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About Famous Monsters Halloween Convention™
The Famous Monsters Halloween Convention™ is a celebratory event produced by Cosmic-Con® and hosted by the San Jose Convention Center, Oct 27-29, 2017. The guest roster is a massive one, including stars from AMERICAN GODS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, GAME OF THRONES, IT (1990), STAR TREK, HELLRAISER, FRIGHT NIGHT, ROAD WARRIOR, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and many more. “Halloween has become the holiday when people just kick back and have fun,” says Cosmic-Con Producer and Famous Monsters Publisher Philip Kim. “There’s none of the stress of other traditional holidays; it’s just one big masquerade ball, and that’s exactly the vibe that Famous Monsters is going for in San Jose.”
And this masquerade comes with its own makeup masters: 2017 marks 100 years that the House of Westmore has dominated the Hollywood effects makeup industry, and Michael Westmore (STAR TREK, RAGING BULL) will join the San Jose show for a celebration that includes finalists from SyFy’s hit show FACE OFF. Famous Monsters has also brought VR gaming and haunted houses into the mix: with the help of locals like Virtual World Arcade, ScareCo, and Napa Ghost Tours, the convention will boast horror game demos, a “Hall of the Dead” zombie run, and a ghostly artifacts display, among other attractions.
About Famous Monsters of Filmland®
The internationally distributed Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine was the first-ever sci-fi, fantasy, and horror pop culture fanzine of its kind, created by Forrest J Ackerman in 1958. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Stephen King, and countless other influential artists in the entertainment field praise the magazine for inspiring them to dive into their craft. Established by Ackerman to celebrate monster movies, genre films, and unite fans from around the world, Famous Monsters strives to not only honor the classics while sharing new and upcoming projects, but to also provide insight for readers on how to create their own monster and sci-fi films at home. From makeup tips to special-effects tricks, FM has become a “how-to” for generations of aspiring storytellers.
Cosmic-Con is the event division of Famous Monsters of Filmland, the world’s longest running entertainment fan magazine (est. 1958). For years, Famous Monsters has brought fans of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and pop culture together at events across the United States. Cosmic-Con, officially established in 2012, developed as a natural progression of Famous Monsters as a means to champion, promote, and foster fan gatherings, including the world-renowned San Diego Comic-Con International. The mission of Cosmic-Con is to partner with the biggest names in the entertainment industry to bring audiences experiences that are truly out of this world.
Fans gather en masse to see John 5 perform at Alien Con 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.
“Halloween has become the holiday when people just kick back and have fun,” says Cosmic-Con Producer and Famous Monsters Publisher Philip Kim. “There’s none of the stress of other traditional holidays; it’s just one big masquerade ball, and that’s exactly the vibe that Famous Monsters is going for in San Jose.”
“When I took over Famous Monsters, I knew that it came with some perks. You could spend a lot of money to start something new, but you can’t buy time. When something’s been around since 1958, you can’t recreate that. You’d have to wait another 58 years.”
— Philip Kim, Publisher
Features of Famous Monsters Halloween Convention:
- Renowned celebrity guest stars from many movies and TV shows
- Celebrity Photo Ops and Autographs
- Virtual World Arcade: Get behind a headset and dive into the world of virtual reality
- Panels and Q&As with your favorite celebs on an array of interesting topics
- Tons of awesome merchandise from hundreds of different vendors
- Comic book writers and artists
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