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Media Pass Applications Now Available for Scarefest the 13th

The media pass request process has been finalized for Scarefest 2020. Over the last couple of years the process had become rather muddled due to personnel shifts and changes. For 2020 an actual review process has been put in place to make the passes readily available for true media outlets while limiting access to “social media stars” and non-journalists.

While traditional print and broadcast media have always been welcome, the explosion of internet media outlets has made it difficult to determine who is and who isn’t “media”. We decided the best way to distribute the passes fairly was to set minimum standards for the recipients. 

At the end of the day, the sole purpose of a media pass is to promote the convention to as many people as possible and to create good will in the media. Having a defined process keeps the distribution fair while limiting those who are just seeking to avoid buying a pass for the day. To be completely honest though, our Media Director blatantly copied the requirements posted by other conventions in our area and even softened the requirements a little to suit some of favorite outlets.

The entire set of requirements are posted here.

The application is posted here.

Day and Weekend Tickets for Scarefest the 13th ON SALE NOW

Make your plans NOW for Scarefest 2020! After a brief shuffling of resources and a steep learning curve to move our ticket sales in-house (versus using a third party) our Single Day and Weekend passes are now available for purchase.

A new option for 2020 is the Weekend Family Pass Bundle. If you have a family of four (or a family of three and one friend…or there’s two of you and you have two friends…or it’s just you and you have three friends…you get the picture.) you can save over 15% by purchasing via the Bundle.

Just click the Tickets link from the menu and GET YOURS NOW.

Michael C. Williams Addition To Scarefest 2020 Blair Witch Reunion A Home Run

With the addition of Michael C. Williams, The Scarefest has the complete cast of The Blair Witch project short of going after the extras and “waitress #2”.

Since Blair Witch, Michael has stayed on the horror genre radar with such films as Altered and The Objective and has stayed active in other film and TV roles.

The Blair Witch Project was being marketed as a “true story”. Michael’s biography in the press kit mentioned that he played for the New York Yankees farm team. It was actually the biography that he wrote for the character of “Mike” in the film. The character’s biography was accidentally used by the producers, leading people to believe that Michael, the actor, played baseball in the N.Y. Yankees farm system. 

So let the baseball metaphors fly as we welcome Michael to The Scarefest .


Filmmaker, Writer, and Actor, Joshua Leonard Slated For Scarefest 2020

It all started with a low budget independent film, The Blair Witch Project, but Joshua Leonard has made an indelible mark on independent film and television throughout his career!

As an actor, Leonard continues to work on projects that push the envelope, including 2009’s Independent Spirit Award-winning Humpday, HBO’s acclaimed series “Hung,” “True Detective,” and The Duplass Brothers’ “Togetherness,” in addition to roles in the films Higher Ground by Vera Farmiga and If I Stay by RJ Cutler.

Leonard’s directorial debut, The Youth in Us premiered at Sundance in 2005; he followed that with the doc, Beautiful Losers. He made his narrative feature debut with The Lie (Sundance 2011), a devilish morality tale adapted from a story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle, which Leonard co-wrote, directed and starred in.

He recently wrapped production on his sophomore feature as a director, Behold My Heart, starring Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olyphant, based on a script that he co-wrote. In addition, he’s developing a one-hour television series for EPIX entitled “Liberty,” which he created and will EP alongside Cary Fukunaga.

Meet this prolific creator in person at Scarefest The 13th!


Actress Heather Donahue to “Reappear” at Scarefest 2020

Most horror fans have seen and know the storyline behind “The Blair Witch Project”. But not all of them know how “successful” the guerilla marketing behind the independent film really was.

After filming completed, Donahue and the two other leads were asked not to appear on any television shows or in any films, as the filmmakers made great advertising efforts to perpetuate the events in the film as factual, including the distribution of flyers at festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, asking viewers to come forward with any information about the “missing” students.

Even the IMDb page listed the actors as “missing, presumed dead” in the first year of the film’s availability. The promotion for the film was so convincing that Donahue’s mother received sympathy cards from people who believed that her daughter was actually dead or missing.

Well, we “found” her alive and well and look forward to meeting her in person this October.


Become a Speaker at Scarefest the 13th

Welcome potential speaker to The ScareFest 2020. We appreciate your interest in being a speaker at this year’s epic event!

ScareFest 13 continues our new era for our Convention. We are strengthened and preparing for our largest, most organized and exciting ScareFest than in any of our previous years! With that, we have created a solid-core industry standards method of producing our Seminar & Speaking events.

Unfortunately, due to the renovations at the Lexington Convention Center, our speaker program will be smaller than in the past. We are sorry for this, but expect the renovations to pay off in 2021 with the improved facilities. This means we will not be able to approve as many applications as in the past.

Please open and read the application and agreement completely. All information in this application must be filled out completely and returned back to us along with all necessary documentation requested in order to be placed for consideration at our event.

Please note: Completion and Submission of this application does NOT guarantee your placement or selection in our event. It IS however required in order to be placed for consideration. You will be contacted with our determination of your application within a month of the deadline. If approved, you will receive a secondary notice of your placement and schedule closer to the show (Please note placement of your seminar is done by The ScareFest).

