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FANTASM - A HAUNT AND HORROR CONVENTION - ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 11 - 13, 2019
John Ratzenberger
Actor:  (House II: The Second Story , Motel Hell, Cliff Clavin - Cheers, the Voice of Pixar!)

John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier 'Cliff Calvin' on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, "Cheers." He had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but after the audition, he could tell they weren't going to give him the part. Sensing an opportunity, he asked if they had written a “bar know-it-all”, which the producers decided was a great idea. Cliff became known for his outlandish stories of plausible half-truths, irrelevant trivia, and ignorant misinformation, and was known for being an overall pretentious blowhard.

Star Wars fans world wide know John for his role as ‘Major Derlin’ as seen in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” and those same fans will recognize him from another huge franchise; “Superman 1 & 2”! Horror fans remember him from "House II" and "Motel Hell", films which are on the oposite side of the spectrum when it comes to what kids know him for today!

John’s popularity has crossed over from the sitcom, Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds into another huge demographic, being recognized by kids of all ages for his various roles in the Disney/Pixar animated films!  John is the only actor to voice a character in every single Pixar film ever made! A running “gag” that he and director John Lasseter decided on together. John never tells fans which character he voices, he was them to be surprised and figure it out for themselves when they see the film.

John can currently be heard in the new films “Coco” and "The Incredibles 2" and will be reprising his character’s role of Hamm for the highly anticipated film “Toy Story 4”!

Don Coscarelli
Industry Guest:  (Director: Phantasm, Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep)

In much the same way that director George A. Romero creative output has been primarily centered around the highly successful "Dead" series of zombie films, then fellow fantasy director Don Coscarelli has for over two decades seen his universe swirling around the lesser successful, but equally cult, and much loved "Phantasm" series of horror movies.

Coscarelli was born in Tripoli in North Africa, but raised around Southern California, and was interested in the cinema from a young age and together with his friends they made several low budget movies that aired on community TV stations to very positive feedback.

After a low key start with his first feature film embracing the trials of a young teenager caught in a world of alcoholic abuse Jim, the World's Greatest (1976), Coscarelli followed this up with a lighter comedic tale about another youngster and his view of the world as an impressionable 12 year old in Kenny & Company (1976). However, the imaginative Coscarelli then really hit the (horror) big time with the 1979 release of the highly inventive fright thriller Phantasm (1979). Once again, a young boy is at the center of a spine-chilling story about a creepy funeral home, a sinister Tall Man (wonderful acting by Coscarelli's long time buddy Angus Scrimm), disappearing corpses, malignant dwarfs and a gateway into a hellish, other world dimension. Shot on a very modest budget, Phantasm (1979) was hotly received by horror fans worldwide, and the film has since spawned three sequels...each fairly decent in their own right! First up was the gorier Phantasm II (1988), followed by Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and the third sequel to date, Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). A fifth and final sequel titled "Phantasm's End" has been apparently discussed, but nothing further has yet eventuated on this project. As the Angus Scrimm is approaching his 80th birthday, Phantasm fans hope that the "Tall Man" will be there for the proposed final chapter of this thrilling saga of the Undead!

Apart from the "Phantasm" series, Coscarelli also wrote and directed the well received sword and sorcery film The Beastmaster (1982) starring athletic Marc Singer and the eye-catching Tanya Roberts being pursued by villainous high priest Rip Torn. And recently in 2002, Coscarelli cast horror & fantasy film screen hero Bruce Campbell in the highly off-beat Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) that depicts Elvis and John F. Kennedy hiding out in a Texas rest home where the residents are being attacked by a 3,000 year old cowboy boot wearing mummy trying to bring itself back to life! A strange script it may sound, but indie and horror film fans loved the unusual premise and quirky humor, and the film was a hot hit at several film festivals and has spawned a further cult following for Coscarelli and Campbell.

Coscarelli, similar to gifted fantasy directors such as Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and George A. Romero has carved himself a true cult niche in modern horror film history, and his loyal fans eagerly await his next project.

Caroline Williams
Actor:  (Stretch - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2, Dr. Maple - Halloween II, Loretta - Leprechaun 3)

Caroline Williams began her career in Texas, co-starring for revered cinema master Louis Malle in his Corpus Christi-based film, Alamo Bay (1985). She worked opposite stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in what was her first feature film, after only six months of training at the Studio For Actors, under the tutelage of Chris Wilson. She had established herself in the Texas movie marketplace doing commercials, industrial films and voiceover work. Following "Alamo Bay", she moved to Dallas and furthered her career, with co-stars, in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) (dir. Matthew Robbins) and Getting Even (1986) (dir. Dwight Little). When Tobe Hooper and L.M. "Kit" Carson began casting for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 (1986), the sequel to Hooper's iconic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), they discovered the punkass actress, who ran screaming down the hallway of the casting office. She burst into the room, pulled the chairs from beneath the duo and played the brief dialogue, while huddled in a corner. In that often told moment, she won the role from 440 actresses from both coasts.

