Hard to believe that it has been over a week since Monsterpalooza spread their tentacles at their latest show in Pasadena, California. On the flip side, it is exciting and fulfilling to think that the show just celebrated their ten year anniversary and growth rate of Monsterpalooza is incredible. The show debuted as a gallery featuring monster makers and a mini-museum, Monsterpalooza’s first incarnation was called “Maskapollza,” betcha didn’t know that! The show continued to grow and the junior show Son of Monsterpalooza came about, and both shows shared the enthusiasm of celebrating the art of monsters.
I have personally witnessed Monsterpalooza grow over the past few years, and the show is nothing short of amazing and fun! The floor plan changed this year offering more room for vendors & guests and moving the presentations/panels to a larger location. Elvira – Mistress of the Dark, The Shape of Water, and Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich only scraped the surface of what was available this year! Many celebrity guests were in attendance signing and engaging with their fans.
Special make-up effects creator, make-up artist Rick Baker was presented with Monsterpalooza’s Frightmare Achievement Award at the Afterlife Party in the new theatre location: Exhibit Hall and C. Premiere Products were also on hand celebrating the works of Rick Baker.
As I have mentioned before one of my favorite agenda items at any convention is attending panels, the more, the better! One panel that did not disappoint was the Puppet Master: Littlest Reich, the newest installment recently acquired by RLJE Films. I can say this film is gonna be BLOODY!
Here is what Full Moon’s Charles Band had to say about the film:
“I think it’s great. We have a different take on the Puppet Master story, and these great amazing characters do look different. I think the two can work side by side and they are beautifully done. One thing I want to point out also about Dallas [Producer] is that we saw eye to eye about not making this movie a CGI film, it would have been a lot easier to create these guys in post, but they would have been to me like cartoony. Everything is real, just like we shot all the other Puppet Master films. No CGI, I mean we took out rods and things, but those characters were always real. The actors were able to perform against them which is great as opposed to like a light bulb or something and trying to imagine what it is or was. So, I like the fact that these are real organic creatures.”
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich was also produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (1492) and Mark Vahradian (Transformers). It was executive produced by Adam Donaghey (A Ghost Story), Johnathan Brownlee (The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber), Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Rick Prince (Enuattii) and Red Sanders (A Bad Idea Gone Wrong). Frequent Laguna & Wiklund partner David Liljeblad also produced.
In case you missed Monsterpalooza, do not fear. The Junior show Son of Monsterpalooza will be returning this year on September 14-16, 2018. And for you die-hard Monsters, Monsterpalooza will return to the Pasadena convention center April 12-14, 2019! Continue to check for updates at their official website.
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