Judging by his oozing head wound, the gray, plastic Hazmat suit Ken Mclaughlin was wearing didn’t help stave off the zombie attack.
I met him in a small conference room at the Burbank Marriott Saturday. Just outside the door, demons walked freely, but here in the side room, Mclaughlin shuffled off the suit for a quick breather.
“I’m just swimming in this,” he said. More “blood” and “tissue” washed away with his sweat.
It looked infected and revolting, which, of course, is the point at Monsterpalooza. Since 2008, the horror and makeup-effects convention has offered a who’s who of classic movie villains and the masters behind the monsters.
Everything you’d need to make your own monster creation is for sale at Monsterpalooza: prosthetics, molds and masks fill the booths. There’s also plenty of room for the do-it-yourself crowd like Mclaughlin — the viscera coating Mclaughlin’s head was a mixture of tapioca, coconut oil and gelatin.