Guests

Over the coming months we'll be listing all of the show guests and appearances on this page so keep checking back regularly.

Please note all guests are subject to work and professional commitments.  In some cases guests may cancel with little warning.


FILM & TV

DANNY HASSEL (Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5)

Danny Hassel (born December 7, 1967) is an American actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Dan Jordan in the 1988 hit horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and in the 1989 sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.

Hassel also made guest appearances on television shows such as Simon & Simon, Murder, She Wrote, and Houston Knights.
Hassel enlisted in the U.S. Army after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. After completing Basic Training, Airborne School, and RIP he was assigned under the 75th Ranger Regiment and served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. When his Platoon learned of his endeavors as an actor he gained the nickname "Hollywood Hassel". Hassel deployed numerous times to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He now lives in the Los Angeles area and is married with a young daughter

RICKY DEAN LOGAN (Nightmare on Elm Street 6)

Over the course of a career spanning three decades (and still going strong), RICKY DEAN LOGAN has proven himself a versatile, constantly evolving talent, both in front of, and behind the cameras.

With just one TV movie to his credit, Logan made his motion picture debut in one of 1989’s blockbuster, Back to the Future: Part II, playing the role of ‘Data,’ one-third of Griff’s gang who pursue Marty McFly in a hoverboard chase through the town square of a futuristic Hill Valley. The actor’s performance so impressed director Bob Zemeckis and co-creator/producer Bob Gale, they brought Logan back for a completely different role for Back to the Future Part III. Shortly thereafter, Ricky appeared in another classic film franchise, with his role as Carlos in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.

Since that time, the actor has appeared in a steady stream of film and television projects, with roles in such popular series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seinfeld, Tales From the Crypt, Baywatch, Pacific Blue, ER, Las Vegas, Days of Our Lives, My Name is Earl, Southland and The Mentalist, among many others. He has lent his voice to a number of video games, as well as the animated series, Spawn.

When not in front of, or behind the cameras, Ricky travels around the globe to comic cons and conventions to meet and greet his fans. The actor lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

MADELINE SMITH (Hammer Horror)

SATURDAY 24th ONLY

Madeline Smith started her career as a model, but was soon snapped up by producers for film work. She made her debut in 1967 in The Mini Affair with Georgie Fame. A few credits, and years, later; Hammer cast her in Taste The Blood Of Dracula with Christopher Lee as the blood sucking Count.

The Vampire Lovers, Up Pompeii, The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, Up The Front, Carry On Matron and Theatre Of Blood with Vincent Price preceded her casting, in 1973, in Live And Let Die she was the sexy Italian spy, Miss Caruso - who falls for Bond's magnetic charm.

Madeline remained extremely busy with film and tv work post-Bond, and her credits embraced The Love Ban, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, Percy's Progress, The Black Knight .... Doctor At Large, The Persuaders, Jason King, Steptoe And Son and All Creatures Great And Small.

Madeline will be at the show for Saturday 24th Feb only.

MARLON TAYLOR (IT)

Marlon Taylor is a native New Yorker, who moved to Los Angeles in the early 80's to pursue an acting career. Landing roles in TV shows such as Amen, Mr Belvedere, Just the ten of us, Doctor Doctor, and a host of commercials. Marlon has also performed on stage at the Los angeles Theatre Center in August Wilsons "Eden", and the Cast Theatre's production of "Omalingwo". Which landed Marlon An Inner City Cultural Center NAACP award. Marlon trained at the Lee Strasberg Actors institute, Rainbow Connection and the Los Angeles actors institute, as well as the Community School of Performing Arts.


In the Late 80's Marlon was cast as young Mike Hanlon in Stephen Kings "IT", which was released in the early 90's. After a small hiatus from acting Marlon was cast on the TV show Sister Sister, with twins Tia & Tamara, and of course Tim Reid (grown Mike Hanlon). Since Going away to college In 1994 Marlon has been absent on the acting scene. But he has Put his foot back in the biz this year. You can catch Marlon in Season 4 episode 9 of the SyFy networks Z-Nation. Stay tuned for more to come.

JARRED BLANCARD (IT)

We’re very pleased to announce Jarred Blancard the FIRST of our IT guests coming to Birmingham Horror Con next February (24th & 25th).

Jarred Blancard was born on May 2, 1973 in Canada. He made international fame in 1990 when he burst onto our TV screens as Henry Bowers, the troubled teenager in Stephen King’s now cult classic, IT.

His acting career continued to boom with more successful roles including The Boys Club, nine years as Michaelangelo in the TV series, Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and as Jeffers in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.

Jarred has never signed at a convention anywhere! This is a unique opportunity for horror fans across the globe to dust off their copies of IT, to snap up those cinema posters for this gentleman’s autograph.

BRANDON CRANE (IT)

A native of Oceanside, California, Brandon has enjoyed a broad career in theatre and television. Brandon began appearing in television commercials at the age of four after an agent noticed him entertaining party guests with impressions of popular singers. He would go on to make guest appearances on FULL HOUSE, STEP BY STEP, GET A LIFE and IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW among others.

Brandon was in the middle of a lengthy stint on the classic show THE WONDER YEARS when he landed the role of young Ben Hanscom in IT. Most recently, Brandon appeared alongside his IT cast mates in a documentary about the Pennywise phenomenon following the wildly successful Warner Bros. reboot.

BEN HELLER (IT)

As a young person living in Vancouver, Canada, it was easy for Ben to explore the thriving film scene as a background player.

