2018 GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING MONTHS
PREVIOUS FESTIVAL GUESTS & HONOREES
JOE DANTE – Recipient of the PRICE AWARD
JOE DANTE – what can we say, he’s constantly created outstanding genre movies and brought to life some of the most iconic images in Hollywood history. He started as a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, then like many served his apprenticeship as trailer editor ROGER CORMAN’S New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (co-directed with Allan Arkush), then followed up with PIRANHA, THE HOWLING, GREMLINS (1 & 2), THE BURBS, MATINEE, THE HOLE and soon to be released BURYING THE EX. We’re proud to have JOE be the first ever recipient of the PRICE AWARD.
DICK MILLER – Recipient of the IMPACT AWARD
DICK MILLER – One of the great, if not the greatest genre character actors of his generation. Known early in his career for the screen character Walter Paisley, in ROGER CORMAN’S BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959), MILLER spent the next 20 years working in CORMAN productions. In 1975 he appeared in JOE DANTE’S first film, the New World Production HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. And from that day onward MILLER forged a unique working relationship with DANTE, appearing in almost everything he directed. MILLER has played many variations on his famous Walter Paisley role, in TWILIGHT ZONE and CHOPPING MALL. One of his best performances is as the odd, occult-bookshop owner in THE HOWLING (1981). We’re very proud to have DICK be the first ever recipient of the IMPACT AWARD.
VICTORIA PRICE – Presenter of the PRICE AWARD
VICTORIA PRICE – Daughter of famed iconic actor, art lover and collector VINCENT PRICE. VICTORIA has helped the VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM grow into one of over 9,000 pieces. In 1951, impressed by the spirit of the students and the community’s need to experience original art works first hand, VINCENT PRICE donated some 90 pieces from his own collection to EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE in Monterey Park, California, thus establishing the VPAM, the first “teaching art collection” owned by a community college in the United States. We are honored to be presenting the family authorized PRICE AWARD at this years HHF. It recognizes an artist whose work has achieved iconic status, and celebrates the continuing legacy to the one, the only VINCENT PRICE.
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD – Cast & Crew 30th Anniversary Reunion
Probably the largest cast & crew reunion in recent years of the funniest zombie horror-comedy ever captured on celluloid, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Plus it’s the 30th Anniversary of the actual filming of the late, great DAN O’BANNON classic. And what a cast we have for you, live in-person – BEVERLY RANDOLPH, JEWEL SHEPARD, MIGUEL A. NUNEZ Jr., JOHN PHILBIN, THOM MATTHEWS, BRIAN PECK, TONY GARDNER, STANZI STOKES and the great JAMES KAREN. Definitely a night not to be missed.
JOSEPH GUZMAN & ROBERT HAYES – Owners (FREAKSHOW ENT.)
The uber-creative team of JOSEPH GUZMAN and ROBERT HAYES continues to blaze quite a trail through the current indie horror scene. GUZMAN’S first feature as a director was the ultra-violent “RUN, BITCH RUN!”, which starred Christina DeRosa and Cheryl Lyone. This was swiftly followed with the show-stopping and now classic “NUDE NUNS WITH BIG GUNS” (starring ASUN ORTEGA, DAVID CASTRO and BILL OBERST JR.). Both films were made through their own FREAKSHOW ENTERTAINMENT production company and both co-written & co-produced by fellow FREAKSHOW compadre ROBERT HAYES. Their current film is the chilling “BACK ALLEY BUTCHER.”
PAT JANKIEWICZ – Author, FANGORIA Journalist
Celebrated author, legendary FANGORIA journalist and probably one of the nicest people in the horror business today. PAT JANKIEWICZ recently followed up his first Award winning book “Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A JAWS Companion” with an outstanding historical look at the classic TV series, “THE INCREDIBLE HULK.” Appropriately titled “You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry! (A Hulk Companion)” it’s published by BearManor Media. JANKIEWICZ probably knows everyone who’s anyone in the business today (from Romero to Cameron) and is an authoritative voice on the contemporary horror movie scene. Renaissance man that he is, JANKIEWICZ even takes time off to act in movies as varied as “K-PAX” & the recent release “GANGSTER SQUAD.”
SHAUN PICCININO – Actor, Director, Writer, Stunt Co-ordinator
Shaun Piccinino, a AAU National Champion, 3rd Degree Shoalin Kung Fu Black Belt & 1st Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Karate, directed, scripted and stars in the award winning feature “The Lackey.” This highly praised & gritty indie, his 2nd directorial feature, has so far won Awards for “Audience Choice,” “Best Editing – Feature”, “Best Cinematography” & “Achievement in Local Film Making.” “The Lackey” recently secured major VOD and DVD/Blu-ray distribution – with a release date scheduled for late in 2013.
