The Hollywoodization of Monsterpalooza

Monsterpalooza spring 2017 is in the books. Monsters, ghouls, zombies, Freddy Kruegers, Jasons, Nigans, along with classic Frankensteins, descended on the Pasadena Convention Center for the past three days. Since last year when Monsterpalooza moved to Pasadena from Burbank, attendance seemingly grew–maybe even outgrew–to accommodate the larger space. At times it was really difficult to move inside the main hall. The attractions and displays were bigger and more extravagant. The make-up demonstrations were more elaborate and stunning. The fan costumes also seem to have up their games, as there were some amazing outfits. The talents from both artists and fans were impressive.

The glaring trend, though, is the continual Hollywoodization of the once niche genre event. There is natural overlap, of course, but Hollywood remains the epitome of making it in entertainment. Even monsters want to be famous and there is no bigger spotlight than the lights of Hollywood. So it was no surprise to see more and more mainstream Hollywood representation at Monsterpalooza, from the displays to celebrities to cosplayers in attendance.

Here are some photos from the show:


  1. Roberto Diaz says:

    How has Monsterpalooza become more Hollywoodized then before? It’s bigger it’s better. It has everything it had and more. I loved it and am so happy its growing.

    • Fong Sam says:

      Just a personal observation that the show is getting a little more mainstream. That’s all. There isn’t anything wrong with that. It’s definitely bigger and better in many ways. Most people are certainly happy with that. Personally, I like the space. And growth is natural when quality is high.

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