GABRIEL CASTE (Alex): One of the shining examples of the talent Philly has to offer, Gabriel Caste plays Alex, one of the abused production assistants. He brings a wealth of experience to the production from his many previous stage performances and films. Caste has been involved with approximately 50 on-camera productions and a handful of stage plays, including the feature film "Frozen Lies", a romantic comedy in an Urban Environment, and is in the pre-production stage of another feature-length called "The Framework of Illusion," a motivational film about finding your inner power. Caste was also on tour in two separate bands and enjoys LARPing. Caste hopes to one day be on the cast of Saturday Night Live.
BRIANNA JUNE TILLO (Becky) Brianna plays Becky, the personal assistant of Jerome Chesterfield, the resident on set Diva for the movie within the movie of Hollywood Zombies. She has to suffer through constant orders, long days, and constant advances from the star, all for the chance to break into the film business. We auditioned over 30 actresses for the part of Becky,and Brianna blew them all away. Based in Philadelphia, Brianna has been making a name of herself in
numerous films, commercials, and stage performances. Her credits include a role in the James L. Brooks Movie "How do you Know?" A starring role in the "Stay with Me" music video by Bring Back All, and over 10 leading roles in stage productions.
DOMINIC DEANGELO (Neal) Dominic plays Neal, one of zombie extras on set for "Halloween Bloodbath VI," the movie within "Hollywood Zombies." He is one of the survivors to fight the horde in the final battle on the main set. Dominic is a favorite actor of Drexel. Along with his role in Hollywood
Zombies he is appearing in several other senior projects this year. Since
moving to Philadelphia in August, Dominic has managed to be in both
stage and film productions, most recently appearing in a production of The Actor's Nightmare. He thoroughly enjoys the zombie film genre and considers it a great honor to add this as one of his first projects.
J. CENTER (Jerome Chesterfield) J. Center has made Philadelphia his acting home for just over a year.
In that time he has appeared in a number of films, including M. Night
Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender , Law Abiding Citizen, The Bounty Hunter, and the lead role in Carolina Roca-Smith’s Bauble. He was featured as Death the Art Party Production of Jacob and Death, which won Audience Favorite at the 2010 Media Film Festival. He is currently shooting a featured role in Severine Pictures’ La méduse rouge, played Donald/Huggy in the full-length feature Theodore Is Dying, and most recently has played a supporting role in Changing the Game. Onstage he played Nagg in EgoPo Classic Theatre’s recent production of Endgame, and was featured in Krapp’s Last Tape, playing the title role. A full-time actor for twenty-five years in regional theatre, he’s played such roles as Jaques in As You Like It, the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Robert in Betrayal, the Historical Event in How I Got That Story, Uncle Harvey in Seasons Greetings, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Dr. Block in Psychopathia Sexualis, and Charles Marlow in a long-running stage adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. J. is excited to be in Hollywood Zombies, his first appearance in a classic horror film, because he’s a big fan of horror films; favorites include the recent Zombieland and classics such as The Beyond and the Romero ‘…Dead’ series.
RYAN PADDEN Ryan
Padden plays The Director. This character is the creative force behind
the movie being filmed within "Hollywood Zombies." Ryan blew us away at
the audition, having incredible comedic timing, a great on screen
presence, and a great knowledge of zombie themed cinema. Ryan was so
enthusiastic about the project he even went beyond acting in it. While
not in front of the camera Ryan was busy behind the scenes as a makeup
artist and also as one of the special effects supervisors. Whether it be
improv, voice impersonations, special effects, design work, etc., Ryan
is a jack of all trades. He has done effects make up previously for the
independent film, "You'll Know My Name" and wrote the story behind "The
Big Presentation." He continues to design and come up with things that
fascinate the mind.
MARC AUSTIN (Chase) Chase is the Assistant Director of the movie within the movie, and is in charge of making sure the production keeps moving (no small task). Marc's love for film and acting brought him to this project where he immediately fell in love with "Chase", a relatable character to him as stress clearly came naturally to both the actor and the character. Marc
Austin has been involved in all forms of entertainment for years.
He is a
former member of the improv group “Hamsters on Ice” in New York,
and theArtistic Director of "Don't Break the Streak IMPROV" in
Harrisburg, PA. Marc is also a professional magician. . A devoted fan of horror
and comedy, this film is wonderful marriage of the two. After the first
day of rehearsal, Marc knew he was going to have a wonderful time and
couldn't wait to help make some truly wonderful work with the cast,
crew. Marc is also one of the lucky actors to get not one, but two death scenes in this film.
Melissa Leigh Elisabeth Baker, aka "Toast" (The Foxy Zombie) What is a horror-comedy movie without a little undead sexual tension? That is exactly what Melissa provides as a sumptuous specimen of the undead in Hollywood Zombies. Melissa is an
actress who currently resides in West Philadelphia, stating fervently that
there is no place she would rather live. Born and raised in a small town, she
performed in school plays like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and The Wizard
of Oz. As the Wicked Witch of The
West she accidentally launched a fireball directly at the Scarecrows chest,
nearly setting him on fire. As if an omen of things to come, Melissa now
pursues a career in stunt work, capitalizing on her athletic nature and almost
childlike fascination with all things sharp, loud, combustible, and
occasionally even airborne. Her most recent roles have included Shelly from
Evil Dead, a member of the ensemble cast in Rent, and her personal favorite, “Wild Morrigan Blackwell”, a fierce sword swinging pirate with
the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Melissa would like to dedicate this performance to her boyfriend Ben who
is currently training in Arizona with the National Guard.
OTHER CAST MEMBERS
Eric Martin - Grip 1
Matthew Thompson - Grip 2
Kirsten Hammar - Boom Op / Zombie extra
Mark Marcarian - Camera operator / Zombie Extra
Jeff Orens - Zombie Extra
Mike Ryan - Zombie Extra
Jessie Russer - Zombie Extra
Kristoffe Brodeur - Zombie Extra
Linda Hodge - Zombie Extra
Richard Plum - Zombie Extra
Jessica Tyler - Zombie Extra
Titilola Verissimo - Zombie Extra
kim villanova - Zombie Extra
Michelle Santiago - Zombie Extra
Talia Kassie - Zombie Extra
Devin Gallegar - Zombie Extra
Beverly Rivera - Zombie Extra
Patrick Hagerty - Zombie Extra
Keisha Evans - Zombie Extra
Vickie Stevens - Zombie Extra
Kyla Hughes - Zombie Extra
Pedro A. Rivera - Zombie Extra
Sabree Anderson - Zombie Extra
Dave Wiener - Zombie Extra
Shawn Smith - Zombie Extra
Matrex Wright - Zombie Extra
Olamide Fajimolu - Zombie Extra
Darryl Saull - Zombie Extra
Bryan DeSanto - Zombie Extra