abbott and Costello comedy.
1:30 PM - COLORIZED MOVIE: DRACULA (1931). See the 1931 DRACULA as you never have before. An amazing colorization job and a different way to look t the film. You'll see things that you haven't noticed before. While we never want the black and white classic to go away, it's neat to see a film (maybe that you've seen more than a dozen times) in a different light. Don't miss this one. It's a stunner!
3:00 PM - FORGOTTEN HORROR MOVIE: THE SPELL OF AMY NUGENT (1941). It starts slow....but...look out! A truly horrifying tale of ghosts and demonic possession. A young man's love dies and when he tries to reach out for her spectre (a great bit of special effects) a demon leaps into his soul. The scene with his maniacal laughter echoing through a darkened house will raise the hairs on your neck! Also known as PASSING CLOUDS and SPELL BOUND. A rare scare! Introduced with background history by Monster Bash's Mike Adams.
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.
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