Celebrities Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs
, Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater
), Diane Franklin (Better Off Dead
, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
, Last American Virgin
, Amityville II
) and Mark Metcalf (National Lampoon's Animal House
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer One Crazy Summer
) will all be on hand for the upcoming Retro Invasion Weekend
, a four-day event taking place from May 30 to June 2 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Westlake.
The whole thing kicks off with special a VIP party on Thursday, May 30, and a few VIP tickets still remain for that event. They cost $70.
During the weekend, there'll be a special reunion and screening of the cult slasher film Intruder
. Star Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2
, Spider-Man 2
, Maniac Cop
) and makeup FX artist Robert Kurtzman will be on hand for that.
There will also be a Just One of the Guys
reunion with Clayton Rohner (April Fool's Day
, Modern Girls
, The Relic
), Toni Hudson (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
, Nothing in Common
, School Spirit
), Arye Gross (House II: The Second Story
, Soul Man
, Minority Report
, The X-Files
), director Lisa Gottlieb (Freddy's Nightmares
, Dream On, Boy Meets World
), Jonathan Tiersten (SLEEPAWAY CAMP
, The Perfect House
, The Return to Sleepaway Camp
, Terror Tales
) and Marty Schiff (Dawn of the Dead
, Out of Control
Northeast Ohio filmmaker J.R. Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door
, Robot Ninja
, Witchouse 2
) will be on hand as will horror artist Ghoulish Gary.
About 75 vendors are participating. They'll sell a variety of art, posters, movies, toys, collectibles, vinyl, unique crafts, T-shirts and much more.
A University of Akron graduate, organizer Joe Ostrica worked as a journalist for 22 years and has made several films.
“I've been fascinated with movies and filmmaking since a very young age and have been going to conventions the past 20 years,” he says in a press release about the convention. “I've been to them as a fan, a vendor and a filmmaker. I've put on more than 40 events, whether zombie walk food drives, zombie proms, movie screenings with bands and burlesque, etc. Putting on a unique convention like Retro Invasion Weekend was the next natural progression for me. The entire weekend is a look into my personal tastes as a lover of film and pop culture."
Weekend passes cost $60, and individual day passes for Friday, May 31 ($25), Saturday, June 1 ($30), and Sunday June 2 ($20) will be available at the door.
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