After the successful release of the film, she moved to Hollywood to continue her career in a mix of horror: Stepfather II (1989) (dir. Jeff Burr), Leprechaun 3 (1995) (dir. Brian Trenchard Smith) and mainstream films: Days of Thunder (1990) (dir. Tony Scott), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (dir. Ron Howard). She continues to split her efforts between series TV guest star roles, such as Grey's Anatomy (2005) (dir. Debbie Allen) and The Mentalist (2008) (dir. Charles Beeson).  Has also appeared in Blood Feast, a remake of the revered original by Herschel Gordon Lewis, directed by Marcel Walz, Greenlight directed by Graham Denman, Verotika directed by rock/metal icon Glenn Danzig, Contracted directed by Eric England, Hatchet III, directed by Adam Green.

Luckily, her fan base enjoys her continuing dedication to the horror genre, and recent releases keep them well-satisfied. Her avid and enthusiastic participation at conventions and personal appearances ensure that this charismatic actress will continue to inspire and attract fans from around the world.

Clu Gulager
Actor:  (Burt - The Return of the Living Dead, Mr. Walsh - A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge)

Clu Gulager was born William Martin Gulager in Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma. His nickname was given to him by his father for the clu-clu birds (known in English as martins, like his middle name) that were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born. He grew up on his uncle's ranch as a cowhand and when he was old enough he joined the United States Marine Corps for a stint from 1946-1948. He got the acting bug being in army plays so when he left he used the GI Bill of Rights to study acting. During this time he met his wife, actress Miriam Byrd Nethery. They had two children together - John, born in 1957, and Tom, born 1965. He was married over 50 years until his wife passed away in 2003 from cancer.

Clu's career started off as bit parts on popular western shows usually playing the heavy. Shows like Wanted Dead or Alive, Have Gun Will Travel, Laramie, Riverboat. He scored big with The Untouchables as Mad Dog Coll, which led to him being offered the role of Billy the Kid on The Tallman from 1960-1961, which also starred Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett. The show was pulled after two seasons by Congress because they didn't like the idea that kids were seeing the outlaw Billy the Kid as a hero. Clu's next big break was playing Deputy Emmett Ryker on The Virginian from 1964-1968. During this time he also fared very well as Lee Marvin's sidekick in the 1964 TV film The Killers, which was considered too violent for TV so it went to theaters. Having being burned out being a TV star he tried to break into films, mostly as a character actor. His stand out films were The Last Picture Show (1971, playing Ellen Burstyn's lover), McQ (1974) with John Wayne and A Force of One (1979) with Chuck Norris, with whom he would work in the 1990's on Walker, Texas Ranger. Clu was also cast in San Francisco International Airport, with Lloyd Bridges, which failed big time.

Throughout the 70's and 80's he was in almost every show around, playing bit parts. Then the unthinkable happened: he found a second career as a horror film actor; he followed the footsteps of other TV actors who were stuck in TV hell, like his costar from The Virginian - Doug McClure - and Christopher George. Both of them in late 70's and early 80's found new careers in B movies and late night horror films. Clu finally got a lead part in Dan O' Bannon's cult classic The Return of the Living Dead (1985). He also was in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) Throughout the 80's and 90's he would appear in TV and in the occasional horror flick. In 2005 he started acting in his son's horror films - the Feasts movies and Piranha DD in his 80's. He currently playing the Book Store Man in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood.

Not letting age get in his way, he has been a horror fan favorite and still shows up at conventions at almost 90 now. You can say one thing about Clu: what a diverse career it has been for this awesome cowboy!

If you would like to know more about Clu Gulager's very extensive career, please check out this in depth interview by David Del Valle.

Bio_of_Clu_Gulager_by_Del_Valle.pdf

Beverly Randolph
Actor:  (Tina - The Return of the Living Dead, Doctor Tarman - Death House)

Beverly Randolph started her career in infancy with her twin sister as Baby Martha in Shenandoah starring alongside James Stewart and Kathrine Ross. Twins were much sought after for dual roles and they went on to do several television shows and commercials

As a teenager, Beverly picked up her career again with TV and commercials. She was cast as ‘Tina' in Return of the Living Dead and acted in other movies such as, No Solicitors, Death House and Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween. Later, she was the Executive Producer on the documentary, More Brains, A Return to the Living Dead.

