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THE EVIL DEAD (1981) & EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by goregirl

I have a list a mile long of films to see, but this weekend I was in the mood to revisit an 80’s classic. Evil Dead 2 is not only my favourite film of Raimi’s trilogy but is in fact my favourite horror-comedy of all time! Evil Dead 2 raised the horror-comedy bar so high that 23 years later very few films have come close to touching it! Now, The Evil Dead on the other hand is the film in the trilogy I’ve seen the least often. I am far more likely to follow up a viewing of Evil Dead 2 with Army Of Darkness, but it rarely occurs to me to watch The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 back to back. So I did exactly that. It has been more than 25 years since the original Evil Dead was released and the franchise is one of the most successful in horror history. It has inspired video games, comic books, toys and even a musical. You can consider this more of a celebration than a review as I ramble on about everything Evil Dead 1 & 2. BEWARE! Tons and tons of spoilers!

Sadly, I was too young to see The Evil Dead at the theatre when it was originally released. But thanks to the invention of the VCR I was able to see it on video a few years later. During my tender pre-teen years all I watched were horror films. The Evil Dead was one of the first films I can recall that really blew my mind. Raimi’s original does have a pretty typical setup though. We are introduced to five friends, Ash, Linda, Scott, Cheryl and Shelly as they drive to a cabin in the woods site unseen. The place came cheap and the group joke about its possible state before they arrive. Adding to the foreboding setup, the group just barely avoid a head-on collision with another vehicle. Scott, our driver claims the wheel just jerked out of his hands to which Ash remarks he just took the car into the garage to have it fixed. Than there is the drive over the gnarly old bridge where a plank comes loose and their wheel becomes stuck for just a moment. When they pull up to the cabin the group get out of the car but they leave Scott to check out the place on his own. The four friends stand and watch as Scott slowly walks towards the spooky cabin. The camera flashes back at the group as the distance between Scott and his four friends grows. The place is silent with the exception of a swing banging against the house. Scott reaches up to the top of the doorframe to find a ring of keys. When he makes contact with the keys the swing stops hitting the cabin. A typical setup, yes, but so beautifully executed! It’s about 20ish minutes in before any Demon shenanigans take place, which is the first of the major differences between the original and its sequel.

For starters, Evil Dead 2 ain’t no freaking sequel! It is true that at the end of The Evil Dead we don’t know what actually happens to Ashley J. Williams. As he walks out of the cabin, the only survivor, we get a glimpse of his terrified face as something unseen rushes towards him. Of course one could imagine any number of possible scenarios that may have happen between the end of The Evil Dead and the beginning of Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn. But the fact is, you ain’t going to learn it from the films themselves. There is no mistaking the two films are connected even though Raimi never bothers to explain, but like I said, Evil Dead 2 is not a sequel, if anything it is a remake. Not that any of this matters, both films are amazing fun! But I’ll always be partial to Evil Dead 2 and its non-stop action-packed awesomeness. Part 2 begins with a little Necronomicon history lesson…

“Legend has it, that it was written by the dark ones.”

“Necronomicon ex-mortis roughly translated Book Of The Dead.”

“The Book served as a passageway to the evil worlds beyond.”

“It was written long ago when the seas ran red with blood. It was this blood that was used to ink the book.”

“In the year 1300 A.D. the book disappeared.”

