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Attention horror fans! CT HorrorFest returns on September 18, 2021! The event is presented by Connecticut-based horror website Horror News Network, one of the top horror news and information sites on the web.

Come meet horror celebrities and shop horror themed vendors at The Naugatuck Event Center in Naugatuck, CT.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to buy.
*Children age 10 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.


*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.

Matthew Lillard

After honing his craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Matthew Lillard got his start in the horror genre with a role in Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College and then hopped right into an awesome role as one of Kathleen Turner's kids in John Waters' 1994 black comedy Serial Mom.

Two years later, however, he solidified his status in the eyes of horror fans with his portrayal of Stu in Wes Craven's 1996 slasher hit Scream. Mr. Lillard has had a very busy career working with actors like George Clooney in The Descendants and Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve, just to name a few.

Also, a talented voice actor, Lillard is well-known for his portrayal of Scooby Doo's Shaggy both in voice and live-action.

Television: Robot Chicken, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, Twin Peaks, Supernatural

Movies: Scream, Serial Mom, SLC Punk!, Thirteen Ghosts, She's All That, The Descendants, Trouble with the Curve, Scooby Doo

Skeet Ulrich

Born in Virginia, Skeet Ulrich began studying marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington after graduating high school. During that time, he also worked at a local theater building sets for plays to make some extra cash. Being around the theater helped spurn an interest in acting and Skeet transferred to New York University to study under Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet.

While learning his craft, Skeet did some uncredited extra work in films like Weekend at Bernie's and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then, in early 1996, Ulrich hit the big time with two major films hitting theaters that May: Boys with Winona Ryder and The Craft.

While audiences were busy watching his performances in those films, Skeet was busy working with Wes Craven on the 1996 hit slasher film Scream.

We are extremely excited to welcome Skeet Ulrich to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Films: The Craft, Boys, Scream, As Good as It Gets, The Newton Boys, Ride with the Devil, Takedown, Escape Room

Television: Jericho, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: LA, Riverdale, Robot Chicken

Keith David

Born in Harlem and raised in Queens, Keith David caught the acting bug early on and studied his craft at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts before earning a bachelor's degree from the Drama Division of the prestigious Juilliard School.

After touring the U.S. in productions of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and an uncredited role in the '79 blaxploitation classic Disco Godfather, Mr. David secured the role that endured him to horror fans forever as he starred as Childs in John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing. In 1988, David again teamed up with John Carpenter to star alongside Roddy Piper in the sci-fi action thriller They Live.

Mr. David's love of theater never went away, and he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance in Jelly's Last Jam. He continues to work in theater having appeared in the revival of The Wiz, Hot Feet, Seven Guitars and more.

Also, an accomplished voice actor, David voiced Spawn for the animated series, Goliath from Gargoyles, Lemuel Kane in Archer and also has a recurring role as the President of the United States in the animated show Rick and Morty as well as many video games.

Please join us in welcoming the multi-talented Keith David to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Television: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Gargoyles, ER, Creepshow

Film: The Thing, They Live, Platoon, Men at Work, Marked for Death, Clockers, Dead Presidents, The Quick and the Dead, There's Something About Mary, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick

Theater: The Lady from Dubuque, Jelly's Last Jam, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Hot Feet

Video Games: Mortal Kombat 11, Marvel Heroes, Fallout, Mass Effect, Halo

Kathy Najimy

Born in sunny San Diego, Kathy Najimy got her start in Hollywood in 1991 with roles in FOUR major films in that one year but it was her role as Sister Mary Patrick in the following year’s Sister Act that made her a star and won her an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress. Then, in 1993, Kathy was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the witch Mary Sanderson in Disney’s Hocus Pocus.

Currently set to return to her role as Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2, horror fans will also recognize Kathy as the motel maid from Bride of Chucky.

We are very excited to bring Kathy Najimy to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Films: The Fisher King, Other People’s Money, Sister Act, Sister Act 2, Hocus Pocus, Bride of Chucky, A Madea Christmas, Hocus Pocus 2

Television: Ellen, Veronica’s Closet, Veep, Make It or Break It, Younger, The Rocketeer

Voice: King of the Hill, WALL-E, American Dad, Robot Chicken

Thomas G. Waites

Hailing from the fighting city of Philadelphia, PA, Thomas G. Waites studied acting on a full scholarship at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City alongside classmates Keith David and the late Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams. After a well-received performance in the TV movie The Other Side of Victory, Waites scored a role as the lead in 1978’s underrated prison drama On the Yard alongside John Heard and Mike Kellin.

