Troy Escamilla is the president of the Fright Meter Awards Committee. He started the blog Fright Meter in 2007 where he presented the very first Fright Meter Awards and posted reviews of various horror films. Currently, the blog receives over 4000 hits a month. However, his passion is the Fright Meter Awards and he is excited to cultivate them into the most prestigious award given specifically to the horror genre.
Web Address: http://www.frightmeterawards.com
Martin Connolly was born and currently resides in Tullamore, Ireland. He has a keen interest in film awards and his vast knowledge and interest in the topic prompted him to write a film awards book. Currently, Martin serves as the Vice President of the Fright Meter Awards Committee.
Web Address: http://www.frightmeterwards.com
Michael Nagy, aka Mad Mike, runs Mad Mike of Maven's Movie Vault of Horror. An avid horror fan for over twenty years, he loves the old favourites, but also keeps up with everything and anything new that's out there, writing reviews for his own blog and other majors horror sites. His goal is to bring something to all horror fans and even try to make the non believers in horror convert in this wonderful genre.
Web Address: http://mavensmovievaultofhorror.blogspot.co.uk
Scott Hallam is a writer for the popular horror site Dread Central and describes himself as their resident horror diva and tipper of the scalpel.
Web Address: http://www.dreadcentral.com
David Church has been a fan of horror since he was five years old. He contributed short horror fiction to a now defunct site in the late 90's and now administers a horror group on Facebook that, at its peak, enjoyed over 700 members.
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BestHorror/
Craig Pay is a self proclaimed horror nerd who currently resides in Wales with his wife, a fellow horror fanatic, and their two children who are being schooled in all things horror. His three favorite horror films are Martyrs, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Elizabeth Katheryn Gray is the host of the annual Facebook film watching competiton, THE HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE MARATHON MADNESS aka THE MADNESS. She is low budget indie film "producer" and has contributed articles to Aint it Cool News and Film Arcade.net. Occasionally she also guest hosts on the live podcast Dollar Bin Horror Radio. THE MADNESS is currently celebrating its sixth year with this year's theme exploring the British Video Nasty List and Extreme Cinema.
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HALLOWEENMADNESS/
Colt Seavers Nowell is an actor and Fx artist hailing from the zombie foothills of South Central Pennsylvania. A member of the 9th Gate Film Production and Fx Studio, his acting credits include Eduardo Sanchez's Lovely Molly, starring 2012 Fright Meter Award winner Gretchen Lodge, Greencastle (Rags2Riches Productions), Zombie Girl Diary (9th Gate) starring Dawn of the Dead's (1978) Helicopter Zombie, Jim Krut, and the Black Woods Footage (9th Gate). A lifelong horror fan, his favorites include: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Bloodsucking Freaks, and films of the Friday the 13th and Hellraiser franchises
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/9thGatefilmproductions
Dave Harlequin is a professional freelance journalist and Editor in Chief of Stiff Magazine; a bi-monthly horror/alternative culture & entertainment publication available internationally in print and digital formats through Amazon Publishing. Additionally, he is the Programming Coordinator for MonsterCon; South Carolina’s largest three-day annual multi-fandom convention, and serves on the Board of Directors for North Carolina’s annual Modern Film Fest. Harlequin is also a regular contributor to CinemaSlasher.com, FrightMeter.com, and various other media outlets both in and outside the horror genre. With more than ten years of experience in the entertainment industry and a lifetime of fandom, it’s no surprise this self-described "horror addict” is a regular on many convention guest/panel lists throughout the United States.
Web Address: http://www.stiffmag.com
Charles Cochran is a resident of Michigan and has been a horror fan for roughly 40 years. He had a childhood filled with horror films from the ‘30s all the way up to contemporary flicks all television, long before cable. Charles is currently writing movie and DVD reviews for Killerfilm.com, all genres.
Web Address: http://www.killerfilm.com
Brad Reiter saw his first horror movie when he was years old, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Currently, he is an assistant editor, reviewer and reporter for KillerFilm.com. His favorite horror sub-genre is zombies, but more along the lines of the ones that are brought back life, such as White Zombie.