Cut to Ash and his girlfriend Linda driving over the same gnarly bridge and arriving at the cabin. Apparently the owners were supposed to be out of town. We soon learn that Ash was fed inaccurate information as Annie Knowby is embarking on a trip to the very same cabin to bring the missing pages of The Book Of The Dead to her professor father. Mere minutes into the film, Ash finds a tape recorder of the professor reading with phonetic pronunciation the passages of The Book Of The Dead. A window in the cabin breaks and when Ash runs to see what happened he finds Linda gone. There is basically no build whatsoever. It instantly gets into the action and doesn’t let up for a second! But the biggest difference between the two films is definitely the characterization of Ash. Oh, Ashley J. Williams, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways! If Raimi never made Evil Dead 2 and its follow up Army Of Darkness, Ash definitely would not be the iconic horror character he is today. In The Evil Dead, he is doughy and soft and frankly a bit useless. It is in Evil Dead 2 that the Ash I’ve come to know and adore really flourishes. The affable, cheeky, handsomely reluctant hero comes to life in Evil Dead 2. Most of the credit belongs to Bruce Campbell. Campbell pulls off some impressive physical comedy and endures a considerable amount of abuse in the process. He is possessed, stabbed, bashed, punched, kicked, thrown down stairs and is sprayed with blood with the intensity of a fire hose. One of the best horror-comedy scenes ever filmed is Ash’s possessed hand scene. Watching him wrestle with his own hand is a thing of beauty! I couldn’t possibly do the scene justice, so I included a youtube clip. Enjoy! Not included in the clip, but worth an honourable mention is Raimi’s use of the book A Farewell To Arms in the scene that follows. Funny Stuff!

Bruce Campbell plays Ash in both films. Ash’s girlfriend in both films are named Linda but are not played by the same actress. In both films Ash gives Linda the identical necklace and decapitates her with a shovel. In both films we get a first person view of the unseen menace moving rapidly through the forest accompanied by a loud, ominous hum. This visual accompanied by the sound is a very effective aspect of both films. Raimi really amps this up for part 2 and the first person views come faster and more often. Of course the recordings each set of characters discovers in the cabin plays an important part of getting the story rolling in both films. And there’s that gnarly dagger they find in The Evil Dead that manages to find its way into part 2. And finally the Necronomicon, aka Book Of The Dead with its beautiful cover made of human skin. It’s all about The Book Of The Dead.

Although Raimi apparently had a much larger budget to work with in Part 2, I certainly can’t take anything away from the effects in the original. Considering its modest budget the effects in The Evil Dead are that much more impressive. What we have here is possession by Kandarian demon that uses humans like they are marionettes. The demons in both films look wonderfully nasty and fantastic. Both films are highly visual, but Raimi really amps it up for Evil Dead 2. The creativity is really in abundance here. Evil Dead 2 is a wild ride from start to finish. The demons get a lot more screen time and the gore gags are outstanding. The aforementioned possessed hand scene is not the only bit of brilliance. Linda in this version has a pretty spectacular extended scene after she’s possessed. Ash decapitates her and buries her body and then watches as her torso rises from the ground to do a macabre ballet routine. And what happens after that is better seen than heard.

Wasn’t that beautiful? Linda #1 pales in comparison. Linda #1’s demon makeup looks pretty cool, but she spends too much time cackling in this high-pitched, psychotic tone that was a little more annoying than amusing. The Evil Dead features one of horror’s most memorable scenes. Love it or hate it, It’s not too often you see a woman raped by a tree. It’s a well-executed and original scene and it’s pretty damn warped. We like warped here in the dungeon. While I’m clearly partial to Evil Dead 2, both really are impressive examples of how to make a really fun and engaging horror film.

I’ve never read any of the comic books or seen the musical, but I have played the two Xbox games Evil Dead: Fistful of Broomstick and Evil Dead: Regeneration. I thought Regeneration was pretty fun but the graphics were a bit crappy looking and it started feeling redundant towards the end. I kinda suck at these games and even I found the game play in Fistful Of Broomstick mediocre. The deadites were easy to kill. I liked hearing Bruce Campbell spouting out Ash one-liners but otherwise I wasn’t terribly impressed. Even though Bruce Campbell voiced both games neither really captured the trilogies vibe to my satisfaction. Most of the Evil Dead memorabilia in my collection are actually from Army Of Darkness. My favourite by far is my talking 18″ MacFarlane Movie Maniacs Ash action figure. The MacFarlane toys have great detail and actually resemble the person they’re modelled after. I had to do some serious downsizing on the collection a few years back but I still have shot glasses, Lego ash, a lunchbox, smaller versions of MacFarlane’s Ash and Evil Ash and about a half a dozen different versions of t-shirts. I probably should have included a review for all 3 films, but the thought of taking that on in one sitting makes my head spin. I’ll save a review of Army Of Darkness for another time. But watching Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn and Army Of Darkness back to back are worth missing the prom for.

