LESLEY BANNATYNE: (Journalist/Author)
Lesley Bannatyne is a freelance journalist and author, with five books on Halloween (Halloween, An American Holiday, an American History, A Halloween How-To, A Halloween Reader, Witches Night Before Halloween, and 2011’s Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night). She has shared her knowledge of Halloween on television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel (“The Haunted History of Halloween” and “The True Story of Halloween”), and with the likes of Time Magazine, Slate.com and the Wall Street Journal. She has also given talks at venues as diverse as the 2000 Halloween Convergence in New Orleans and the St. Louis Art Museum. She contributed the Halloween article to World Book Encyclopedia. With the help of many compatriots, Lesley held the Guinness World Record for “Largest Halloween Gathering” from October 2007-09. Check out her web site at www.iskullhalloween.com.
Gregory W. Brock began writing screenplays when he was a teenager, starting with a script entitled, “Juggles.” In 2004, he launched Silver Chain Films and filmed “Juggles,” building the path towards his filmmaking dreams. Shortly after “Juggles,” “Redneck Fury” was born. He then began entering 48 hour film contests in Louisville (2006 and 2007), where he developed a friendship with Jacob Ennis of Tuckywood Productions. Since that time, Greg and Jacob have competed in two straight 48 hour film projects (2007 and 2008) with “48 Hour Massacre” and “Tea Party,” and have written two scripts together: “To Kill a Janitor” and “Red River,” which is currently available from Bloody Earth Films. Another screenplay in the horror genre is in the works. In 2008, Greg filmed a few shorts: “Disheveled,” “Midnight Hour” and “Scratchoffs.” He also participated in several projects with other filmmakers, which include: “Shoot The Moon” and “Room 110” with DBC Entertainment, ZP International’s “Bunker of Blood” and “Hell-ephone,” as well as “The Legacy” with Jason Crowe. There are several projects on Greg’s plate in 2011, including a remake of “Juggles.” It promises to be a great year for Silver Chain Films. See news and updates from Silver Chain at silverchainfilms.com.
A Kentucky native, Jason started his film career with a bang, landing the lead role in the now cult classic zombie film, “Dead Moon Rising.” Jason’s comedic portrayal of Jim, the car rental clerk turned hero, boosted him into the spotlight. After DMR, Jason went on to star in ZP International’s “Hell-ephone,” alongside genre veterans Ari Lehman (Jason from the original “Friday The 13th”) and John Dugan (Grandpa from the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Jason also starred in “Little Sex Shop of Horrors” and the newly released “Red River,” as the cannibalistic savage Hamburger Head! Jason can currently be seen in Stephen Zimmer’s “Swordbearer.”
Since breaking into film as an actor, Jason has also found himself behind the scenes, making his directorial debut with the 80’s slasher homage “The Legacy.” “The Legacy” also stars Crowe, Roni Jonah (who co-wrote and co-directed the film), professional wrestling legend Al Snow and indie film veterans Jim O’Rear (“The Deepening”) and Daniel Emery Taylor (“The Return Of Swamp Thing”).
Crowe’s second film as actor/director is the horror feature, “Hell House.” “Hell House” was filmed inside Kentucky and Indiana’s largest and most frightening haunted attractions, Industrial Nightmare and the Haunted Hotel. HH stars Crowe, Jonah, Snow, O’Rear, Taylor, model and indie horror star Stacey Dixon, 5 time MMA champion and hall of famer Dale Miller and female wrestling star April Hunter.
Currently, Crowe is working on the Christmas horror film “Nightmare on 34th Street,” written and directed by Crowe, and starring TJ Moreschi. Also in the works is the zombie comedy “The Zombie Movie,” written by Jonah and Crowe. Get ready, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
TOM DEVLIN: (Special Effects Artist and Reality TV Personality) – Appearing at the 1313FX Booth
Tom Devlin has been working professionally as a special makeup effects artist for 11 years. If you’ve ever met Tom, it is clear that monsters, horror movies and Halloween are not just a job for him, but a passion. Through his company 1313FX, Tom has provided creatures and special makeup effects on over 80 feature films. Within the last few years, Tom has been expanding his business with the 1313FX Fright Zone, to include creature creation for the Haunted Attraction industry. Tom recently appeared as a contestant on the SyFy Channel reality series “Face Off” and is currently climbing the low budget FX ladder, constantly checking names off the list of people he’s always wanted to work with.
