For 15 years Slash + Bash Horror / Sci-Fi Film Festival has brought the most horrific actors, directors and writers to Northeast Kansas for a multi-day film celebration filled with movie screenings and special guest appearances. This year is no different and “The Thing” to do this weekend. Join festival creator Keith the Critic plus over 18 actors, directors, writers for a bash of a time in Lawrence, KAN August 15 – 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Special guest appearances include:

  • Ali Freda (The Sleeper)
  • Destinie Orndoff (Red Eye)
  • Tristan Clay (Red Eye)
  • Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps)
  • Jason Brooks (Friday the 13th Vengeance)
  • Jules Theresa (Friday the 13th Vengeance)
  • Kent Wagner (The Walking Dead)
  • Paul T Taylor (Sin City)
  • Allan Kayser (Mama’s Family)
  • Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare & Red Eye)
  • Kitten Rose Ramirez (Poisonous Pinups)
  • Suzanne Snyder (Weird Science)
  • Joe Manco (Anti Christmas Carol)
  • Patrick Rea (NailBiter)
  • Blake Braxton (Drive-in Movie Maniacs)
  • Terrible Tim (Drive-in Movie Maniacs)
  • Todd Sheets (writer / director Dreaming Purple Neon)
  • Dilynn Harvey (Clownado)
  • Amanda Payton (Numb3rs)
  • Antwoine Steele (Clownado)
  • (Topeka’s own) Gary Piland (Zombie Kansas)

In addition to a special guest appearance list of ultimate proportions; rumor has it guests will be honored with an advanced preview of “Friday the 13th Vengeance.”

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, morning show producer and this editor’s first internship boss (thank you, Keith). 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 Thorton, Will Farrell and Dakota Fanning.

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Keith’s love for sci-fi and horror films fulled the start of Slash + Bash in 2005, but he was inspired many years earlier by his first viewing of “Star Wars” in 1977 at the old Sunset Drive in Lawrence. “I continue to wonder how ‘Annie Hall’ beat ‘Star Wars’ for Best Picture that year, and demand a re-count” proclaims Keith.

In 2010, Keith suffered a series of strokes paired with a lingering viral infection that landed him in intensive care, almost costing him his life. After several months of recovery at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, Keith started regaining his ability to speak and write and today we are blessed to have the critic around enlightening us on which screens to sit down in front of with our popcorn and giving opportunity for creative and cultural experiences like Slash + Bash.

August 15 – 17 at Doubletree Hotel in Lawrence
Films begin at 7p Thursday, August 15
Doors open at 5p Friday with films starting at 6:15p
Saturday the saga continues at 8a until way after midnight


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