CT HorrorFest

CT HorrorFest returns September 21-22, 2024! The event is presented by Connecticut-based horror website Horror News Network, one of the top horror news and information sites on the web.

September 21 – 11AM-7PM
September 22 – 11AM-5PM

Come meet horror celebrities and shop horror themed vendors at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.

Celebrity Guests

See the celebrities scheduled to appear at this years show.

Tickets

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The Venue

CT HorrorFest is at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.

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Celebrity Guests

Please note that guest list can change due to guest cancellation or events beyond our control. Celebrity autograph prices vary and are at the discretion of the celebrity. CT HorrorFest does not control what celebrities may charge for autograph or photo opportunities.

Tony Todd

We’re beyond excited to begin our 2024 guest announcements with a certified hometown hero. Raised right here in Hartford, CT, Tony Todd is a graduate of Hartford Public High School as well as Hartford’s Artists Collective, Inc., UCONN, and the Eugene O'Neill National Actors Theatre Institute in nearby Waterford, CT.

Mr. Todd debuted on screen in the 1986 fantasy/drama film ‘Sleepwalk’ but it was just a few short months later that he was again in theaters as Warren in Oliver Stone’s multiple Oscar-winning Vietnam War epic ‘Platoon’.

For horror fans, the year 1990 was a big one for Tony Todd as he played the role of Ben in Tom Savini’s remake of Romero’s seminal ‘Night of the Living Dead’; Tony Todd’s first starring role. Then in 1992, he solidified his status in the horror genre with his iconic performance of Daniel Robitaille/The Candyman.

We are excited to announce that The Candyman is coming home – please join us in welcoming Tony Todd to CT HorrorFest 2024.

Films: Night of the Living Dead, Candyman (1992), Candyman (2021), Platoon, The Crow, Colors, Lean On Me, The Rock, Wishmaster, Final Destination 1,2 3 & 5, Hatchet1, 2 & Victor Crowley

Television: Werewolf, 21 Jump Street, Night Court, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Angel, Smallville, Charmed, Holliston, Masters of Horror, 24, The Flash, Riverdale, Scream: Resurrection

Peter Weller Robocop

Peter Weller

Peter Weller began his career in the arts as a jazz musician, enrolling in the University of North Texas jazz band as a trumpet player. He graduated with a BA in Theater and took a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where he quickly made his presence known, appearing in a number of on and off-Broadway productions.

After appearing on several television shows, Peter made his film debut alongside Tom Berenger and William Katt in Richard Lester’s 1979 film ‘Butch and Sundance: The Early Days’, but it was in 1984 when genre fans first took notice as he played the lead in the sci-fu cult favorite ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension’.

In 1987, Peter Weller became a household name as his face was literally everywhere as the one and only RoboCop (aka Officer Alex James Murphy aka OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001)!

We are thrilled to welcome Peter Weller to 2024’s CT HorrorFest!

Film: RoboCop, RoboCop 2, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, Of Unknown Origin, Leviathan, Naked Lunch, Screamers, Mighty Aphrodite, Star Trek Into Darkness

Television (actor): Odyssey 5, Star Trek: Enterprise, 24, Dexter, Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, House, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

Television (director): Monk, House, Hawaii Five-0, The Strain, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Salem, Rush Hour, Outsiders, Mr. Mercedes

Doug Bradley Pinhead

Doug Bradley

One of our all-time favorite guests and someone who we’re thrilled to bring back for our 10-year anniversary, Mr. Bradley is always one of our most-requested guests.

In 1987 Clive Barker unleashed his debut film Hellraiser unto the world. Based on Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart”, Hellraiser quickly took the horror world by storm and Pinhead (or Lead Cenobite, if you prefer) became one of the most beloved, and feared, monsters in all of filmland.

CT HorrorFest is proud to welcome back Doug Bradley in 2024!

