Actress Dee Wallace — a native of Kansas City, Kansas — gets back to her hometown a couple of times a year, usually quietly for family visits (her younger brother and stepfather still live here) or to teach an acting class or to host a healing seminar. It's been more than two decades since she performed at Starlight Theatre, and she did Hay Fever at Johnson County Community College 10 years ago.
But Wallace still has star power: She 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) and her best-known screen role, the mother in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrialgets renewed interest this year when a 30th anniversary Blu-Ray disc is released in October.
Later this month, Wallace will be in Kansas City to promote all of her projects: E.T., The Lords of Salem, her webcast videos and healing workshops, and to sign photographs — for a fee — at Crypticon KC 2012, held at the Ramada Inn (1601 North Universal Avenue) August 24-26.
"I love doing the science-fiction and horror conventions," Wallace says. "It's a chance to interact with fans and, well, I really like getting the chance to talk to everyone. There are no fans more loyal than horror fans.
"The Crypticon shows are a little different. There are a lot of families that come to this one," Wallace adds. "So much more of a family feeling to it. There are unusual and different offerings. Like dance opportunities. People bring creative things they've done and perform them. The fans themselves are the real celebrities coming to this."
"Bring your creepy kiddos," announces the Crypticon KC 2012 website. The convention will feature such family-friendly events as a mini-shorts film festival for children, a kids costume contest, and the opportunity to have a real-looking scar or wound airbrushed on a child's face for $5 ($10 for a full-face ghoul job).
Wallace turned to a new role as professional metaphysical healer after her husband, actor Chris Stone, died in 1995. "I was very angry and I didn't want to be," Wallace says. "And within seconds, I had the gift of clairaudience. I could hear messages and information. Where does it come from? God. I believe that everything is God, and God is everything, including all energy. It's really true: 'Ask and you will receive.' "
Wallace says she's not offering any of her healing seminars in Kansas City during the Crypticon visit, but that doesn't mean some kind of miracle won't happen. "You heal wherever you go. There is not a sci-fi convention in over three years where I haven’t helped someone shift their life, right there at my table. There are always opportunities to love. When you love, you heal."
Even if you're dressed up as a character from The Hills Have Eyes.
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