WALLINGFORD, CT — Daniel Kearney recently wrapped filming on his 21st feature film, which features some of the biggest stars from the horror genre he grew up with.

Kearney, who lives in Wallingford with his wife and three children, is living a childhood dream that became reality a few years ago when he began producing and acting in horror films.

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His latest project, “Deadly Endings,” was filmed in several homes and an abandoned factory in Wallingford from June 1 to 17, with additional filming in Hamden and Middletown.

“Deadly Endings” is an anthology film that will feature three separate horror stories and will feature a “cast of horror heavyweights,” according to Kearney. The cast includes Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Terrifier 2), Chaney Morrow (Wrong Turn, Haunt), Mark Patton (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2), Hannah Fierman (VHS, CREEPSHOW), Santiago Cirilo (The Walking Dead) and Kearney.

Kearney stars in the segment “One Last Shot,” which he says is a “very emotional story” that has something to offer for every horror movie lover.

“There are monsters, there is some serious deep emotion, and there are some downright scary scenes,” he said. “I hope this film will be enduring, that fans of the genre will revisit it. It’s my biggest role and I’ve done everything I could. We’re aiming for a mid-2025 release on both physical media and worldwide streaming.”

Kearney is also a producer on the film. It is his eleventh collaboration with Rose as a producer.

Rose is a legend in the horror genre, with over 150 film credits, and the reason Kearney got involved in films – and is now one of his best friends.

Kearney said Rose starred in the first horror film he ever saw, the cult classic “Sleepaway Camp.”

“I used to rent it from Tommy K’s video store in North Haven back in the ’90s,” Kearney said. “The staff there always had it ready for me, and I would pull on my mom’s jacket and say, ‘Can you get it for me?’”

In 2014, as an adult, Kearney met Rose at a horror convention in Connecticut.

“We just clicked right away and over the next few years I kept seeing her at convention after convention and in 2019 I said to her, ‘You know what, I’d really like to take a shot at film,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Let’s do it,'” Kearney said. “I was blown away. She gave me a key and I just had to work and perform and by the grace of God I got project after project. Fast forward to 2022, we shot and produced an incredible film Dark Circles at my family’s house just around the corner in North Haven where I first rented her cult classic Sleepaway Camp. You just can’t make this stuff up, it was surreal, talk about coming full circle. I owe it all to her and me taking that chance.”

Kearney has also worked with stars such as Alan Ruck, perhaps best known as Cameron Frye on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” who also starred in ABC’s “Spin City” and HBO’s “Succession,” and veteran character actor Terry Kiser – Bernie from “Weekend At Bernie’s.”

Kearney recently produced the horror-comedy “Crust” starring Sean Whalen (Twister, Halloween 2) and starring alongside Ruck and Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive).

“Working with some of these actors was overwhelming,” Kearney said. “It’s surreal to bring pictures to life with these giants.”

Kearney said he spent time with Kiser during the filming of “Dark Circles,” which also shot in Wallingford and is set for release later this year.

“We had a night of filming at Middlesex College and I went out with him for a bit and he gave me the most incredible advice and shared his personal stories about performing,” Kearney said. “I take it with me everywhere I go.”

Kearney, who has 14 films released through 2025, is taking a short break until August, when he heads to Pittsburgh for the horror film “GRIND,” which he produces and has a supporting role in.

“My schedule has been crazy the last few years, but I’m so grateful for it,” Kearney said. “I don’t take a second for granted. Timing and travel are everything, it’s all a real work-life balance. My family is number one in my life, so there are limits, but it’s worked out well. I think hard work is really important, I just want to show my kids that you can follow your dreams and make something out of nothing – anything really is possible with kindness and self-belief.”

Kearney worked as a professional tribute artist for Michael Jackson for many years, and he says that this, along with the lessons, helped him transition into film and gave him the confidence to pursue it.

“Being an actor was always a dream of mine, especially in the horror genre, but you know, I think everyone has that fear of really pursuing a passion, especially when you have so many responsibilities in life and there are no guarantees,” Kearney said. “I think when you have kids, you give up your dreams to make theirs come true, which is the most important thing. I want to be completely accessible to my kids 24/7, so it’s not something I actively pursued. It was very much accidental. If I hadn’t had the signal to keep going and the overwhelming support of my wife, it just wouldn’t have happened. She’s incredible.”

Kearney says that while the work is tiring, he still feels like he is living a childhood dream.

“I try tirelessly to make a movie that resonates with the fans that have meant so much to me, even if it was just one,” he said. “The horror community is the sweetest, kindest, most genuine fan base of film. I want so badly to bring a movie to life that people will love, or a performance that people will come back to, that is everlasting. I have zero desire for any kind of fame, the opposite, I think that’s why I’ve been successful. I just want to bring a character to life that resonates.”

For more information about the filming of “Deadly Endings,” visit the Facebook page here . For the latest news on Kearney’s productions, visit his IMDB page here .