Films: Hellraisers 1-8, Nightbreed, Wrong Turn 5, Lore, Thorns, The Exorcists, The Trip

Voice: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead By Daylight, Lucifers Unholy Desire, The United States of Horror

Tyler Mane

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada and trained in wrestling by legends Stu Hart, Red Bastian, and Mando Guerrero, wrestler-turned-actor Tyler Mane’s imposing height made him an easy choice for the role of Sabretooth in Bryan Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”. Horror fans, however, are probably most familiar with Tyler Mane for his turn as Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s 2007 “Halloween” and 2009’s “Halloween II”. In these roles, Tyler became the second actor at that time to portray The Shape twice and was the first actor to play him in consecutive films (and he remains the tallest to ever play the character).

We are thrilled to bring Tyler Mane back to CT HorrorFest for our 2024 show!

Films: Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), 247 degrees, Compound Fracture, Devil May Care, The Devil’s Rejects, Penance Lane, Troy, Entrenchment, Joe Dirt

Television: Doom Patrol, Knight’s End, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Librarians, Chopper, Monk, Hercules, Son of the Beach, WCW Wrestling

Virginia Madsen

Born in Chicago, IL, Virginia Madsen attended Chicago’s iconic Ted Liss Acting Studio before landing her first role alongside Rob Lowe, Jacqueline Bisset, and Andrew McCarthy in the 1983 dramedy ‘Class’. A year later, genre fans would get their first glimpse of Virginia in the role of Princess Irulan in David Lynch’s 1984 epic ‘Dune’.

It was in 1992 that Virginia Madsen’s status in the horror genre was solidified forever in the role of Helen Lyle in ‘Candyman’.

We are psyched to welcome Virginia Madsen to CT HorrorFest 2024!

Films: Dune, Zombie High, Hot to Trot, Highlander II: The Quickening, Candyman, The Prophecy, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Rainmaker, Sideways, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Number 23, Lola

Television: Swamp Thing, American Gothic, Monk, The Practice, Frasier, Star Trek: Voyager, Moonlighting, Unsolved Mysteries

The Omen

Harvey Stephens

While series prequel ‘The First Omen’ is currently terrifying audiences, we wanted to revisit the 1976 Richard Donner classic.

Casting for the original began in 1975 and over 500 boys were looked at for the role of young Damien Thorn. During auditions, Donner asked the boys to attack him, and Harvey Spencer Stephens was the clear winner as he clawed the director’s face and kicked him in the groin.

Harvey’s performance in the film was so good (and scary) that he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture.

Please join us in welcoming Harvey Spencer Stephens to CT HorrorFest 2024!

Films: The Omen (1976), The Omen (2006)

Television: Gauguin the Savage

Heather Donahue

After seeing an ad in ‘Backstage’ magazine looking for actors with improvisational skills, Heather Donahue took her BFA in theater down to the Musical Theater Works in New York City in 1997 for an audition. Having nailed the audition, Heather was cast in what would become one of the largest grossing independent films of all time: The Blair Witch Project.

After the success of Blair Witch, Heather stuck around Hollywood until 2008 before realizing that it just wasn’t for her. In 2012 she released a successful memoir entitled ‘Growgirl’ chronicling her time as a medical marijuana grower in California.

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome Heather Donahue and the cast of The Blair Witch Project to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary!

Movies: The Blair Witch Project, Boys and Girls, New Suit, The Big Time

Television: Curse of the Blair Witch, The Outer Limits, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Joshua Leonard

Joshua Leonard had no acting experience to speak of and no noticeable desire to be an actor when he auditioned on a whim for a role in The Blair Witch Project, but the experience has led him to quite a career in film. After playing Josh in Blair Witch, he was suddenly thrust into roles with the likes of Robrt De Niro, Charlize Theron, Don Cheadle and many more.

In 2005, Josh stepped into the world of writing and directing with a short film titled The Youth in Us and then last year wrote and directed Dark Was the Night starring Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olyphant. In 2018, he wowed with his performance as David Strine in Unsane which earned him a Fangoria Chainsaw Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome Joshua Leonard and the cast of The Blair Witch Project to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary!

