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Attention horror fans! CT HorrorFest returns on July 18, 2015! 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 Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT.

Purchase tickets for the event here.

Please Note: 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.

GUESTS: (so far)

Please note that guest list can change due to guest cancellation or events beyond our control.

Doug Bradley

The year was 1987 and a young flimmaker named 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 announce that the one and only Doug Bradley will be a feautured guest on July 18, 2015. To quote Clive Barker, "there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley".

Films: Hellraisers 1-8, Nightbreed, Wrong Turn 5

Gunnar Hansen

In 1974, what many consider to be the scariest film ever made was released to audiences across the world. Billed as a true story and the "account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin", The Texas Chainsaw Massacre shocked audiences with it's disturbing look at a sadistic Texas family and introduced the world to the character of Leatherface.

CT HorrorFest is proud to announce that the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen, will be a featured guest on July 18, 2015.

Films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Texas Chainsaw 3D

Warrington Gillette

In 1981, the company that brought us the suprise hit Friday the 13th were busy trying to capitalize on that success. They knew that they wanted their new film to be a direct sequel, taking place five years after the first, but they needed someone to be the face of the new and older Jason Voorhees. A young actor who initially auditioned for the male lead role of Paul left such an impression on director Steve Miner that he knew that he had to utilize him in the film and so the next incarnation of Jason Voorhees was born.

CT HorrorFest is proud to announce Warrington Gillette as a featured guest on July 18th, 2015.

Films: Friday the 13th Part 2, Penny Dreadful, Time Walker

Mick Foley

While this legend may not have his roots in the horror genre, he has probably spilled more real blood in the ring than most of our cherished movie villains have spilled fake blood in the movies. With a storied wrestling career spanning four decades in the WWE, WCW, ECW, NWA and TNA, this hardcore legend and multi-time best-selling author is a world-wide fan favorite.

Aliases: Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind, Saint Mick

CT HorrorFest is proud to announce Mick Foley as a featured guest on July 18th, 2015.

Films: Anamorph, Hellevator Man

Michael Jai White

As a young man first in Brooklyn, NY and then in Bridgeport, CT this guest began his mastering of eight different styles of martial arts. At the age of twelve he earned his first black belt and has since earned seven more. He graduated college and became a junior high school teacher while doing commerical and soap opera work on the side before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time.

He rose to fame with his starring role as Iron Mike in HBO's Tyson before becoming the first African-American to portray a comic-book superhero in a major motion picture with his portrayal of Spawn.

CT HorrorFest is proud to announce Michael Jai White as a guest on July 18, 2015.

Films: Tyson, Spawn, Toxic Avenger II & III, The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite

Ed Neal

Back in 1974, a young student from the University of Texas at Austin auditioned for a role as a hitchhiker in a horror movie that was shooting locally. He went in to his audition, acted as a crazy relative of his and won the part of Nubbins Sawyer in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Aside from being a central figure in one of the best horror films of all time and playing Lord Zedd in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, this actor is a top voiceover actor in countless cartoons and video games.

CT HorrorFest is thrilled to announce that Ed Neal will be appearing on July 18, 2015.

Films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, JFK, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

John Dugan

A young actor doing a children's play in Chicago received a phone call from his sister's husband with the news that he and a friend had written a script and were planning on making it into a movie. The writer, Kim Henkel, asked if he'd be willing to drop everything, come to Texas and check out the script. After reading the script titled Head Cheese, he agreed to play the role of Grandpa Sawyer in the film that was eventually named The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

CT HorrorFest is thrilled to welcome John Dugan on July 18, 2015.

Films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Bite School

Felissa Rose

At the tail end of the golden age of slasher films came a fantasticly bizzare entry to the genre called Sleepaway Camp. While most slashers of the era followed similiar storylines, Sleepaway Camp took that recipe and packed it so full of genuine WTF moments that it became an instant classic. Based on the strong performance of then 13 year old Felissa Rose as Angela Baker and one of the craziest endings in horror movie history, Sleepaway Camp is still as amazing and relevant today as it was thirty-two years ago.

CT HorrorFest is thrilled to welcome Felissa Rose to CT HorrorFest on July 18, 2015.

Films: Sleepaway Camp, Return to Sleepaway Camp, Satan's Playground, Love Bites

Melissa Cowan

Back in October of 2010, a new show that few people realized would become one of the biggest television shows of all time debuted and a young Georgia woman was chosen to portray the very first "walker" that Rick Grimes came across as he awoke from his coma and stumbled out of the hospital. The iconic "Bicycle Girl" zombie has since become synonomous with The Walking Dead and is recognized by its fans across the world.

CT HorrorFest is thrilled to announce that Melissa Cowan will be appearing on July 18,2015.

Films: The Walking Dead, Goosebumps, The Vampire Diaries, Halloween 2

The Flatlinerz

Flatlinerz are a hip hop group from NYC. The trio is responsible for introducing the term "Horrorcore" with their 1994 Def Jam album release "USA". In June 2014, The Flatlinerz announced via Facebook, that they have reformed and are working on a new project.