CASEY HENDERSHOT: (Actor) – Appearing Saturday and Sunday ONLY!
With over 6’6” of physical presence, Casey Hendershot was destined to be one of the few men to ever portray one of the most famous Serial Killers in Cinema history, made famous by John Carpenter’s iconic film “Halloween.” 13 Men have worn the mask and 2 have portrayed Michael as a boy. Casey portrayed Michael Myers in the 2007 Rob Zombie Remake of “Halloween.” The legacy of Michael Myers at Halloween is evident in the music that is heard in most Haunted Attractions at some point in their tour. Casey’s film credits include “Avatar,” “Cross,” “Deadly Warrior,” “Semi-Pro,” “In the Name of the King” and, most recently, the upcoming Marvel Comic movie “Thor.” Each October, Casey appears as a celebrity at Haunted Attractions across America.
Impossible to ignore, “Rock Star” Roni Jonah has journeyed in some of the most outrageous worlds in existence: rock ‘n roll, pro-wrestling and horror films! A popular Ohio Valley Wrestling personality, Roni was best known as the manager of Mike Mizanin (WWE’s The Miz). She was also a dynamic competitor, mixing it up with several of the sport’s best female stars, including Victoria, Beth Phoenix, Shelly “Ariel” Martinez, Daffney and Kelly Kelly. Roni never backed down from men, either, confronting many of wrestling’s top names, including Elijah Burke. She also got a (non-consensual) gigantic wet kiss from WWE legend The Big Show for her trouble!
Before ever stepping into the ring, Roni perfected her “Rock Star” persona as bassist for the underground band Gothic Mayhem. She was actually able to meld this into her wrestling career, often smashing her bass over an opponent’s head.
Not content to own just the stage and the ring, she has recently made a transition to the silver screen. She made her film debut in ZP International’s “Hell-ephone,” alongside genre veterans Ari Lehman (Jason from the original “Friday The 13th”), John Dugan (Grandpa from the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), Jim O’Rear (“The Deepening”), Daniel Emery Taylor (“The Return Of Swamp Thing”) and Alex Del Monacco (former Playboy Playmate). From there, she appeared in independent favorites, such as “Little Sex Shop Of Horrors,” “Steam Punk” and “Red River”. Roni’s most recent credit is Stephen Zimmer’s “Swordbearer.”
Roni has continued her film career as one of the core members of Feathered Italian Films, making her directorial debut with the acclaimed short “Trepan.” She also had a big hand in the production of FIF’s premier feature film “The Legacy” and its sequel, “Hell House,” handling co-directing duties, writing, special effects and acting. Roni is attacking cinema with the same ferocity she used in the wrestling ring, as she writes and prepares to direct her first feature film, “The Zombie Movie!” Be afraid to go to the theater!
Nathan Thomas Milliner was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He has been a comic book writer/artist for over 10 years, including the titles “The Malevolent,” “Girl Number Three” and “Final Days.” He has been a staff artist and writer for HorrorHound Magazine since 2008. Nate served as a writer and performer on the sketch comedy series “The Necroville Picture Show” and wrote, performed and produced the 2009 slasher/revenge film “Girl Number Three,” based on his comic of the same name. Nate is currently working on a series of original horror prints titled “MONSTERS & MADMEN,” and just began production on his new film, “A Wish for the Dead,” also based on one of his comics. Nate is serving as both writer and director of “Wish,” his directorial debut. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Brenda and their daughter, Lily.
At a young age, Kayla Perkins is already quickly making a name for herself. Kayla recently had the honor to work with renowned indie filmmaker George Bonilla on his upcoming feature film, Hell-ephone. The role of Madison Monroe was demanding and challenging for Kayla, but she won the cast and crew over with her performance. “She just blew us away with her acting ability and work ethic. It was hard to believe she was new to the business. She has the skills of a seasoned pro,” said director George Bonilla. Kayla has landed several lead and featured roles in 2011. She loves acting, and has been honored to work with so many talented filmmakers in her area. Kayla can also be seen in the upcoming major motion pictures, “Big Momma’s House 3,” “Dreamer,” “Love Don’t Let Me Down” and Disney’s “Secretariat,” and has starring roles in independent features “The Runaway,” “Nightmare Fuel” and “Halloween Homecoming.” You can also catch her in “Hell House,” “Haunted KY,” “Cry,” “Haddonfield,” “Mountain Mafia,” “The Legacy,” “Devil’s Playground,” “The Girl,” “Red River,” “Santa Vs. Zombies” and more.