She also had a cameo role in Freaks of Nature with Return of the Living Dead co-star Brian Peck where they were the "Zombie Parents".

Beverly’s family works in the film business as well Her mother is a (retired) Production Designer, her father a (retired) Cameraman and her husband a Production Designer.

Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Actor:  (Spider - The Return of the Living Dead, Demon - Friday the 13th Part V, Voodoo Maestro - Scooby-Doo)

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. was born on August 11, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Spider in The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Dee Jay in Street Fighter (1994) and the Voodoo Maestro in Scooby-Doo (2002). He has been married to Yulanda Simon since 1994. They have two children.

One of his first major screen roles was the supporting role of Spider in The Return of the Living Dead, and his first major starring role was that of Marcus Taylor on the CBS series Tour of Duty, where he was a main cast member for all three seasons of the show. He later appeared on the short-lived Fox series My Wildest Dreams, as well as the short-lived UPN show Sparks as well as in movies such as Juwanna Mann. Núñez also held the recurring role of Zach in the second season of the Friends spinoff, Joey.

Nùñez was also an executive producer of the 2014 comedy-drama musical film, School Dance, directed and written by Nick Cannon.

John Philbin
Actor:  (Chuck - The Return of the Living Dead, Amos - Children of the Corn)

John Philbin is an actor and producer best known for  Point Break (1991), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Children of the Corn (1984), Tombstone, North ShoreThe New Kids and over fifty other Hollywood films and TV shows. Currently John has three new films coming out: White Wolves, Ghost Babe, and Undateable John.

Jewel Shepard
Actor:  (Casey - The Return of the Living Dead, Party Camp, author "If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?")

Jewel Shepard began her acting career with roles in the enjoyably lowbrow pictures Raw Force (1982), Zapped! (1982), The Junkman (1982) and My Tutor (1983). Shepard gave a delightfully brash performance as the sassy and sarcastic "Casey" in the fantastic horror zombie comedy The Return of the Living Dead (1985). She was likewise quite funny as "Crystal Landers" in both Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984) and Hollywood Hot Tubs 2: Educating Crystal (1990). Other memorable roles are wealthy playgirl "Christina" in the late-night cable-TV soft-core favorite Christina (1984) (aka "Christina"), "Dyanne Stein" in the amusing Party Camp (1987), ditzy prostitute "Wanda" in Roots of Evil (1992) and prison inmate "Amanda" in the sleazy babes-behind-bars opus Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom (1994). More recently, Jewel popped up in a small part as a hooker in the terrific independent movie The Cooler (2003). Outside of acting, Shepard has had a career as a writer and has penned articles for such publications as "Details", "Premiere" and "Cosmopolitan". She has also contributed special features to the Associated Press. Jewel Shepard authored the B-flick queen interview chronicle "Invasion of the B-Girls" and the often hilarious tell-all autobiography "If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?".

If you'd like to get to know Jewel Shepard better and read about her life, please click here to check out her biography: Jewel_Shepard_Biography.pdf

Drew Deighan
Actor:  (Paramedic #1 - The Return of the Living Dead, FIRST CONVENTION APPEARANCE!)

Drew Deighan was born in 1957 as Drew David Deighan. He is an actor and writer, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Hunter (1984).

Hired as a stand-in for The Return of the Living Dead. When the original actor playing Paramedic #1 couldn't hit his lines, director Dan O'Bannon fired the actor and replaced him with Drew, who was able to hit the lines with no problem.

Suzanne Snyder
Actor:  (Brenda - Return of the Living Dead Part II, Debbie - Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Deb - Weird Science, Lisa - Night of the Creeps)

Suzanne Snyder played Debbie Stone in the movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Beth McMillan in the Silver Spoons episodes "Daddy Rick" and "Baby Blues". She also had two small roles on Seinfeld, and played "Deb" (Anthony Michael Hall's character's love interest) in the 1985 teen movie Weird Science. She appeared briefly as Lisa, a sorority sister, in the 1986 movie Night of the Creeps, and played Brenda in the 1988 zombie horror comedy Return of the Living Dead Part II. She also played a blind girl named Julie who hears a murder in an episode of In the Heat of the Night (1991).

Marsha Dietlein
Actor:  (Lucy - Return of the Living Dead II, FIRST CONVENTION APPEARANCE!)