That interest led to his first audition, which was for the role of Young Stan in Stephen King's IT. Studying the art of acting remained a passion in his life, while at the same time testing the waters with different career options.

Currently, Ben is a Senior Business Analyst at a tech company he has been with for 14 years. Thoughts of returning to acting are never too far from his mind.

ADAM FARAIZL (IT)

Adam Faraizl was born on November 3, 1977. He is an actor, known for Robocop 2 (1990), Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two (1992), A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991) and of course for the hit TV mini series adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.


Eddie Kaspbrak was the smallest of The Losers Club, who wheezed his way through the film with his inhaler. One of his most memorable scenes was when Pennywise appears in the plug hole during a shower sketch. Eddie for sure was one of the fan favourites and still remains so today.




TOM FITZPATRICK (The Bride in Black – Insidious 2/3)

Tom Fitzpatrick has been active on stages around the country for 54 years, but he is proudest of the ten years he spent, from 1985 to 1995, as a member of Dar A Luz, the acting company formed by the late Avant-Garde wunderkind, Reza Abdoh. Under Reza's direction, Tom created roles in 10 of Abdoh's ground-breaking spectacles, starting first at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center, then Off-off Broadway in New York and finally on several European tours, where the company garnered critical acclaim and played to sell-out houses everywhere they performed.

With Abdoh's death in 1995, Tom began to focus on TV and film. He had a memorable guest-shot on "Designing Women" as well as appearances on "America's Most Wanted", "Highway To Heaven", "Ben And Kate', "Comedy Bang! Bang!” and "Eagleheart", to name a few. Film audiences saw Tom doing a cover of Lou Reed's "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" as "Karaoke Joe" in "The Salton Sea" and giving Leo Di Caprio his first screen kiss as the "John" who picks up Leo's character in the subway in "Basketball Diaries".

In recent years Tom has portrayed one of the creepiest and most fascinating characters in horror movie history, The Bride in Black. Making the character his own and expanding the Bride’s backstory in “Insidious: Chapter 2”, Tom returned for more spooky fun in the critically praised third chapter. The Bride has quickly become a favourite among horror fans after being further immortalised in art and costume, a feat which is in no small part due to Tom’s intense and deliciously macabre performance as the Insidious series’ most recognisable ghost!

BOB ELMORE (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - Leatherface)

Bob Elmore has been a Hollywood stuntman since 1985 and is most known as Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.

“I got my start in the late 70s, working at Knott’s Berry Farm, doing chainsaw stunts in a Wild West show. After doing that for several years, a few of us stunt guys looked into getting into the real stunt business. I soon got into a program at LA City College and began getting paid stunt jobs and was able to earn a living doing just that.

When I was asked to do stunts on Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t even seen the original film.

It was 110° in Texas with 100% humidity and we were working in an underground tunnel that was 160°. After shooting my stunt scenes, I had taken my costume off and was about to leave, when they called me back to the set. So I got dressed again and went back in there wondering what was going on, and they said that Bill Johnson (credited for the role of Leatherface) couldn’t lift the chainsaw up over his head. It was the biggest chainsaw on the market at that time and weighed about 75 pounds. They had tried to make a lighter chainsaw, but it didn’t work out and they had to use a real chainsaw with a dulled blade. So I had a stunt contract and an acting contract for this movie.

I am not an actor. But because I essentially took on the role of Leatherface, I had to give him character. The thing about Leatherface is that he doesn’t speak – he grunts and groans – and you never see his face. Body language was key to giving his character a style... his hand movements, how he dances with Stretch and handles her not like a lady, but like an object. That was just what I came up with for his character, a mad man who is also physically strong.

Although I remained credited only as Bill’s stunt double, 98% of what you see of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is actually me!”

AUTHORS & ARTISTS

RICKY FLEET

Ricky Fleet has been a lifelong horror fan. One dark night, many years ago, he ‘borrowed’ a copy of Salem’s Lot from his mum’s bedside table. Sneaking it into his room, the terrifying visage of Barlow gazed out from the cover. Doomed townsfolk stretched into the distance, and in bold, silver font was a name - Stephen King. The story contained within those pages spawned an appetite for horror that has yet to be sated. Masterton, Lumley, Koontz, Laws, Herbert, Hutson, Laymon, Barker, and many more have influenced both his life and his writing.

After spending years working in the plumbing and gas trade, he then decided to start teaching, passing on his knowledge to the next generation of engineers.
Born and raised in the UK, cups of tea are a non-negotiable staple of the English life and serve as brain fuel for his first love - writing.

With the Hellspawn series being enjoyed across the world, the growing saga has a dark edge that begins to explore the true horror of a world without rules. A nod to the master, George A. Romero. the only thing running on his zombies are the fluids of decay. What they lack in velocity, they more than make up for with utter remorselessness and insatiable hunger.

Infernal – Emergence is the first in his new demon series. A tale of conspiracy, untapped powers and the vast armies of Hell who yearn to tear our world apart. Only one man stands in their way; he just doesn’t know it yet.

TIM LEBBON

Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales. He’s had over forty novels published to date, as well as hundreds of novellas and short stories. Recent novels include Relics, The Family Man, The Silence and the Rage War trilogy of Alien/Predator novels. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Awards.

The movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, was released Hallowe'en 2015. The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, is in post-production. Several other movie projects are in development in the US and UK.

Find out more about Tim at his website www.timlebbon.net

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