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Dread Central hit the sCare Foundation’s 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on Sunday, October 28, in Los Angeles and brought back some photos, video, and interviews from the genre-heavy red carpet and event. Read on!
Founded by Malek Akkad, producer of the successful Halloween franchise, the sCare (Suspense Community Allocating Relief and Empowerment) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the hardships of poverty and homelessness facing today’s youth throughout North America. sCare Foundation’s focus is to provide financial support to existing youth programs throughout North America as well as arranging special sCare Foundation activities for children, such as set visits, movie screenings, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more.
In addition to working with children in need, the sCare Foundation aims to involve more young people in philanthropy and develop their passions and skills to give back to their own communities. Honorary board members include filmmakers John Carpenter and James Wan, as sCare wholeheartedly believes that the suspense genre demographic is an untapped resource of unlimited potential in giving to and changing the global community and that it can be a part of the solution.
Actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) was on hand to receive a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, and other notables walking the L.A. Live Conga Room carpet in downtown LA included (take a breath) the following: Malek Akkad, Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel, Hostel: Part 2), Natalie Victoria (DeadHeads), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Dead End), Denise Crosby (Pet Sematary), Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), ChromeSkull director Rob Hall, Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Lisa Marie (Mars Attacks!), Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead,” The Devil’s Rejects), Courtney Gains (The Children of the Corn), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem), and from Rob Zombie’s Halloween Sybil Danning, Hannah Hall, Kristina Klebe and Scout Taylor-Compton.
Speaking with honoree McDowell on the carpet, he said of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, “It is a bit weird. Maybe it’s a mid-life achievement award, I don’t know. I’m still working and that’s amazing. I pinch myself sometimes and thank god. I’ve got four or five projects lined up, and I could be going for another couple of years without even thinking about it, but I do enjoy working. And why shouldn’t an actor, or an actress for that matter, work through the generations? I’m certainly not the same actor that I was forty years ago, thank god!”
Touching on the iconic characters he’s created and/or redefined over the course of his prolific career (in this case, his portrayals of ‘Alex’ from A Clockwork Orange and his take on the character of ‘Dr. Samuel Loomis,’ as originated by the late, great Donald Pleasence in the original Halloween), the fifty-nine-year-old actor commented, “You know, those directors gave me a great gift to play those characters. With Dr. Loomis, it’s an extraordinary character. I had never seen the original Halloween, and Rob [Zombie] had advised me not to. He said, ‘Just do your own thing.’ And I thought to myself, ‘My god, this guy must be a real idiot.’ I mean, he’s got one patient for seventeen years, who then escapes and kills half of a town? What kind of a doctor is that? And he doesn’t have any conscious about it because he’s such an ego-driven man? But I love it though. It’s hilarious!”
Reflecting on the sCare Foundation, “It’s such a great cause,” stated McDowell. “All of us here in this business are very privileged. There are people in the street that aren’t. The sCare Foundation is extraordinary and amazing, and what they do for kids and young people is amazing, and whatever we can do for them, the young people, we should do, especially in this financial climate.”
Following the packed carpet, the festivities continued inside with actress Kyle Richards’ receipt of the 2012 Humanitarian Award, followed by the presentation of McDowell’s Lifetime Achievement Award, delivered to him by his Halloween co-star Taylor-Compton (see the video below). On its heels, the evening continued with live entertainment, a silent auction and prizes, all to benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, as well as Safety Harbor Kids.
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