Kayla is a Dream Calendar Model. She posed for Miss August 2009 Dream Girl. She has been featured in Supermodels Unlimited Magazine as a Rising Star, The Next Supermodel. Kayla also worked as a music video dancer in Alan Jackson’s “Good Time,” Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town,” Doyle Lawson’s “Sadie” and many more. Kayla has done TV commercials, runway fashion shows, billboard modeling and catalog modeling for clothing companies.
In her spare time, Kayla volunteer work and aids several organizations in raising money for charities. Her community efforts have not gone unnoticed. Kayla is a former Junior Miss Kentucky, and in 2009 she received a “Proclamation Award” from Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames and the City of Georgetown for her outstanding achievements. You can learn more about this up and coming face of the acting and modeling world at www.kaylaperkins.com.
Dubbed “One of the 15 sickest artists in America” by Girls and Corpses Magazine, Dick Starr has embedded himself nicely into the horror community. Born right before Halloween in 1978 on the island of Oahu, Dick has always had a fondness for horror and the macabre. Add to his bloody drawings a twisted sense of humor, and you’ll understand why his early art got sent home by teachers on a regular basis.
In 2003, after studying Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dick Starr began doing art professionally. Starting off with tattoos, portraits and logo design for private clients, small businesses and websites, he eventually got picked up by Ghetto Skateboards for several custom pieces. Since then, Dick’s work has been featured in numerous galleries, magazines, books, album covers and comics around the world.
In late 2006, Dick began picking off famous idiots with “The Celebrity Death Poll”…a rotating list of awful celebrities up for an artistic execution. In less than one year, The Celebrity Death Poll became a regular feature in Girls and Corpses Magazine. Currently, Starr’s resume boasts clients like fighters from the UFC, Full Tilt Poker, Suicide Girls and legendary producer/director Charles Band. If you aren’t already familiar with Dick Starr’s nightmarish creations…you will be. Consider yourself warned.
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Streble received a theater scholarship to Indiana University Southeast in 2004, where she has performed many times on the Robinson Stage, including parts as: Meg (Crimes of the Heart), Catherine (Proof), Corrinna (House of Blue Leaves), Beverly (The Shadowbox) and Sarah (Company). Her regional theatre credits include: Val (Murder on the Hill), Alice (The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde) and Maggie (Ashes to Ashes). In television, she has performed as various characters in The Necroville Picture Show, directed by Herschel H. Zahnd III. She met the director and his wife, Mary Ellen Riehl, when performing in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at IUS, and they have since established a close personal and professional relationship. While Girl Number Three marks her first film role as a featured actress, she also holds a small part in Hell House, directed by Jason Crowe.
Herschel H. Zahnd III is an actor, singer, writer, director and producer. He enjoys any and all aspects of the theatrical life. He has appeared in over 150 Stage productions, with dozens of companies, including: The Alley Theater; Kentucky Opera; Actor’s Theater of Louisville; Indiana University Southeast; Bluegrass Theater Guild; Sight & Sound Productions; The Louisville Rep; As Yet Unnamed Theater Co. and many others. Most recently, he appeared as Sweeney in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Alley Theater, and will next appear as David Frost in Frost\Nixon with Foundation Studios, and as Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog at the Alley Theater. He has appeared in the feature films How You Look To Me, with Frank Langella, and Dreamer, with Kurt Russell. In 2006, Herschel founded Renegade Art Productions, with his wife Mary Ellen Riehl. RAP’s first project, Murder on the Hill, written and directed by Herschel, played for two months at the historic Waverly Hills Sanitarium. Branching out into independent filmmaking, he has produced and directed the feature film Girl Number Three, and the award winning short film, Tolerance. He and the RAP crew are currently in production on their 2nd feature, A Wish for the Dead. On the television front, Herschel produced the original sitcom, The Necroville Picture Show, which ran for 12 episodes on The CW Louisville. Herschel holds an A.A. in Theater and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Indiana University S.E.
JACOB ENNIS (Director/Actor)
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