CT HorrorFest is happy to announce the convention debut of the legends of horror rap, The Flatlinerz.

Tyler Green

As a 7 year old child in Litchfield, CT, this guest first began designing his unique creations in a workspace in his parents basement. Fast-forward a few years and he is now a successful SFX artist and inventor as well as the COO of his company, Creative Genius, LLC.

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome season 6 Face Off finalist Tyler Green back to CT HorrorFest!

Jeff Zornow

"Horror Comic Award" winning artist, Jeff Zornow makes his return to Connecticut in July! He is best known for his work on "Godzilla", "Halloween" and "68".

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome horror artist, Jeff Zornow back to CT HorrorFest!

Sarah Nicklin

CT HorrorFest is happy to welcome back "the darling of indie horror", Danbury, CT native, Sarah Nicklin. We first fell in love with her in her roles as Amoreena Jones in "The Disco Exorcist" and as Sister Wrath in "Nun of That".

Films: The Sins of Dracula, Alice D, Exhumed, The Disco Exorcist, Zombie Allegiance, Nun of That.

James Balsamo

Independent filmmaker James Balsamo has created many underground movies including "I Spill Your Guts", "Cool as Hell", "Catch of the Day", and his latest film, "Bite School."

We are happy to have James Balsamo return for CT HorrorFest 2015.

Carmine Capobianco

Carmine Capobianco began his career behind the camera but had more fun in front of it. He's co-written many of his earlier movies and has also been credited as assistant director, producer and composer. You can see him have fun in "Psychos in Love", "Galactic Gigolo", "Bikini Bloodbath", "Land of College Prophets", "I Spill Your Guts", "The Sins of Dracula", "Model Hunger" and many more.

Sam Costello

Sam Costello is the creator and writer of the award-winning horror web comic, Split Lip. Split Lip has been published online since 2006 and in print since 2009. It offers over 600 pages of free, original horror comics by rising-star artists from around the world. Split Lip won the "Best Web Comic" award in the 2014 Horror Comic Awards. Costello's short fiction has appeared in Punk Planet, Cemetery Moon, and The Eschatology Journal, among others.

Jason McLeod

Jason McLeod is a paranormal investigator, spiritualist, and empath. He has spent the last 28 years helping individual families deal with both the human spirits who linger in their lives, and the inhuman spirits who seek to ruin them. His training and experience began by following in the footsteps of his close personal friends and mentors - the late Ed Warren and his wife Lorraine, bestselling authors, and movie consultants - who started the modern ghost hunting craze that thrives today. He conducts engaging presentations on the subjects of spirituality, consciousness, quantum physics, meditation, metaphysics, paranormal investigation, and demonology on radio blog broadcasts, and at paranormal conventions, spirituality expositions, in churches and at New Age events throughout the world.

Matthew Summo

Matthew wrote, edited, and lettered his first comic book in 2009, "Until Death" from Ronin Studios. He is currently working on "Dedication" for Double Take Comics.


We will have our first official horror costume contest the day of the event. Those judged to have the best costumes will win the following cash prizes!

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place $100


PANEL NAME: Project Traveling Oracle
Time: 1PM-2PM
Hosted by: Christine Caprilozzi

DESCRIPTION: Special make-up effects artists Tyler Green will offer insight on how is team took an original design from conceptualization to realization. Costume designer Ebony Amber will also explain how costume can play an important role when creating a character from head to toe. Creature performer Alec Green will bring the character to life following the makeup demo.

PANEL NAME: The Amazing World of Horror Comics - Sponsored by Double Take
Time: 2:30PM-3:15PM
Hosted by: Rob Caprilozzi

DESCRIPTION: Join Horror News Network creator, Rob Caprilozzi as he talks to Jeff Zornow, Matthew Summo and Sam Costello about their current projects as well as horror comics in general. Attendees that go to the panel will receive FREE horror comics at the end of the discussion.

PANEL NAME: Costume Contest - Sponsored by The Haunted Graveyard
Time: 5PM-6PM
Hosted by: Rob Caprilozzi

DESCRIPTION: The costume contest will take place today at 5PM. Cash prizes are as follows: First Place: $500, Second Place: $250, Third Place $100.

Judges of the event will be: Tyler Green, Ebony Amber (Costume Designer), and Melissa Cowan.

PANEL NAME: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Reunion
Time: 6:15PM-7PM
Hosted by: Christine Caprilozzi

DESCRIPTION: You are cordially invited to The Sawyer Family Reunion. Hear stories from the filming of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as told by Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal, and John Dugan. A Q&A will follow.

PANEL NAME: Raising Hell with Doug Bradley
Time: 7:15PM-8PM
Hosted by: Larry Dwyer

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a chat with Doug Bradley about his time on the Hellraiser franchise as Pinhead. A Q&A will follow.


Matrix Conference Center
39 Old Ridgebury Road - Danbury, CT 06810


July 18, 2015 11AM - 8PM


Parking is free of charge.


The haunted Graveyard

Night of the Living Dead comic





Children age 10 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

*Please note - all sales are final.


Here are a bunch of pictures from the inaugural CT HorrorFest.

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