Con-tamination preview| 04.30-05.02.10

A preview of the St. Louis convention built with the neglected diehard horror fan in mind.


Attention St. Louis horror fans: do you feel neglected? Are you jealous because your near-cousins of the sci fi and anime persuasions have local conventions devoted to their interests? Do you long to spend a weekend with members of your tribe being entertained and edified by people from the industry, including cast members and special effects artists from horror classics like The Howling and Day of the Dead?
Pine no longer: you can get those needs and more met at Con-tamination, St. Louis’s first Horror, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention which will take place Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2 at the Holiday Inn Viking located at 10709 Watson Road in Sunset Hills.
Con-tamination is the brain child of Dave Dyer, a Webster University grad who used his art degree to create toy prototypes (working on lines for films like Lost in Space and Godzilla) and become a tattoo artist. His work required him to attend a lot of conventions, sometimes as a vendor for his Funky Monkey Comics and Collectibles Company, and at some point Dyer figured out that he could do it better.
Hence Con-tamination which has been in the works since 2007. Did he get it right? You’ll have to attend to see. To whet your appetitive, here’s some of what you can look forward to at Con-tamination 2010:
  • 24 hours per day of classic sci-fi and rogue horror films
  • Seminars with local film makers and producers including representatives of Wicked Pixel (Deadwood Park) and Pirate Pictures (Shadowland)
  • Presentations by artists and authors in the horror genre include artist Joel Robinson and zombification specialist Billy Tackett
  • A celebration of the 25th anniversary of George Romero’s Day of the Dead featuring actors Gary Klar, Joe Pilato, Anthony Deleo, Lori Cardille and special effects artist Tom Savini
  • Guest appearances including actresses Dee Wallace and Belinda Balaski (The Howling),  actor William Forsythe (Dick Tracy, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects), actor Larry Thomas (the “soup Nazi” from Seinfeld) and boxer/actor Ken Norton (Mandingo, The A-Team, Knight Rider)
  • A costume contest and masquerade ball
  • A dealer room for retailers selling collectibles and memorabilia
  • The 1966 Batmobile (
Con-tamination is a kid-friendly show with a special rate of $5/day for kids age 5-12 years. For everyone else advance tickets are $15 for Friday and Sunday and $20 for Saturday (prices will go up the day of the show). You can buy tickets and learn more about Con-tamination from the official web site ( and you can get a quick feel for what the convention is about from its official commercial at | Sarah Boslaugh


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