A few weeks ago, we were lucky to attend Monsterpalooza 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center. A celebration of all things creepy and weird (starting with attendees like us I&C editors), the event gave us the opportunity to meet and chat with a variety of horror film stars. It was surreal to be face to face with these actors, familiar strangers we’ve known our entire lives and yet never met before. An exciting and inspiring theme threaded through each interaction; many we spoke with had such meaningful and admirable endeavors outside the world of acting. They were scream queens for sure, which brought them to such an event, but a look at their other lives made the most lasting impression. I’m now thrilled to share some of what I learned, pulling back the blood-splattered curtain on some of my favorite screen icons.
Adrienne King, who went up against Jason’s mother in Friday the 13th, now partners with Valley View Winery in Southern Oregon to offer up Crystal Lake Wines. Order up some bottles Chiller White, Midnight Merlot, and Survivor’s Syrah over at her site. Yes, the bottles will come signed upon request. I think a case is in order for a Friday the 13th marathon in the very near future.
Christine Elise, who took down with Chucky in Child’s Play 2 (in addition to an unforgettable performance as Emily Valentine in 90210), is truly a woman of many talents. I was thrilled to discover she penned a novel, Bathing & The Single Girl (stay tuned for a review). As if that wasn’t enough, she hosts a vegan food porn channel on Youtube, Delightful Delicious Delovely. Her photography is nothing to scoff at either.
Linda Blair needs no introduction. Her performance as Regan in The Exorcist is a benchmark in horror cinema. Now you find her working with the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, where she strives to bring attention to issues regarding animal welfare and combat animal abuse and neglect. There are many ways you can help the organization — Donate, volunteer, or even adopt a dog in need of a home.
Watch this space for future profiles on the awe-inspiring lives of other scream queens (and, of course, maybe a few scream gents as well).