Born in New Jersey, Alex Vincent got his start in acting at a young age by playing the six-year old Andy Barclay in the 1988 hit Child’s Play. After surviving his run-in with the Charles Lee Ray possessed ‘Good Guy’ doll, Alex did a few movies with heavy industry names like Faye Dunaway, Joe Mantegna, Dee Wallace and Jay Sanders before reprising his role of Andy for the sequel Child’s Play 2.
Having mostly retired from acting, Alex got started in sound recording and owns and runs a successful recording studio in Florida called AV Productions.
Lucky for us, Alex came out of acting retirement to star in last year’s surprise hit Cult of Chucky, reprising his role as an older, and tougher, Andy Barclay.
CT HorrorFest is proud to welcome Alex Vincent to our 2018 show!
Films: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky, Just Like in the Movies, Descending
In 1985, New Line Cinema brought us maybe the wildest entry into the “Freddy Krueger” franchise with A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Following up on the huge success of 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, the team decided to go a different way and have a male lead opposite Freddy Krueger and so the character of Jesse Walsh was born.
When it came time to cast the role of Jesse Walsh, the powers-that-be decided upon former Junior Olympics gymnast Mark Patton who made a name for himself on Broadway opposite acting giants Cher, Kathy Bates and Karen Black in Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and then starred in the film adaption as well.
After playing Jesse, Mark soured on Hollywood as a whole and left it behind in 1986 before coming back to discuss the Nightmare series in 2010’s Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
CT HorrorFest is thrilled to welcome Mark Patton in 2018!
Films: Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Anna to the Infinite Power, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Family Possessions, Amityville: Evil Never Dies
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Courtney Gains knew from a young age that he wanted to act but it wasn’t until he began studying acting with veteran character actor Virgil Frye (Graduation Day, Colors) that he really started honing his skills.
When he got the call to read for the part of Malachai in Children of the Corn, he pulled a fake knife on the dialect coach that he was reading with but, thankfully for horror fans, they looked past that bad decision and cast him in the role anyway.
From there, Courtney became a staple in well-known 80’s films and continues to work in film as well as sing with his band Ripple Street.
CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome Courtney to Danbury this September.
FILMS: Children of the Corn, Back to the Future, Can’t Buy Me Love, The ‘Burbs, Colors, Memphis Belle
Raised in Blue Islands, IL, John Franklin grew up acting in every school play and community theater program that he could get involved in. After high school, he majored in theater at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana and made the decision to head for Los Angeles after graduation.
After earning some money for his trip by doing theater in Chicago, John hit the road for LA and immediately caught the eye of casting agents. Although he was 23, his young looks paired with his acting abilities helped him land some commercial work and then the role of Isaac in Children of the Corn before he had been in Los Angeles for even a month.
After retiring from acting in 2001, John taught high school English and theater in California and has co-written a series of YA novels title “Prime Cuts” which puts a modern spin on the legend of Sweeney Todd.
CT HorrorFest is pleased to welcome John Franklin to CT HorrorFest on September 15th!
FILMS: Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn 666, Child’s Play, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values
Starting out at age 8 in a film alongside Hollywood big-timers Eddie Albert (Green Acres), Jane Wyatt (Father Knows Best) and Soupy Sales, it’s safe to say that Butch Patrick was a star from a very young age. That film led to roles on hit shows like General Hospital, The Untouchables, My Favorite Martian and Mister Ed.
However, it was in 1964 when Butch was 10 years old that he landed the role that would define his career for fans like ourselves. Screen testing alongside the beautiful Yvonne De Carlo, Butch landed the role of Edward Wolfgang Munster and “Eddie Munster” was born.
CT HorrorFest is thrilled to welcome Butch Patrick to Connecticut on September 15th!
Films: Munster, Go Home!, Scary Movie, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Bite School
TV: The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, Rawhide, The Real McCoys, Gunsmoke, Macabre Theater
Michael C Williams
In 1999 the horror community was abuzz with the upcoming release of a film called The Blair Witch Project. Based on the pre-film release of a “mockumentary” titled Curse of the Blair Witch on the Sci-Fi Channel, many people thought that the upcoming film was the release of actual found footage of three real missing “documentarians” named Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard.
Love or hate the film, you cannot deny the impact that this independent film had on the entire filmmaking community as it helped to spawn the entire genre of “found footage” films.
CT HorrorFest welcomes Michael C Williams to the show!
Films: The Blair Witch Project, Curse of the Blair Witch, Altered, The Objective
TV: Without a Trace, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bull
In 1977, what was to be one of punk’s most important bands formed in Lodi, New Jersey: The Misfits. The original line-up recorded some of the songs that would later appear on the record Static Age but by 1978, Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only began taking the band in a more horror-themed direction; a few of the other members did not agree with the direction the band was headed and quit which led to the hiring of guitarist Bobby Steele.
Bobby Steele was with The Misfits for some of their best work; he can be heard on the Horror Business EP, the Beware EP, 3 Hits from Hell, the Halloween EP and more. After leaving The Misfits in 1980, Bobby formed the horror-punk band The Undead who have been rocking since 1980 and now includes his wife Diana Steele on keys, guitar and backing vocals.
CT HorrorFest is proud to welcome punk legend Bobby Steele!
Bands: Misfits, The Undead
When you talk about today’s comic book artists who specialize in horror work, Jeff Zornow has to come to mind. The Horror Comic Award-winning artist has worked on titles such as “Godzilla,” “Halloween,” “Jurassic Park,” and “68”.
In addition to comics, he is also a frequent artist for Fright-Rags t-shirts. Zornow also provides art for many bands and record labels including Misfits, Blood Freak, Razorback Records and Ex Dementia.
CT native, Velvet Sky is best known for her time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She is a former two time TNA Women’s Knockout Champion and is a former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion as part of The Beautiful People.
She also is devoted to animal rescue and is a volunteer for this year’s CT HorrorFest charity raffle recipient Animals for Life.
There aren’t many “Scream Queens” that can boast a resume as robust as Dee Wallace. Dee’s film career started with a small role in the Connecticut thriller The Stepford Wives followed by a much larger role in Wes Craven’s 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes.
Starring roles in The Howling, Cujo, Critters and more solidified her as a star in horror fans’ eyes but unlike a lot of her female colleagues of that era, Dee was able to step outside of the horror genre with huge roles in major Hollywood productions like 10 and E.T. due mainly to her superb acting and great attitude.
Dee is still very active in the industry with recent roles in Rob Zombie films and the recent Death House.
Please join us in welcoming Dee Wallace to CT HorrorFest!
Films: E.T., 10, The Howling, Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes, Popcorn, The House of the Devil, Halloween (2007), Lords of Salem, The Frighteners
Television: The Office, Supernatural, Starsky and Hutch, Trapper John M.D., Grey’s Anatomy
UPDATE: Dee had to cancel her appearance due to other obligations. 7/16/2018