Jed Rowen Returns To Stalk StarFest & HorrorFest

Jed Rowen at HorrorFest

Jed Rowen
Actor

This is Jed’s fifth appearance as a guest at Horrorfest, and he returns with his biggest and best film, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. He plays the villainous character, Sluggo, in this 35 mm sci-fi black-and-white musical extravaganza. Jed also sang in several of the songs in the movie and contributed his slide guitar work on the song, Here We Go.

The Ghastly Love of Johnny Xhad an amazing world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose this past March, and also had big write-ups in Sci Fi magazine and the American Cinematographer. Jed’s other sci-fi film, Piranhaconda, will have its world premiere on the SyFy channel later this year.

In recognition of his wide array of movie roles over the years, Jed was recently awarded the Golden Halo Film Achievement Award by the historic Southern California Motion Picture Council. His film career was also the subject of a featured article in The Atlantic magazine entitled, Inbred Jed: The Strenuous Life of a B-Movie Zombie, recounting his many zombie roles and experiences as a cult film actor.

Jed is very excited to be back in Denver for Horrorfest, at the Starfest Convention, to reunite with all of his friends and fans who have been so supportive of his career over the years. Please look for him at the special midnight screening of the film Saturday night, and at another screening of the movie on Sunday. Jed will also be at panels and events throughout the convention.
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The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Screening @ HorrorFest
Film festival favorite flies into StarFest/HorrorFest

Truly a mad concoction, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X blends 1950s sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror into a mesmerizing big screen spectacular! The fun begins as Johnny X and his misfit gang of juvenile delinquents from outer space are sentenced to Earth where “ghastly” is the word!

With highly stylized musical numbers, tons of genuinely humorous dialogue and wacky plot twists, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is the only sci-fi dark comedy musical romance you need to see this year! Beautifully photographed on the last of Kodak’s 35mm black-and white Plus-X film stock, the cast includes sexy new stars Will Keenan and De Anna Joy Brooks, as well as seasoned professionals Creed Bratton (The Office), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), Kate Maberly (The Secret Garden), Paul Williams (Phantom of the Paradise), HorrorFest’s own Jed Rowen (Dahmer vs. Gacy), and the late Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) in his final role.

For more information about the film, watch the movie’s trailer or visit the Ghastly Love of Johnny X website. At StarFest, the first 100 people to the screening will receive a full-size 27×40 movie poster! Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the movie’s Director, Paul Bunnell and Jed Rowen, who plays Sluggo in the film.

 

Dee Wallace Added as HorrorFest Guest

Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace

Actor/Healer/Best Selling Author

Dee Wallace is an Actor, Healer, and Best Selling Author. Her Film, TV and Commercial credits number in the thousands. Although she has had much success, she is still reachable by her audience, doing two radio shows a week, monthly live webcasts on her own network, and annual weekend work shops at her home in Woodland Hills. When Dee is not in the studio or on the set, you will find her at a convention somewhere between the west coast and east coast. Dee Wallace is today’s new renaissance woman.

This attractive, happy go lucky blonde actress, educated at the University of Kansas and a former ballet soloist, first broke into both TV and cinema screens in the mid 1970s and through her appearances in several well remembered horror and sci-fi films, and Dee quickly gained a cult following amongst the fantasy film fans. Poor Dee always seemed to be on the wrong side of some malevolent person or evil creature….she was pursued by a clan of cannibal killers in The Hills Have Eyes (1977), terrorized by a pack of werewolves in the superb The Howling (1981), got a break from the horror, as a sympathetic mum in the mega sci-fi hit E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and nearly ends up lunch for a rabid St. Bernard in the heart stopping Cujo (1983).

In the early 1980s, Wallace-Stone actually shared the screen several times with her then husband Christopher Stone before his unfortunate, early demise from a heart attack in October, 1995.

However, typecasting Dee Wallace-Stone as a horror heroine does not do her justice, as unlike some other scream queens whose careers quickly faded, Dee has gone on to have a very busy and varied acting career, appearing in over 90 feature films to date! Her All-American looks and easy going demeanor has seen Dee often cast as a typical suburban mother, a sympathetic friend or a trusted ally. Fans warm to her endearing smile and natural warmth and Dee continues to find herself in constant demand in front of the camera, plus she has her own much visited website at iamdeewallace.com/.

–Bio from IMDB and iamdeewallace.com

Ms. Wallace will be at StarFest all three days of the convention. She’s officially appearing as a HorrorFest guest, but with her incredible list of credits, she really doesn’t fit into any one particular genre.