In 1979, he starred opposite Al Pacino in And Justice for All but genre fans may recognize him more from another film that came out the same year…The Warriors; where he played Warriors-member Fox. Horror fans, however, will all remember him as Windows in John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing.

While still quite active in front of the camera, Thomas now spends most of his time at his New York City school, TGW Acting School.

Please welcome Thomas G. Waites to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Films: And Justice for All, The Thing, The Warriors, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Light of Day, Shakedown, Money Train, State of Grace

Television: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz, Homeland, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Sliders, The Equalizer, Miami Vice

Katie Featherston

Texas born and raised, Katie Featherston always had the acting bug and appeared in numerous productions growing up. After studying acting in college, she made the move to Los Angeles where she auditioned for the lead in an indie horror film that called for actors skilled in improvisation.

Upon landing that role, Katie became the star of the ground-breaking Paranormal Activity series.

Let's welcome Katie Featherston to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Films: Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Documentaries: In Search of Darkness, In Search of Darkness: Part II

Micah Sloat

A musician and singer born in Connecticut, Micah Sloat began studying acting while attending the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. In the Spring of 2006, he saw an ad looking for actors who were able to improvise scenes and work throughout the night and he figured he'd throw his hat in the ring.

The ad was for a low budget indie film from first time writer/director Oren Peli for what became one of the highest grossing independent films of all time: Paranormal Activity.

Join us in welcoming Micah Sloat back to Connecticut for CT HorrorFest 2021!

Films: Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Jake Roberts

Born into a wrestling family in Gainesville, Texas, WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts began his wrestling career in 1974 going back and forth between Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. After working with many promotions over the next decade, including the legendary Stampede Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling, Jake debuted with the World Wrestling Federation in 1986 and had his first major feud with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat who was the recipient of Robert's signature finishing move, the DDT, and had his snake Damien draped across his prone body.

Known as one of the greatest talkers in wrestling history, his gifts on the mic led to numerous signature promos and his own talk show segment on WWF television called "The Snake Pit". Along with his many feuds with other stars like "Ravishing" Rick Rude and The Honky Tonk Man, Jake had a hand in creating the Austin 3:16 phenomenon, being the target of Steve Austin's famous promo after falling to Austin at the 1996 King of the Ring.

You can currently catch Jake "The Snake" Roberts live on TNT every week for AEW as manager as "The Murder Hawk" Lance Archer.

Please join us in welcoming WWE and Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts to CT HorrorFest 2021!

Rachel True

Born in New York City, Rachel True got her first big break in 1991, with a role on The Cosby Show. Rachel then nabbed a role in Chris Rock's 1993 film CB4, and the HBO series Dream On before landing the role that would put her on the horror map. Her role as Rochelle in 1996's witchy classic, The Craft would gain her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress Role at the 1997 Fangoria Chainsaw awards.

After The Craft, Rachel starred alongside Dave Chappelle in Half Baked and went on to star as Mona in the series Half and Half, for which she received a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2002 NAACP Image Awards. 

While Rachel continues to act, she has also recently published her own tarot deck, True Heart Tarot, as the art of tarot has been a lifelong practice for her, even prior to her role in The Craft.

We are excited to welcome Rachel True to CT HorrorFest 2021.

Television: The Cosby Show, Beverly Hills 90210, Dream On, The Drew Carey Show, Half & Half, Sharknado 2: The Second One

Movies: The Craft, CB4, Nowhere, Half Baked, Embrace of the Vampire, The Big Split, Divas, Sharkndao: Heart of Sharkness

C.J. Graham

Over the years, CT HorrorFest has been honored to be able to celebrate some of the great actors who have portrayed Jason Voorhees in the series; from Ari Lehman to Tom Morga to Warrington Gillette to the late, great Steve Dash - we've had a good bunch of them, and we are super excited to add another to the list!

Please join us in welcoming the man behind the mask in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives - C.J. Graham - to CT HorrorFest in 2021!