Movies: The Blair Witch Project, Unsane, Depraved, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Hatchet, Men of Honor, Dark Was the Night, Fully Realized Humans, The Drop, Blis

Television: Curse of the Blair Witch, The Outer Limits, NYPD Blue, Bones, Bates Motel, Hung, Criminal Minds

Michael C. Williams

A theater arts major at SUNY, Michael Williams auditioned for The Blair Witch Project and launched his career in one of the biggest “surprise hits” of all time. As the character with possibly the most memorable scene in the film (the end – no spoilers!), Mike has become a welcome sight for fans at conventions across the country.

While Michael still works in film, he is also a guidance counselor, an acting teacher and is working on a memoir of his time in Blair Witch titled “Escaping the Most Famous Corner in Hollywood: How I Survived the Blair Witch.”

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome Michael Williams and the cast of The Blair Witch Project to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary!

Movies: The Blair Witch Project, Sally, Twelve City Blocks, Montclair, The Objective

Television: Curse of the Blair Witch, Law & Order, Without a Trace, FBI

Alex Armbruster

Way back in 2007, the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double feature ‘Grindhouse’/’Death Proof’ introduced some marvelous “fake” trailers; a few of which have since been turned into very real feature films (‘Machete’, ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’). Now, in 2023, Eli Roth has finally turned his trailer for the slasher ‘Thanksgiving’ into a real movie and a new slasher was born – John Carver.

In order to portray the bloodthirsty Mayflower pilgrim, Canadian stuntman/actor Alex Armbruster was tapped to fill the high-energy role.

Please welcome Alex Armbruster, ‘Thanksgiving’s John Carver killer, to CT HororrFest 2024!

Films: Thanksgiving, Firestarter, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Nobody, It Chapter Two, Dark Phoenix, Shazam!, Jigsaw, Suicide Squad, Carrie, Pacific Rim, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Television: Hannibal, 11.22.63, American Gothic, Killjoys, Arrow, The Terror, What We Do in the Shadows, Tiny Pretty Things, Star Trek: Discovery, Locke & Key, Reacher, The Boys

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Tickets

Ticket Options for CT HorrorFest

What you need to know:
Tickets are non-refundable and are non-transferable between days (if you purchase a Saturday ticket, it can only be used on Saturday, September 21st and if you purchase a Sunday ticket, it is only good for Sunday, September 22nd).

Unless otherwise stated on the website, all celebrities will appear both days. Be aware that a celebrity may cancel due to filming or other obligations beyond our control – there will be no refund given due to a celebrity cancellation (or for any other reason other than show cancellation). Please also keep in mind that a ticket to the show only guarantees entry into the event – not autographs, photos or celebrity meet and greets.

*Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Event Venue

Connecticut Convention Center - 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

Connecticut Convention Center

We will be using both exhibit halls for CT HorrorFest.

Sponsors

Sponsors of CT HorrorFest 2024

Watch cult horror films on the big screen in Seymour, CT.
Cult Film Preservation & Releasing
A record and movie store in Bridgeport, CT.
Hand Painted Horror themed Converse Sneakers
Wearable Art and Accessories
A Horror and Pop Culture store in Connecticut
Horror Author Jason Parent
The Desired Burning Sensation!
Horror/Halloween themed quilted and embroidered goods
Sensual confidence, self love, empowerment
Resin art with horror and dragons
Beginner to advanced courses that cover a wide range of all things SFX
A war hero struggles with his checkered past while trying to avenge the death of his beloved son
The Number 1 Haunted Attraction in Massachusetts

Event Programming

Learn about our panels and costume contests here.

Past Events

Have a look at some photos of past HorrorFest events.

