Horror actress Kim Poirier scares up one great career

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2013 

Actress Kim Poirier is a relative novice to the world of horror conventions, with her appearance at the "SCAREanormal Fresno" only her third time at such an event. But it hasn't taken long for her to see a pattern when it comes the fans of her work.

"I'm always fascinated by what interests people about the work I've done and what they pick up," Poirier says.

Poirier has worked on non-horror projects such as "Made Men" and "Eureka," but she gets a lot of questions about her work in the 2004 remake, "Dawn of the Dead," which was directed by Zack Snyder.

Fans like to ask about her "Dawn of the Dead" character being cut in half with a chainsaw. She calls the scene one of "the coolest deaths" and the most intense work she's ever done. Molds of her body were made for the scene.

After the scene was filmed, Poirier declined the offer to take home her bloody corpse. Just recently, she saw it was sold on eBay for several thousand dollars.

In the remake of the classic zombie film, a group of humans hide in a shopping mall. The setting was chosen to make a point about consumerism.

Fans are surprised to find out the movie was shot in a real mall — the Thornhill Square Shopping Center in Toronto, which was scheduled to be torn down. Poirier, who was named Miss Toronto in 1976, spent a lot of time at that mall when she was young.

Poirier modeled and worked in TV commercials when she was young. At 15 she landed the series "Breaker High," which launched her acting career. Among her long list of acting credits are the films and TV shows "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal," "American Psycho II: All American Girl," "Alien Seduction," "Silent But Deadly" and "Puppets Who Kill."

She's also hosted the series "Spaceys" on the Space channel and the video series "Hollywood's Insider Secrets: Classic Hollywood Makeup."

Partial list of confirmed guests

(Lineup subject to change)

Michael Berryman, Ken Foree, Sid Haig, "The Devil's Rejects"

Mike Christopher, Leonard Lies, "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)

Alex Vincent, "Child's Play"

Anthony Guajardo, Sonya Thompson, Larry Mainland, Melissa Cowan, "The Walking Dead"

Naomi Grossman, "American Horror Story: Asylum"

Andrew Bryniarski, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2"

Hal Sparks, "Spider-Man 2"

Kim Poirier, "Dawn of the Dead" (2004)

Evan and Ryder Londo, "Sons of Anarchy"

Felissa Rose, "Sleepaway Camp"

Sean Whalen, Yan Birch, "The People Under The Stairs"

Brandon Quintin Adams, "Moonwalker"

Cindy Pickett, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Edie McClurg, "Wreck-It Ralph"

Lyman Ward, "Independence Day"

Noel G, "The Dark Knight Rises"

Ari Lehman, "Friday the 13"

Cyril O'Reilly, Tony Ganios, Mark Herrier, Scott Colomby,Dan Monahan, "Porky's"



"SCAREanormal Fresno: Horror, Paranormal and Pop Culture Fan Expo," 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, 10-4 p.m. Sunday, Picadilly Inn Airport, 5115 E. McKinley Ave. $20-$175, www.scareanormal.com


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