We welcome back horror host Mr. Lobo to the show this year, and he and his team will be hosting an entertaining panel at 3:30 on Saturday spotlighting the connection between cult cinema and pop culture!
The CULT MOVIE SUMMIT II Panel Theme is CULT TV AND VIDEO and will feature series like Dr. Who, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, V, Thundercats, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Max Headroom, Twin Peaks, Alf, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and Mystery Science Theater as well as VHS wonders like The Star Wars Holiday Special, Halloween III, Hardware Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Toxic Avenger, Terrorvision, and the films of Ed Wood…
This panel will focus on how many cult obsessions are fueled by the small screen…and the trend of collecting videos!
His Special Guests will be HEATHER BUCKLEY of FANGORIA magazine and NEWT WALLEN of MIDNIGHT SHOW!
We are pleased to announce a last minute addition to the show this year- The beautiful and talented Chase Masterson!
Chase is best known for her role as Leeta on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. Other film & TV roles include episodes of the Emmy-winning shows “ER” and “General Hospital”, as well as “Manticore” & “Terminal Invasion” (opposite Bruce Campbell) for Syfy Channel, and “RUR: Genesis”, “Yesterday Was a Lie” and “The Search for Simon.” You may also know her as the voice the android Janice on “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles”.
Chase Guest-Starred opposite Tom Baker & Sylvester McCoy in “Doctor Who” Big Finish, which spun off her character into her own critically acclaimed show, “VIENNA,” currently in pre-production for its 3rd Season.
Chase will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops!
Some of you may remember our art contest last year, where we gave away a custom transforming Mr. T A-Team van to the person that drew up the funniest idea for what Mr. T was daydreaming about.
Well we’ve decided to put together another art contest for this year. The theme this time being…
Bill and Ted! (Yes waaay!)
You probably remember the scene in the second movie where Bill and Ted play various games with the Grim Reaper for a chance to win their lives back.
“A hit… you have sank my battle ship!”
“I believe Colonel Mustard did it in the study with the candlestick!”
Well we want to know what game YOU think Bill and Ted should be playing with Death!
Look for a specially-marked table at the show where you can find an official art sheet and drawing utensils, and then test your creativity! Draw up the craziest/coolest/funniest image you can think of and then place it in the entry box. There are no age restrictions, anyone can enter! Multiple entries are also permitted.
Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, maybe the idea of your drawing alone will win us over! But you MUST use the specially-marked photocopies supplied at the show, no outside drawings will count. Feel free to think up ideas and practice at home, though!
We will run the contest over the course of both days at the show. We’ll go through the entries around 2:30pm on Sunday and select a winner. Don’t forget to print your name and e-mail address at the top! If the winner isn’t present at the time we do the judging, we will mail the prize to them after the show.
And now the grand prize!
A custom made LEGO-style Bill and Ted figure and phone booth set, all styled after the first movie! The figures were created by the Retro Con crew, with the phone booth created by the talented folks over at GeeWunner! (base setting NOT included)
The awesome folks over at 80sTees.com have kindly offered to supply us with 500 gift cards for their website, to be given out to the first 500 attendees at Retro Con 2014! They will go to pre-registrants first, and any beyond that will go to walk-ins on Saturday.
Amounts could range from $5 to $20! You won’t know until you check online!
A big thanks to 80sTees for their most generous donation! Be sure to check out their website for hundreds of awesome retro-related t-shirts and more!
This year we get REALLY retro, as we proudly welcome “The Blob” to Retro Con 2014!
The Blob first hit theaters in 1958 and became an instant cult classic, with the campy tone set up perfectly by its opening theme song. In case you’ve been living under a meteorite for the past 55 years, the movie is about a protoplasm-like alien creature that crashes to earth and immediately starts consuming and dissolving citizens of a small town in rural Pennsylvania, causing it to quickly grow to problematic size.
Not only is the movie set in Pennsylvania, but was in fact filmed in local PA areas such as Downingtown, Royersford, and Phoenixville- All mere miles from where we hold Retro Con every year!
In fact, Phoenixville is the hometown of the theatre that the Blob oozed into, sending the movie’s audience fleeing out the front doors in hysterical terror. Known as the Colonial Theatre, it is still in operation to this day and is the host of Blobfest: a 3-day celebration of the film and other horror classics of the era. This was its 15th year running, with a Blob-like increase in popularity each passing year. The Friday stage show and run-out is often hosted by Retro Con guest Mr. Lobo, and the Saturday and Sunday street festival is also highly recommended!
Owner Wes Shank refers to himself as ” the caretaker of the original blob silicone”. He began collecting movie posters and publicity photos in 1960. After touring the Valley Forge Film Studios in 1965, Wes purchased the silicone directly from the film’s director, Shorty Yeaworth. Wes also owns several miniature sets used in making the movie, along with props from many other classic films.
Always willing to share his knowledge of science fiction movies, Wes has lectured at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Villanova University, as well as various television interviews over the years. He also wrote and published a book entitled FROM SILICONE TO THE SILVER SCREEN: MEMOIRS OF THE BLOB, a work of love written not only for all who made it possible, but as recognition of the ingenuity and creativity of a cult classic film.
We thank Wes and Judy Shank for coming to the show and bringing along such a wonderful piece of film history for all to see!!
“Now you’re playing with power… SUPER Power!”
Our newest raffle prize is an original Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), mint in box!
Released in 1991, the system became an instant classic with such timeless games as F-Zero, Star Fox, Turtles in Time, Super Mario Kart, Zelda III, and Super Metroid.
The system comes with two controllers, hook-ups, styrofoam, original box, and Super Mario World cartridge!
The SNES will be given away on Sunday at the show. Anyone that buys their way into the show will be given a raffle ticket good towards winning any of our wonderful door prizes! Extra tickets can also be bought at the show for $1 each.
A big thanks to RetroDaze for donating to the show and helping to make this prize happen! Best of luck to all our attendees!!
Calling all MSTies!!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Joel Hodgson to our guest line-up this year!
Joel is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide.
Joel started out in show business as a stand-up comedian and appeared on HBO’s Young Comedians Special, as well as The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Joel also had several appearances on the beloved Freaks and Geeks TV series on NBC, and currently voices “Mayor Dewey” on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Joel recently completed six years of touring in Cinematic Titanic, a live riffing stage show similar to MST3K featuring several alumni from the program.
Joel was recently featured in a story on Wired.com. It not only includes a candid look at Joel’s history with MST3K, it also reveals that he has hopes of reviving the program in a new online format!
Joel will be at the show on *SATURDAY ONLY*. He will be available for signing and pictures, and will also be holding a Q&A panel for fans of his work to watch and participate in. We look forward to seeing him at the show! Join us!!
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