It’s a bit of a bummer that we won’t be able to personally cover St. Louis’ “pop culture/sci fi/horror convention”, Contamination, like we did last year because of schedule conflicts, but we wanted to give them a mention anyway.
Contamination: 2011, the “sequel” to last year’s even seems to be even bigger with none other than celebrity headliner: Eric Roberts! Oh yes…Eric Roberts. The star (ahem) of both “The Dark Knight” and “VH1: Celebrity Rehab” will be in St. Louis this weekend! Here’s what else is happening:
_Contamination 2011: The Sequel_ takes place at the Sheraton Chalet in Westport Plaza and is bigger and better with celebrities, film icons, TV stars, sports figures, models/Playmates, filmmakers and musicians. Eric Roberts and “The Boondock Saints” Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Dela Rocco are headlining the event along with an impressive lineup of icons at this highly anticipated follow-up event.
In addition to horror fan favorites [Kane “Jason Voorhees” Hodder/“Friday the 13th parts 7-10”, Brad “Michael Myers” Loree/ “Halloween Resurrection,” Bill “Leatherface” Johnson/“Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and Tony “Candyman” Todd/”Candyman 1-3”] there will be a first ever “The Fantastic Four” (1994, Corman) reunion, a “Day of the Dead” Reunion, Dan Shor (Ram in 1982’s “Tron”), “Conan the Barbarian” stars Sandahl Bergman and Oakland Raider Ben Davidson and Grammy winning musician G Tom Mac (who wrote the iconic Cry Little Sister from “The Lost Boys”) will perform live with his band.
That’s a lot of stuff and if you’re like us, at least half of those people garnered a “Who?” response, but we went last year and had a pretty good time walking around the small but packed venue. To be honest, once we got there we had a lot of “Oh that’s who that is! I do know that guy!” moments.
Both last year’s interview with Contamination’s head honcho and our subsequent photo recap should give you a good feel for the event. If you dig horror flicks or could use some good people watching, it’s worth the admission.