Creature Features

Retired musician Vincent “Vandal” Van Dahl decided to leave the rock and roll life behind him and move out to a modest haunted mansion atop a hill. Though he may have left the stage, he’s not quite done entertaining, and now hosts the classic Creature Features alongside co-hosts Tangella and Livingston, featuring wacky antics and wonderful guests. Creature Features was originally shown on local US TV stations in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The movies shown were generally classic and cult horror movies of the 30s to 50s. The current cast is on a mission to share the joy and bewilderment of antiquated horror and Sci-Fi films of yesteryear!

Suzanne Snyder

Suzanne Snyder was born in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1962. She lived in another town in Illinois, Glenview, for seven years, until her family moved to Seattle. Following a brief but prolific modeling career, Snyder auditioned for and landed guest roles in CHiPS and CLASS (1983).

Eventually Snyder appeared in the 80s cult hits WEIRD SCIENCE (1985), with Anthony Michael Hall and Bill Paxton, Fred Dekker’s alien-zombie extravaganza NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986), and horror-comedy sequel RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD II (1988). Snyder also starred in what is arguably the ultimate midnight movie of all time: KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988), thus cementing her as a cult horror hero.

In the 90s, Snyder appeared in guest spots on several popular shows such as MURDER, SHE WROTE and SEINFELD. She currently lives in California with her four children and often appears at horror conventions.

Snyder will be appearing at Silver Scream as one of our “Heroines of Horror” alongside her fellow icons Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney!

Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson is a man who gets mistaken for a woman, but only by those not paying attention. That revelation kicks off a battle for self-awareness where comedy and music are the weapons of choice. It’s a battle that has taken Phil to such esteemed festivals as the Edinburgh Fringe and Sundance Film Festivals and the Top 8 Finals of the World Series of Comedy.

“I’ve always been the guy who isn’t quite what people expect,” says Johnson. Using that experience, he pokes holes in the medical marijuana argument, discusses being a white guy at a hip hop show (and the innocent gestures that can get him in trouble), and reveals why Hawaii isn’t the paradise we think it is.

From Shakespearean bees to redneck vampires to anthropomorphic cell phones with weight issues, Phil Johnson fills the stage with quirky characters that combine social satire with absurdist flights of fancy. Then the guitar comes out and kicks the show into an even higher gear with songs about the bright future (and dark past) of babies and what he would do if he woke up one morning as an actual woman.

Johnson’s playful humor and likeable, endearing manner allow him to shake things up without antagonizing the audience. Johnson will be headlining the VIP Charity Dinner at Silver Scream.

Creepy KOFY Movie Time

The Creepy KOFY Movie Time cast show the worst, cheesiest horror movies, but they also have an array of bizarre and funny characters! Meet Webberly the Fact Rat, Melissa Laroue, Shotzi Blackheart, Slob, and Sasa! There will be some surprise appearances at the Creepy KOFY table as well. The cast will be catching everyone up on the latest news and signing body parts of your choice.

Bill Lustig

William Lustig watched a huge volume of trashy exploitation fare at theaters in Manhattan while he was growing up and also worked as a movie theater usher in New Jersey, so he seemed destined to carry on the grindhouse torch. After getting his career started behind the scenes in the adult movie industry, Lustig made the grim, gory, and disturbing slasher sleaze landmark MANIAC (1980), which boasts an intense performance by character actor Joe Spinell as a vicious depraved psychopath and plenty of gruesome make-up effects by horror genre icon Tom Savini. In 1982, Lustig followed with the New York urban revenge opus VIGILANTE. In 1988, he delivered MANIAC COP, a violent horror action flick about an undead New York police officer on a killing spree, which was the first of several cinematic collaborations with fellow maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Lustig followed up with the 1989 action item HIT LIST and serial killer thriller RELENTLESS, along with two MANIAC COP sequels. Since 1997, Lustig has produced retrospective DVD documentaries for Anchor Bay, and he currently runs the DVD label Blue Underground, which restores and re-releases popular and little-seen cult movies and other grindhouse action, drama, and horror films.

Jackie Kong

Jackie Kong is one of only a few females directing horror films that shock and horrify viewers. Her unique sense of humor also infuses her films and has elevated them to cult status worldwide. Her “in-your-face” style has made her films a favorite of Quentin Tarantino, as well as Fangoria readers. BLOOD DINER (1987) and NIGHT PATROL (1984) have been dubbed into five languages and played internationally to sold out showings. Kong has managed to receive a mix of both good reviews (The New York Times, Canby review) and box office success, and for her work on NIGHT PATROL, she was the recipient of RIAA’s Platinum Award for the film’s stellar box office and video sales. Her timeless style is still able to shock today’s audiences which, according to Kong, “have seen everything and are not very easy to surprise”!

Kong will be moderating a special “Heroines of Horror” panel featuring Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, and Kelli Maroney.