Vampire-Con 2009 This Weekend!

v-con_bannerJust a friendly reminder: Vampire-Con 2009 is this weekend. It kicks off with a two-day film festival on Friday and Saturday at the New Beverly Cinema, featuring five campy cult classics, including THE HUNGER, THE LOST BOYS, and COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE. Then on Sunday, Vampire-Con movies to the Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, where there will be several discussion panels in the moring and the afternoon (including one hosted by yours truly), followed the Vampirella’s Ball that evening.

Check out the schedule…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 – New Beverly Cinema

Title: Count Yorga Vampire & The Lost Boys
Description: Vampire-Con 2009 launches with this double bill. COUNT YORGA stars the late, great Robert Quarry as the sarcastic Count, living in L.A. THE LOST BOYS is a campy riff on Peter Pan, with young hoodlums who never grow old. Author David J. Skall (V is for Vampire) will host the screenings. LOST BOYS cast members Jamison Newlander, Chance Michael Corbitt and others will appear in person. At 7:30pm

Title: Midnight Son
Description: Vampire-Con 2009 presents this sneak preview of a new vampire film written and directed by Scott Leberecht. BLAIR WITCH writer-director Eduardo Sanchez served as producer. Members of the cast and crew are expected to attend in person. At midnight.

Location: 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (323) 938-4038
Tickets: $7.00 per show
New Beverly website: Click here

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 – New Beverly Cinema

Title: The Velvet Vampire & The Hunger
Description: Vampire-Con 2009’s film series winds up with this double bill of lesbian vampire films. The first is a 1971 Roger Corman production directed by Stephanie Rothman. The second is a glossier film starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon in an adaptaton of Whitley Streiber’s novel. Author Pam Keesey (Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories) will host the evening; actress Celeste Yarnall will attend the screening and later join the “Vampires & Sexuality” panel discussion on Sunday August 16 at the Music Box in the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. At 7:30pm

Location: 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (323) 938-4038
Tickets: $7.00 per show
New Beverly website: Click here

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 – The Music Box

Doors open at 10:30am.

11:00am – Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History Of The Undead

  • Moderator: Steve Biodrowski, editor of HollywoodGothique.com
  • Angela Aleiss, PhD, film historian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Film at UCLA, and former correspondent for Religion News Service
  • Del Howison, co-owner of Dark Delicacies – America’s Home of Horror, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, and the only actor to have played Renfield on screen more than once
  • Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula
  • J. Gordon Melton, author of The Vampire Book: An Encyclopedia Of The Undead and The Vampire Gallery; head of the American chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula
  • David J. Skal, author of Hollywood Gothic and V Is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide Of Everything Undead
  • Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt, authors of Dracula The Un-Dead. Dacre is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, and Ian is a Dracula documentarian, historian, and screenwriter.

1:00pm – Hot Blooded: Vampires & Sexuality

  • Moderator: David J. Skal, author of Hollywood Gothic and V Is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide Of Everything Undead
  • Hal Bodner, author of Bite Club: A West Hollywood Vampire Tale
  • Pam Keesey, author of Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Erotica and Daughters Of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Tales
  • Fred Olen Ray, writer/director of The Lair on Here! TV. Joined by Lair cast members: David Moretti, Brian Nolan, Peter Stickles and Dylan Vox
  • Celeste Yarnall, star of The Velvet Vampire and also known for her work in The Beast Of Blood, Star Trek and Live A Little, Love A Little opposite Elvis Presley

3:00pm – Inked In Blood: 40 Years Of Vampirella (followed immediately by crowning of the new Vampirella spokesmodel)

  • Moderator: J. Gordon Melton, author of The Vampire Book: An Encyclopedia Of The Undead, who has worked with the Vampirella fan club publication
  • Sean Fernald, Vampirella historian, writer, and producer of the horror film RED VELVET
  • Donald F. Glut, freelance writer for Vampirella magazine and director of cult film The Vampire Hunters Club

Doors close at 4:30pm. Then reopen that evening for…

8:30pm-1:00am – Vampirella’s Ball (18 and over)

  • Featuring DJ Xian, Malediction Society, LADead

Tickets:

  • Daytime Admission $15.00 in advance, $20 at the door
  • Evening Admission $30 in advance, $35 at the door
  • Package Deal (Day & Evening) $40 in advance, $45 at the door

Location: The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre – 6126 Hollywood Blvd at Gower in Hollywood, CA (323) 464-0808
Music Box Website: Click here