MIKE DAVIS – Producer, Director, Writer (STAG FILMS)
Award-winning Writer and Producer based in Los Angeles. DAVIS wrote and co-produced the cult feature “PERVERT” (2005) – directed by JONATHAN YUDIS. This highly acclaimed comic homage to the films of RUSS MEYER features a rare R-rated role for MARY CAREY. DAVIS followed this up with his unique “Green Film” “SEX GALAXY” (2008) – distributed through Unearthed Films. Most recently DAVIDS wrote, directed and co-produced the multi-Award winning political satire “PRESIDENT WOLFMAN.” Currently being screened on the festival circuit, “PRESIDENT WOLFMAN” has so far collected Awards for Best Film, Best Script, Best Editing, Best Comedy and Audience Favorite and has secured major digital, VOD, and DVD/Blu-ray distribution.
ROLFE KANEFSKY – Producer, Director, Writer
Award-winning director ROLFE KANEFSKY has written and directed 15 feature films and written another 11 produced features over the last 17 years. He is the winner of two Best Director Awards for “NIGHTMARE MAN” at the Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & The Supernatural Film Festival in Las Vegas & at the I.F.F.Y.N.T.X. Festival in Texas. He directed the cult horror flick “THERE”S NOTHING OUT THERE” (TROMA DVD), festival favorite “TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT” starring Jorge Garcia (TV’s “LOST”), Carol Kane, and Alexis Arquette (“PULP FICTION”) released by Warner Home Video, and “THE HAZING” (2004) starring Brad Dourif and Brooke Burke. KANEFSKY is currently developing a modern “Tales From The Crypt”-style horror series entitled “ONCE UPON A HORROR.”
DONALD F. GLUT – Director, Writer (FRONTLINE ENT.)
DONALD F. GLUT has been professionally active in both the entertainment and publishing industries since 1966. He has authored numerous movie and TV scripts (inc. for TV Shazam!, Land of the Lost, Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, Jonny Quest & X-Men). Amongst the 35 novels he’s written GLUT penned the novelization of “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.” GLUT also created “THE OCCULT FILES OF DR. SPEKTOR” for Gold Key comics. More recently he became President of FRONTLINE ENTERTAINMENT, for which he wrote, directed & co-produced the successful “DINOSAUR VALLEY GIRLS” (starring KAREN BLACK), “THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA,” “COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD” (featuring PAUL NASCHY), “THE MUMMY’S KISS 1 & 2” and “BLOOD SCARAB.” Currently GLUT is preparing a “sexy, female werewolf movie.”
KEVIN S. MICHAELS – Film Industry Marketer
KEVIN S. MICHAELS is a Marketer in the motion picture film industry, specializing in new business development (strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities). He has also been involved with fundraising and promotions for Nonprofit Organizations (5013c) including The David Lynch Foundation and Transcendental Music. MICHAELS is known for his unique branding style and creative approach. MICHAELS worked for TROMA for three and a half years, working closely with filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman. He founded his own production company, VAMP PRODUCTIONS in 2005 creating the documentaries “VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE” & “THE WILD WORLD OF TED V. MIKELS” (Alpha Video). Currently, MICHAELS is working on a project about the life of HAMMER actress INGRID PITT, producing a series of animated shorts based on her own writings.
MATT CHASSIN – PR & Marketing Consultant, VP of Acquisitions (EMPIRE FILMS)
MATT CHASSIN is an experienced Talent Manager (for actors, writers, producers, & directors). He is a successful Public Relations and Marketing consultant, marketing companies & projects worldwide to achieve the greatest return on investment. CHASIN is also VP of Sales, Marketing and Acquisitions at EMPIRE FILMS – whose projects include “HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS,” “ORGY OF BLOOD,” “H1N1 :VIRUS X” & “BRIDES OF SODOM.”
LOTTI & JOHN KNOWLES – Writer/Producer/Director Team & co-founders of VAMPIRE-CON (WEIRDSMOBILE PROD.)
LOTTI & JOHN KNOWLES are both a husband & wife filmmaking team and co-founders of the successful horror convention/festival VAMPIRE-CON (2009-2012 at New Beverly Cinema). They are currently promoting the DVD and VOD release of their first major feature film, CHASTITY BITES – with its unique spin on the “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory legend. They have experience in alternative financing, production and distribution, and Lotti has also run successful crowdfunding campaigns for documentaries she produced such as I AM DIVINE (about the legendary John Waters icon). Their WEIRDSMOBILE PRODUCTIONS banner is based in Los Angeles, and they’re currently developing other genre films.
MILES FLANAGAN – Founder/Director of the BOOBS & BLOOD FILM FESTIVAL (B&B PROD.)
MILES FLANAGAN – Director (& Founder) of one of the most outrageous and unique Horror film festivals (and events) in the US. You certainly can’t ignore the wonderful B&B logo! Promoting industry mixer events as well as film festivals since 2010, FLANAGAN certainly knows a thing or two about old-school ballyhoo and publicity – bringing burlesque humor, and Hollywood glitz & glamor to every occasion. The beautiful, blood spattered BOOBS & BLOOD Awards were personally designed by BOOTY BABE artist SPENCER DAVIS – Award honorees include ROGER CORMAN, YUTAKA IKEJIMA & QUENTIN TARANTINO.