I worked as a professional magician and comedian in my younger days, and then spent a number of years working in the entertainment industry, as did my wife Kris. We still have lots of friends in entertainment, and one of the areas that merged between magic and show business was knowing a number of people who do special effects and makeup for movies and television. That also ties in with our love of Halloween.
You’ll read about just how extensively we love Halloween and the major sex themed Halloween party we throw every year on the Sex in Review site towards the end of September when we do our Halloween Preview. We’ll have full coverage of last year’s party with tons of ideas you can do your self (and a free nude female ghost video you can download with instructions on how to use it). We’ll also have articles on sexy costumes, and Halloween appropriate sex toys.
Looking for ideas for Halloween, we attended the Son of Monsterpalooza convention over the weekend. This is a show for fans of monsters and horror. There were not nearly as many sexy costumes as there were at Wondercon, but a topless woman did come in second for the costume contest.
She looks naked in the pic but she is clothed behind the giant check, and she is wearing pasties. The winner was quite amazing as well as horrifying though. Conjoined elderly twins, although underneath all the latex it was just a couple of kids.
Afterwards it was off to a private party. One of the things I love about L.A. is its diversity and all the amazingly interesting people you encounter. It is certainly one of the best places to meet people from the world of entertainment. At this party there were actors, directors, make-up people and creature designers. I moved around from cluster to cluster trying to catch as much conversation as I could and wishing I could be everywhere at once.
Don Post Jr. was there. He is an extremely pleasant gentleman, especially considering all the horror he has brought us. His father was known as the Godfather of Halloween, having founded a company in 1938 that produced the best Halloween masks for decades. Don Post Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps. Did you know that the mask that the Michael Myers character wore in the original Halloween film was a modified Don Post mask of William Shatner?
Also in attendance was Ron Chaney. His grandfather Lon Chaney, and father, Lon Chaney Jr., were pretty famous in the horror business. We have run into Ron a couple of other times in the past year. He is also extremely pleasant and full of interesting stories. In fact, monster people in general are some of the nicest people you will encounter. We first ran into him when we wound up sitting next to him at a screening of a restored presentation of Phantom of the Opera.
The story behind Phantom of the Opera is very interesting. Shot in 1924, the test showing was not favorably reviewed. It was then reshot with a different director to be more comedic. The test audience booed it off the screen. It was up to famed director and editor Lois Weber to cut together the various footage into what has become a classic.
You can learn more about Lois Weber by visiting the Erotic University virtual campus and going to the RTV department. That is where the Lois Weber Theater is located, and you can read about the woman who is considered one of the most important directors of the silent era, and certainly the most versatile as a hugely successful actor, writer, director, and producer. You can also watch a screening of one of her films in which she both starred and directed, where she appears nude throughout. It was pretty racy for 1915.