When: Fri., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 25, 1 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 26, 2 p.m. 2012
Actress and Kansas City, Kansas, native Dee Wallace — best known for her role as Elliott's mother in E.T. — plays a witch in the upcoming Rob Zombie film, The Lords of Salem. "Rob wrote the part for me," says Wallace, who was featured in Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween. In advance of that, she's scheduled to appear at Crypticon Kansas City 2012 at the Ramada Inn (1601 North Universal Avenue, 816-245-5500), joining Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Alex Vincent (Child's Play) and a slew of other B-movie familiars. Among the other attractions: airbrushed face gore, a costume contest, and film fests (indie-horror and shorts). Tickets start at $20, and events run through Sunday. See crypticonkansascity.com for a schedule and more details.