Marsha Dietlein is an American actress best known for her role as Lucy Wilson in the 1988 zombie horror film Return of the Living Dead II.

As well as Return of the Living Dead Part II, Dietlein has appeared in numerous other films including Only You (1992), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), Boiler Room (2000), Little Manhattan (2005), Little Children (2006), Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009), Nice Guy Johnny (2010), Newlyweds (2011) and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012).

She has also guest starred on numerous TV shows including Herman's Head, Night Court, Walker, Texas Ranger, Matlock, Without a Trace, Gossip Girl, Third Watch, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, and Blue Bloods.

Diane Ayala Goldner
Actor:  (Feast, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Feast III: The Happy Finish, Halloween II, Zombie Night, Cabaret of the Dead)

Diane Ayala Goldner is an actress, known for Feast, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Feast III: The Happy Finish, Halloween II, Zombie Night, Cabaret of the Dead and The Collector. She has been married to John Gulager since 1986.

TJ Storm
Actor:  (Mocap Actor: Godzilla - Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Colossus - Deadpool)

TJ Storm is an American Action Actor and 7-time Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame Inductee was born in Indiana and raised in Hawaii. He is best known for his acting role as Maginty in Marvel’s Punisher: Warzone, and his Performance Capture work as Colossus in Deadpool, and Godzilla in Godzilla.
 
Storm has also played Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man in Ant-Man as well Baby Groot, Teenage Groot, Rocket Raccoon and others. He has worked as a countless variety of other characters in films like Green Lantern, AvatarThe Martial Arts Kid,  the reboot of Kickboxer Starring Dave Bautista and Jean Claude Van Damme, the soon to be released supernatural thriller Taken Over, and drama Betrayed.
 
Storm has voiced several characters in video games and animes including Marduk Tekken, Birdie in Street Fighter V, Strider Hiryu in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Edgemaster in Soul Caliber, Josh Stone in Resident Evil, Lucian in League of LegendsAgnus in Devil May Cry 4, as well as X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Call of Duty, Prototype, and Knack to name just a few. 
 
His TV shows include Conan: the Adventurer, Bold and the Beautiful, Falling Skies.
 
Storm is also an 8th degree black belt and supports charities that work with racial equality, animals, children and education. He teaches Motion and Action Performance at the Mind’s Eye Tribe Action Actors Academy in Los Angeles California. You can see his work at MindsEyeTribe.com

Richard Dorton
Actor:  (Mocap Actor: King Gidorah (Left Head) - Godzilla: King of the Monsters)

Richard "MOCAPMAN" Dorton has made a career as a premiere performance capture actor, stuntman, movement consultant and producer for the last 18 years. Recently, he was the Left Head mocap actor of King Gidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
 
Specializing in motion capture in video games, movies & VR and with over 100 motion capture projects including Dispatch (Sundance film Festival), Alien Descent VR Experience, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Evolve, X-Com 2, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, The Uncharted video game series, God of War series, Ghostbusters, Bourne Conspiracy, Richard has brought to life a universe of characters recognized in today’s gaming and pop culture. He has played a variety of characters ranging from Shaggy, Darth Vader, Wolverine, Conan and Peter Venkman to, Zombies, Monsters and U.S. Navy Seals.
 
As well as performing, he has been brought on productions to help create and teach movements for characters, consult on the performance capture process from the actor’s point of view, stunt coordinate and create action as well as develop demo’s and projects for companies. He also specializes in casting actors and stunt people for performance capture.
 
Richard has started teaching for The Mocap Vaults and brings years of experience and understanding to know what it takes to be ready to step into the mocap volume. From basics to advanced combat and specialty movement, no one has as many hours in the mocap suit than him.

Alan Maxson
Actor:  (Mocap Actor: King Gidorah (Right Head) - Godzilla: King of the Monsters)

Alan Maxson is best known for playing monsters and creatures. His most recent work was performing motion capture as King Ghidorah (right head) for the film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Other notable roles include The Zombie in the opening sequence for AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth's History of Horror, The Rake in The Raking, Cookie in Christmas with Cookie and The Creature in Sugar Pine 7's The Woods.
 
Non-monster roles include Stone Evergreen in A Dead Dame in Hollywood, Cheedo in Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death and Bob in Killjoy's Psycho Circus.
 
Alan has also appeared in numerous commercials such as Dave and Busters, Chevy/AMC's Fear The Walking Dead, Adult Swim's Robot Unicorn Attack 3 and Century Day & Night Spa.
 
