Pictures from CT Horrorfest 2015

By Jason Harris

The 2nd Annual CT Horrorfest took place at The Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT. on July 18.

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Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.

Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.


Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).

Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).


Regan.

Regan.

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Alien Queen.

Alien Queen.


Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos‘ table.


WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.

WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.


The Mummy.

The Mummy.

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Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre panel: Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.


Freddy Krueger and Jason  Voorhees.

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

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Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

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Doug Bradley.

Doug Bradley (Pinhead).


Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Pictures from the Connecticut Horrorfest

 

By Jason Harris

 

Ryan Emerson and Joe Rubin of Vinegar Syndrome.

Ryan Emerson and Brandon Upson of Vinegar Syndrome.

Beetlejuice and Lydia.

Beetlejuice and Lydia.

Irone Singleton of The Walking Dead.

Irone Singleton of The Walking Dead.

Alex from A Clockwork Orange.

Alex from A Clockwork Orange.

Authors Stacey Longo and G. Elmer Munson at the Books & Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo and G. Elmer Munson at the Books & Boos table.

Carnage

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Lady Pinhead.

Lady Pinhead.

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Jennifer Lynn Warren of American Horror Story.

Jennifer Lynn Warren of American Horror Story.

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Author Stacey Longo with a cosplayer.

Author Stacey Longo with a cosplayer.

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Author F.M. Longo.

Author F.M. Longo.

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Cerina Vincent of Cabin Fever.

Cerina Vincent of Cabin Fever.

Theshay West and Moses Moseley of The Walking Dead.

Theshay West and Moses Moseley of The Walking Dead.

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A Clockwork Orange cosplay.

A Clockwork Orange cosplay.

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Stacey Longo with Lady Pinhead.

Stacey Longo with Lady Pinhead.

Doug Bradley Talks about Pinhead, Masks, and Clive Barker

Doug Bradley Talks about Pinhead, Masks, and Clive Barker

By Jason Harris

Doug Bradley

Doug Bradley, best known for the role of Pinhead in the Hellraiser movies, doesn’t think of himself as a horror icon. He jokingly said it sounds like there was a morning where there was a letter on his doorstep stating, “Dear Mr. Bradley, you are now a fully accredited horror icon with a membership card enclosed.”

He credits his appearances at conventions for helping him become known to his fans since he isn’t recognizable with the make-up on.

“I have always said that every actor’s biggest enemy is anonymity.”

Pinhead

He is known more as Pinhead then the character of Lylesburg in Nightbreed.

There’s always an interest in Nightbreed and that interest has been raised recently with the attempt to restore it back to the movie Clive Barker intended to have released in 1990, Bradley said.

Bradley and Barker became friends in high school in Liverpool back in the 60s when they were in a play together. He describes his friend as “the most extraordinary person I’ve met.” He says he “tries not to throw the word genius around lightly,” but he does apply it in Barker’s case.

Bradley said people expect Barker “to be weird and fucked up and sacrificing virgins [and] biting the heads off live chickens. For all I know, he may do all of that,” he jokingly said.

He considers Barker, “very funny, very witty” and a person with an “extraordinary imagination to be able to produce the movies that he has, the short stories, the novels, and his artwork.” He’s “a person with a tremendous sense of the absurd and the ridiculous.”

“For all these decades, it has been a privilege to be close to that process,” Bradley said.

Barker is one of the reasons he turned down portraying Pinhead in the ninth installment of the franchise, Hellraiser: Revelations, which came out last year.

“I didn’t feel like the movie was in anyway, shape, or form a serious attempt to move the franchise forward nor reinvigorate it in any way, shape, or form. I felt it was something of an insult to the franchise, to Clive, to me, to all the people who had worked so hard on the series over the years.”

Bradley hasn’t seen the movie, which had a microscopic budget and a brief shooting schedule, he said. He has heard about the movie from fans and nothing of what he is hearing about it is good, he said.

When he first became Pinhead, it took him five to six hours in the make-up chair, but it was shortened to about three to four hours by the time he made the eighth movie in the franchise. The longest time he was in the make-up for was 18 hours. It all depended on what was needed of him, he said. He could be needed for one scene or for several.

These days he is enjoying just acting and doesn’t have any aspirations to direct.

“I wouldn’t shy away from the possibility of directing, but it’s not something I have a desire to do necessarily.”



Besides acting, he has written a screenplay and a book. The impetus for his book, Behind the Mask of a Horror Actor, “goes back to his relationship with Clive” and how they were always working together for ten years in the theater before Hellraiser.

“We were always using masks one way or another as part of our work. I always had a fascination for it before I came to Pinhead so I guess I just had the ideas in my head …”

When asked about writing an autobiography, he isn’t thinking about writing one because it feels to him if you write one “your life and career are over,” which he feels he is nowhere near that point yet.

“If you are writing your autobiography, you want to make yourself sound as interesting as possible. You want to make your life story as interesting as possible. I don’t know if we’re necessarily capable of telling the truth about ourselves.”

Bradley recently read Lance Henriksen’s autobiography, Not Bad for a Human.

“He has an amazing story to tell particularly in terms of his early life and his journey into the profession. I truly enjoyed reading it.”

Bradley will be attending Rock and Shock this weekend at the DCU Convention Center & The Palladium in Worcester, MA.