Writer and Executive Producer< SAL LIZARD is a 63 year-old actor from Kentucky and, until recently, a professional real-bearded Santa. He says he began his acting career as a child when his mother asked if he broke a vase. He added that he wasn't that good and his mother incentivised him to get better! Sal still credits his mother as the first to recognize his ability to act: "She was constant telling me to 'quit acting like a fool' or to act my age", laughs Sal.
Performing as a real-bearded Santa helped Sal hone his acting and improvisational skills: "When you portray Santa, you have to convince a very critical audience - children - that you are this character who's look and behavior has become so well-known to them. And you have to quickly and correctly answer a myriad of questions that you can't possibly anticipate."
Sal was a high school Thespian, with lead and principal roles. He also performed as an adult in Community theater in the greater New England region before becoming a film actor.
After acting in a few horror films (FEEDING THE MASSES, CREATURE FROM THE HILLBILLY LAGOON. HILLBILLY BOB ZOMBIE) he started appearing, as a celebrity guest at east-coast and Midwest horror conventions. He created the Vampire Santa character in response to attendees asking, “Why is Santa at a horror convention?” Over the years, Vampire Santa fans and even some actors gave asked , “When are you going to do a Vampire Santa movie?” So, he finally has. He has previously been published as the author of “Being Santa Claus” but this is his very first experience writing a script and states, "It’s very satisfying to see it so well received."
ALLISON LAHIKAINEN (Screeplay) is originally from central Massachusetts, She now lives in New York. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and went on to to get a Master's Certificate in publishing from Emerson College in Boston.
Allison mainly focuses on screenplays, writing for independent films in the New England area. She also dabbles in short fiction.
"My main goal with The Vampire Santa is to stay as true to Sal’s story and original script as I can. His vision is immense and I don’t want to diminish the story he’s excited to tell."
Allison has been screenwriting for more than 20 years on a low-budget and freelance basis. "You can also find me filling in some background space on Season 4 of Gotham on Fox." she added.
Director John Johnson shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films.
After finishing school, John went back to his old high school to teach videography for 2 semesters. This was a class that he had helped create with the School Board in 1995 as an independent study. The class then grew to have two full sessions at over 55 students.
Johnson as well as being an award winning writer, is now an award-winning filmmaker as well as the founder of Darkstone Entertainment, an independent film company based out of Charlottesville, VA.
Johnson has seven features now available all over the world. From FYE, Turner Classic Movies, Amazon Prime, to Netflix Johnson’s films can be found worldwide on DVD and streaming. He has another 8 features being released in the same fashion in the next 2 years.
To this day, Johnson has completed over 169 films. His venture Plan 9 is his most largely popular film that has been spoken about in Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, and over 200 web sites worldwide.
Johnson’s most popular creations are Plan 9 (The Remake of Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), the Spooky Tales From the Dark web series (Based on urban legends and folklore most of which was made famous by the scholastic book series SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, and the Skeleton Key film series.