Ken Foree — 2007 IHSFF Hall of Fame Inductee

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KEN FOREE

Born in Indiana, Ken Foree has been scaring us on the big screen for years. His family is noted for their academic and political achievements, so his entry into show biz was quite a surprise to his family members. He received formal acting training at the renowned Michael Shulman's Performing Gallery in New York.Shortly after that he landed a guest starring role on TV's "Kojak". Then he landed the role of Peter Washington in George A. Romeros 1978 classic, Dawn of the Dead, which proved to be an enduring cult classic. In the 2004 Universal Pictures remake, Ken reprised his role of Peter Washington (The Televangelist).Ken has quite a few other horror films to his credit which include The Dentist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects and Rob Zombie’s Halloween just to name a few.In addition to his horror roles, you saw a softer side of Ken in Nickelodeons hit show Keenan and Kel. His past guest starring television roles include The X-Files, General Hospital, Babylon 5 and Quantum Leap.

When Ken isn’t scaring us to death, he enjoys weightlifting, surfing, boxing, and watching Hoosier basketball. He also enjoys traveling and history.

Ken resides in Los Angeles.

Visit www.KenForee.com for more info and merchandise.

Linda Blair — 2007 IHSFF Hall of Fame Inductee

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LINDA BLAIR

Academy Award Nominee, Golden Globe Winner and Winner of the People's Choice Award.

Internationally known for her portrayal of Regan, the fourteen-year-old girl in the movie, "The Exorcist", Linda Blair had already had a full career in modeling & commercials in NYC.

At the age of Five years, Linda worked as a model for such well-known stores as Sears, J.C. Penny's and Macy's. Her first commercial was for Downey fabric softener, which led to a career of over 75 commercials, ranging from Welch's Grape Jelly, Guldens Mustard, several Ivory Soap commercials, cereals and toys.

The Exorcist, which was released in December 1973, changed Linda's life forever. She made the TV movies: "Born Innocent", "Sarah T. Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic" (Linda won the AA Award for special contribution to this tragic problem) "Sweet Hostage" (with Martin Sheen) and "Summer of Fear" directed by Wes Craven. Her movie roles have ranged from "Roller Boogie" and starring with Richard Burton in "Exorcist II: The Heretic". Kirk Douglas & Elizabeth Taylor played her parents in "Victory at Entebbe".

Linda founded the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation. Primarily, Worldheart rescues abandoned and abused animal companions from the harsh city streets and provides medical care, socialization, rehabilitation and ensures that the animals get a second chance at life as well as a forever, loving home. By utilizing, Ms. Blair’s status as a public figure, WorldHeart is able to bring attention to this growing problem.

Please take a moment to visit www.LindaBlairWorldHeart.org for more information.

 

Mick Garris — 2006 IHSFF Hall of Fame Inductee

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An accomplished writer/producer/director and creator of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, Mick’s love of horror began at an early age, starting with writing horror fiction at the age of twelve. His many credits include "Life on Death Row" from Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, "Whirlpool" from HBO’s Tales of the Crypt, Psycho IV and Critters 2.With a career spanning over twenty five years, Mick is probably best known for his work with Stephen King and developing the bestselling author’s books for television. Beginning with 1992’s Sleepwalkers, Mick went on to direct one of the finest King adaptations ever, The Stand. His 1997 version of The Shining is claimed by King to be more faithful than the Kubrick film. 1997 also saw Quicksilver  Highway starring Christopher Lloyd and is based on short stories by Clive Barker and Stephen King. His latest King adaptation is this year’s Desperation, a three hour mini-series for ABC starring Tom Skerritt. Mick’s latest big screen movie is Riding the Bullet. He wrote the screenplay and directed this tale about a young hitchhiker on his way back home to see his dying mother. Along the way he is picked up by a mysterious stranger with a deadly secret. The story is based on an eBook by Stephen King. The film stars Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Cliff Robertson, Erika Christensen (Parenthood) and Barbara Hershey.

Lloyd Kaufman — 2005 IHSFF Hall of Fame Inductee

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Lloyd Kaufman

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Lloyd Kaufman is many things: producer, director, screenwriter, editor, composer, actor, and, above all, a renegade fighting against the further conglomeration and Homogenization of Hollywood. Kaufman is president and co-founder of Troma Entertainment, one of the last upholders of independent, low-budget fi lms. His work include “Class of Nuke ‘Em High “(1986) and “Tromeo and Juliet” (1996). Just wrapping production, “Poultrygeist! Attack of the Chicken Zombies!” is destined to become another cult classic. Kaufman started making low-budget fi lms in school. He and long-time business partner Michael Herz launched Troma as a distribution company in the late 1970s for their distinct brand of fi lms. It has since grown to include a production company, a merchandising outlet, and in the late 1990s, a cable-television network. One of Kaufman’s best-known and best-loved films is Toxic Avenger (1986), the bloody and terribly violent chronicle of a Long Island nerd’s revenge against the townsfolk who tormented him.In the late 1990s, he recounted his experiences and offered advice to young independent filmmakers in his book “All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger.” We welcome Lloyd Kaufman to the International Horror & Sci-Fi Hall of Fame for his importance to the horror and science fiction genres and his devotion to independent filmmaking.

Tobe Hooper — 2005 IHSFF Hall of Fame Inductee

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TOBE HOOPER

Texas native Tobe Hooper went to the movies every day growing up in Austin, and started making 8mm films with his high school buddies. Hooper was a student in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at Austin’s University of Texas and gained experience directing industrial films, documentaries and commercials.He turned to the horror genre after his drama “Eggshells” about Vietnam veterans failed to attract attention, and his 1974 classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” would have an incredible cultural impact. Shot for $60,000 and based loosely on serial killer Ed Gein and the Hansel and Gretal fairy tale, Hooper’s incredible depictions of decay and depravity still shock audiences today. He followed up his success with the TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”, the Steven Spielberg-produced “Poltergeist”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2” and several projects for television, including the Showtime series “Masters of Horror”, working with Robert Englund.The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival welcomes Director Tobe Hooper into its’ Hall of Fame for his ability to shock audiences, and the impact of his incredible work, cited by several filmmakers as the inspiration for their career aspirations.