FEARnet—the cable industry’s premier TV movie network, VOD channel and online portal featuring horror, suspense and thriller content—will join forces with Todd Masters’ MASTERSFX to present “Son of a BASH,” an exclusive star-studded costume party celebrating the 25th anniversary of MASTERSFX.
“Son of a BASH” is the 15th MASTERSFX BASH, and the first BASH since 2007. This industry event will be a feast for the senses, featuring live entertainment, masterful makeup and a disturbing DJ set by the legendary CryptKeeper, himself, from “Tales from the Crypt.” The red carpet will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center in Burbank, CA. “Son of a BASH” is being organized in conjunction with the Son of Monsterpalooza convention, starting Friday, October 26.
As part of the event’s charity component, 25 special VIP tickets will be sold for $250, with all proceeds going to benefit the Southern California Hospice Foundation. People who purchase these tickets will not only receive a monster grab bag, but will be able to enter the party in full-on monster makeup, created for them by Todd Masters’ own team of Hollywood makeup artists. There will also be opportunities for fans to win exclusive tickets online via the event’s Facebook and twitter accounts—fans can follow along at event #sonofaBASH—as well as other social media outlets. And celebrated genre filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska, a.k.a. the Twisted Twins (“American Mary”), will also be giving away tickets, as will the various vendors who will be attending Son of Monsterpalooza this year.
Todd Masters is an Emmy Award-winning makeup and character effects artist whose impressive recent credits include work on a variety of hit TV shows and movies such as “True Blood,” “Falling Skies,” “Arrow,” “Fringe,” “Sinister” and the upcoming feature, “Vamps.” He began throwing these Monster-Makers Bashes in the early ‘90s at MASTERSFX headquarters in the San Fernando Valley, as a way for some of the industry’s top professional monster makers to come together and show off their skills to other professional monster makers. Initially the party was invite-only and exclusive, but word eventually got out and the event’s notoriety and popularity grew.
The yearly BASH has always been non-profit, and, in the time following 9/11, the BASH raised thousands of dollars for the Families of Freedom organization, which benefits those who lost loved ones on 9/11. This year, proceeds will go toward the Southern California Hospice Foundation.
"We threw these Pro Monster Maker Events for over a decade, and it nearly took over our lives—a monster in itself! Years later, we still look back at the amazing costumes and makeup that professional artists would conjure up exclusively for this event, turning the venue into the ‘Star Wars’ Cantina Bar… from Hell! Now, working with Son of Monsterpalooza and FEARnet, both of which carry on the spirit of what these events were all about, we're excited to bring it back," said Masters.
MASTERSFX clientele includes some of the biggest names in the business, and each year the BASH guest list reflects this. Past BASH events have featured established genre icons such as Kurt Russell (“The THING”), Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), Angus Scrimm (“Phantasm”) and John Kassir (“Tales from the Crypt”), as well as Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”), Nicolas Cage (“Drive Angry”), Traci Lords (“Blade”), Billy Zane (“Demon Knight”), Judd Nelson (“Dark Asylum”) and Paul Reubens (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”).
“One of our marketing priorities at FEARnet is to sponsor and promote local film festivals and fan conventions,” said Faye Walker, FEARnet’s vice president of marketing. “Grass-root efforts are a cornerstone of our marketing campaigns—we’re a network of fans, and we like sharing our programming and our love for the genre with other fans. Being involved in MASTERSFX’s ‘Son of a BASH’ is a great way to do this, while supporting an extraordinary company and a great cause; and we’re especially excited to support them in making their party the industry event of the year! As a special treat, the Cryptkeeper will be making an appearance at the event.”
With October, its most popular month, well underway, FEARnet has added special Halloween programming treats to its lineup. Highlights include the annual fan-favorite 24-hour marathon of the cult classic “Trick R’ Treat” on October 31, as well as airing episodes of the Emmy Award-winning anthology horror series “Tales from the Crypt” every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Upcoming “Tales from the Crypt” episodes for October 26 are “The Sacrifice,” starring Michael Ironside (“Scanners”), about a murderous man being blackmailed for his deeds, and “Four-Sided Triangle,” directed by Tom Holland (“Fright Night”) and starring Patricia Arquette (“Medium”) as a troubled woman in love with a scarecrow.