Friday, July 1, 2011

Monster Bash, It's a Wrap!

Well another Monster Bash has come and gone and as always, a great time was had by all who attended. I've attended every Bash since the beginning except for one (2000) and I don't know how Ron and Gang continue to improve year after year but they do. This year was extremely special for me because I got to catch up with some old friends I haven't seen in a while, and make some new ones as I do every year. There were so many highlights this year, but a few of them stand out for me. First was the Saturday night Drive-in showing of Blood of Dracula, followed by Zach Zito's Live Theatre. Zach is always incredible during his yearly one man show, but this year he had an assist from the lovely ladies of Hammer, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, and Yvonne Monlaur. Also, comedian Don Reese delivered the laughs as always during his stand-up performance. Finally, the Bash's new band, The Bash Boys played an entertaining set of classics Friday night in the bar. Hopefully this will be a regular gig for the guys. They sounded great, especially considering they only practice together a couple of times. While these events were highlights for me, in all honesty, the whole weekend was one BIG highlight for Marian and I. 

So as I sit here having Bash withdrawals as I type this, at least I know I'll have a much shorter wait until the next Bash thanks to Ron Adams and gang throwing a October shindig this year. I'll be set up in the dealer's room as always at the show, so make plans now to attend the first of what I hope will be many Monster Bash Octoberfests. So until then, I'll have to settle for all the wonderful memories I have of the weekend, and a HUGE thanks to Ron and the whole Bash crew for throwing the best Monster Party in the world, year after year! We all appreciate the hard work and long hours everyone puts in to make the show a success each year. So from all of us who attend every year, a big THANKS!

Frankenstein's Monster Hits the Dealer's Room
Garou and Penny Dreadful of Shilling Shockers
Tom Weaver Hosting His Annual
Monster Bash Braintwister Game Show
Contestants Trying to Win a Prize
Tom Weaver Seems to Have
Contestant Steven Thornton Stumped
Garou and Penny with Boris of the Ghouligans
Boris and Wolfgang of the Ghouligans
Creighton and The Invisible from Ghoul A Go-Go
Horror Host Dr. Lobo on the Receiving End
Director Daniel Griffith and Dr. Lobo Introduce
Some of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures' Short Features
Director Larry Blamire (Lost Skeleton of Cadavra) Stars
in Daniel Griffith's Short, Jam Handy to the Rescue
The Always Lovely Caroline Munro and Friend
Marian and Friend
My MFTV Partner in Crime
Me and Count Dracula

Comedian Don Reese's New DVD (Filmed at Last Year's
Bash) Premiered at This Year's Bash and Has One
Cool Cover Courtesy of George Chastain
Let's All Go to the Drive-In!
This Year's Feature Was Blood of Dracula
A Surprise Guest Visits the Drive-In
Ursula Adams Made Up by Jesse Melchior
A Face Only a Mother Could Love!
Bash Staffers Toss Blood of Dracula
Frisbees Into the Drive-In Crowd
Things Like This Make the Monster Bash Special
Look, I'm on a Frisbee!
Back Among Friends
The Unbelievable Zach Zito Performs Bram Stoker's,
"Dracula's Guest" During Saturday's Live Theatre
Zach Had Some Help From Yvonne Monlaur
Zach's Performance Was a Huge Hit
Caroline Munro Really Gets Into Her Part 
During the Performance of "Dracula's Guest"
Props Play a Big Part in the Performance
Veronica Carlson Being Escorted From the
Stage after Her Contribution to the Performance
Another Great Prop
Zach and the Ladies of Hammer
The Always Beautiful and Classy, Caroline Munro,
Veronica Carlson, and Yvonne Monlaur
Kevin Slick as Count Orlok Prior to 
His Live Performance of the Score 
During a Screening of the Film Nosferatu
Kevin's Make-up Was Done by Jesse Melchior
Who Said Print is Dead? Monster Magazine Publishers, Dave Davey (Undying Monsters), Dick Klemensen (Little Shoppe of Horrors), Dennis Druktenis (Scary Monsters), and Jim Clatterbaugh (Monsters from the Vault)
Cortlandt Hull With His Newly Painted Dracula Head
Cortlandt With His Monster Bash Award (aka The Forry)
Sunday Night Dinner: On the Left, Kerry Gammill, Rich Scrivani, and Tom Weaver. On the Right, Richard Gordon, Will Roberts, and Steven Thornton
Dick Klemensen and His Lovely Wife Nancy
Max Cheney and I Ham it Up at Dinner

Make plans and reservations now to attend next year's Prehistoric Monster Bash, you won't be disappointed!


  1. Thanks for posting these photos, Jim. It looks like you guys had a great time.

  2. I loved this photo account of this year's Bash. Thanks, Jim!