Sexy siren and scream queen Suze Lanier-Bramlett appeared at the LA Horror Fest October 26 and 27 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Presented by 100.3 The Sound radio the event is said was “a film fest, horror convention and party” complete with costume contests, mayhem, movies, actors and alcohol. It ran from 3 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.
While you may think this was just yet one more of many live affairs to which your crusty chronicler is always invited, think again. In truth, it was one of a so far select few events your near perpetually penned-up penman attended. It was a monstrously rare moment when your regularly reclusive writer was able to leave his laptop and appreciate and circulate among some of the actors and artists about which he writes.
Still, any man would brave the dark night dodging demonic denizens to rub elbows or what have you with the bewitching Suze Lanier-Bramlett. For those not in the know, Suze Lanier-Bramlett is an L.A-based singer-songwriter and actress best known for her portrayal of Brenda in the original horror hit, The Hills Have Eyes. More recently, she worked in the upcoming film Area 51 and will soon be appearing in the new motion picture, Cut, which should hit theatres soon.
Lanier-Bramlett is also presently performing in a one-woman show named Swamp Cabaret. Her accompanying CD, Swamp Cabaret, released on Magnolia Gold Records is a fifteen-track “soundtrack to her one-woman show of the same name”. (In fact, it was unfortunate her band didn’t perform at the event.)
While the crowd that night seemed spookily sparse, the folks who were present often seemed to have the Halloween spirit complete with costumes and related-holiday regalia. It’s believed that this was largely due to the fact that the event was perhaps unknowingly booked in creepy completion with several other eerie activities that evening including one which was held in a graveyard and has been running for half a decade. Some dark knight detective work was also required simply to find parking.
Still, these freaky factors unknowingly created some unholy alliances between those actually in attendance and provided an opportunity to spend much more quality time speaking to the fiendish featured guests. Some of the highlights of the event included very brief interviews with several of them including: actress Penelope Sudrow.
Sudrow has appeared in both motion pictures and television. Sudrow was at the event because fright fans favor her for her portrayal of Jennifer Caulfield in the 1987 fright flick A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Little do many know of her interesting involvement as a dancing child star. (Perhaps someday soon, regular readers will be both entertained and informed of this.)
Visual effects expert Adam Howard also added something to the evening. Known as an accomplished artist in the arena of high end visual effects, animation and design, Howard has worked extensively in both the film and TV industry. He has earned 10 Emmy Awards and is known for his work on numerous Star Trek projects, The Social Network, Season of the Witch, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn I & II, and Tower Heist.
Eileen Dietz, perhaps best known for her appearance in the Oscar winning film, The Exorcist, also spoke to your wicked writer. Dietz, has also done some noteworthy work in the Emmy-winning movie-of-the-week, Helter Skelter, the Emmy-earning TV show General Hospital and the Tony winning play, Steambath. Dietz is also the co-author of the book Exorcising My Demons.
Another interesting note was the inclusion of Patrick Barnitt (best known for his role in Star Trek: First Contact) who also plays Jack Sams in Coffin which is available right now on DVD. It seems when not appearing in fright flicks Barnitt is also allegedly employed as bodyguard to a young, female country star. Said singer’s song titled after an upcoming holiday receives so much airplay it would make anyone scream.
There were live music acts as well. One band, Psycho Charger, was particularly in the spirit of the evening decked in little more than tightie-whities and stage blood. They almost looked like a near-dead Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Lanier-Bramlett was impressed enough to mention an earlier act known as Fall In The Morning. This band features an 11 year-old guitar player. Another memorable musical moment was provided by the performance of the lead singer of a local band Drop Dead L.A. As the festival of fear began to die down, the lovely Lanier-Bramlett spirited your cryptic chronicler and his evil escort Mary Sparks to a famous local eating establishment-Lucy’s El Adobe Cafe-for dinner and drinks.
Here the evening would draw to a close as the musical mistress of midnight would regale us with torrid tales of Halloweens past, spooky spells and other deep, dark secrets. Ah but expect no ghostly gossip on scary scandals as everyone knows that dead men tell no tales! Indeed, despite the unexpected shortcoming of potential attendees becoming lost in the Twilight Zone, the devilish damsel Suze Lanier-Bramlett made certain your scarred scribe’s initially evil evening turned out to be an enjoyable experience.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.