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When it comes to horror conventions, we here at Dread Central are pretty damned jaded. We always make it a point to show up to party and even give away tons of free stuff at events all over the country. Speaking personally, during my convention going tenure I thought I had seen it all. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to be wrong.

This past weekend the 2nd annual Monsterpalooza show was held at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California. Having heard unbelievably good things about Monsterpalooza’s debut show last year (which I sadly missed), I was more than geared up to drink in the con’s sights and sounds. There was no amount of preparation that could have gotten me and the Dread Central gang in attendance ready for what we were about to experience.

When we arrived at the convention center, there was a line pretty much around the block to enter the show. This is always a good sign as LA area events tend to be a tad on the tame side. Thankfully we were able to slide right in, and what’s the first thing we see? A life-sized statue of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster. Then to our immediate left was the werewolf from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Then there was … well, pretty much anything that you could imagine. Creatures were blissfully bountiful, and it was at that moment that we realized we were home.

Monsterpalooza 2010 (click for larger image)Horror conventions, with the exception of a few shining stars on the road and abroad, have all become kind of stale and redundant. Show up. Buy some cool shit. Spend half your day standing in line for autographs. Get tanked at the bar. Go home. Sadly it’s all very homogenized now, probably because there are so many of these events happening everywhere. Monsterpalooza show-runner Eliot Brodsky (interview here) knows this all too well and set out to create something a bit different. Check out our exclusive interview with him for some insight into the method of his madness.

What sets Monsterpalooza apart from many conventions is that at its heart it is not about celebrity guests (though there were plenty in attendance like Ken Foree, Eileen Deitz, R.A. Mihailoff, and even Jonathan Winters(!)). This show is not about them. It’s about monsters and the people who make them. Artists, movie enthusiasts, make-up technicians, you name it. If they brought a beast to life somehow, some way, they were somewhere in the building and as accessible as possible to the fans who love their work.

There was just activity everywhere, man! Live make-up demonstrations and lectures happening in the panel rooms. Hero props used in films for you to really get a good look at. Original works based upon our favorite movies. And of course, if you had your cash ready (and who doesn’t at these shows?), there were dozens of vendor tables waiting to sell you your next prized possession including mainstays like Rotten Cotton, who unveiled a ton of new designs, and Joe Sena’s FearWerx, which had a pretty damned incredible classic horror/sci-fi toy exhibit in tow.

Then there was something that just cannot be described with words alone: the Monsterpalooza Museum. Let me say this … After just thirty seconds in this incredible area, it made me feel the kind of wonder that I had experienced when I first saw these beasties as a little kid. Imagine standing eye-to-eye with The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Peter Cushing or even Blacula for god’s sake! It nearly made me teary, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. This was the meaning of the word “fun”. It was as if a part of me that had been sleeping for way too long just woke the hell up and yelled, “It’s about damned time! Welcome back!” That feeling is what Monsterpalooza is all about.

With his show Eloit Brodsky may well have changed the face of the horror convention for some time to come. When this event comes around again, even if you’re not in the California area … come out and get a hotel. Every genre fan both young and old should experience this delicious slice of monster mayhem at least once. Me? I’m already planning on being first in line next year. Bravo, Mr. Brodsky. Bravo.

Enough talk! Click the image below for our Monsterpalooza gallery and dig on the two videos below from our own horror chick Heather Wixson and Brian “Dreads” Smith! Just try and not geek out at least a little bit!

Event Report: Monsterpalooza 2010


Monsterpalooza – The Sights and Sounds
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Monsterpalooza: Museum Walkthrough
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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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