Along with his on camera presence, Alan has also been heard as a voice actor. He performed the English dubs for Netflix's foreign films, I Am Not an Easy Man, Nothing to Hide and Jefe. Alan also voiced the Sigma Brewing Company's online commercial.

Naomi Grossman
Actor:  (Pepper - American Horror Story Freakshow)

NAOMI GROSSMAN was a recent Primetime Emmy nominee for “Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama” for her role in Ctrl Alt Delete. Best known as the first crossover character, the fan-favorite “Pepper” on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum & Freak Show, Naomi also appeared as a new character, the Satanist “Samantha Crowe” in the most recent season, Apocalypse. Naomi was named one of IMDb’s “Top 10 Breakout Stars” after her STARmeter skyrocketed to #1, making her the most searched in its 8 million person database. The Television Academy considered her for an Emmy for her portrayal of Pepper in 2015, and Entertainment Weekly called her being cast in the role “The Best of 2012.” Fans may also recognize her from cameos in the following feature films: Table for Three, The Chair, Sky Sharks, Short Straw, Bite Me, Painkillers, The Lurker, 1 BR, Murder RX, The Portal, Preacher Six, An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted), and Fear, Inc.

Jyoti Amge
Actor:  (World's Smallest Living Woman, Ma Petite - American Horror Story Freakshow)

Jyoti Kisanji Amge (born 16 December 1993) is a resident of Nagpur, India. She is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to the Limca Book of Records and Guinness World Records. On December 16, 2011 - Amge's 18th birthday, she was officially declared the world's smallest woman by Guinness World Records with a height of 62.8 cm (2 ft 0.6 in) and currently holds that title.

Jyoti Amge was featured in the 2009 documentary entitled Body Shock: Two Foot Tall Teen. She was also a guest participant on Bigg Boss season 6, an Indian television show. On August 13, 2014, she was cast in the fourth season of American Horror Story: Freak Show as "Ma Petite".

Michael Berryman
Actor:  (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil's Rejects, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Weird Science, Star Trek IV)

Veteran actor and horror/sci-fi genre icon Michael Berryman is a native of Los Angeles, California. He was born prematurely with Hydrochrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition leaving him with no sweat glands, hair, fingernails or teeth. Michael's father was renowned neurosurgeon Sloan Berryman and his mother, Barbara, was a Registered Nurse. Michael as a young child had extensive cranial reconstruction at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Michael took all these challenges and turned them into a golden career in film and television, thanks to legendary film director George Pal discovering Michael (who at the time owned and worked at a gift shop/art gallery in Venice, California.)

George Pal cast Michael in the Western DOC SAVAGE, then shortly after that Milos Forman cast Michael in the Academy Award winning film ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

Berryman went on to star as PLUTO in Wes Craven's cult classic THE HILLS HAVE EYES. Additionally, Berryman has appeared in such films as WEIRD SCIENCE, STAR TREK IV, ARMED RESPONSE, CUT AND RUN, SOLAR CRISIS, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, etc. He also has appeared in more main-stream roles, such as the comedy SPY HARD and family favorite SCOOBY DOO. Michael's many television credits include TALES FROM THE CRYPT and X FILES. Michael Berryman portrays a gamut of characters, ranging from evil, dangerous and creepy to wise, gentle, sage, mystical, whimsical, comedic and even angels. Michael is an adored favorite of horror and sci-fi movie fans worldwide.

Michael and his wife Patty own and run a farm in Northern California where he and his wife have walnut, apple, pear, cherry, persimmon and plum orchards, where they also raise their beloved horses. Michael enjoys baking fresh fruit pies.

Most recently, Michael stars with Edward Furlong in the feature film BELOW ZERO, as well as horror/ thrillers EREBUS, SELF STORAGE, starring opposite Eric Roberts, RED AND YELLA KILL A FELLA, ARMY OF THE DAMNED and the horror/comedy SMOTHERED. Michael will also star in the television series HELL HUNTERS (based on the popular comic book) as well as the series HELL’S KITTY.

Marty Grabstein
Voice Actor:  (Courage - Courage The Cowardly Dog)

Marty Grabstein is best known for doing the voice of Courage in the popular Cartoon Network animated series, Courage The Cowardly Dog.

Grabstein used a combination of paranoia and panic to make the voice of Courage authentic. Courage continues to air on Boomerang and is available through Netflix.

