The post-Halloween blues hit harder than a curb stomped Jack O’ Lantern. Luckily things are set to keep spooky once October has passed. Toronto’s horror only all-horror convention has revealed their line up of panels, screenings and the Canadian event debut of Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede, Julia). Horror-Rama runs November 4th & 5th at 918 Bathurst Street in Toronto. More info can be found on their website and Facebook page.
Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Tales from the Darkside, Dune); Frank Henenlotter(Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando, Weird Science); Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984, Deadly Eyes); Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Deadly Eyes, Funeral Home); Mike Diana(Infamous and controversial Illustrator); John Russo (Night of the Living Dead co-writer and producer); Carl Zittrer (Composer Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Black Christmas, Deathdream, Blood Orgy of the She Devils); and Lisa Petrucci (Artist and Something Weird Video braintrust
Horror-Rama is also excited to announce this year’s panel and screening schedule:
HORROR-RAMA Panels of Pain
Saturday November 4
11:00am The Man Who Would be Wez: Australian actor Vernon Wells recalls his iconic turn as apocalyptic punk psychopath Wez in Mad Max 2 and discusses his many roles in cult horror and action cinema.
12:00pm Centipedes and Psychosis: Actress Ashley C. Williams sits down and tells tales of starring in the notorious shocker The Human Centipede as well as her startling turn in the 2015 psyche-horror masterpiece Julia (also screening at Horror-Rama with director Matthew A. Brown).
2:00pm Mink Stole – Filthy and Fabulous! An intimate sit down with John Waters’ favorite actress, the incredible – and hilarious – Mink Stole.
3:00pm Something Weird Forever: Join Lisa Petrucci and Frank Henenlotter as they muse on the legacy of the late Mike Vraney and the history of the iconic Something Weird Video.
4:00pm Making Music for Movies: Composers John Harrison (Day of the Dead, Creepshow) and Carl Zittrer (Black Christmas, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, Porky’s) discuss their practical approaches to sculpting sounds and offer tips to budding musicians trying to make it in the business.
5:00pm Legacy of the Dead: Night of the Living Dead co-writer and producer John Russo talks about the making of George A. Romero’s 1968 masterpiece as well as the wealth of eerie books and bizarre films he’s made since then.
Sunday November 5
12:00pm The Queens of Canuxploitation: Come hang with the beautiful and brilliant Lisa Langlois and Lesleh Donaldson as they share stories of coming of age in the wild prime of Canadian horror and fantasy filmmaking.
1:00pm Remembering Bob Clark: One of the late Black Christmas, Deathdream and Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things director Bob Clark’s closest collaborators, Carl Zittrer remembers his many years making marvelous movies with a master of horror.
2:00pm Remembering George A. Romero: Two of the late director’s closest friends and collaborators – John Russo and John Harrison – remember key moments in their time spent with one of the true gentlemen of horror cinema.
3:00pm The Trial of Mike Diana: Join Mike Diana – the only American artist ever convicted of obscenity – and director Frank Henelotter as they discuss the upcoming documentary that chronicles this outrageous case and how it impacted Diana’s life.
HORROR-RAMA Screaming Room
Saturday November 4
11:00am Effects (1980) – John Harrison (star, co-producer and composer) introduces the screening of this incredible and obscure meta horror film, co-starring Day of the Dead’s Joe Pilato and Tom Savini, and mentored by George A. Romero.
1:00pm Blood in the Snow 2017: Come and hang with BITS programmers and filmmakers as they announce the full feature and shorts lineup for their blood-spattered 2017 lineup!
3:00pm Borley Rectory (2017) – Join us for the CANADIAN PREMIERE screening of this eerie and elegant Gothic chiller from British animator and filmmaker Ashley Thorpe!
5:00pm Brain Damage (1988) – Frank Henenlotter introduces this showing of his deranged and witty elevated exploitation masterpiece. Presented by Arrow Video.
Sunday November 5
12:00pm Julia (2015) – Star Ashley C. Williams and director Matthew A. Brown host this special screening of the disturbing and acclaimed psycho thriller.
2:00pm The Blair Witch Legacy (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE – In July 2017, three filmmakers traveled to Burkittsville, Maryland to document the untold truth behind the making of the original Blair Witch Project. This is their story. Join us for the world premiere of this bizarre horror shocker!
Horror-Rama 2017 is proudly sponsored by Arrow Video, Fantasm Media, The Beguiling, and Full Moon Features.
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