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Ali Ferda stars in "The Sleeper"

15th Annual Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival in Lawrence

There’s a lot of “terrible” and “horror-ific” fun going on tonight and the next two days in Lawrence! It’s the 15th Annual Slash and Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival, brought to you by Keith “The Critic.” This year promises to be the biggest ever, as the 3-day event includes over 20 movies, plus movie shorts and personal appearances by over 20 stars, including Terrible Tim from Drive-In Movie Maniacs TV show.

The event is being held at the DoubleTree hotel, 200 McDonald Drive in Lawrence, Ks.  Movie showings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday until 11:30 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday, then 9 a.m. Saturday until midnight. Saturday will also include talks by celebrity guests.

The film stars will be flying in from all over the country, and attendees will be coming from several states as well.

The list of stars & celebrities who will be present for autographs and pictures include:

Paul T. Taylor – Hellraiser Judgement
Destinie Orndoff – Red Eye
Jason Lively – Night of the Creeps
Ali Ferda – The Sleeper
Kent Wagner – The Walking Dead
Jill Whitlow – Night the Creeps
Tristan Clay – Red Eye (Director)
Todd Sheets – Clownado Writer/Director
Jill Schoelen – The Stepfather
Jessica Cameron – Truth or Dare
Steve Marshall – Night of the Creeps
Suzanne Snyder – Night of the Creeps, Weird Science
Kitten Rose Ramirez – Poisonous Pinups
Terrible Tim – Drive In Movie Maniacs
Antwoine Steele – Clownado
Dilynn Harvey – Clownado
Allan Keyser – Night of the Creeps
Jules Theresa – Friday the 13th Vengeance
Joe Manco – The Torturer

Suzanne Snyder – Night of the Creeps, Killer Clowns from Outer Space & Weird Science

“Truth or Dare” star Jessica Cameron posted yesterday on social media: “So excited to see some of my fave people at Slash and Bash Film Festival starting tomorrow in Kansas, come and say hi if you are in the area! We will be watching some great films including Truth Or DareRed Eye and more! And I will be joined by my girl Ali Ferda, and fellow film makers Patrick Rea, Tristan ClayDestinie OrndoffTodd Sheets and more!”

Many short films have been submitted and several have been selected for showing, including the Award Winning ’Dead Celebrities.’

Tristan Clay and Destinie Orndoff of Deranged Minds Entertainment and the minds behind Red Eye will be at Slash and Bash

Many locals are looking forward to Hi-Death, playing on the 15th and many cast and crew will be there including co-writer/director Todd Sheets, local star Dilynn Fawn Harvey and Antwoine Steele. Sheets’ film Clownado will also be playing at the festival.

Locally-based star Dilynn Fawn Harvey and Antwoine Steele star in Clownado!

Some attendees are also expected to be in “Cosplay” costume.

As an added bonus Jason Brooks will be doing photo ops in costume as Jason from Friday the 13th Vengeance. Photos will be $10 with proceeds going to help Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Jason Brooks will be doing photo ops in costume as Jason from Friday the 13th Vengeance.

The film showing schedule is as follows:

Aug. 15th

Doors open at 6pm – live music from HollowPoint

7:00 p.m. – Hellraiser

8:30 p.m. – Hellraiser 2

10:00 p.m. – A Short Movie

10:30 p.m. – Hi-Death


Aug. 16th

6:15 p.m.  – The Stepfather

8:00 p.m. – Night of the Creeps

9:40 p.m. – Hellraiser Judgement

11:10 p.m. – Red Eye

12:50 a.m. – Piranha

2:30 a.m. – Tucker & Dale vs Evil

4:10 a.m. – Maximum Overdrive

5:50 a.m. – Nightmare Sisters


Aug. 17th

8:00 a.m. – The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

9:15 – Interview with Suzanne Snyder, star of Weird Science

9:40 a.m. – Weird Science

11:15 a.m. – Slash and Bash Short Movie Showcase

12:30 p.m. – Hell Town

1:30 – Interview with Ali Ferda, star of  The Sleeper

2:10 p.m. – The Sleeper

3:15 – Photo opp with “Jason Voorhees”

3:50 p.m. – Zombie Tattoo Parlor

4:30 – Interview with Jill Schoelen, star of Popcorn, When A Stranger Calls Back

5:00 p.m. – Popcorn

6:40 p.m. – Little Spark Films

7:20 p.m. – Truth or Dare

8:30 – Interview with Jules Theresa and Jason Brooks, stars of Friday the 13th Vengeance

9:00 p.m. – Friday the 13th Vengeance

10:30 – Interview with cast of Clownado, including local star Dilynn Harvey

10:40 p.m. – Clownado!


Admission is $20 at the door for all three days, or $10 each day for Thursday & Friday, $15 for Saturday only.

Sponsors and Vendors participating include Metro Voice, TV25, 785 Magazine, Health & Wellness Magazine, EverythingTopeka.com, Drive-In Movie Maniacs, Vintage Stock, Rees Fruit Farm, Topeka BluePrint, Jerimiah Allan/Keller Williams Realty, Healing Smiles, Twisted Vines Winery, KC Horror Club, Allan-Coleman, Big Time Bail Bonds, DoubleTree, Roaring Rat Films, Topeka Haunted Woods, Forest Park Retreat Center, WREN Digital Media, Local Media Collective, Pat the Plumber, Atomic Cotton, Configuration Boxes, Tatting by Liz, AHA Moment Marketing and Social Butterflies from Kansas.

Other film festivals from Keith The Critic are coming up:

  • Slash ‘n Bash Topeka – October 25 – 26, 2019, at The Break Room, Topeka
  • Alfred Hitchcock Double Feature – October, at the Haunted Woods in Topeka
  • It’s A Wonderful Life and The Grinch – December, at Rosewood Event Venue, Topeka


Putting this all together is Keith “The Critic” (Keith Van Sickle) who began his career as a film critic nearly 25 years ago, giving reviews on WIBW radio and later Country Legends 106.9, where he was also the promotions director and morning show producer. He joined forces with Randy Guzman creating “The Aisle Seat” which had a successful run on KTWU. Topics spanned from recently-released movies to local entertainment to celebrity interviews; talking to some of the biggest names in the industry including Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thornton, Will Farrell and Dakota Fanning.

For questions email Keiththecritic@hotmail.com or visit www.slashandbashfestival.com.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice News


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