Web Address: http://www.killerfilm.com
Bonnie Knapp Pavove, aka, 'Hakk Wylde' is very excited to join the Fright Meter Awards Committee. She declares, "'Hakk Wylde' here. I love horror movies. I love 'em more than beer and possibly even heavy metal, and that's saying a lot. There's much to be said about horror movies, of all types out there, past and present. These moving pictures are speaking volumes about us as a society and species, but there seem to be precious few horror writers exploring it. Am I a writer? Critic? Anthropologically inclinced cerebral junkie? I don't claim to know. I just live to spread the love and understanding of this increasingly iconoclastic film genre. And drink beer. Lots of beer. Oh, I also look divine in black and pink."
Web Address: http://www.hakkwylde.com
Gore has been a horror fan since the VHS explosion back in the 80s. When not working or performing in his death metal band, he's checking out all the horror flicks he can!
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/81660R3
Kevin Sommerfield is an independent horror movie writer-producer whose
credits include Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers. He runs the
horror site Slasher Studios which takes a look into the world of slasher
films with an emphasis on the golden age of slashers: the 1980's.
Web Address: http://www.slasherstudios.com
Miguel Delgado is from Madrid, Spain. He is a young filmmaker and blogger and a passionate lover of horror and sci-fi. He has directed a short zombie film "Race of the Dead" (www.facebook.com/raceofthedeadfilm) and is preparing more horror projects for the future. As a writer, he has his own blog about movies and participates in a mystery page analyzing paranormal themed films.
Web Address: https://twitter.com/MiguelDelgado__
Queenie Thayer has been an avid fan of horror all her life.She's a published author of both horror and fantasy. Her recent contribution is in a collection called Ages Of Wonder, published by DAW books. She also enjoys blogging, and is known in the crevices of the internet as Kweeny Todd, the Demon Blogger of Canadia. There she shares her obsession with the macabre and the monstrous. She's also an aspiring filmmaker, and is trying to get her short film Red Handed off the ground. You can find out more about her through her blog and fanpages.
Web Address: http://kweenytodd.blogspot.com/
Fright Meter’s 2010 Best Supporting Actress winner, Sue Stevens used a real-life home burglary as inspiration for her role as a vengeful homeowner in the indie horror thriller The Wrong House. Sue was Cultcuts Magazine’s choice for 2010’s Best Supporting Actress and she is the cofounder of Wisdumb Productions in Maine.
Web Address: http://www.facebook.com/thewronghousemovie
Shawn French was a film critic for newspapers in Maine and Connecticut before jumping into the world of independent horror. After working on a half dozen horror flicks, he launched Wisdumb Productions in 2008 and wrote/directed the Fright-Meter-Award-winning The Wrong House, named one of the Ten Best Horror Films of 2010 by Fatally-Yours.com. Shawn is currently working on a horror graphic novel due to hit shelves in 2013.
Web Address: http://www.facebook.com/thewronghousemovie
Liam Regan is an independent filmmaker from South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He's recently completed his directional debut titled Banjo and has worked with Troma Entertainment on the upcoming Return to the Class of Nuke 'Em High directed by Lloyd Kaufman.
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/refuseliam
Paul Counelis is a Rue Morgue magazine columnist. He is also the author of 25 Underrated Horror Films (and The Exorcist), and the Kendall Kingsley young adult novels. Additionally, he is the director of Hey, You Ever Heard of Rob Zombie?
Amanda Fasciano found her love for the horror genre at the age of 5, when her father sat her down to watch "The Howling." Having lived in a haunted house at the time didn't hurt either. Now, over thirty years later, she bides her time until she can pass her love for the genre down to her own two children. She spends a good deal of her free (non family filled) time watching horror films and writing horror stories, which she hopes to publish soon.
Anthony T is the site administrator for FilmArcade.net. He has been a lifelong horror fans with owning countless number of films on Blu-Ray and DVD. He is also an active member and participant of the Halloween Movie Marathon Madness on Facebook.
Web Address: http://www.filmarcade.net
Heather Crockett is a 30 something year old from the Kansas City area. Her love of horror films started as a kid when she would watch Creature Feature and a local cable show called Friday Fright Nights. She's been hooked ever since. She is an avid collector of all horror genres but the 80's slasher genre holds a special place in her heart.
Ed Evans is from Baltimore, MD. He is a true lover of all things horror who writes,directs and acts in low budget horror films and shorts. He also makes and collects horror props.
