Horror

The new Halloween film is a giant hit where Michael Myers and Laurie Strode share their last battle together. Haddonfield will never be the same ever again! James Jude Courtney, Michael Myers in the newest incantation, is no stranger to playing scary characters as he has also portrayed villains in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”. Make sure to take the time to meet James Jude Courtney at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con and to get an autograph. James Jude’s page on our site is here.

Once upon a time, a group of siblings decided that they wanted to make a movie. Combining every resource they had, a few Hollywood celebrities, and oodles of creativity and imagination, the Chiodo Bros. created the B-movie magnum opus Killer Klowns From Outer Space. They also became well known for their skills in traditional special effects and created some other monsters in cinema including the iconic Critters monsters as well as the trolls for Ernest Scared Stupid, the creepy dolls in Tales From The Hood, and some of the iconic monsters in Gremlins. Meet the guys over the weekend and make sure to go to the Killer Klowns From Outer Space screening on Saturday night! Their page is here.

Ricou Browning only has one major role on his horror resume, but what a role it is: the Creature (underwater effects) in the three original Creature From The Black Lagoon films of the 1950’s. What more do you need here, people? Ricou is the only man who played a classic Universal Monster character  that is still with us, so this one is a must meet! He will be at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con all weekend, so make sure to get an autograph and sit in one of his panels. Ricou’s page on our site is here.

He is not exactly one would look at for a horror guest, but “Cheers” and Pixar regular John Ratzenberger does have a history in his early career in horror films. He was one of the victims of Farmer Vincent’s special garden in the drive-in cult classic Motel Hell and he played Bill in the 1987 horror sequel House II: The Second Story. Make sure to meet John at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, and drag out those DVD’s for him to sign. John’s page can be found here.

Doug Jones is no stranger to being the man behind the mask, as he has portrayed numerous horror characters and baddies throughout his illustrious career. Some of the roles he has played include Pan in Pan’s Labyrinth, The Ice Cream Man in Legion, The Ancient in the TV show “The Strain”, Count Orlok in the upcoming remake of Nosferatu, and even Billy Butcherson in the family horror comedy Hocus Pocus. Truly a man of 1000 faces in the tradition of Boris Karloff! Make sure to meet this chameleon of an actor at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 10 and 11. Doug can be found on our site here.

Be afraid…be sort of afraid…okay, be a wee bit concerned. Doctor Mortose will once again haunt the vending hall of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con with his clan of scary misfits and scientific trials gone oh so wrong. Michigan’s horror host, mad scientist, and all-around weird guy will be involved in various aspects of the show and will be constantly stalking the hallways looking for new subjects for his awful experiments and his consistent efforts to take overt the world–or, at least, cable access television. His comic-con page is here.

Film Festival

Welcome to the grindhouse!

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is pleased to be hosting a showcase of student and independent grindhouse film shorts at the event on Friday evening, November 9. This festival will be part of the show and no additional tickets or expenses will be expected of fans to attend the event. This film festival will have more of a R-rated slant and nobody will be allowed to enter this film festival that is under the age of 17 unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. More info is here.

Costumed Clubs

If you have ghosts, who ya gonna call? Why the Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition, of course! The guys and gals in the GLGC will be roaming the show looking for paranormal activity throughout the weekend, celebrating the long-running movie franchise, and entertaining kids and adults alike. Make sure to find their large display including their own version of an Ecto-1 vehicle and assorted props inside the main vending hall. They will also host a panel on how to join them in their charitable work, so interested souls should attend. You can find out more about their involvement at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con here.

Panels

Friday

6:15 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook E

Dr. Mortose Commands

Dr. Mortose Commands the Mysterious Audience

Our local monster movie narrator and his gang of goons discuss Horror Hosting locally and internationally and have the audience participate in an experiment. Be afraid! Well, be kinda afraid. OK, how about just concerned?

8:00 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

Grindhouse Film Festival

Check out some of the most hardcore and crazy short films out there today in our salute to the grindhouse-style theaters. Must by 17 to attend.

Saturday

11:00 am in Grand Gallery E-F

Ricou Browning

The Legend of The Creature From the Black Lagoon

The actual stunt man in the rubber suit for the classic sci-fi/horror film The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) discusses film making back in that era, the landmark special effects of the film, and how the film and his role have become iconic within pop and monster culture.

2:15 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook E

Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition

We Want You!

Got ghosts? Find out more about the local chapter of the Ghostbusters, what kind of activities do they participate, and how you can get involved. Who ya gonna call?

7:00 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

The Mads of MST3K

Trace Beaulieu (Crow T Robot) and Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) from the original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will publicly eviscerate a bad movie and take questions from the audience.

9:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

Chiodo Bros.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space Screening

The creators of the 80s seminal classic will screen the film and take questions from the audience. Make  sure to be there on time for a special gag we believe all of you will enjoy!

Sunday

11:00 am in Grand Gallery A-C

Doug Jones and Ricou Browning

Doug Jones Talks Shop With Ricou Browning

Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape Of Water) will interview Ricou Browning (The Creature From The Black Lagoon) on their uniqueness in the field as underwater special effects masters, the challenges of rubber suit acting, and being that guy where everybody knows your character but not your face.

1:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

Chiodo Bros.

The Art Of Traditional Special Effects

The Chiodo Bros. created the look of a lot of nerd-based films including Team America: World Police, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, the Critters franchise, and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Hear from the traditional special effects masters on the creative process on how to make the incredible and unexpected come to life.

1:30 pm in Monroe Rooms

James Jude Courtney

My Job is a Killer!

James will discuss being the heavy in numerous films and TV shows such as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and Halloween (2018) and the challenges of playing a character such as Michael Myers that has no lines and has such an expectation among die-hard fans who already know his every move.