The Evil Dead is a considerably more serious affair than its follow-up. The Evil Dead has great intensity and atmosphere, beauty effects, a dash of humour and plenty of unique and gory moments to validate it as a re-watchable classic. But I’m all about Evil Dead 2. It has everything The Evil Dead has plus it has great psychical comedy and gore gags that never fails to entertain me after countless viewings. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn is the best horror-comedy ever made and is essential viewing. Groovy.

EVIL DEAD
Dungeon Rating: 4.5/5
Directed By: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly

EVIL DEAD 2
Dungeon Rating: 5/5
Directed By: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, John Peakes, Lou Hancock

RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2009 – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by goregirl

Hey! Hey! I’m back! It is so good to be home! Before I get into my Festival of Fear experience I had to share this hilarious freaky wicker man I caught a glimpse of on the way to the cottage. From my family’s home to the cottage it is a three hour drive. It was the perfect way to start my vacation. My frighteningly white body got nicely BBQ’d, and my skin is still peeling as I type this. Revenge of the lizard woman! Ontario has its share of tourist attractions and one such attraction is
the ‘DWIGHT TRADING POST’. In front of this is a monstrous man made of twigs. Much like the ‘Wicker Man’ anyone who is caught shoplifting is put inside of the structure which is then set on fire as the population of Dwight dance around it feverishly. Below is a picture of the beast. Unfortunately, I could not catch a picture of the actual ritual itself.
wicker man dwight

This was the first time I have ever attended an event like this. My friend has been to this Rue Morgue Festival of Fear every year since it started and got us “Deluxe passes”. The best thing about this pass was that it got us in two hours early on the Friday. Lot’s of roaming room, and having experienced the nightmare hordes on the Saturday, it was definitely worth the price. I was expecting to see a million and one things I would need to buy, but in fact there was very little. The Festival of Fear was combined with comics, anime, gaming and sci-fi and the horror was only a small part of it all. Anchor Bay, one of the better horror labels had a booth but didn’t have any DVD’s for sale. Instead they had a lovely glossy booklet that showed there upcoming features and the DVD’s you could purchase to have autographed by this years guests, but rerouted you to the Cinema One booth. I understand as a distributor that they wouldn’t want to step on the toes of the rue morgue boothcompanies buying their product. I guess I was just not expecting chain stores to be at this thing. I wanted to see coffin bath mats and skull ice cube trays and the like, but there was next to nothing like that. There were a shitload of booths selling movie maniacs, which you can get at just about any comic book store. Snore! There were, however, some freebies from the few horror labels that were present. I did score some groovy stickers, a couple posters and a set of magnets. Long and short, I was disappointed in the marketplace aspect of the festival. The price the guests were asking for autographs were steep. $35.00 for Udo Kier’s autograph!? Honestly! I think Udo is great but I am not paying that kind of coin for his signature! One of the better deals was Barbara Steele who at least sold you a copy of The ‘Nightmare Castle’ DVD autographed for the same $35.00. Like I said, this is my first time going to something like this, so I was a little shocked. It was cool catching a glimpse of some of the great icons of horror like the aforementioned and Roger Corman and Tobin Bell but I just couldn’t justify spending the cash.

