It’s hard to believe that the Flashback Weekend horror convention in Chicago is already turning 15 years old, but Mike and Mia Kerz, the founders behind the long-running event, are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year’s show is a great experience for attendees, especially if you’re a fan of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series (and who isn’t, really?).

Horror legend Robert Englund headlines Flashback Weekend 2017, which runs from August 4th through the 6th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL, 60018), and during the convention he’ll be joined by numerous cast members from a handful of sequels and the original Nightmare, including Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Brooke Theiss, Joann Willette, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Toy Newkirk, Danny Hassel, Kelly Jo Minter, and many more.

Other notable guests for this year’s Flashback include genre icon Lance Henriksen, as well as Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca from The Boondock Saints, both Curtis Armstrong and Donald Gibb of Revenge of the Nerds fame, Lew Temple, and horror host extraordinaire, Svengoolie, will also be back to host the annual Sinister Visions costume contest like only Berwyn’s finest can.

For the entire lowdown on the 2017 Flashback Weekend guests and events announced so far, read on for more information from the official press release below. And for details on how to get your tickets and attend this year’s Nightmare on Elm Street blowout, check out the FBW site HERE.

Press Release: Horror legend Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) headlines a major “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”
series reunion at the 15th Anniversary of Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con on August 4-6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

In addition to Robert Englund, the “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” franchise reunion will feature celebrity guests from each of the eight ELM Street films including Heather Langenkamp (ELM STREET 1, 3, & 7), Amanda Wyss and Ronee Blakley (ELM STREET 1), Joann Willette (ELM STREET 2), Lisa Wilcox (ELM STREET 4 & 5), Brooke Bundy ( ELM ST 3 & 4), Tuesday Knight (ELM ST 4), Danny Hassel (ELM ST 4 & 5), Brooke Theiss (ELM ST 4), Andras Jones ( ELM ST 4), Toy Newkirk (ELM ST 4), Kelly Jo Minter (ELM ST 5), Ricky Dean Logan (ELM ST 6), Ken Kirzinger (Jason from FREDDY VS. JASON), Katharine Isabelle (FREDDY VS. JASON), and Jesse Hutch (FREDDY VS. JASON).

Other major guests include the legendary Lance Henriksen (“ALIENS”, “NEAR DARK”) and pop culture icons Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca (“THE BOONDOCK SAINTS”), Curtis Armstrong (“Booger”) and Don Gibb (“Ogre”) from “REVENGE OF THE NERDS”, Lew Temple (“THE WALKING DEAD”, “THE DEVIL’S REJECTS”), with more guests to be announced.

Special events include a giant screen outdoor movie showing of “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER” (1988) introduced by Robert Englund and the ELM STREET 4 cast. Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie (Rich Koz) will host the annual Sinister Visions Costume contest. Special parties each evening including a Costume Contest with prizes and celebrity guest appearances, and a wild party featuring illusionist Ron Fitzgerald and Burlesque.

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con also features a huge vendor’s room, celebrity guest panels, and screenings throughout the weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For additional details, visit

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    After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for, and was previously a featured writer at and where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

    Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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