Lin Shaye Presented Wizard World Comic Con’s “Godmother of Horror” Award


If you’re one of the FANGO faithful out there, we likely don’t need to tell you how much Lin Shaye kicks ass. She just does, in the warmest, nicest way possible. She’s the comforting face that has graced a career’s worth of horror titles, including A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, BIG ASS SPIDER!, SNAKES ON A PLANE, CRITTERS, THE HIDDEN, NEW NIGHTMARE, CRITTERS 2, AMITYVILLE: A NEW GENERATION, 2001 MANIACS, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER, HOOD OF HORROR, CHILLERAMA, THE SIGNAL, OUIJA and, of course, the INSIDIOUS franchise. And now, with both INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 and TALES FROM HALLOWEEN nearing their imminent premieres, Shaye added one more credit to her resume as she was presented Wizard World Comic Con’s “Godmother of Horror” Award.

Presented by Blastr writer Aaron Sagers, Shaye offered exclusive tidbits on INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 at the Philadelphia-based event and discussed her status as the rare older woman to defy industry stereotypes while staking her claim in the horror genre.

“I’m kind of the unlikely hero,” said Shaye. “I’m not the hot young guy or the gorgeous girl. I love the character, and so do the fans.  I have a really youthful fan base, which is so much fun for me because I’m so old. I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life.”

“Honoring Lin Shaye as the Godmother of Horror was a no-brainer as we celebrate Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia this Mother’s Day weekend,” said Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milani. “Lin’s legacy in films of all genres make her queen of the movie scene, and her unparalleled, haunting performances in so many movies, especially the INSIDIOUS franchise, make her the obvious and deserved choice for the Godmother of Horror Award.”

Having met Lin Shaye during the INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 press day two years or so ago, I can say with the utmost confidence that they could not have given the award to a nicer or more deserving woman, who has paid her dues in the horror community in a career spanning over 30 years. And with more horror titles on the way, one hopes that Shaye will continue to represent that award for fright fans in the years to come. You can see Shaye next in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, which hits theaters on June 5th from Focus Features; check back for more on the film closer to release!

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