XL Center - Hartford, CT
Event Center - Naugatuck, CT
Event Center - Naugatuck, CT
Event Center - Naugatuck, CT
Danbury Arena - Danbury, CT
Danbury Arena - Danbury, CT
Matrix - Danbury, CT
Matrix - Danbury, CT
Marriott - Waterbury, CT

FAQ

Answers to the most common questions that we receive.

Is CT HorrorFest scary?

Not unless you find meeting celebrities and shopping awesome vendors scary. Some people come dressed in costumes. But don’t expect a haunted house or to be chased by someone with a chainsaw.

Can I come in costume?

Of course!

My costume has a weapon, is that okay?

All costume props must be inspected at the front desk. Because of safety reasons, we cannot allow any real or sharp weapons into the venue without being checked.

What time should I arrive as an attendee and buy tickets?

Any time during show hours. Tickets will be on sale both days at the door provided they don’t sell out in advance.

The event can sell out?

Yes. The venue can only hold so many people and as such, we have allotted a certain number of tickets for Saturday and a certain number for Sunday. We will keep track and make “low ticket alert” announcements on social media if either day that is getting near sell out.

Does CT HorrorFest get crowded?

The average turnout for CT HorrorFest is generally pretty high (thank you, horror fans!) Expect lines, crowds, and lots of horror fans just like you excited to shop vendors and meet horror celebrities. CT HorrorFest has sold out in the past and we’ve had to halt ticket sales to prevent over-crowding, so we do suggest that you buy tickets in advance in case they sell out.

I purchased a Saturday ticket but have decided to come on Sunday instead, is that okay?

Pre-purchased tickets are non-transferrable. If you show up on Sunday with a “Saturday” ticket, you will need to purchase a new ticket to gain entry.

Does my ticket also cover celebrity autograph fees?

No, your ticket purchase gets you entry into the event, allows you to shop the vendors, entry into the panel discussions, and the chance to line up and purchase a celebrity autograph/photo.

How much are autographs?

Autographs are priced at the discretion of the talent. The last few years on the East Coast, autographs have ranged from $20-$200. We will do our best to publish a list of autograph/photo prices a few days before the event, provided that they get us the information ahead of time.

Can I take photos of vendors, attendees, and celebrities?

With their permission, yes.

Can I take a photo with a celebrity?

That is at the discretion of the celebrity, and most will charge additional for that photo. Like autograph prices, we will post photo prices in advance when/if we get them. That said, there are certain celebrities who will only offer professional photo ops.

What the heck is a “professional photo op”?

CT HorrorFest partners with a professional photography company who will take professional photos with professional equipment in a room that is properly lit and has a backdrop. Attendees who purchase these photo ops will receive an 8×10 glossy copy of the photo at the show and can purchase the option for a digital copy or duplicates if you have more than one friend in the photo with you. We’ll be announcing more on those at a later date.

Speaking of these “professional photo ops”, do they come with an autograph?

No, the photo op is a fast-moving (but professional) experience where you will be ushered into the area with the celebrity, the photo will be taken (and checked for quality) and then it’s on to the next guest while you wait for your print. There is no time for autograph signing or chit chat at photo ops. You are, however, welcome to take your new 8×10 photo and wait in the celebrities’ line to have it personalized to you.

What if the line to meet a certain celebrity becomes too long?

If a line to meet a celebrity at their table becomes too long, we will present timed tickets to attendees and give them a specific time to come back to ensure that lines remain controllable. Or, if waiting in lines isn’t your thing, you can always pre-order a “Slash the Line Pass”!

Can you tell me about the Slash the Line Pass?

Our “Slash the Line” passes are limited to just 200 per weekend in order to keep line skip events to a minimum. Each “Slash the Line” pass allows ONE autograph recipient per skip event (three skips per pass); that recipient can get multiple items autographed that they pay for, but just for themselves. So, for instance, a person who has this line skip can’t use one skip to bring their friends with them in line to get signed items*. HOWEVER, you can use your skip to bring your friend or family up for a selfie* with the celeb (The MAXIMUM amount of people allowed to use the skip for a selfie with celeb are: two adults or two adults with up to three children).