laid to rest picI was hoping to have all sorts of pictures to post here, but the pictures I took sucked ass. The zoom on my camera made everyone blurry. Unfortunately I have very few pics of the fest. This is starting to sound like a big old whine fest, but it did have its highlights. One of my favorite moments came in the form of a sneak peak for the film ‘Stan Helsing’. They showed a trailer, a making of featurette and scenes from the film. The panel, made up of director/writer Bo Zenga, three of the cast members, Diora Baird, Desi Lydic and Leslie Nielsen. The guy who did the music was also present (sorry buddy! I can’t find your name!). It was extremely entertaining! Most of the audience had questions for Nielsen that were unrelated to the film, but his answers were amusing none the less. Highlight two, was a Q and A with Bruce Campbell. We were way back and I couldn’t see him that well, but I could hear him just fine. Campbell was hysterical. He definitely seems to have a love/hate relationship with his role in horror cult cinema. Highlight number three was a free showing of ‘Laid To Rest’. The film had been on my “to see” list for a while. The film has actually been available to rent for some time. Anchor Bay had the director Robert Hall and two cast members, Thomas Dekker who plays Tommy and Nick Principe who plays Chrome Skull at the booth before the showing. Even though I had not seen the film I got in the line up so I could take some close up pictures for the blog. These guys were so freaking nice! They were just psyched to be there and have a chance to promote there great little film. They also did a Q & A after the film. Hall is a horror fan himself and in his own words, made a film for people who love the genre. Tomorrow I will have a full review of the film. I definitely had fun at the ‘Festival of Fear’, and I really dug hanging out with someone who loves horror as much as I do. I would, however, be unlikely to attend this function again. I think I’ll be sticking strictly to film festivals. It is all about the films for me, and I love hearing about the process from the people who make the art. The Vancouver International Film Festival is coming up soon, and I hope to catch all the horror films on the schedule this year.
chrome skull laid to rest

BUBBA HO-TEP – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , on May 24, 2009 by goregirl

bubba ho-tepHo-tep n. 1. Relative or descendent of the 17 dynasties, 3100-1550 B.C. 2. Family surname of an Egyptian Pharaoh (King).

Bubba n. 1. Male from the Southern U.S. 2. Good Ole boy.
3.
Cracker, red neck, trailer park resident.

I borrowed this from a friend’s collection. This is my second viewing of this film. I actually enjoyed this even more the second time around. Although there is a soul sucking mummy, don’t go into this expecting a straight up horror flick. The one common ground most of us horror hounds have is Bruce Campbell. There are few genre fans that would tell you they hate the Evil Dead Triology. Although there is plenty to like about the films, let’s face it, Ash is the glue that holds them together. Ossie Davis is a delight but it is Mr. Campbell’s performance as an aging Elvis Presley that takes Bubba Ho-Tep from great to pure unadulterated perfection.

The film is an adaptation of a short story by Joe R. Lansdale. We find a senior Elvis Presley living in a Texas rest home. Several years previous, wanting to escape stardom and live a more “normal” life, he switched identities with an Elvis impersonator. Now the real Elvis is living out his twilight years alone, with a bad hip, an infected pecker and a lot of regrets. He befriends a fellow resident who thinks that he is President John F. Kennedy. The two discover that their rest home has become a feeding ground for a soul sucking Egyptian mummy and the two team up to save the day.

This is comedy first. Although there are times you will chuckle at the indignities of aging, there is a great deal of respect giving to the subject also. Campbell’s portrayal of an aging superstar is funny, sweet and empathetic. Davis is perfectly cast as the man who believes he was JFK and is the perfect compliment to Campbell’s Elvis. Ossie Davis was in fact 85 when the film was made and is sharp as a tack. Both characters are just extremely likeable and you really root for them. Mr. Landsdale’s Elvis twist is inspired. Why couldn’t Elvis have switched places with an impersonator? It is more plausible than most film plots. He has all manner of appropriate regrets about having treated Pricsilla better and wishing he had gotten to know his daughter. But let’s not get too serious here. What this film could use is an evil Egyptian mummy! The horror here is never actually horrifying and the film has no intention of attempting to frighten you. The mummy is pretty nifty looking though, and amusingly dons a oversized cowboy hat and boots. Normally I would shout out for more horror but I don’t think it was appropriate here. Coscarelli keeps things pretty simple. His senior heroes are not super, they fall down, use walkers and wheelchairs and wear pajamas when they go to bed. There isn’t a thing I would change here. I do not have a single complaint about this film. A bizarre, endearing, funny and completetly original film that entertained the hell out of me!

As a side note here, when I was looking up cast for this review on IMDB I noticed that Don Coscarelli is doing a prequel to Bubba called “Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires”. The premise as follows: “This prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep finds Elvis shooting a film in Louisiana when he runs afoul of a coven of she-vampires.” It has been officially announced but strangely Bruce Campbell’s name is absent from the cast list. I will say I am loving the choice of Paul Giamatti to play Colonel Parker but Ron Perlman replacing Campbell? I actually like Ron Perlman but I don’t see him working here at all. I don’t know anything beyond what’s stated here but Bruce was perfect in the first one. Perfect! Did Coscarelli ask Bruce? Did he turn it down? Did he want too much money? Maybe they clashed on the set the first time around? What the hell?

