August 19, 2008

Monster Con

I wish I was in, around or heading out to Kingsport, Tennessee, come October, to attend the Classic Movie Monster Con.

The theme is "Boris Karloff: The Man Remembered”, and it will bring Sara Karloff and Donnie Dunagan together for the first time. Sara was born in 1939 while dad Boris was shooting his last Monster appearance in The Son of Frankenstein, co-starring then 4-year old Donnie.

Also on hand will be Elena Verdugo, the star-crossed Gypsy Girl who fell for Lon Chaney Jr’s lycanthropic Larry Talbot at the expense of J. Carrol Naish’s lovelorn hunchback in The House of Frankenstein (1945), a place otherwise occupied by Boris, John Carradine and Glenn Strange as, respectively, a Mad Scientist, Dracula, and Frankenstein’s Monster.

The stellar guest list includes, among many others, Bob and Kathy Burns, and illustrious illustrator Basil Gogos. It’s shaping up to be quite a weekend.

The program, along with membership applications, is online. It’s worth clicking through just to admire the gorgeous poster by George Chastain.

Related post:
Another Frankenstein-themed convention in June 2009.

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