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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Icons of Italian Horror to Invade New Jersey

My apologies for two posts in a row on spaghetti horror, but this is a big one. And as a long-time Chiller Theatre patron, I personally couldn't be more excited.

Long-running northeastern genre expo Chiller Theatre, in association with Paura Productions, has announced that this April's Chiller convention will feature the largest collection of Italian horror luminaries ever assembled, including a 30th anniversary reunion of the cast and crew of Lucio Fulci's Zombie (a.k.a. Zombi 2).

"It will be a historic occasion," says Paura founder Mike Baronas, the evil mastermind behind the whole shebang. "It will be a surreal experience to stand in one place surrounded by all these folks I grew up adoring, and I'm certain I won't be alone in that respect."

Scheduled to appear are:

From ZOMBIE

  • Ian McCulloch (Dr. Butcher M.D., Contamination)
  • Richard Johnson (The Haunting, Beyond the Door, Screamers)
  • Al Cliver (The Beyond, Cannibals, Endgame, Demonia, Devil Hunter)
  • Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (Rats: Night of Terror, Cut & Run, Zombi 3)
  • Giannetto De Rossi (SPFX maestro of High Tension, Dune, The Beyond)
  • Mirella De Rossi (Hair Stylist of Dragonheart, Conan the Destroyer)

The Children from THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY

  • Giovanni Frezza (Demons, Manhattan Baby, A Blade In The Dark)
  • Silvia Collatina (Murderock, Big Alligator River)

Also Featuring…

  • Luigi Cozzi (Director of Contamination, Starcrash, The Killer Must Kill Again)
  • Zora Kerova (Cannibal Ferox, Anthropophagus, The New York Ripper)
  • Malisa Longo (A Cat in the Brain, Fraulein Kitty, Miranda, Way of the Dragon)
  • Beatrice Ring (Zombi 3, Graveyard Disturbance, Interzone)
  • Michael Sopkiw (2019: After the Fall of New York, Devil Fish, Blastfighter)

Quite a bunch. I'm particularly psyched about 82-year-old Richard Johnson, a true horror legend going all the way back to The Haunting in 1963. And the creepy kids from The House by the Cemetery--need I say more?

Chiller Theatre happens in scenic Parsippany, New Jersey the weekend of April 17-19.

4 comments:

mandingo said...

Wow! What an amazing event! Living in Australia, we seldom get events like this; we had Romero here a few months ago for the Melbourne International Film Festival, but other than that...

Your are extremely fortunate.

I really enjoy your site, and look forward to hearing about the event, if you intend to report on it.

Keep up the great work, keeping we in the boonies informed!!

B-Sol said...

Thanks! I do intend to be there, but I can't guarantee it, what with the joys/responsibilities of parenthood and all...

Jonathan "JR" said...

Is it too easy to make a joke about New Jersey and Italians? Yeah, it probably is.

B-Sol said...

How ridiculous that I didn't even make the connection!

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