Films: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Highway to Hell

Chris Durand

Chris Durand was already a well-known stunt man before signing on to don the iconic mask of The Shape for 1998's Halloween H20. In addition to his stunt cred, he'd also played Ghostface in the previous year's hit Scream 2 so the team at H20 knew that they were getting someone who could perform while inside a costume.

Famously, Chris had never seen any of the Halloween films before being cast as Michael, nor did he visit them before playing the part. "We wanted the character to be right but didn't want to mimic previous portrayals", he said; so they developed how they thought this Myers should play out on the screen for H20 and he knocked it out of the park - so much so that when they were casting the next Michael Myers for Halloween (2018), thousands of fans petitioned for Chris to play the role in the new addition to the franchise!

Let's welcome New Haven, CT's own Chris Durand, to 2021's CT HorrorFest!

Films (actor): Demolition Man, Scream 2, Halloween H20, Class of 1999 II: The Substitute, Outta Time

Films: (stunts): Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Crow, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Resident Evil: Extinction, Talladega Nights, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, The Mask, Encino Man

Bob Elmore

Getting his start in Hollywood as a stuntman in 1985, Bob Elmore probably never thought that his name would be mentioned alongside one of the greatest horror movie villains of all time - Leatherface. Bob's interest in stunts began in the 1970's when he was hired to do chainsaw stunts in a Wild West show at California's Knott's Berry Farms. Soon after, he began pursuing a career doing stunts in movies.

In 1986, Bob was hired to do stunts on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and he figured he was in for a pretty easy day of work. That easy day of work grew as the director realized that the actor hired to portray Leatherface for the film wasn't strong enough to wield the 75-pound chainsaw, so, they had to keep Bob on and he ended up being "the man behind the skin-mask" through-out approximately 98% of the film.

CT HorrorFest is thrilled to bring Bob Elmore to our 2021 show!

Stunts: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, The Monster Squad, License to Drive, Dr. Giggles, Casino, Delirious, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Nothing But Trouble

Actor: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Usual Suspects, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


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Naugatuck Event Center
6 Rubber Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770

September 18, 2021 11 AM – 7PM (Pre-order ticket holders get in at 10AM)

Parking is free in the main lot and there will be plenty of other lots and street parking available.


In December of 2015, long-time Horror News Network/CT HorrorFest staff member, Sarah Mathews passed away suddenly. Her love of all things pop culture was only over shadowed by her love of cats. It is in her honor that we are donating the 2018 raffle prize and table to Animals for Life-CT at CT HorrorFest.

Animals for Life is an all-volunteer, not for profit animal rescue based out of CT. Since 1996, Animals for Life has had the simple goal of finding needy animals loving homes. Now, almost 20 years later, their goal remains the same–to place homeless cats and dogs into wonderful, forever homes.

They are also are huge believers in education and outreach and work to educate and assist the public on companion animal issues, and address the issue of pet overpopulation that is rampant in CT and the world in general.




Kids Costume Contest (Ages 0-15)

Time: TBA

First Prize- $50
Second Prize- $30
Third Prize – $20

Adult Costume Contest (Ages 16+)

Time: TBA

First Prize- $250
Second Prize- $150
Third Prize – $75








Tickets will go on sale at the door at 11am on the day of the show. Or, you can skip that line and get into the show an hour earlier at 10am by buying your tickets now!

Tickets are $25 each.

*Please note: Your tickets will be mailed to the address associated with your paypal account. You will receive a confirmation email within a few hours of your purchase.

While we anticipate (and really hope) that most community events will be back to normal in September, please understand that by buying a ticket to CT HorrorFest 2021, you are agreeing to follow the state of Connecticut's Covid-19 most up-to-date guidelines and that you agree to do your part to protect yourself and others from the spread of Covid-19. The CT HorrorFest Crew will be following whatever state and CDC guidance is in place on September 18, 2021 and we'll expect the same from our vendors, celebrities, and guests. With Covid-19 being an ever-changing and unpredictable situation, we thank you for your patience and flexibility; our main goal is for everyone to have a safe, fun, and positive CT HorrorFest.

While we're sure that you have specific questions (like will we ask that you wear a mask? Will celebrities wear masks?), please be patient and we'll update everyone as to the specifics when the event date draws closer. Once we hit late-August, we should have a better feel for what the environment is with Covid-19 and we'll know what the suggested guidelines are at that time (if there are any).

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding and we can't wait to see you all back at CT HorrorFest!


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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 14 days.

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