It’s funny how horror actors who play characters that viciously murder people can be so nice in real life. You know who’s one of the nicest people, not only in horror but on the planet? Derek Mears. He listens to his fans and treats them as equals. He doesn’t even sit down at his table. If his fans are standing, so is he. But kindness alone doesn’t pay the bills, sadly, so Derek has made himself a memorable career as both an actor and stuntman. He broke into horror doing stunts on the television show Charmed and the film Signs, then continued as an actor in the Masters Of Horror episode Pro-Life, The Hills Have Eyes II, and of course, as Jason Voorhees in 2009’s Friday The 13th. From there his horror career took off, and Derek had roles in Predators, Hatchet III, Holliston, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, Compound Fracture, and the television series True Blood and Sleepy Hollow. He is constantly working, whether it’s on set or with his improv comedy troupe, The Resistance, and we’re very happy he had the opportunity to join us this year.
Kane Hodder appears at our show a lot. If you ever wonder why just go over to his table and watch as the line never goes away. People initially meet him because of the characters his name became synonymous with (Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley), but they keep going back year after year because, behind the prosthetics and the hockey masks, apart from the killers he has portrayed, Kane Hodder is a good man. He cares about the people that come to see him. He jokes with them. He has serious talks with them. He genuinely apologizes if he has to leave the table for a Q&A. And on an even deeper level, Kane is one of the most charitable people you could meet, working on his own as well as with the Scares That Care organization to help those in need, especially those who, like Kane, survived severe, life threatening burns. His enduring popularity has given him the ability to positively impact a great deal of lives, and that, friends, is one of the most rewarding things about a horror convention.