New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival has confirmed that the Queen of Halloween and Mistress of the Dark Cassandra Peterson will make her only local appearance at The Showboat on September 22nd and 23rd. Cassandra Peterson is an actress is best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, carving out an enduring niche in popular American culture. Elvira's reign as 'Queen of Halloween' has now spanned thirty-five years and includes two nationally syndicated television series, two feature films (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills), She has made hundreds of film, television, and live appearances including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series), 13 Nights of Elvira, Last Man Standing (TV Series), St. Elsewhere, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, Elvira's Movie Macabre, The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Search for the Next Elvira, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Oddities, Counting Cars, Face Off and Halloween Wars.
Ms. Peterson joins an already extraordinary gathering of celebrities for the weekend show in Atlantic City, including:
Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong fame, actor in From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete, Tin Cup) and television series (Nash Bridges)
Linda Blair from The Exorcist
William Daniels, the Voice of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider and Dr. Mark Daniels from St. Elsewhere
Rock Legend Dee Snider from Twisted Sister
Rock Icon Lita Ford
Edward Furlong, from Terminator 2: Judgment Day and American History X
“This is our 4th show, and it is by far the best line-up of celebrities that we have had yet”, says Ryan Scott Weber, a New Jersey-based film producer, and director who has shifted his talents to producing the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival. “For us, it’s all about the horror fan’s experience at our show and the film festival being the heart of it. This time around, we have re-created Elvira’s television hosting set so fans can have a photo op with Cassandra Peterson as if they were appearing on her television show. We will also have a screen used K.I.T.T. car from Knight Rider for photo ops with William Daniels, who was the voice of the car on the TV series.”
Also appearing: Marky Ramone (Rock and Roll Hall of fame drummer of The Ramones) Ted Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman, Darkman), Scout Taylor Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2, The Runaways), Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Bam Margera SATURDAY ONLY (Viva La Bam, Jackass), Lita Ford (The Runaways), William Katt (House, The Great American Hero) Kevin Nash and Scott Hall (WWE), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Not Another Teen Movie, Power Rangers), Danny Lloyd (The Shining), James Debello (Cabin Fever, Detroit Rock City) Violet Ramis Stiel (Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis daughter), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Freddy vs. Jason), Seth Gilliam and Kerry Cahill (The Walking Dead), Tony Moran (Michael Myers in Halloween), from FRIDAY THE 13th FILMS Adrienne King, Ari Lehman, Amy Steel, Ron Millkie, Harry Manfredini, and John Carl Buechler. Ron Jeremy (Troma Films) Joel Robinson (Artist for Shout! Factory, officially licensed Artist for the Vincent Price Estate), Father Evil and more!
In addition to established talent, NJ Horror Con and Film Festival is the only con that offers up and coming filmmakers a showcase for their work. “We support regional and national filmmakers with the opportunity to have their film selected for screening at the show. Once submitted, all submissions are carefully reviewed by our panel for screening at the Con. There are exceptional films being made out there and our festival offers these writers, directors, actors and special effects people exposure and the opportunity to win awards,” continues Ryan. Films will be screened continuously during all three days of the con in a special screening area on the show floor with no additional cost to the guest. In addition to the aspiring filmmakers, established production houses like Troma Entertainment and Wild Eye Productions will have booths on the show floor providing a great networking opportunity for those looking to break into the industry.
The fourth New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival will be featured at The Showboat on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd. For more information, advance tickets and vendor booths go to www.newjerseyhorrorcon.com.