Saturday, November 17, 2012

Supanova Pop Culture Expo is fan-tastic, say stars

Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira (centre) with fans Troy-Anthony Bayliss and Cassandra Moncrieff at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
IT'S a wonderland of television and movie names but the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, at Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend, is actually all about the fans. 

"There are some hardcore fans here today, I just love it," said Cassandra Peterson, better known as eighties on-screen horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

"I had no idea when I started doing Elvira it would be going all these years later," she said.

Among the Elvira devotees yesterday were Troy-Anthony Bayliss and Cassandra Moncrieff - who actually changed her name in honour of her horror idol and travelled from Brisbane to meet her for the first time.

"I have a fierce Elvira collection and we actually made her a tic tac pie from a scene of one of her movies, so she loved that," Cassandra said.

Other names attracting a large line of fans eager for photos and autographs included Harry Potter's Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Nelsan Ellis, who appears as the flamboyant Lafayette in the TV series True Blood.

"I usually do about four of these type of events a year and they're huge in the US but I think they're getting bigger in Australia," Ellis said.

"Growing up, I was a big fan of Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable) from The Cosby Show and he's here, so I understand why people line up."

Original 90210 cast member Luke Perry scored a fair share of attention, and was surprised at some of the memorabilia fans had collected.

"There have been girls here with dolls and 90210 stuff, so it's a big flashback," Perry said.
Perry was cagey about rumours romantically linking him to former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor).

"We're working on a TV project, I can't talk too much about it," he said.

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