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Join Us at the Littleton Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast

2011 Littleton Zombie Sidewalk Crawl & Pig Roast

Want to prepare for the coming Zombie Apolypse?

Tear up some clothing, pour on some blood and join the professional talent from many of the Denver Haunted Houses at 2011 Littleton Zombie Sidewalk Crawl & Pig Roast.

Zombies big and small are invited to assemble at The Adventures in Dance studio (Woodlawn Shopping Center) at Noon and touch up your decrepidness in preparation for the march through Historic Downtown Littleton at 1:00pm.

Participants will, hopefully, end their crawl at The Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion (5663 S. Prince Street) where all those in costume will be treated to a feast of roasted pig to satiate their thurst for flesh and blood.

The parade will be led by a New Orleans Style Funeral Jazz Band and start West down Littleton Blvd to Main and then S Rapp St. At the half-way point the crowd will smell cooking Pig Flesh and turn South to W Alamo Ave. and then proceed East to S Prince St. As the smell of swine grows stronger, the hoard will turn North and with renewed vigor stumble their way into the The Haunted Mansion parking lot. The entire length of the crawl is about 1.2 miles.

Food, Prizes, and photo opportunities will reward all those who kick off the cobwebs and raise from their coffins for the event.

ZOMBIE INSTRUCTIONS: October 1st @ Noon, come in costume, ready to crawl at Adventures in Dance (1500 W Littleton Blvd Littleton, CO 80120) at Noon. The crawl starts at 1:00pm.

Everyone is welcome, living or dead! For more info call 720.261.0570. At the festivities, you’ll be able to pickup discount coupons to Denver’s Scariest Haunted Houses courtesy of Scared.com and DenverHauntedHouseGuide.com.

StarFest & ComicFest Tickets

Convention Tickets
There are still lots of ways to get your tickets

We’ve shut off the online ticketing here at Starland and by midnight tonight we should have emailed tickets to everyone that ordered them online. If, for some reason, you have not gotten your tickets, don’t worry, just come to Convention Registration at the Marriott and we’ll be able to look up your order tomorrow. We’ll be ready to help you after 4pm.

General Admission tickets are still available for StarFest or ComicFest tickets at all the Colorado King Soopers stores. There is a small ticket charge, but it’s a small price to pay for the convenience.

You can also buy General Admission StarFest tickets (no fees) at three other retail outlets:

  • Time Warp Comics, 3105 28th St., Boulder
  • I Want More Comic, 10343 Federal Blvd., Westminster
  • Atomic Records, 341 S Broadway, Denver

There is also the option of buying your tickets at the convention. They are a bit more (up to $5) the day of the show, but you’ll be buying them from some really nice people. 🙂

Just make sure you buy your tickets. The convention only comes around once a year – how could you possibly go another year without a weekend of entertainment overload?

Haunted House Experts Attending HorrorFest

Randy McLellan

Randy McLellan and Kurt Van Ulmer
Shocking Talent Added To HorrorFest

Randy McLellan has a true passion for shocking Denver as an owner of City of the Dead Haunted House. With over 20 years of consulting and design of haunted events and attractions, Randy strives for unique experiences and original approaches to Haunted House design. Innovative layouts, shocking ideas and extreme attention to detail has established the City of the Dead Haunted House as a must see event each October.

 

Kurt Van Ulmer has excelled as a lead makeup artist working in the film, entertainment, and the haunted house industry designing costumes, makeup effects, and props for over a decade filling nearly every position in Art and Effects Departments throughout his career. His makeup expertise can be seen in films such as Ink, The Shadow Walkers, and Finis’ to name a few highly respected horror films. Kurt is a tenacious creative spirit and has greatly contributed to the avant-garde makeup and costumes featured at the City of the Dead haunted house. Kurt truly enjoys sharing his enjoyment for all things scary and seeks opportunities to shock the mainstream.

Randy McLellan and Kurt Van Ulmer will be sharing their talents at HorrorFest Panels covering both the Haunted House Industry generally, and on Makeup techniques and application specifically.

Mario Acevedo | Felix Gomez Vampire Detective Series Author at HorrorFest

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo
Author – Felix Gomez Vampire Detective Series

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez vampire-detective series from Eos HarperCollins. In his latest adventure, detective-vampire Felix Gomez is trapped between rival werewolf clans in Charleston, SC in a rumble that could doom the supernatural world.

