Monday, September 15, 2008


Hard to believe I know, but another year has passed and your Team Fantasmo’s favorite month is once again upon us. Yes it’s time again for another edition of our 24-hour tribute to classic horror films and literature, the one and only MONSTER FEST! For those of you Superfans new to Fantasmo, MONSTER FEST is a day/night long convention which features panels, special guests, costume contests, film screenings, etc. This is our fifth(!) year at this, so we’ve honed the program into a well-oiled fright machine guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for all things horror in the ghoultastic month of October. This fifth outing is packed with more guests and goings on than ever before, so you dare not miss it! The date of the program is Saturday, October 4th, 9:00 a.m., here at Chesapeake Central Library (298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23322) as always. While there may be some last minute surprise additions, the more or less final schedule of events is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Classic Horror Film Trailer Park

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Monster Cartoons for Kids - Presented by: BJ Babb

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Partners in Crime: The Coupling of Horror Art & Fiction by Couples in the Biz – Presented by: Elizabeth Massie/Cortney Skinner & Matt/Deena Warner

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Monster Activities for Kids

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Lost Skeletons & Screaming Foreheads: An Hour with Artist/Creature Creator Cortney Skinner

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Dr. Madblood Presents Live Classic Episode!

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Adventures in Indie Horror Filmmaking – Presented by: Eric Miller (Taste the Blood of Frankenstein) & Sean Kotz (Virginia Creepers)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Female Voices in Horror Literature – Presented by: Pamela Kinney & Elizabeth Blue

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Writing Your First Horror Novel

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Frankenstein in Film - Presented by: Sean Kotz & Eric Miller

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Ghost Hunting 101

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Mondo Eurocult: Introducing the Wild World of European Horror Cinema

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Friday the 13th Retrospective – Presented by: Jim Blanton (yes!), Lee Hansen, and Chris Johnson

5:00 p.m. Library Closes

8:00 p.m. – Dawn: Fantasmo All-Night Horrorthon!

Film Schedule:

8:00 p.m. – Lost Skeleton of Cadavra – Rated PG - Hosted by: Cortney Skinner

Ghost of Frankenstein – Not Rated

The Mummy (1959) – Not Rated

Halloween 2 – Rated R

Nightbreed – Rated R

Diary of the Dead – Rated R

A couple of important points of which to make note. The library closes at 5:00 p.m., at which time your Team Fantasmo will take a short break to grab dinner. We will then return shortly before 8:00 p.m. to begin the Horrorthon. At 10:00 p.m. we will lock the library doors for the evening . . . you may leave, but you can’t return (cue diabolical laughter). So be sure to be inside before 10:00 p.m. (you definitely don’t want to miss Halloween 2 on the big screen)!

In addition to all of the above we will have a number of special guests and authors on hand throughout the day, as well as local clubs and collectible dealers. We’re also very pleased to have our friends at Regal Cinemas back this year, and even more pleased that they’ll be bringing a VERY SPECIAL display with them (which will not be revealed at this time . . . you have to be there to see it : )

So there you have it Superfans, your MONSTER FEST 5 itinerary! A full day (and night) of frightening fun! Oh yes, as always be sure to come in costume and take part in the BIG costume contest. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. See you there guys and ghouls!


george said...

will be there on one end or another.

i'm gonna find ya. i'm gonna find ya find ya find ya find ya.

Jim Blanton said...

I look forward to seeing you there sir! I may be biased, but I would highly recommend the Friday the 13th panel for no reason in particular : )

bblackmoor said...

Susan and I shall be there!

Jim Blanton said...

Awesome! It will be great to see you! I hope you're planning on staying for the all-nighter too . . . this year we're giving out survival certificates (although you've earned one of those several times over : )

See you Saturday!

george booker said...

friday the 13th panel seems like the hot ticket right now.

Jim Blanton said...

I couldn't agree more : )