I will have to add Bubba Ho-tep to my TOP 100 films and my personal library. This get’s the mother of all recommendations baby!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy, Edith Jefferson, Larry Pennell, Reggie Bannister, Daniel Roebuck and Daniel Schweiger
bruce as elvis bubba still

RUE MORGUE 2009 FESTIVAL OF FEAR GUEST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by goregirl

festival of fear 2009
Seriously!! That is one fantastic promo poster!! Well, here it is, the Guest Line up for the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. I will definitely have to meet Roger Corman and Tom Savini! This is a cut and paste job. To check out the original document go to
http://www.rue-morgue.com/rmp_fof_2009.php

The RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR is the country’s largest horror expo, attracting an average of 40,000+ fans to the heart of downtown Toronto over three days in August. This powerhouse event is an extravaganza of celebrity guests, autograph signings, parties, Q&A sessions, seminars and workshops, and a colossal selection of movies and movie memorabilia, including books, comic books, toys, video games, trading cards, posters, anime, manga, and tons more.

Check out the line up Below!!!

BRUCE CAMPBELL
(The Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba Ho-Tep)

Bruce Campbell began his lustrous film career making Super-8 movies with legendary director Sam Raimi back in 1975. Three years later, the pair would create a Super-8 short film called “Within the Woods” which would later be made into the full-length film called THE EVIL DEAD, an instant cult classic praised at the Cannes Film Festival by Stephen King. Campbell and Raimi’s creative union was crystallized with the two classic sequels to the Evil Dead: EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Additional Campbell/Raimi collaborations include DARKMAN, CRIMEWAVE and the SPIDERMAN films. A cult film staple, Campbell has also been seen in other notable genre films, including Don Coscarelli’s BUBBA HO-TEP, John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM L.A., MANIAC COP, INTRUDER, and many more. His extensive television career includes roles on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. Bruce is also the author of the book IF CHINS COULD KILL: CONFESSIONS OF A ‘B’ MOVIE ACTOR and writer/director of the recent films MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN and MY NAME IS BRUCE. Rue Morgue is proud to present Bruce Campbell as ‘Guest of Honour’ to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

ROGER CORMAN
(The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia and A Bucket of Blood)

Roger Corman’s amazing influence on modern American cinema is as incalculable as it is legendary. Corman began his involvement in cinema in 1953 as a producer/screenwriter, making his debut as director in 1955 and turning out five films in just one year. In 1957, Corman directed the horror-cult classic A BUCKET OF BLOOD; in 1960 he gave the world the original THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Through the 1960s Corman made a series of now classic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories starring Vincent Price. These included THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, co-starring horror icon Barbara Steele, HOUSE OF USHER, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA and THE RAVEN co-starring Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. The prolific director also boasts one of the most extensive resumes as producer, having realized classic films like NOT OF THIS EARTH, THE DUNWICH HORROR, DEATH RACE 2000, PIRANHA, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, GALAXY OF TERROR, and many, many more. In 1990
Corman retired from directing to concentrate on production and distribution through his company New World/Concorde Pictures,
making exploitation films and using profits to distribute distinguished art films. Among the world-class names who were employed by him in the early days are Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Robert DeNiro, William Shatner, and many others. Rue Morgue is proud to present a rare public appearance by Roger Corman to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

UDO KIER
(Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Mark of the Devil)

Udo Kier was born in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. While learning English in the UK he took acting courses and was eventually offered a role by director Michael Sarne in the film ROAD TO ST. TROPEZ in 1966. His first hit film was in 1970 with the banned horror classic MARK OF THE DEVIL. Kier then met director Paul Morrissey who offered him the lead role in the film FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, a film that solidified Kier as a cult icon. Kier later took the lead role in Morrissey’s masterpiece BLOOD FOR DRACULA; both films were so beloved by Andy Warhol that he attached his name to them. In the 1970s Kier’s work included THE STORY OF O and Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA. As he gained more visibility in America his breakthrough role was in MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO in 1991. The remainder of the 90’s included roles in the cult favorite BARB WIRE, Lars Von Trier’s BREAKING THE WAVES, and the action vampire flick BLADE. Kier can be seen more recently in ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN, Quentin Tarantino’s GRINDHOUSE and John Carpenter’s MASTERS OF HORROR episode. Rue Morgue is proud to present a very rare public appearance by Udo Kier to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

