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Tony Moran Announced for Scarefest 2020 Halloween Reunion

The Scarefest has had a major date shift from September to October 23-25 at the peak of Lexington Kentucky’s Halloween Celebration. So…Halloween it is!

Tony Moran is best known for playing the unmasked Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic Halloween. 

Tony was a struggling actor before he got the role of Michael Myers. At the time he had a job on Hollywood and Vine dressed up as Frankenstein. Moran had the same agent as his sister, Erin, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. When Moran went to audition for the role of Michael Myers in 1978, he met for an interview with director John Carpenter and producer Irwin Yablans. He later got a call back and was told he had got the part. Reportedly Moran was paid only $250 for his appearance and decided not to return for any of the sequels.

Halloween was Moran’s only film for 30 years (not counting several TV appearances). In 2008, he returned to acting with the short film The Lucky Break. In 2010, he produced and starred in the horror film Beg, which also stars his Halloween co-star P.J. Soles. In 2014 he starred in Dead Bounty and he also appeared in his biopic, the documentary film Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran.

Halloween Reunion at Scarefest 2020: Halloween at Halloween

Can you think of a better way to make the most of The Scarefest moving their dates from September to the peak of Lexington’s Halloween Celebration? Celebrate Halloween by celebrating Halloween!

More contracts are still out so who knows where this will lead, but for Scarefest the 13th we are bringing in three highly sought-after stars from the original 1978 Halloween movie: Tony Moran, Nancy Loomis, and Charles Cyphers.

Halloween, of course, is one of the most identifiable horror movies of all time, with one of the most identifiable villains of all time (with Tony Moran playing the rarely unmasked Michael Myers), launched one of the most successful movie franchises of all time with eight sequels if we counted correctly, plus a remake with its own sequel, and was credited as the inspiration for more slasher films than anyone can count.

Nancy Loomis’ character in the movie, Annie Brackett, is widely credited for having unintentionally created a trend in horror movies where female characters who smoke, have premarital sex or appear either nude or in their underwear, get killed off.

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!

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.