Marty's career has also included work in films, television series, live sketch comedy, theater and commercials. Grabstein’s film credits include Bury The Evidence and Apartment #5C, and most recently as one of the leads in the feature film A Cat's Tale (currently playing the festival circuit and won best ensemble acting award at SF Best Actors Film Festival). His television credits include parts on all three Law & Order series, Third Watch, and Conviction.

Marty was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where his father was owner of the well known Grabstein's Deli in Canarsie. His mom, was a talented singer who sang in the New York cabaret circuit.

Marty enjoys appearing and meeting his fans of all ages who have enjoyed his work over the years and will be taking photos and signing autographs all weekend; so, make sure to come out and say Hi!

Mike Christopher
Actor:  (Hare Krishna Zombie - Dawn of the Dead (1978))

Mike Christopher is best known for his portrayal of the Hare Krishna Zombie in the 1978 classic horror movie “Dawn of the Dead” directed by George Romero.

Originally, a synthesizer/keyboardist performing with a bald, space themed theatrical band named FLUID, he already had the look when Romero cast him for the role of a Krishna devotee turned by the zombie outbreak. His pivotal role caused Fran, the female lead, to reassess her situation and decide to learn how to shoot weapons and fly the chopper.

Shortly following the release fo Dawn, he moved to Los Angeles to work within a variety of media types. He performed laser light shows with Laserium and Laser Media, became lead audio tech for Oberheim and Kurzweil Synthesizers, worked as a session musician, colorized  black and white movies then helped to expand quality control operations for 35 mm film to digital videotape mastering. 

In 2008, he was surprised to learn “Dawn of the Dead“ had become wildly popular and began appearing at Horror Conventions while making cameo appearances in Herschel Gordon Lewis’ “The Uh-Oh” Show” as a ticket scalper, a truck mechanic in the remake of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and as a director of a Psychiatric institute in the yet to be released prequel “Night of the Living Dead: Genesis”. Michael’s only lead role to date is “Joe Vampire”, an ultra low budget movie filmed in the Tampa Bay Area.

Currently living in East Central Florida, he has returned to his musical roots, composing music in his home studio and providing occasional music for motion pictures. 

J. Michael Roddy
Industry Guest:  (Author / Documentary Filmmaker: "MonsterKids", "The Shark Is Still Working")

A member of the Entertainment industry for more than 25 years, J. Michael Roddy has contributed to some of the most successful entertainment experiences that have become unforgettable memories for millions around the world.

His passion for the film and entertainment industry grew into an illustrious career as Roddy began writing and producing world-class, award-winning entertainment for Walt Disney Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Orlando Resort, and Anheuser-Busch Entertainment to name a few. A few of his most notable projects for these entertainment leaders include Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live, The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Disney Movie Magic, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and Halloween Horror Nights, respectively.

A “Super Fan” of film and pop culture, Roddy is also a documentary filmmaker. He produced MonsterKids which was cited as the documentary of the year by the Rondo Hattan Awards.  He also produced the award-winning documentary “The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of JAWS" which is available on the Universal Home Video release of JAWS.

His first book “J. Michael Roddy’s Haunter’s Tales” will be released in January of 2019.

With so much passion for the entertainment industry coupled with the development of numerous award-winning entertainment experiences, it’s no surprise Roddy lives by the motto: “The more you do…the more you get to do!”

Jesse Burks
Industry Guest:  (Director - One Please, Cured, That Unusual Brick, Odd Happenings in a Tiny Tent)

Director Jesse Burks is a practicing surgeon who fell in love with filmmaking, quite by accident, in 2011. His first three films: One Please, Cured, and That Unusual Brick currently have over 14 million views online in under 2 years.

In addition to being oddly weird stories, Jesse's films have no dialogue and rely heavily on sound, music, and photography as characters in their own right.

Besides having the pleasure to work with the legendary Michael Berryman on 3 of the 4 films, Jesse is known to badger close family members (wife, sons, nieces, etc.) to be in his films - which proved to be a wonderful stroke of luck - because their dedication, and undiscovered acting abilities, helped create something special.

Also, not being a classically trained filmmaker, Jesse can never thank his crew enough for their talents and experience. Without them, the stories about babies, and guillotines, and mimes, and drills, and ice cream, and blood, and vacuum cleaners, and small bits of bone, and forehead skin...would never have been told.

Jesse will be screening his films in a special presentation at FANTASM with special guest Michael Berryman!

