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CONTAMINATION : A CONVENTION STORY screens as part of The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.

If you’ve been curious about media fan conventions, but have never taken the plunge and attended one, then CONTAMINATION : A CONVENTION STORY may inspire you to whip up a costume and head to a hotel ballroom. A few years ago the organizers of this event decided that if San Diego could have their Comicon then St. Louis should have its own pop culture media event, but Contamination’s main focus would be the horror genre. The documentary has several interviews with actors that have worn the world famous masks as Jason, Michael, and Leatherface over the years along with Candyman himself, Tony Todd and several vets from the zombie epic DAY OF THE DEAD. But there’s representatives from other film genres at the 2011 event ( we see the promos for the previous year’s con ). We meet musician G Tom Mac, several adult film stars (Including Veronica Hart and Seka ), and the re-united cast and director of the Roger Corman-produced FANTASTIC FOUR ( don’t remember this Marvel Comics based movie? No wonder, it was pulled from distrubution before hitting American screens ). In addition the film makers talk to artists, dealers, and, most importantly, the fans (including the current Monster Kid of the Year ). And . of course, many are adorned in their own home made costumes. Although the documentary borders on infommercial territory at times, this work is an entertaining look at the sometimes misunderstood legions of fervent film fanatics.

Jim Batts was a contestant on the movie edition of TV's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in 2009 and has been a member of the St. Louis Film Critics organization since 2013.


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