OTTUMWA, Iowa - Making their way back to Iowa for the first time since filming "Children of the Corn" over 30 years ago, Prescribed Films is proud to announce actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains as celebrity guests for Halloweenapalooza 2017.
John and Courtney terrorized the screens in the 1984 horror film classic "Children of the Corn" in their iconic roles as Isaac and Malachai. John Franklin has also appeared in such television shows as "Chicago Hope", "Star Trek: Voyager", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine". He also appeared in "The Addams Family" movie series. Courtney has had an extensive resume appearing in "Back to the Future" and "The Burbs". His television appearances include "Seinfeld", "Tales from the Crypt", and "NCIS". 
Excited to be back in Iowa, John and Courtney will be signing autographs and taking pictures during the duration of the event and will conduct a question and answer session after a screening of "Children of the Corn". 
Halloweenapalooza 2017, their eighth annual horror film festival and celebration. Halloweenapalooza is Iowa’s only horror film showcase--created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. The event will be held on Oct. 14 at the historic and haunted Hotel Ottumwa. In addition to the film festival and celebrity guests, the event features vendors, zombie walk, costume contest, live music, showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and more.
Tickets, including special VIP packages, are on sale now at More information will be added as it becomes available at

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