Vampire-Con 2009 is underway in Hollywood


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This is clearly the year of the vampire. But what blood type are you?

Maybe you’re one of those swooning fans of ‘Twilight,’ who can’t get enough of hot guys with cold hands and dreams of (literally) undying devotion. Or perhaps you like your bloodsuckers to walk more on the wild side, like the fangbangers on ‘True Blood’ who think of the world as one big blood orgy.

Perhaps you’re more bookish and have a bedside copy of ‘The Strain,’ the new novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that approaches bloodsucking as if it was a gothic procedural, a modern-day ‘CSI: Transylvania.’


Or, best of all, maybe you’re a devotee of ‘Let the Right One In,’ the magnificent Swedish film that makes ‘Twilight’ feel almost as substantial as a Gap commercial.

You will find fans of each of those this weekend at the very-of-the-moment Vampire-Con, which is now underway in (where else?) Hollywood, where on nightclub Saturdays every fifth person looks like they sleep in a coffin. Among the fang-festivities:

The New Beverly Cinema is screening two vamp films tonight, 1971’s ‘The Velvet Vampire’ (star Celeste Yarnall will attend) and Tony Scott’s 1983 classic ‘The Hunger.’

The Music Box Theater at the Fonda on Sunday will host a daylight program (what’s up with that?) with contests, panel discussions and the crowning of a new Vampirella model followed, at 8:30 p.m., by a monster mash called Vampirella’s Ball. (One of the DJ’s is Gary Calamar, music supervisor for ‘True Blood,’ a pal to the Hero Complex and a music master of the first order.) The party goes into the wee hours, and I suspect things by that point will be more in the ‘True Blood’ excess mode than ‘The Strain’ body-bag spirit, but, well, you never know. You can check out the weekend schedule or just go ahead and buy tickets right now ... after all, there’s a sucker born every minute.


-- Geoff Boucher


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