Via Zoom: Scream Queen Portia Chellelynn, on ‘Witch House” & Days of the Dead, Nov. 19-21, 2021

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CHICAGO – The “Scream Queen” is a venerable show business category, and there are few better practitioners of the art than Portia Chellelynn. She has been the go-to in the Midwest for low budget horror films, with eight feature film credits to her name, and three more in production. Her latest is “H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House” – directed by Bobby Easley – currently on the festival circuit. She will also be appearing in this weekend’s Days of the Dead convention in Chicago. For more info, click DAYS OF THE DEAD.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House” – loosely based on the Lovecraft novel – has Chellelynn as an escapee from domestic abuse, who resurrects her graduate thesis on geometrical shapes and their use in the practice of witchcraft. She is also staying in a local haunted house near campus, and her research causes some weird vibrations to begin among the residents and the house itself. Bobby Easley directs a stylish and layered film, full of ominous tones and witchy gore.

Portia Chellelynn of ‘H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House’
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Portia Chellelynn was born in Birmingham, Alabama, as Michelle Morris. After moving to rural Illinois, she took a detour from high school to marry and have children. Her move into acting was accidental, as she liked a Facebook post in 2014 about a new film in preproduction called “Candie’s Harem” and the director asked her to audition. She scored the lead in the film, and from there began a prolific on screen career, in films such as “Leaf Blower Massacre 2,” “Cellar Secret” and “Hematic Web.” As mentioned, she is in the midst of shooting two films, with one in post production.

In an interview via Zoom with Patrick McDonald of, Portia Chellelynn talks about “H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House” and her wild journey into being an iconic Screen Queen …

Festival Trailer for “H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House” …

H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House” is currently on the film festival circuit. Featuring Portia Chellelynn. Written by Bobby Easley and Ken Wallace. Directed by Bobby Easley. Days of the Dead is in Chicagoland (Rosemont, Illinois) through November 21st, 2021. Click the link above for more info. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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