ANTHONY CRAN stars as Danny, the insouciant filmmaking partner who vents his frustration with the acting and non-scary effects produced by Stan. A true director in the making, he thanks Stan for doing a good job to his face, then behind his back, he incredulously asks his partner, "Where'd you get this guy?!"
Anthony recently moved to Hollywood from New York City where he studied acting with Richard Pinter at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. He has been involved in numerous TV and film projects, but one of his recent career highlights was performing in Tennessee Williams’ Guignol in London. Anthony recently played a lead role in a just-completed independent film entitled The Fall of Knipple which will premiere at the Slamdunk Film Festival in January.
DILLON JACOBS stars as Carl, the arrogant law student who waited in the woods on camera with his girlfriend, but who just couldn't get into the spirit of the project. He was the clear choice of our test audience for favorite character. (See, Audience Survey Results.)
Dillon is from New Orleans, where he studied theater and played sports. On his way to Hollywood, he acted in numerous stage performances at the Pope Theater in Atlanta, including the role of Danny Zucco in Grease. After his arrival, Dillon studied improv under Kent Skov and performed regularly at LA Connection, a comedy club. (Incidentally, many of the scenes with him and Amber waiting in the woods were improved.)
He has appeared in several TV and films, including Bedazzled and Double Jeopardy. and the indie short, Yo Kate.
SYDNEY KELNER stars as Amber, Carl’s girlfriend who eventually finds herself alone outside the haunted house, anxiously searching for him.
Born and raised in Southern California, Sydney has been involved in entertainment nearly her entire life. Her 18-year long stint as a dancer/choreographer prepared her for the transition into acting. Upon her graduation from Franklin in May, 1999, she moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue opportunities in acting, as well as in dance/choreography.
Sydney has since co-starred in independent films, such as One Hundred Girls and Double Cross, in addition to TV appearances in Running With Scissors for the Oxygen Channel and This is How the World Ends for MTV. You can currently see her dancing in Jerry Bruckheimer’s produced Coyote Ugly.
PAUL MEYER stars as Mark, the driving force behind the film project. He planned the project, hired the effects man, and talked Danny into working on it.
Paul hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he trained with several theater groups. This experience fueled his passion for the craft of acting and prompted him to relocate to Los Angeles. After adjusting to "big city" life, he began studying with local commercial and theatrical coaches; and soon after, he began booking guest spots on television shows, such as General Hospital, Ex-girlfriends, Crossroads Café, as well as a PSA featuring Danny Glover. Paul has also appeared in numerous independent films, which include, One Foot in the Grave, One Hard Hit, and Reverse Heaven.
LEAH PAIGE stars as Erin, the gamely and innocent girl who agrees to venture inside the house and to stand alone while the filmmakers lead her boyfriend down into the basement.
This Orange County native makes her feature debut. While being new to the world of film, Leah is no stranger to the performing arts. Dancing since the age of 3, she has appeared in The Nutcracker and Giselle with the San Francisco Ballet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Nutcracker with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Leah also appeared in the musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Leah’s training includes workshops at Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Actor site. She was recently the grand prize winner of iam.com’s dancers dream contest and has a featured story on her posted on their website.
Leah currently resides in New York and is a member of Eliot Field’s Ballet Tech.
RYAN RAMPULLA stars as Greg, Erin’s boyfriend and, when the fun and games end, her protector.
Ryan is from Alburnett, Iowa, where he initially studied to be an industrial engineer. While attending the University of Iowa, he minored in theater and was immediately bitten by the acting bug. His new-found love led to starring roles in plays, such as Romeo & Juliet, First Corinthians, and musicals, such as, Little Shop of Horrors. He hosted the PBS TV show entitled, Iowa City, Here and Now and did a handful of local commercials.
After his move to Hollywood, Ryan appeared in numerous independent films. His credits include: The Woman Every Man Wants, Stranger in Paradise, and Just Another Day. He is currently working on a short entitled, "Less Comfortable," and as a featured regular on day-time soap operas.
CARL WILLIAMS is featured as Frat Guy # 1, the leader of those who sent the pledge into the haunted house and, 10 years later, the Stranger on the train.
Carl graduated with a B.A. in film/drama from Vassar College, and later attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. During that period, he starred in the Via Theater Company’s production of I Fell Off the Mountain. His film credits include: Being John Malkovich, 19 at 11, and Going to Hell in a Coupe Deville.
Carl also studied with Michael Holmes in LA and Doug Moston in New York, where he currently resides.