Billing itself as "St. Louis' first horror, sci-fi and pop culture convention," the first-ever "Con-tamination" took place over the weekend of April 30-May 2 at the Holiday Inn-Southwest Viking Conference Center. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Larry Thomas, best known as Seinfeld's “Soup Nazi,” talked to fans, signed ladles, and told tales of celebrity encounters of his own.
Mike Christopher wore full makeup to represent his role in Dawn of the Dead -- that of the Hare Krishna zombie.
Molly Mayhem and Ami Amore' performed as belly dancers, representing Exotic Rhythms Bellydance.
The Batmobile that started it all. Adoring fans could get their picture taken sitting inside the legendary vehicle.
Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, while also known as a professional football player, was more well-known at Con-Tamination for his roles in films like 1973's Black Caesar.
Jef Miller's "Ancient Bird-Thing" costume was arguably the most complicated, but definitely the most feathered.
Ken Norton, the WBC World Heavyweight Champ in 1978, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in June of that year.
See that poster for Ultra Flesh? Seka, pornographic actress, starred in that one (along with about 207 others).
The Night of the Living Dead puppet show delivered all the gore and humor you'd expect from a puppet show about zombies.
Bob Gill, a motorcycle-jumping legend who set a world record in 1971 when he jumped over 22 cars (171 feet) without the use of a landing ramp. He attempted a 200-foot jump in 1974 -- also without the use of a landing ramp -- but crashed and was left paralyzed from the waist down.