Who amongst us hasn’t experienced the early childhood sensation of being initiated into the world of vampires, werewolves, giant apes and building-crushing lizards through the classic horror films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s? In many ways, a fascination with such monsters is as much a part of our childhood as comic book superheroes, and while modern CGI special effects have raised the bar on the movie-going experience in recent years, nothing can truly duplicate the original thrills of our youth. We played with plastic replicas of these creatures, built Aurora models, and even dressed as them for Halloween. Regardless of whether that initial indoctrination was Bela Lugosi donning the cape of Dracula or an actor in a rubber Godzilla suit smashing his way through Tokyo, being a fan of monster movies is a childhood memory that we cherish long into adulthood and still serves as a rite of passage for younger generations in the Twenty First Century.
Ligonier resident Ron Adams can be considered one of true believers when it comes to those childhood memories. Like many of us, Adams became fascinated by dinosaurs at the age of three and by the time he was five, had made his way to the classic monster movies of old. That fascination carried over into adulthood as well, but a strange set of circumstances involving the Westmoreland Mall and a series of US Postal Stamps resulted in something totally unexpected—an annual Monster Bash weekend convention in the Pittsburgh area that shines the spotlight on not only the monster flicks of the 1930s and 40s, but science fiction films of the 1950s and cult television shows from the 1960s as well.