Xiomarra Gonzalez de Laredo takes first place in the ‘Face of Horror’ contest

Laredo showed his pride for one of his own and his love for all things horror as a local competing for a spot in a film in a national competition climbed to first place in his semi-final group after being placed in the top five, as she seeks to advance to the final round of the competition.

Xiomarra Gonzalez, a local poet, teacher and podcaster, was at the top of her pack when Friday’s ‘The Face of Horror’ competition narrowed down entrants. She says she is very grateful to the community for their continued help, and she hopes she will keep moving forward to achieve her dreams.

“I’m honestly very humbled and surprised,” Gonzalez said. “I had been stuck in fourth place for weeks, and it felt like overnight I had made this huge leap. I’m so grateful for everyone’s support. I’ve had so many people support me. reached out to ask me how to vote, even some of my co-workers who I don’t talk to very often showed their support, I honestly didn’t think I would be able to have the outreach I did.

According to the contest’s website, the winner will take home $13,000 in prize money, a role in an independent film and a two-night stay at Buffalo Bill’s House, and they will face off against horror legend Kane Hodder in a photo shoot for ” Rue Morgue Magazine”.

However, the Laredoan needs the help of the community, as the competition is won by online voting. According to Gonzalez, the “Face of Horror” contest is a voting-based contest intended to give its contestants a chance to be a part of the horror genre. The goal is to get enough votes to reach first place in your category and advance to the final round. There you will also try to get the most votes to win first place for the 20 groups of people competing.

Voting for Gonzalez’s band ends Oct. 13 at 10 p.m.

Visit faceofhorror.org/2022/xio-gonzalez to vote for Gonzalez. Votes can be cast every 24 hours on the Face of Horror website, as its plugin works through Facebook accounts. You can also instantly cast 20, 50, 100, or 200 votes by donating $10, $25, $50, or $100, respectively, with an as(care) vote, which benefits the B+ Foundation, the largest provider of financial assistance to families dealing with childhood cancer. .

Gonzalez said at the current rate she feels very good about her chances of advancing to the next round of the competition.

“I’m very optimistic about my chances of breaking into the finalists round,” Gonzalez said. “If I can maintain the daily numbers, I’m confident I have a real shot at getting into the final round of the competition.”

Gonzalez said she loves all things horror movies and horror knowledge. His favorite is the last girl – the last woman in a movie to confront the killer – being the character Sally Hardesty from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974). His tenacious survival skills throughout the film and the final scene of him leaving in the back of the van, covered in blood and his deranged laughter are iconic and make the character his favorite.

Gonzalez would like to be a last girl one day. She states that she is more into psychological horror films than slashers and the paranormal.

“I’m a really big fan of psychological horror and I don’t completely scare the hell out of it, so I’d say ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968) ticks all the boxes for me,” Gonzalez said. “I enjoyed how much of the horror is grounded in reality, in terms of abuse, assault, psychological manipulation – especially for the time period. I think it’s very realistic horror, apart from all the satanic aspect of the plot.

As she continues to compete and people continue to vote, Gonzalez thanked the community for their continued support in her dream. She sees with her own eyes how the community has come together to support one of her own for such an occasion.

“Thank you for all the support,” Gonzalez said. “It’s great to see how many people just want to see Laredo win. Putting us on the map for all the positives benefits the community so much; when one of us wins, we all win.

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