Another reason to go to Screamfest: Underage Girls!

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Well, one underage girl. And she's not really underage anymore. She's 28. Okay I was blatantly using an inflammatory headline to pull you in here. Sorry.

The young woman in question at this year's Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend (that's the actual name) is Rochelle Davis, one of the finest actresses ever to do only one movie ever and disappear. Ms. Davis (Andrea Hunsberger Ruano is her actual name) played Sarah, the struggling 14-year-old daughter of a morphine addict and friend of the undead protagonist, in 1994's The Crow (now known as the other film with the star with the painted face who looked like he was on a meteoric rise to legend-hood but instead died before the hit comic book adaptation's release). Since then, she's been working on exactly nothing for the screen.

Here is the really very sad tale, as told in her iMDB bio:

After the death of Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow, she had to return to the set in order to film the scene in which Eric Draven says "Sarah, I do care," with a body double in the character of Draven, but has not appeared in another film since.

But it's not like she hasn't been busy. Apparently, two years ago (according to www.crowfans.com), "Drea" Ruano was busted with members of the "Sex, Money, Murder" faction of the Bloods gang dealing heroin in Doylestown, Penn. According to her, she wasn't a member herself but let them operate out of her house for fear that they might rob her or do harm to her son. (Inviting them in. Much better plan.) Ruano was sentenced to 23 months in prison in February, 2007.

This is going to be Rochelle's first convention, so please don't frighten her away with your enthusiasm. We geeks have a tendency to get a little needy, and I know that this movie kept a number of us from killing ourselves by replacing our hatred at the world with romantic fantasies and leather jackets (just me?), but kindly get your autograph and then move on.

But do feel free to ask her what the name of God is on the lips of all children.

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