Steve Goltz was born and raised in small town Neenah, Wisconsin. A film lover from birth, Goltz continued his passion for film with his first award winning short, TEDDY. TEDDY was filmed in the mountains of Arizona with his producing partner, Kevin Sommerfield. Goltz has been quoted by Cinema Crazed as, "a talent to watch out for."
Web Address: http://www.slasherstudios.com
J.R. Watkins is from Cincinnati, Ohio and has had a love a horror films since as far back as he can remember, his favorite being 80's slasher films. Currently, he is a writer for www.twistedcentral.com and runs his own site, www.pit-of-horror.com.
Web Address: http://www.pit-of-horror.com
Rob Rosado has been a champion and enthusiast of the horror genre since the age of four. He earned his BFA in Acting at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as a film critic. Like everyone else on this panel, Rob strongly believes in horror's significance in society and cinema history.
Rob Fox is the author of the zombie novel 'Z Day is Here', the children's picture book 'Sometimes I am scared of Zombies', numerous short stories in various anthologies, including 'Recess' in the anthology 'Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology', and his stand alone short ghost story 'No More Forgiveness'. Along with writing stories and novels, he is also an accomplished screenwriter. His first screenplay'Ace the Zombie' has won numerous awards at film festivals around the country. His Serial Killer script 'A Man in Desperation' is in pre-production and will start filming in 2013. Currently Rob is writer for the series Far from Eden.
Web Address: https://twitter.com/AcidBathProduct
Nik Flagstar is the leader of Nik Flagstar and his Dirty Mangy Dogs a Horror-Punk/Honky-Tonk/Surf Rock band and an avid horror fan since childhood. The subject matter of their songs range from Jason Voorhees, The Wolfman, Cujo and Freddy Krueger to Hot Rods, Shootouts and Chasin' Tail.
Web Address: http://www.reverbnation.com/nikflagstarandhisdirtymangydogs
Kelli Marchman McNeely watched her first horror film, Friday the 13th, at age six ans was instantly hooked. She is an avid horror fan and an administrator, writer, blogger and member of the Zombie Apocalypse Defense Force.
Web Address: ZombieApocaplypseDefenseForce.org
Based in Blairstown, New Jersey (home of Camp Blood), Jay K & his co-host The Ghost bring live & uncensored horror radio with chilling interviews on the Horror Happens Radio Show (alternating Tuesdays at 9 PM EST on http://hgrnj.org). A fan of horror since he was a child, Jay's dark past and even darker future has him as a horror radio show host but as a film judge for the LA based Shriekfest the last 3 years as well various photography. Honored by this achievement of joining the Fright Meter team, Jay sights Asian horror as his favorite sub-genre and his Top 13 favorite horror films as Sei mong se jun (2004), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (2004), 28 Days Later... (2002), The Strangers (2008), Halloween (1978), I Saw the Devil (2010), The Midnight Meat Train (2008), It (1990 Mini-Series), The Final (2010), High Tension (2003), The Ninth Gate (1999) & Death Proof (2007)
Web Address: http://horrorhappens6.wix.com/show
Brenton Foale is an Australian actor, appearing in the soon to be released movie Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, directed by Stuart Simpson (Demons Among Us, and El Monstro Del Mar) and Murderdrome, directed by Daniel Armstrong. He is considered by many to be one of Australia's authorities on horror movies, and he runs the Facebook group Horror Movie Addicts as well as sitting on discussion panels and running trivia events at Australian Horror Conventions. Brenton is in the process of writing his first horror/thriller screenplay.
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442047199142882/
Marci is a Hungarian guy who loves the horror genre. He believes that there are still horror films being released that are not cliches and deserve recognition. He is a former blogger who hopes to resume blogging reviews on the horror films he watches. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Trick r Treat and The Conjuring are among his favorite horror films.
Jim Herling is a writer and huge movie fan who has been reviewing films on multiple sites for years, most recently on his own blog and on film-arcade.net. He's been a horror fan since he was old enough to realize the monsters weren't real, but it still enough of a wuss to judge a horror movie on just how much sleep it makes him lose...
Web Address: http://shootinstraighterthanastormtrooper.blogspot.com/