There’s no time in St. Joseph like when Crypticon Kansas City comes to the Civic Arena.
Downtown St. Joseph gets turned into a epicenter of horror, TV and cult icons like Joe Bob Briggs, Keith David, Tom Savini and Jake Busey. Panels, discussions and midnight movie screenings bring in out-of-town horror fans thirsty to engage with blood-soaked films.
It’s the product of a continuously expanding vision from organizer Chazz DeMoss.
“It’s going to be a bigger, better year. Plus, St. Joe keeps changing. They keep renovating ... and modernizing things, which I think is great for them and for my business, too. It allows us to grow with them,” he said in a previous interview.
Originally held in Kansas City, the horror and cult movie fan festival moved to the Civic Arena in 2017. It will be held at the venue at 100 N. Fourth St. from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 12; 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14.
The event will feature familiar faces, including Bill Moseley (“House of 1000 Corpses”), Sid Haig (“The Devil’s Rejects”), Michael Berryman (“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”), Kane Hodder (“Jason X”), Dana Snyder (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force”), Dee Wallace (“E.T.”), Tobin Bell (“Saw”), Joseph “Road Warrior” Laurinaitis (WWF/WWE) and Jibrail Nantambu (2018’s “Halloween”), among others.
Originally held at the slowly crumbling Ramada Conference Center in Kansas City, DeMoss was faced with a choice of where to move the convention after it was announced the venue was going to be demolished.
“It was rough,” he said in a previous interview. “People were so used to us doing it there ... Even though it was a crappy hotel, it was (the fans’) hotel. They had kind of staked a claim to it.”
DeMoss said he was drawn to St. Joseph for its aesthetic.
“I like the Norman Rockwell feel of things in St. Joseph,” he said in a previous interview.
After a shaky debut run in St. Joseph, DeMoss considered moving again. Encouraged by the cooperation and enthusiasm from the city and the local police department, DeMoss said he decided to keep the event in the area.
The weekend will feature a variety of activities, from celebrity booths, Q&A panels and cosplay contests to filmmaking discussions and tattoo and costume contests.
Tickets to Crypticon KC range from $20 to $35 for a one-day pass and $65 for a weekend pass. Celebrity booths and discussions will vary. For a full schedule, visit crypticonkansascity.com.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live