Here are some examples of skips that are allowed:

– A couple and their two children use one line skip to get something signed and a photo of the whole family with the celeb.

– You and a friend use one line skip and you get something signed and both of you jump in together for a selfie with the celeb.

Here are some examples of skips that aren’t allowed:

– A couple and their child use one line skip to purchase three autographs made out to each family member. That would require each person to have a line skip since THREE different people are getting autographs off of one pass.

– John has a line skip pass and is attending the show with Mike. John decides to use the line skip pass to get an item autographed and Mike joins him in line with no pass. Mike cannot skip the line and get an autograph his item autographed. However, Mike CAN get in a celeb selfie with John if John purchases one.

*Reminder that celeb autograph and selfies with celebs are not included in the passes or admission ticket; they will be paid to the celeb or their handler when you arrive at the table and the fees are determined by them.

**Slash the Line Passes are for celebrity tables only – not for photo ops, panels or any other portion of the event.

What happens if the celebrity you are coming to meet cancels?

As the event promoters, we hope that no one cancels; that is truly a nightmare for us. We understand that you may have purchased a ticket to meet one specific person, but celebrity cancellations are out of our control. We do not offer refunds for this reason – the show will go on.

Can I have my machete/knife, etc. signed by a celebrity?

Sorry, for safety reasons the venue does not allow this.

What happens if the convention is canceled?

If for any reason the convention is canceled, we will refund all ticket purchases and vendor tables within 30 days.

Will you be adding more guests?

We will continue to announce guests on a rolling basis as the show draws near.

Can I interview some of the celebrities for my podcast during CTHF?

No, the celebrities are there to meet with fans and we need the lines to move at a steady pace so that they’re able to meet with everyone without interruption.

I want to record a panel and post it on YouTube or live stream a panel/event. Is that cool?

Live-streaming or posting your personal panel recordings online is not allowed. CT HorrorFest will post professional recordings of all panels and events from both days on their YouTube page following the event for any you may have missed, and you are free to repost those.

My friend is running a haunted house or has a horror-podcast or another business, can I hand out flyers at CTHF?

No. Attendees are not allowed to distribute stickers, cards, or any promotional item without prior approval from CTHF. Our vendors and sponsors pay for the ability to promote their haunts, events, businesses, etc. so it would be unfair to allow attendees to do the same for free.

I’m leaving for the day and want to give my friend my wristband so they can enter.

Anyone attempting to enter CT HorrorFest with a wristband that looks damaged or used will have that wristband removed and will need to purchase a ticket to enter.

Will there be food?

The venue will have approved food vendors on site selling food, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine).

Is there an ATM onsite?

Yes. 

Can I smoke?

There is no smoking of any materials, including vaping or e-cigarettes, allowed in the Connecticut Convention Center. You are free to go outside and smoke and re-enter the event.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service animals are allowed.

Is there a special hotel rate for vendors and attendees of CT HorrorFest?

Yes, we have a special rate that you can book through this link at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

What about ADA Compliance?

The Connecticut Convention Center is wheelchair accessible, including exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and ballrooms. Elevators for the physically challenged are located at street and pre-function levels with ramping available throughout the Center. Bathrooms throughout the Center are wheelchair accessible. The Center’s parking facilities have specifically marked and reserved parking spaces for handicapped persons. Wheelchairs are available upon request at the Center’s Security office and are limited in quantity.  That said, we do not present line skips to individuals with disabilities; but if you are experiencing difficulties while waiting in line, please alert a staff member who will get a chair for you while you wait.

I’m having an issue with another attendee, what do I do?

Please do not take any matters like this into your own hands. Whatever your issue is, let a staff member know and we will take care of it.

How can I volunteer for CT HorrorFest?

CT HorrorFest is staffed by the crew of horror website Horror News Network. In the chance that we do need volunteers, we would post it on our social media sites.

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