BARBARA STEELE
(Black Sunday, Pit and the Pendulum and Dark Shadows)

Barbara Steele was born in Cheshire, England and is loved for her dark mysterious beauty. She is considered the most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Mario Bava’s La Maschera Del Demonio (1960), also known as BLACK SUNDAY. After the film’s success, Steele was brought to America to star in Roger Corman’s PIT AND THE PENDULUM alongside Vincent Price. By now Steele was a horror film superstar and in 1962, she answered an open-casting call and won a role in Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking 8 1/2. In 1963 she started work on her next horror movie, THE HORRIBLE DR. HITCHCOCK. Many more horror films followed including THE SPECTRE, CASTLE OF BLOOD, ANGEL FOR SATAN and others. Her horror fans were delighted when she showed up on TV in Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY and the new episodes of DARK SHADOWS. Steele has developed a relative fondness about her horror queen status which was evident in her appearance in the Clive Barker documentary A-Z of HORROR. Some of her additional films include CEMETARY OF THE LIVING DEAD, CAGED HEAT and SILENT SCREAM. Rue Morgue is proud to present a very rare appearance by Barbara Steele at the 2009 Festival of Fear.

TOM SAVINI
(Planet Terror, Day of the Dead and Creepshow)

Over the decades Tom Savini has established himself as the Beethoven of Special FX. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Savini was always fascinated with movie magic and was notably attracted to another horror film pioneer: Lon Chaney. Savini’s wartime experience in Vietnam spurred his move into special effects where he worked closely with George Romero throughout the latter’s career. First came MARTIN in 1977; a year later he was working with Romero again on DAWN OF THE DEAD and then DAY OF THE DEAD in 1985. In 1990, Savini directed a striking re-make of Romero’s original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Savini has also worked alongside such horror gods as Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. Some of his other well known projects include special effects, acting, and/or stunt work in the films FRIDAY THE 13TH, CREEPSHOW, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, MONKEY SHINES, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, LAND OF THE DEAD, and recently LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE.

JAMES DUVAL
(Donnie Darko, May and Doom Generation)

James Duval is an American actor and heart-throb most famous for his roles in the Gregg Araki trilogy, TOTALLY FUCKED UP, THE DOOM GENERATION, and NOWHERE, in addition to being the man in the eerie bunny rabbit suit in Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO, Blank in Lucky McGee’s MAY, and Singh in the film GO. Duvall’s other notable horror work includes MAD COWGIRL, THE CLOWN AT MIDNIGHT, and recently EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE. James also plays guitar in his music group Antoneus Maximus & The Nuthouze Band.

MAX BROOKS
(World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide)

Max Brooks is an Emmy Award winning television writer, author, and actor who also happens to be the son of film legends Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. Max attended film school at American University in Washington, DC, and went on to write acclaimed sketch comedy for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and create the best selling satire book THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE. Most recently, Paramount Pictures have acquired the screen rights for Max’s WORLD WAR Z: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR, the follow-up to ZSG which will be a major motion picture slated for release in 2010.

LINDA HAMILTON
(Children of the Corn and The Terminator)

Linda Hamilton is a multiple Emmy and Golden Award nominated actress is best known for her unforgettable role of Sarah Connor from THE TERMINATOR feature films. She is also beloved for her portrayal of Catherine Chandler in the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST television series from the late 1980s opposite Ron Perlman. Some of her other television appearances include FRASIER and HILLSTREET BLUES. Primarily a film actress, Hamilton starred in a string of successful movies including CHILDREN OF THE CORN, BLACK MOON RISING, KING KONG LIVES, and DANTE’S PEAK. Hamilton has also lent her talents to voice over work in animation where she provided the voice of many well known animated characters in projects such as BATMAN BEYOND.

