Chaney Family Members at FANtastic Horror Film Festival
Actor Bill Oberst Jr. has received the "Lon Chaney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Horror Films" at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival (FHFF) in San Diego. Ron Chaney, the great-grandson of Lon Chaney and the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr., was on hand along with Lon Chaney’s great-great-granddaughters Jaclynn & Jennifer to present Oberst with this first-ever award.
Festival organizers kept the award a secret to surprise Oberst, who has often cited Lon Chaney as a major influence and expressed a desire to play The Man Of A Thousand Faces on stage or screen. The actor was nearly speechless as Ron Chaney called him forward at the FHFF Awards Banquet. "My inner 14 year-old horror kid is in overdrive right now." he said. "Without the Chaney family there would be no horror genre."
Ron Chaney, speaking for the family, thanked the FHFF crowd for helping to keep the Chaney cinematic legacy alive. "We are honored to be here tonight to present this first ever Lon Chaney Award in the spirit and in the memory of my grandfather and great-grandfather," he said. Chaney is President & CEO of Chaney Entertainment, Inc. which manages licensing rights to the two Lons, and maintains The Official Chaney Site and store at http://lonchaney.com/
More on the FANtastic Horror Film Festival is at http://www.fhffsd.org/
More on Bill Oberst Jr.'s work is at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994/
We at The Horror Nation would like to take a second to say Congratulations to Mr Bill Oberst Jr, who has been a great friend to us here at the site. He is not only a true talent in the genre but also a truly generous man who is more than deserving of this great honor!
Being a huge fan of Oberst Jrs work I can't finish off without reminding everyone he has a family holiday comedy coming out later this month. THE 3 DOGATEERS stars Dean Cain as the titular dogs' owner, Richard Riehle as Santa, and Oberst Jr. as the dreaded Dogcatcher. Release date for director Jesse Baget's family Christmas comedy is Nov 18th, but it is currently available for pre order on Amazon so click the poster to the right and order your copy of this new holiday classic. How can you go wrong? Dean Cain, Bill Oberst Jr., Santa, Christmas, and Talking Dogs... What's not to like? I can't wait to sit down with my lil monsters and watch this one!