 

Owl Goingback
Author:  (Author - Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift)

Owl Goingback has been writing professionally for over thirty years, and is the author of numerous novels, children’s book, screenplays, magazine articles, and short stories. He is a Bram Stoker Award Winner, a three-time Stoker Award Nominee, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift. Owl’s short story collection, Tribal Screams, was published in 2018. The Coffee Shop of Horrors created an Owl Goingback’s Tribal Screams roasted chestnut flavored coffee to tie-in with the collection. Owl was also one of eight writers chosen for DC Entertainment’s 2016 Talent Development Workshop, and recently added comic book writer to his professional resume.

In addition to writing under his own name, Owl has ghostwritten several books for Hollywood celebrities. He has also lectured across the country on the customs and folklore of the American Indians, served in the military, owned a restaurant/lounge, and worked as a cemetery caretaker.

Jackie Sonnenberg
Author:  (Author - The Lamb Was Sure To Go)

Jackie Sonnenberg is an author and actor living in Orlando, known for "cosplaying" her original characters and interacting with people to tell them their stories in a fun way. She creates the whole look and costume and dons them to conventions and events....believing she can best introduce people to her books by first introducing them to the characters. She currently has a collection of novels retelling Nursery Rhymes as horror stories, with rough drafts and outlines for more in the works. The series collection is called yresruN semhyR, or nursery rhymes backwards and the first two novels are MY SOUL TO KEEP and THE LAMB WAS SURE TO GO. She also has short stories in anthologies 13, 13: DEJA VU, 13: NIGHT TERRORS, and CARNIVAL OF FEAR, with a new one coming out this spring called THE MIRROR TALES.

Jackie also has a background in the Horror industry as a veteran haunted house actor and was in the local attractions The Shallow Grave and Zombie Outbreak, has currently joined the cast of the new haunt Dark Horizon and has won costume contests and gained recognition in various media outlets for her unique approach. An avid Horror enthusiast, she is always creatively bringing the scares to life in some form or another.

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Melissa Gibbo
Author:  (Author - Nova Nocte Series, Mental Molting, Boredom Kills: A Serial Killer Love Story, and Nightmare House)

Melissa Gibbo is a writer of dark and humorous fiction. Also known as Squirrel of the Dark Alley Crew, she is an ambassador for the non-profit group Diversely Geek, 2017 judge for the Royal Palm Literary Awards, and a consistent panelist for Orlando area conventions. A proud geek with an addiction to Coca-Cola, Melissa has published the Nova Nocte Series, Mental Molting, Boredom Kills: A Serial Killer Love Story, and Nightmare House. Miss Gibbo’s short story, The Squirrel Uprising also premiered in the 2018 Florida’s Emerging Writers anthology. She has an agreement for regular book signings at the Shop of Wonders in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and can be contacted via social media for bookings.

Jaimie Engel
Author:  (Author - Dreadlands: Wolf Moon)

Jaimie Engel is the creator of dark fiction and character driven cosplay, where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. Her novel Dreadlands: Wolf Moon was suggested for a Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, and Nebular Award (2016) and she cosplays Scalvia from the book, a werewolf Viking with dark intentions.

Fun facts: Jaimie danced at the Aloha Bowl halftime show & played an Alien on TV. More at www.theWRITEengle.com.

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501st Legion
Industry Guest:  (The World's Definitive Imperial Costuming Organization!)

 "...The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work..."

To Promote Interest in Star Wars
While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas's modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.

To Facilitate the Use of Costumes
Some fans are content to collect action figures...other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there's nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.

To Contribute
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.

The Savior Impala
Vehicle:  (Replica Supernatural Vehicle)

THE SAVIOR IMPALA PHOTO EXPERIENCE!

With A Name Like Savior, It Has To Be Good.

Step inside the 1967 Chevrolet Impala Supernatural Tribute Car and imagine Sam in the passenger seat or Dean driving beside you. We love Baby, and we know you do too, so why not grab a once in a lifetime shot of this incredible moment...of YOU, as a bona fide Winchester for the day, hunting monsters in the Savior Impala.

We take and print professional photographs, on site, to capture this moment, for less than the price of your soul. Every photo purchase includes a daily raffle ticket for Supernatural Swag you can ONLY get here, plus our mobile shop sells collectibles, merchandise, jewelry and more!

So, before the Apocalypse really hits, get proof that you were a Winchester for the day, with your favorite home on wheels, the Supernatural Tribute Car: The Savior Impala. Come sit in the same Drivers seat that 'Jensen' aka DEAN has ACTUALLY sat inside! Ask me about the experience because stories are always free!

Select Show Props are also available from my weapons box in the trunk, to make your Photo-op that more as Dean would say "Awesome!"

