Got blood? You'll need plenty to survive the ghastly goings-on at Vampire-Con 2009. This undead extravaganza begins with two days of film screenings at the New Beverly Cinema, continues with panel discussions at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater, and climaxes with an 18-and-over “vampirerotica” danse macabre. Friday's films: 1970's L.A.-bloodsucker tale Count Yorga, Vampire; 1987 Corey classic The Lost Boys; and a sneak preview of indie horror flick Midnight Son screening at, yes, midnight. On Saturday, lady vampires swing in 1971's The Velvet Vampire and 1983's The Hunger. On Sunday, discussions include “Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead,” “Hot-Blooded: Vampires & Sexuality” and “Inked in Blood: 40 Years of Vampirella.” Costumes are encouraged for Sunday night's Vampirella's Ball, with decadent spectacle provided by vaudeville cirque the Lucent Dossier Experience. Film screenings, $7 per day; panel discussions, $20 all day; Vampirella's Ball, $35.

Aug. 14-16, 2009

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