We are deep into the launch process of Scarefest CyberCon Version 1.0.
To get the ball rolling we have booked our first three celebrities for our inaugural outing.
It’s been a rough year for conventions. What else can we say?
Fandom convention after fandom convention have had to cancel their 2020 shows. Some have taken a chance on moving their dates to late summer or fall, others have written the year off entirely and started planning for 2021.
We thought that our own scheduling shift for 2020 due to the renovations at Lexington’s Convention Center would give us some insulation from the ongoing pandemic and its accompanying restrictions on events and crowds. We were only recently given even rough guidelines as to how to move forward with planning our 2020 event.
These restrictions are going to force us to make some difficult decisions, and while we can go forward with the convention at this time, Scarefest 2020 is going to look very different from what our thousands of fans have grown to expect.
We cannot thank our fans enough for their patience and support during these past several months. We wanted to do something to show our appreciation in at least a small way while filling the gap in fandom’s live’s brought on by the isolation that this year has wrought.
We are excited to announce that on August 29th, 2020 we are going to launch our first (in what we expect to be an ongoing series of) virtual convention: Scarefest Cybercon.
The seeds for this idea were planted back in April when Scarefest Television spoke to Dirk Strangely about his upcoming QuarantinedCon. Dirk had already been laying the infrastructure to create a more responsive and complete system to simulcast conventions. When the pandemic lock-down hit he shifted his focus to adapting that work to creating a virtual convention platform.
At the time we were more interested in streaming our October event live. We knew that even without government health restrictions that many people would not be willing to travel to Lexington and participate. Recently The Scarefest decided to apply the platform to a completely virtual event that melded the newly developing technologies with our own unique and fan friendly way of bringing people together.
CyberCon was born. We have seen countless other conventions, both small and large, attempt this in the meantime. Some did it better than others. A few actually tried to create an online convention. Most just streamed a bunch of stuff via Facebook and called it a convention. We are not aware of any that met with rave reviews.
If we are going to do it, we are going to make every attempt to do it right! Details will be forthcoming but you can expect celebrities offering autographs, speakers offering seminars, and vendors offering unique items for purchase. Unlike the attempts by others we expect to offer a continuous stream of activities throughout the day with online Staph Members standing by to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
We will be posting the details as they become available here on our website, on our Scarefest Facebook Page and our Scarefest Fan Group and of course we encourage you to watch Scarefest Television every Friday night at 9PM for the latest news.
Rob Mello is best known for his role as John Tombs in the Blumhouse breakout film, Happy Death Day, which he’s reprised in Happy Death Day 2U. His first major role was as Ted Cole in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ “The Best of Me”, and as Buford Granger in Badass 3 (Badasses on the bayou).
Rob’s assent to a career in film acting was not a typical one. In 2012 while already working two jobs to provide for his family, he was just scraping by. Rob came across a Craigslist ad for an extra and decided to give it a try. Thoroughly impressing the director, Palomino, the audition landed him a leading role in the SAG short film “Dickie-Bird. Soon after Rob auditioned for the comedy short “Quicklime”. He fell in love with acting all over again. Rob enrolled in classes at Performer’s Studio Workshop in Tampa Florida, where he studied under Kathy Laughlin learning the Eric Morris process.
Barbie Wilde is best known as the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic cult horror movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II. She has performed in cabaret in Bangkok, Thailand, robotically danced in the Bollywood blockbuster, Janbazz, played a vicious mugger in the vigilante thriller Death Wish 3 and appeared as a drummer for an electronica band in the so-called “Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80’s horror” Grizzly II: The Predator, a.k.a, Grizzly II: The Concert, which starred a then unknown George Clooney. She was a founder member of the mime/dance/music group, SHOCK, which supported such artists as Gary Numan, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Adam & the Ants in the 1980s.
Nicholas Vince is best known for his roles as The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed. In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and in 2018 a Lifetime of Torment Award at Texas Frightmare, plus a Dedication to Horror award from the Liverpool Horror Club.
You would be hard pressed to find a better known name of someone in the horror genre that is not famous for their on-screen work. But here he is, Clive Barker: playwright, novelist, film director, and visual artist. Oh sure he’s done some narration and popped in for a few screen credits, but the man that brought us the Hellraiser franchise plus introduced us to The Candyman and authored a long list of popular horror titles deserves all the respect we can give him.
As an artist, Barker’s paintings and illustrations have been featured in galleries in the United States as well as within his own books. He has created original characters and series for comic books, and some of his more popular horror stories have been featured in ongoing comics series.
But the Hellraiser franchise has reached cult status. According to Clive himself, “I remember when I watched Hellraiser (1987) with my mother. She cried when she saw my name in the opening credits and I had to tell her that that was the happiest she was going to be for the next two hours.”
While she is best know for starring beside Johnny Depp in the 1990 pop-culture classic Cry Baby, Amy Locane has her horror movie creds too!
In 1998 Amy starred opposite Louis Gossett, Jr. in Legend of the Mummy; a re-telling of Bram Stoker’s “Jewel of the Seven Stars”, in which an ages-old mummy is awakened and takes revenge on everyone in an old, gothic mansion.
In 2001 she returned to the genre in Bad Karma where a mental patient terrorizes her psychiatrist who she believes is the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper.
Traci Lords is impossible to categorize. While her early notoriety brought her international fame, her determination, grit and talent have garnered her respect in many areas of the entertainment industry. She has appeared in dozens of films and television shows from Roger Corman’s Not Of This Earth, Cry Baby, Blade, Zack & Miri Make a Porno to Excision; from Melrose Place, Roseanne, Will & Grace and Gilmore Girls to series regular roles on NBC’s Profiler and Syfy’s First Wave.
Her autobiography Traci Lords Underneath it All (HarperCollins) was a NY Times Bestseller and has been optioned for a miniseries. Her pioneering techno album 1000 Fires topped the Billboard Dance Chart and was featured on both the Mortal Kombat and Virtuosity soundtracks.
Her directorial debut, Sweet Pea was produced under the auspices of the renowned Fox Searchlab.
She is currently a contributing designer at Pinup Girl Clothing. Her line Traci Lords for Couture for Every Body can be found at Pinupgirlclothing.com: a selection of which she will be bringing with her to Scarefest!
Totally not a horror move.
BUT… when you get the chance to bring in highly sought after celebrities from major and minor horror features and they happen to have shared the big screen in what has become a cult favorite in the pop-culture genre… you go with it.
Scarefest 2020 is happy to welcome return fan favorite Traci Lords plus Mink Stole and Amy Locane.