After Mario bought his first computer, he decided to write a novel. Four computers and with six unpublished manuscripts later, he finally wrote a story good enough to get the interest of an agent and a publisher.

In the Army he flew attack helicopters. In civilian life he worked as an engineer. Later, flexing his art muscles, he became an artist in residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California. He was called up during Operation Desert Storm and served as a combat artist. After many publisher rejections, Mario finally got some much needed advice about his writing and then got two books published. He is now prepared to share those nuggets of advice and help you get your work published too.

His previous books include: Jailbait Zomby, The Undead Kama Sutra, The Nymphos of Rock Flats and X-Rated Blood Suckers.

For the latest information and additional details about Mario, visit his website at marioacevedo.com.

David Fagen | HorrorFest Guest

David FaganDavid Fagan
Rock Musician at HorrorFest

David began making music as a teenager in the late 90s with his brothers in the alternative rock band Snowball 37. Having played over 500 shows since with the band and solo, David has been writing songs that capture the essence of the common man, locked up with catchy melodies, singing songs that people from all backgrounds can relate to, with a voice that draws from Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John.

David continues to tour as a solo artist, rocking the hell out of all in his path. 2012 will see the release of a full length album by David, with his new band, The Mod Lang. David’s website and additional details are at reverbnation.com/davidfagan.

David will be performing at the Friday night HorrorFest charity event.

Peter Mayhew | Chewbacca of Star Wars at StarFest

Peter MayhewPeter Mayhew
Star Wars’ Chewbacca

An English hospital worker who inadvertently found himself catapulted into films, Peter Mayhew was the towering gentle giant responsible for bringing Chewbacca to life. Mayhew, who stands 7’3″, was born in Barnes, England. The son of a policeman, he spent a short time in the field of engineering before discovering that he felt more fulfilled by hospital service. In the mid-1970’s, he was working as a hospital orderly at London’s King’s College Hospital when he was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet. By chance, his photograph was noticed by the producers of Ray Harryhausen’s Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), starring Patrick Wayne and Jane Seymour. Sinbad’s producers subsequently cast Mayhew in the role of the minotaur.

When writer/director George Lucas began searching for a tall actor who could accurately portray Chewbacca, he initially turned to David Prowse. The bodybuilder opted for the part of the sinister Darth Vader, leaving Lucas free to seek out Mayhew for the role of the Wookiee.

The decision to cast Mayhew as Chewbacca proved wise. The giant actor threw himself into the role with great determination. Shortly before filming began on Star Wars, Mayhew visited a zoo where he studied the movement of bears, monkeys, gorillas and other animals with traits reminiscent of a Wookiee. Once inside the costume, Mayhew created one of the trilogy’s most memorable and popular characters. Although Chewie’s vocalizations were later dubbed into the film in post-production, to cue his fellow actors Mayhew simulated the character’s dialogue from within the mask. On set, he was known to growl, grunt and shriek.

ChewbaccaAfter Star Wars, it was clear that Mayhew clearly embodied the role of the Wookiee, and he was asked to reprise the role for the second installment, The Empire Strikes Back. Again, he proved irreplaceable. During filming, he took ill and was out for a day. When director Irvin Kershner substituted another extremely tall actor in Mayhew’s place. This proved to be a mistake: because Mayhew had created Chewie’s walk and mannerisms, the substitute was unable to accurately portray the Wookiee. Kershner was forced to discard all of the footage and re-shoot once Mayhew regained his health.

Between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Mayhew worked at Mayday Hospital in suburban London. He resumed this position after Empire, only leaving the hospital again to join his colleagues on the set of Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, the film which he remembers most fondly. It was during ROTJ that Mayhew used his stunt double for the first and only time. It was the scene when the desert skiff is hit by a blaster and tips over with Han and Lando hanging on for dear life as Chewie pulls then to safety. Once Jedi wrapped, with the exception of a phony taping of Larry King Live, Mayhew did not don the Wookiee costume again until 1997, when he appeared on the annual MTV Movie Awards to accept the Lifetime Achievement award to honor Chewbacca. He subsequently doned a Wookie suit again for his appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Peter just completed work on the horror movie Killer Ink, which will have its World Premiere at StarFest. He will be on hand for our Meet & Greet on Friday and be signing autographs and participating in our Photo with the Stars Program all weekend. His Q&A session is currently scheduled for 3:00pm on Sunday, April 17, 2011.

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