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CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Halloween’ Panel with Danielle Harris and Don Shanks

Horror goddess Danielle Harris and Michael Myers himself in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Don Shanks joined CT HorrorFest organizer Christine Caprilozzi on stage for a panel September 14th at the horror convention.

The duo talked about working with Donald Pleasence, being a part of a massive horror franchise, the Halloween reboot and more. Danielle Harris opens up about the Blumhouse Halloween franchise while Don Shanks spills the beans on a kill that was left out of Halloween 5 which saw Michael slice and dice an entire SWAT team. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Hellraiser’ Panel with Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Barbie Wilde, and Simon Bamford

One of the many big draws for fans attending CT HorrorFest 2019 was the programming schedule. Horror mavens flocked to the panel room at 5:15 p.m. on September 14th to see the Cenobites discuss Hellraiser. CT HorrorFest staffer Mike Simonetta prepared to host the panel as Doug Bradley (Pinhead), Nicholas Vince (Chatterer), Simon Bamford (Butterball), and Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite) stepped on stage to a raucous ovation.

The quartet had great chemistry as they told story after story about the Hellraiser franchise most of which were focused on the first two films which premiered in 1987 and 1988. The cast talks about getting into the leather-clad outfits, the potential of returning to the Hellraiser series, a potential Nightbreed series, and their first reaction to seeing their costumes for the film. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Panel with David Naughton

On Saturday September 14th, CT HorrorFest 6 rocked the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT.  We were proud to present the An American Werewolf in London panel with the star of the classic horror film, David Naughton.  On the brink of the movie’s 4oth anniversary, staff journalist Sean McLaughlin had the honor of interviewing the veteran actor along with hosting an audience Q&A afterwards.

David Naughton played the role of David Kessler in American Werewolf, a young American attacked in the English countryside by a werewolf which leaves him afflicted with a bloody disease affected by the full moon.  The film earned a lot of praise from critics and viewers alike upon its release in 1981, and even an Academy Award for “Best Makeup” in 1982 given to legendary makeup artist Rick Baker. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s Adult and Kids Costume Contests Feature Original Designs and Horror Favorites

CT HorrorFest 2019 kicked off its schedule of panels on Saturday at the Naugatuck Event Center with costume contests where the best dressed attendees could take home one of six incredible cash prizes. First up was the kids costume contest, which featured adorable mini versions of everyone’s favorite monsters including Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Many of the kids accented their performances with theme song music and some unforgettable dance moves on stage.

The adult contest was more competitive than ever, and the event was marked by a number of detailed and intricate hand-crafted costumes. The contestants who ultimately took home prizes represented a wide variety of horror icons. The grand prize winner donned a screen-accurate Pyramid Head costume from Silent Hill 2, which featured creative design choices for the monster’s iconic constricting mask and over-sized knife. The runners up represented the Saw franchise with a hand-crafted Billy mask and bear trap device and the holiday traditions of yesteryear with a recreation of Krampus in the flesh. read more

Thousands Invade 6th Annual CT HorrorFest!

This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.

The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ‘The Baddest One-Chick Hit Squad’ Panel with Pam Grier

Iconic actress and female trailblazer Pam Grier appeared at last weekend’s CT HorrorFest in Danbury, CT, where she delighted fans with stories from her legendary career. With a couple hundred fans packed into the Q&A area, Ms. Grier was greeted with a standing ovation. Grier, who appeared as one of the very first female action leads on the big screen, starred in such classics as Coffy, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, Fort Apache: The Bronx, Ghost of Mars, Scream Blacula Scream, Mars Attacks, amongst many other great films. read more

CT HorrorFest Returns to Danbury and Rocks Once Again in 2018

Raiding faster than a horde of zombies, Saturday Sept. 15 was the day for hundreds of horror fans from across the northeast to visit the Danbury Ice Arena for the fifth consecutive CT Horrorfest, the state’s sole convention dedicated to everything in horror. For adults and kids, costumes and horror outfits were everywhere to celebrate the occasion.

Early Bird VIPs to the event had the privilege of enjoying a 10 AM breakfast with the stars of the original 1978 Halloween including Nick Castle, PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes. read more

CT Horrorfest 2018: From ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ to ‘3 From Hell’ Panel with Bill Moseley

Bill Moseley greeted hundreds of rabid horror fans for an intimate panel at the 2018 CT Horrorfest this past Saturday in Danbury, Connecticut. A Connecticut native himself, the actor opened up about his early years in the nutmeg state, his college days at Yale University, and his writing gigs just before his big break in the world of horror filmmaking with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Moseley also shared the story of how he ended up working with the legendary guitarist Buckethead on his iconic album, Giant Robot, and the follow-up Cornbugs records the duo produced over a ten year period. He detailed how Buckethead’s face darkened upon learning that Moseley couldn’t perform as Chop Top due to licencing issues, but the two quickly collaborated on a twisted new scarecrow for Bill to embody. More recently, Moseley created an EP with heavy metal icon Phil Anselmo, entitled Songs of Darkness and Despair, and Bill delighted fans with the story of how Bill & Phil came to be. read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ‘Adult and Kids Costume Contests’

Dozens of costumed ghouls filled the streets of Danbury, CT as they made their way to CT HorrorFest at the Danbury Arena. It wasn’t blood or bodies that the undead were on the hunt for, it was fun and prizes.

First up was the kid’s costume contest which featured adorable little tykes dressed as scary as possible.  The contest was won by a young girl who was dressed as a mash up of Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street. Her costume was brilliantly done and was called “Nightmare Before Christmas on Elm Street.” Runner-up was a lovable girl dressed as Pennywise from IT. A miniature duo of Freddy (from Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jason (from Friday the 13th) took third place and killed the crowd in the most adorable way possible. read more