Azusa Pacific student enters horror contest to help his quadriplegic father
When Anthony Morrell isn’t studying nursing or caring for his quadriplegic father, the 27-year-old horror enthusiast from Adelanto is probably watching a horror movie.
Morrell is currently in the running to win $13,000 to help his father, Richard, through the Face of Horror fundraising campaign in aid of the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.
In the contest, every online vote is worth a $1 donation to the foundation, whose goal is to provide financial assistance to families, fund childhood cancer research and raise awareness in the fight against the disease. .
“If I win, I will use the money to buy my dad a bed and a wheelchair,” said Azusa Pacific University student Morrell. “If there’s any money left, I’ll probably use it for school fees.”
Besides cash, the contest winner will win a role in an independent film, a two-night stay at Buffalo Bill’s House, and face horror legend Kane Hodder in a photo shoot for Rue Morgue Magazine.
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Buffalo Bill’s House was heavily featured throughout the climactic finale of the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs,” starring actors Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Ted Levine, who played serial killer Buffalo Bill.
The house is in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, along the Youghiogheny River and about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Kane Hodder is an author, stuntman and actor best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the “Friday the 13th” franchise.
“I love ‘Friday the 13th’ and Jason Voorhees is my favorite horror villain,” said Morrell, a 2012 graduate of Oak Hills High School. “Visiting Buffalo Bill’s house would also be cool.”
faces of kindness
Morrell said nursing and caring for others is in “her family’s DNA,” with her mother, Rachael, a registered nurse and 2015 APU graduate, and her brother, Brandon, 22, joining him in the same cohort-based nursing program at APU. .
Morrell’s sister, Elizabeth, 20, is a health care aide and a student at Victor Valley College.
In 2019, addiction counselor Richard Morrell, 49, suffered a herniated disc, which pinched a nerve in his already shrunken spine.
“My dad was in a lot of pain and he couldn’t move his legs,” Morrell said. “We had no idea that the swelling in his spine had progressed to his C-3. It took 24 hours for doctors to realize the spinal cord injury. At that point, the damage was done. »
“Our family has always been close, but taking care of dad has brought us closer,” Morrell said. “It taught us to face challenges and rely on our faith, which made us stronger as a family.”
Join the horror club
Morrell was introduced to the horror movie club around age 6 when his father invited him to sit on the couch to watch the 1982 supernatural horror film “Poltergeist.”
“I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t afraid to watch this movie,” Morrell said. “After the movie, I spent the next two weeks sleeping with my parents at night. I also admit that I was afraid of the dark until I was 14.
On the Face of Horror website, Morrell explained why he would come to the end of a horror movie.
“I am a pragmatic and intelligent guy. I could go check out a noise, but I bring a gun and make sure I have my back covered,” Morrell said. “If things seem too strange, or if whoever’s chasing me can’t be killed easily, I’ll walk away, without tripping.”
To vote/donate for Anthony K. Morrell, visit faceofhorror.org. The voting deadline is 8 p.m. Thursday.