There will be a lot of geeky events going on this coming weekend, including Flashback Weekend which will be returning to Rosemont, IL! I'll be roaming the halls of the Crowne Plaza myself, and taking in the sights of horror movie fandom in action. If you've never heard of FBW before, you really do need to check it out.
They've got the legendary George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") making a very rare convention appearance. (Be sure to check back for my interview with Mr. Romero.) Danny Glover of "Predator 2" and the "Lethal Weapon" series will also be on hand. Chicago's very own Svengoolie will be signing autographs and hosting a costume contest. And James Marsters of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame will be playing with his rock band "Ghost of the Robot":
Take a look at what the organizers of Flashback Weekend have put together!:
Celebrating our 2nd decade as Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention!
Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention
August 9-11, 2013
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
5440 N. River Road Rosemont, Illinois
Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running horror convention featuring a huge horror dealers room, special events, and major celebrity guests including legendary director George A. Romero in a rare convention appearance. Flashback Weekend also dedicates itself to the preservation of the theatrical horror experience by featuring big screen horror presentations at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 (located next to the convention hotel).
Special film screenings include a 35mm 45th anniversary screening of the original “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” introduced by George A. Romero,
“PET SEMATARY” introduced by Mary Lambert and the cast, and the World Premiere of the unseen Pulsepounders
“TRANCERS” sequel “TRANCERS 1.5 CITY OF ANGELS” (1988) starring Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt. Director Charles Band will be introducing the screening and will have many surprises for the audience.
Flashback Weekend saves the Horror Drive-In Theater experience
Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon IL. Our goal is to preserve the big screen Horror theatrical experience.
The American Drive-In theater is a vital part of our American film history and one that needs to be preserved.
The Drive-In theater is especially important to the history of the Horror film. During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Drive-ins were the primary theatrical outlet for horror films, and helped build the careers of legendary directors including George A. Romero, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, and many more.
The Midway Drive-In now plays first-run films during the summer and classic horror film festivals during the spring and fall.
Many Drive-In theaters are now threatened by the film industry conversion from 35mm film to digital projection. Preserving the Drive-In theater experience is more important than ever.
All net proceeds from Flashback Weekend will go toward the operation and restoration of the Midway Drive-In.
TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.FLASHBACKWEEKEND.COM
The Legendary Director GEORGE A. ROMERO in a rare convention appearance!
DANNY GLOVER of “LETHAL WEAPON”, “SAW”, “PREDATOR 2”
“DAWN OF THE DEAD” (1979) reunion, including David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross
“PET SEMATARY” reunion, including Director Mary Lambert, Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes and Brad Greenquist
A Rob Zombie’s “THE LORDS OF SALEM” reunion
Meg Foster of “John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE”
Dee Wallace of “THE HOWLING, “THE HILLS HAVE EYES” “, “ET”
Patricia Quinn of “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”
Judy Geeson of HAMMER FILMS, “FEAR IN THE NIGHT”, “INSEMINOID”
Bruce Davison of “WILLARD”, “X-MEN”, Rob Zombie’s “THE LORDS OF SALEM”
Tom Atkins “John Carpenter’s THE FOG”, “NIGHT OF THE CREEPS”, “HALLOWEEN 3”
Nancy Loomis “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN”, John Carpenter’s THE FOG”
William Forsythe “Rob Zombie’s THE DEVILS REJECTS”
Betsy Russell “SAW 3-7”, “CHEERLEADER CAMP”, “PRIVATE SCHOOL”
Lisa Marie “ED WOOD, “MARS ATTACKS”, Rob Zombie’s “THE LORDS OF SALEM”
Kim Darby “DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK”, “HALLOWEEN: CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS”
Eileen Dietz “THE EXORCIST”, “EXORCISING MY DEMONS”
And local Chicago television legend "Svengoolie" AKA Rich Koz
SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDING:
The Flashback Weekend costume contest hosted by Svengoolie and the Zombie Pin-up pageant sponsored by Sinister Visions.