Speakers 2019

Ve Neill

We're beyond thrilled to announce that celebrity makeup artist Ve Neill will be joining us for our 2019 West Coast Haunters Convention!

Neill has won three Academy Awards, including Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood. She has been nominated for eight Oscars in total! Neill also serves as a judge on the Syfy original series Face Off which features makeup artists competing for $100,000. In addition, Neill has worked on all of the films of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Other notable films include Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Hook, and Edward Scissorhands.

We couldn't be more excited to welcome her to our West Coast haunt family this May!

...and yes, she's even agreed to judge the costume contest!!!

Bart Butler & Michael Edwards

Bart Butler – is best known as the creator and owner of The Haunt House (now Phobius), but has been working in the Haunt Industry for over 25 years. He has also lent his talents to Haunted Verdun Manor (now Thrillvania), Dark Hour, Miller’s Thrillers, and now resides full time in Ohio as the Creative Director of The Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory. Butler is also the co-creator of the webisode series, “A Haunter’s Life” and works closely with his wife, Michelle on Brainchow Studios – creating high quality costuming for haunted attractions. With what little spare time he has, you can find him teaching at haunt conventions and attractions across the country.

Michael Edwards – has worked in the Haunt Industry for more than 27 years. He has managed, acted and built sets for Haunted Verdun Manor (now Thrillvania), Screams Haunted Theme Park, The Haunt House (now Phobius), Dark Hour and Dan’s Haunted House. In 2019, he accepted a full-time position at Terror in the Corn (located at Anderson Farms, one of the largest Agritainment venues in Colorado). He can also be seen in the webisode series, “A Haunter’s Life” and enjoys every opportunity to train actors and share his knowledge with others

Pashur - Pashur - Professional Body Paint Artist

Pashur the Body Painter is known for his full body artistic masterpieces. This award-winning body painter is known throughout the world for his incredible talent, as the “Picasso of Body Painting”. Pashur helped pave the way for the modern body paint industry with his first image, a pregnant cyborg incubating a cyborg baby fondly named “MotherBoard”. Since then Pashur has been instrumental in the main stream inclusion of body painting in current media. His influence can be seen throughout the industry. He has sold out body painting workshops all over the world and has hosted zombie crawls in Toronto, New Orleans, Plymouth, MA and Norwich UK.

As a professional body painter, Pashur can tailor the body painting designs to fit any theme or style. Pashur's body painting has been published in hundreds of magazines around the world and he has written and published several popular face painting books on Zombies, Spiders and Pirates.

Past and/or Present Clients Include: Rolling Stone, Smirnoff, Playboy, Cirque du Soleil, Nicki Minaj, 5 Seconds of Summer, Toyota, Brooks & Dunn, Penthouse, Daniel Ash, Eve 6, Prius, Wrangler, Rav4, Tundra, Animal Planet, Walmart, Camel, and Amity Affliction. Pashur has painted for TV shows that aired on Netflix, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike TV and TNT and he was a special guest as a Body Paint Expert on the SyFy Channel TV show, Face Off. Pashur has even consulted for the body painting TV show Naked Vegas and he worked for two years as a consultant to help develop the TV show, Skin Wars.

Pashur resides in Los Angeles, California where he continues to innovate and break boundaries with his body painting art.

2018 Speakers

Ralis Kahn

Ralis Kahn is a Los Angeles based special makeup effects artist with over 25 years of experience in blood splatters and gore; creatures and monsters; chemistry and artistry combined. He has worked on productions all over the world. His film and TV work includes Resident Evil Extinction, The Collector, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This spans from blood rigs to beauty makeup, and every kind of prosthetic appliance in-between. He has provided many of the iconic looks for shock rock musicians such as Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, as well as pop stars like N’Sync, Missy Elliot, Puff Daddy, and more. Ronnie James Dio wouldn’t work on a movie without Ralis by his side as his personal makeup artist. Ralis works regularly with directors Dean Karr and P. R. Brown, and rock star/photographer Nikki Sixx. He is an award-winning music video makeup artist, a sought-after consultant in the Haunted Attraction industry, and he even has his own line of Halloween Masks.

Leonard Pickel

The owner of D.O.A. Haunt Design and Consulting Firm, Leonard Pickel has been designing commercial Haunted Houses since 1976 with over 100 such attractions to date in cities from New York to Los Angeles, Toronto to Puerto Rico and for companies including Madison Scare Garden to Universal Studios Florida, and Six Flags amusement parks. Pickel has presented educational seminars at every significant gathering of Haunters in the US and Canada on topics ranging from code compliance to effective scares, from increasing Haunt capacity to how to start