Numerous Film and TV Stars to Participate in Upcoming Retro Invasion Weekend


  • Courtesy of Joe Ostrica
Celebrities Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs, MonsterVision, 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, Seinfeld) 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, Darkman, 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, Creepshow, Out of Control).

Northeast Ohio filmmaker J.R. Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door, Robot Ninja, Witchouse 2, Ozone) 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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