We have outlined our policies, regulations and info in the application that must be read, understood and agreed to before you can be considered for this year’s event. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our process and program BEFORE you are accepted into the show.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020. No speakers will be accepted after this date for this year’s convention. We encourage everyone to apply early!

The Scarefest Is Now Accepting Volunteer Applications


How to become part of the SCAREFEST TEAM!

Each year we experience a slight increase in attendance, events and overall business. Because of that, we are always evaluating our staffing needs!

We are ALWAYS looking for Community Partners & Volunteers….that we lovingly refer to as “STAPH MEMBERS” thanks to founder PATTI STARR!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Please use our online Staph Application. The link will walk you thru the interactive form. Please note that your electronic signature on this form commits you to any and all requirements, rules and guidelines as well as indemnity contained within this application.

If you have any Volunteer Questions at any time, you may contact our Volunteer Director- Amber Truax at:

Our FIRST FULL STAPH Meeting will be held in January 2020, date and location to be determined.

Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you to join our team this year!

Volunteer Benefits include:

  • A Three Day Weekend Pass to the show, includes all FREE Seminars and Events plus Saturday Costume Ball. (Access to these areas and parties only available OUTSIDE of your scheduled working shift)
  • VIP Party Pass: Exclusive Access to our most prestigious Celebrity Party on Friday night.
  • A “PLUS ONE” Pass: An extra 3 day weekend pass for a friend or family member. (Staph Passes do not include posters, Swag bags, line skip, priority seating or any other “VIP” perk besides 3 day access and VIP Party)
  • Limited Access to our Hospitality Suite for food & refreshment (no guests)
  • FREE STAPH Shirt to be worn during your shift schedule only.
  • FREE SCAREFEST OFFICIAL EXPO SHIRT/BASIC shirt.(Must work 16 hours in order to get your free expo shirt)
  • Inclusion in all Staph Meetings, activities, access to Street Team Opportunities for other shows & events.
  • Point of Professional Reference when needed in exchange for your job well done!
  • Volunteers are required to volunteer at least 16 hours. Remember there are lots of opportunities throughout the year to get in your hours!
  • Must be able to attend staph meetings throughout the year.

Just a reminder when filling out your application, please remember some areas fill up quickly. Some areas, such as Star’s Row Handler, Star’s Row Security and Star’s Row Runners are very highly sought after areas. These areas are limited to those that have experience working at Scarefest. You are more than welcome to apply for these areas but you are not guaranteed that you will be placed there. Area assignments are done based on the needs of the convention.

DISCLAIMER: Any or ALL Staph Benefits may be reduced or eliminated pending verification of your work schedule and/or performance in your expected job. All Staph hours MUST be met before Official Shirt will be given. By electronic Signature, you agree that you will adhere to all scheduled hours once received, and will abide by proper behavior/presentation and act in a manner promoting the common good as a representative of The ScareFest. The ScareFest Owners & Operations Reserve the right to dismiss any volunteer at any time based on the overall business need, lack of performance, conflict of interest, unmet schedule, or other.


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Scarefest 2020 Reunites The Original Blair Witch Project Cast

The original Blair Witch Project is credited with launching the “found footage” genre of horror. It tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers—Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard (When The Blair Witch Project premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999, its promotional marketing campaign listed the actors as either “missing” or “deceased”.) —who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage is discovered a year later. The purportedly “recovered footage” is the film the viewer sees.

Scarefest The 13th is proud to bring all three stars of the movie to Lexington in October 2020!


The Candyman: Tony Todd Announced for The Scarefest 2020

Best known for his chilling performance as “Candyman”, the charismatic 6′ 5″ actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk in 1986.

Best of all, his performances over the years have kept him on our radar with appearances in genres we love beyond horror. Take Sci-Fi for example: He has played characters on three of the Star Trek television series: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (as Kurn, brother of Worf), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) (as Kurn and as an older Jake Sisko, son of Captain Benjamin Sisko), and Star Trek: Voyager (1995) (as an Alpha Hirogen, a race of intergalactic “big-game” hunters). 

Todd’s extensive credits exemplify his versatility. They include such film classics as The Rock (1996), The Crow (1994), Lean on Me (1989), Bird (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Final Destination (2000), the multiple Academy Award winning Oliver Stone film Platoon (1986) and Le secret (2000), which was nominated and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Todd’s recent films include the independent film Silence (2002) and Final Destination 2 (2003). He has had prominent guest starring roles in numerous critically-acclaimed television series, including recurring on Boston Public (2000), For the People (2002) and The District (2000), as well as NYPD Blue (1993), Smallville (2001), Law & Order (1990), Crossing Jordan (2001), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The X-Files (1993). Todd recurred on three incarnations of “Star Trek” and guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and episodes of CSI: Miami (2002) and Andromeda (2000). His television movies include starring roles in True Women (1997), Black Fox (1995), Butter (1998), Ivory Hunters (1990), Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999) and Control Factor (2003). We could go on since his career is still explosively active through 2020 with twelve films in post production as of the New Year.