Meet the Cast

 

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The owner and exhibitor of The Midnight Shadow Show,  Prof. Griffin is a graduate of Dark Pillars University in Ingolstadt, and subsequently joined with Prof. Lampini’s Chamber of Horrors.

After Lampini barely survived an attack by a psychopathic hunchback, he passed the reigns of the touring horror show to Griffin.

Griffin continued to tour with his all new Circus of Horrors, until in a freak accident, a patron was trapped in the vampire exhibit during feeding time.  Griffin was blamed for the tragedy and was run out of town by an angry torch-bearing mob.

Settling in Griffin Manor, he continues to run his side-show of the macabe, but now only through the relative safety of televison.

Prof. Griffin is played by Joseph Fotinos.


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Pale, beautiful and mysterious, Usher is actually a decendent of the infamous USHER family (Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher).

She is stoic, melancholy, and humorless most of the time.  She serves Prof. Griffin loyaly and without question, and helps to keep Dan-Dan in line.

Usher has a huge schoolgirl crush on horror film icon CHRISTOPHER LEE.

Her obsession borders on fanaticism and is often the cause of many of Usher’s most moody and emotional moments.

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Usher is Prof. Griffin’s number one assistant.  She was sent to The Midnight Shadow Show by Griffin’s boss, the legendary
Prof. Bruno Lampini.

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Usher is played by KIM SHAFER.

Kim is an amazing multi- talented artist.
In additon to her acting, she is an accomplished fire-performer and costume designer.


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Professor Griffin’s second assistant is Daniel D. Daniels (Dan-Dan for short).

Dan-Dan was the last inmate of Batview Asylum (on the ruins of which, Griffin Manor was built on.)

He was discovered living in the tunnels under the Manor and brought up to the Shadow Show to join the Professor.

Dan-Dan is dim-witted, erratic, manic, insanely strong and is the cause of many of Prof. Griffin’s problems during the show.

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Dan-Dan is played by Gilbert Austin. 

Gilbert is a very talented actor, singer, and comedian as well as a professional comic book artist.


cris5criswell_brain_266x334cris4_168x357 Television prophet and sometime Ed Wood Company player, CRISWELL was a staple on The Tonight Show and appeared in such films as Night of the Ghouls and the infamous, Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Now, years after his ‘death’, the powerful all knowing brain of Criswell has a new home in Prof. Griffin’s sideshow.

Criswell still makes his bizzarre and highly innacuarte predictions from time to time for the enjoyment and befuddlement of all.
Robert Orin Charles Criswell was a TV weatherman who made a prediction about the weather one evening.  It strangely came true!

Soon after that, Criswell started making appearances predicting the future.  He spoke of many cryptic things, and even predicted the end of the world (as we know it)

August 16, 1999.

He was wrong.

Criswell has no e-mail address as he is just a brain in a jar.


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He is THE ULTIMATE horror exhibitor and taught Griffin everything he knows.

Lampini sends Griffin unique and interesting items from time to time and monitors the show from afar.

His voice opens the show each and every week.

Prof. Lampini is voiced by the one and only Forrest J. Ackerman.  Uncle Forry was the editor of the classic magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland in it’s heyday and is the inspiration for a generation of filmmakers and writers.

We are HONORED to have the Legendary Ackermonster as a part of the
Midnight Shadow Show!


Director……………………………………………………….Shane Scott
Cameraman……………………………………………………Jim Collier
Still Photographer and Prize Coordinator……..Jim McCaslin
Magic Effects and Scripts………………………..Mike Wethington
Produced by……………………Joseph Fotinos and Shane Scott
Created by……………………Joseph Fotinos and James Fotinos

Prof. Griffin’s Midnight Shadow Show is produced in Austin, Texas through Franklin/Nasty Cat Productions and is filmed entirely at
Broom Closet Studios