[ Click here for The Savior Impala Photo Experience Landing Page for a SUPERNATURAL amount of information ]

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Phantasmagoria
Performers:  (Victorian Horror Troupe)

Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country” by Good Day Atlanta, Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria will be kicking off its 10th Anniversary Season at the premiere of FANTASM in Orlando!

With its own unique and spectacular blend of storytelling, dance, physical ensemble work, large scale puppetry, aerial work, fire performance and stage combat, Phantasmagoria has been wowing critics and audiences alike since its premier 10 years ago.

Phantasmagoria’s main stage productions offer stories taken from the diverse century’s old literature of horror and the macabre, folklore, and legend, while appearances and special events (which number in the 100’s each year) charm with a professional variety of circus and theatrical flair including fire and LED Performance, magic, Belly Dancing, Sword Swallowing and much MUCH more!

Whether staring into the darkness of Poe's “The Raven”, tricking the hilariously cannibalistic “Captain Murderer” of Dickens, or battling the hideous creatures of mythology, folklore and fiction, the troupe entrances and immerses its audience into stories and poetry that come fully alive - all with its unique flair.

Phantasmagoria will be performing live ALL WEEKEND at their performance area booth in the Exhibit Hall!

Stay tuned for announcements on events, and performance information from Phantasmagoria, Horror panels and MORE all at FANTASM!

Darjuxena's B.R.E.W.S.
Performers:  (Dance Troupe)

Lady Darjuxena (aka DJ Palumbo) is an award winning belly dancer and fire performer who leads a cosplay belly dance troupe and for the last 3 years the B.R.E.W.S , a dance coven of witches. The group adds a new dance to the show every year, including a little bit of Harry Potter, Disney's Hocus Pocus, Wizard of OZ, and Darjuxena's own version to the YouYube witch dance by Wolfshäger Hexenbrut.The group is open to anyone who can learn the dances. They perform all throughout October. Come dance with us!

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Speakeasy Sirens
Entertainers:  (Burlesque Troop)

The Speakeasy Sirens is a cosplay performance troupe based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 2016 they've performed at multiple comic book shops, private events, a convention or two and even a haunted house! Having an array of performers skilled in poi, fan work, lyra, silks, gymnastics and more, they incorporate these skills into making their burlesque shows unique and something fresh.

You can find information on upcoming and past shows, auditions and booking on Facebook.com/speakeasysirens

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Theoretical Rejects
Performers:  (Burlesque Troupe)

Theoretical Rejects is a performance group that promotes the idea that everyone deserves a chance to participate in the performing arts regardless of one’s age, sexuality, gender, weight, height, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, appearance, experience or any other factors. Our shows seek to promote the idea of body positivity and claiming ownership of your image and sexuality no matter what you may look like.

By creating a welcoming and educational space, we strive to present a diverse cast with a wide range of backgrounds. In turn, this provides provide a fun, unique, and sexy place for cast and crew to express themselves creatively! 
 

Orange County Ghostbusters
Club:  (Ghostbusters Fan Group)

The Orange County Ghostbusters of Florida was created in March 2017 as a non profit charity group, We seek to promote hope to kids of all ages with support, smiles and awareness to our everyday struggles in this world by embracing the Ghostbusters Fandom Worldwide.  Headed by myself, Mark Newport, and administrators, David Mansfield and Troy Wingham, all our members are good friends and professional cosplayers who also work together wtih many other great charity organizations in the state of Florida. Working with side by side our fellow Ghostbusters groups, we have enjoyed supporting the organizations who protect and serve to help in whatever cause is needed.

Tourist City Ghostbusters
Club:  (Ghostbusters Fan Group)

With a reputation for handling the most dangerous, demonic, or just plain weird cases, Tourist City Ghostbusters - The Dark Division is staffed with specialists in the fields of Demonology, Occult Sciences, Magic, Alchemy, Psychic Energy Exploration, and Cryptoid Tracking. This makes the group possibly just as weird as the types of cases they take on!

While the current incarnation of the team was formed in Orlando in 2013, the founding members of it have been “busting” in Florida since 2002. Time may have passed, but the goals have always remained the same; sharing our love of Ghostbusters with others, and acting as a charitable organization to help those in need. We strive each and every event to ensure that we do all we can to bring entertainment and joy to as many people as possible.

Suncoast Ghostbusters
Club:  (Ghostbusters Fan Group)

Suncoast Ghostbusters is a non-profit team of fans in the Tampa Bay area who costume as Ghostbusters for charity events that better our community.

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