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Horror film festival features celebrity

An area celebrity whose name — to the children of the 1970s and 80s — became synonymous with late night horror flicks will highlight an event at the Holland Theatre.


Producers Chris Westhoff, left, and Cliff Wall discuss a scene they are shooting with actresses, from left, Chloe Manor, Cori Morse and Season Wall, during a recent shoot at Tharp’s Run Cemetery in Jefferson Township. The scene is part of a local short film 25 North, which will premiere during the Colonel Cloyster’s B-Town B-Movie Massacre at the Holland Theatre on Oct. 12. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Fritz “the Nite Owl” Peerenboom, who gained celebrity throughout central Ohio as the smooth talking guy in the owl-shaped sunglasses that added commentary to late night films on WBNS-10TV, will be on hand at Colonel Cloyster’s B-Town B-Movie Massacre on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“We’re just trying to get people in the mood for Halloween,” event organizer Cliff Wall of Bellefontaine said. “We want them to come out and be terrified and have fun for the night. It’s also about bringing independent films to Bellefontaine.”

In fact, Mr. Wall and co-producer Chris Westhoff of Mad River Theater Works, and their friends have made a short local film called 25 North that will air during the event.

The film festival gets under way at 3 p.m. with a variety of vendors and independent film trailers, Mr. Wall said.

And at 6 p.m., Mr. Peerenboom will make an appearance on stage and will be featured in a Nite Owl documentary called Now and Then.

The Fritz the Nite Owl version of Night of the Living Dead will play at about 7 p.m. and be followed by a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part II.

Tickets for the event are $8 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the Holland Theatre.

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