LLOYD KAUFMAN
(The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist)

Lloyd Kaufman is the certifiable granddaddy of low-budget, lowbrow splatter comedies stretching back to the early ’80s. He is a director, producer, actor as well as the president of Troma, which has done much to influence independent filmmakers the world over, including Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Kaufman achieved new levels of success with his 1984 breakthrough movie THE TOXIC AVENGER, which spawned three sequels, an animated series for kids and even a cereal. He has also directed the Troma faves TROMEO & JULIET, TERROR FIRMER, POULTRYGEIST and many more.

LEN WEIN
(co-creator Swamp Thing and Wolverine)

Len Wein is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics’ SWAMP THING and Marvel Comics’ WOLVERINE character, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men including the co-creation of NIGHTCRAWLER, STORM, and COLOSSUS. Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons’ influential DC miniseries WATCHMEN. Len Wein was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.

KELLEY ARMSTRONG
(author – Bitten and The Summoning)

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of the NYT-best selling WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD paranormal suspense series, BITTEN, and the DARKEST POWERS to name a few. Kelley’s current books and short stories include THE SUMMONING, ZEN AND THE ART OF VAMPIRISM, and LIVING WITH THE DEAD.

JOSHUA HOFFINE
(After Dark, My Sweet)

Joshua Hoffine is a world renowned horror photographer whose work frequently deals with childhood fears. Hoffine stages his photographs like small movies, with sets, elaborate props, fog machines and special effects make-up with the help of his family and friends. His photographs have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including Rue Morgue, The London Times, and Russian Playboy. Joshua is based out of Kansas City, where he lives and works with his four young daughters.

PSYCHO CHARGER
(Horror Rawkillbilly)

Possibly New Jersey’s most dangerous band, Psycho Charger is a witches brew of psychobilly fire, cold industrial steel and distortion surf punk served up with horror movie sound bites. Spewing hymns from their very own dark gospel of murder, zombies and rednecks, PSYCHO CHARGER will damn your soul in a cyclone of vocal distortion and menacing guitar twang. PSYCHO CHARGER makes their Canadian premiere with an exclusive live performance at the official party of the 2009 Festival of Fear on Saturday, August 29 in celebration of their new record MARK OF THE PSYCHO released in June 2009.

DR. ELIZABETH MILLER
(Canada’s Vampire Expert)

Elizabeth Miller is recognized internationally for her expertise on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula – its origins in folklore, literature and history, and its influence on the culture over the centuries. She has lectured throughout Canada as well as in the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Romania. Dr. Miller has been interviewed by major media including the BBC, CBC, the New York Times, the Globe & Mail, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her
publications on Dracula include dozens of articles and six books, including REFLECTIONS ON DRACULA, DRACULA: THE SHADE AND
THE SHADOW, and DRACULA: SENSE & NONSENSE.

ANTONELLA SIGISMONDI
(multi-media artist Marilyn Manson and Floria Sigismondi)

Antonella Sigismondi is an alumni of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked on, consulted, appeared in, and created art for many music videos for such artists as MARILYN MANSON, DAVID BOWIE, AMON TOBIN, THE HEADSTONES, THE TEA PARTY, and DANIEL LANOIS to name a few. Her sister Floria Sigismondi has been a life long collaborator with Antonella on many creative projects. On the stage, Sigismondi recently performed the daring character Joan in DOMESTIC SCIENCE DUB. Sigismondi is also acclaimed for her use of metal and glass in creating original art.

SUICIDE GIRLS
(Wizard of Gore)

Suicide Girls are part alternative cult community, and part pin-up girl showcase for close to one thousand fantastic tattooed and pierced bad girls, from Finland to Columbia and beyond. They are a throwback to the glamorous days of retro poster vixens when models were beautifully imperfect but stunningly hypnotic. Suicide Girls are artistically bent emo, goth, and punk rocker women, and an international sensation. A selection of the SG damsels can be seen in Jeremy Kasten’s remake of the H. G. Lewis horror classic THE WIZARD OF GORE.