I know I say this every single year, but it really is hard for me to believe that we’re now less than two months away from Flashback Weekend 2018. Chicago’s longest-running convention returns to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont) Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th, and FBW founders Mike and Mia Kerz have put together a frighteningly fun lineup that Midwest horror fans are not going to want to miss. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased HERE.

For Flashback 2018, both Brad Dourif and Tom Holland are headlining this year’s convention as the co-Guests of Honor, and there will be Child’s Play and Fright Night reunions and screenings happening that weekend. Joining in on the Child’s Play festivities are Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Cult of Chucky), and Christine Elise (Child’s Play 2, Cult of Chucky), and to celebrate Fright Night, William Ragsdale (Fright Night, Fright Night Part 2), Amanda Bearse (Fright Night, Sky Sharks), Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night, 976-EVIL), Jonathan Stark (Fright Night, House II: The Second Story), and legendary effects artist Steve Johnson (Fright Night, Ghostbusters, Species, Night of the Demons) will all be on hand.

Flashback Weekend is also hosting an Ash vs Evil Dead reunion featuring both Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, and in terms of photo ops, attendees not only have the opportunity to take their picture with Vincent and a screen-used Chucky doll, but Friday the 13th fans can also pose with five different Jasons in costume (Ken Kirzinger, Ted White, Steve Dash, Tom Morga, and C.J. Graham), and Steve Johnson will be transforming Stephen Geoffreys into “Evil Ed” one more time, too, for a very special Fright Night photo op.

Other guests in attendance at Flashback Weekend 2018 include John Russo (Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Tales of Halloween), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers, I Drink Your Blood), Charles Band, and Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgment, Super). Legendary horror host Svengoolie will once again be on hand for an autograph session and will host the Sinister Visions Costume Contest on Saturday, August 4th, and this year’s special screenings include Child’s Play on Friday night and Fright Night on Saturday evening. You can purchase your FBW passes and tickets for the special screenings HERE.

Look for more details and guests to be announced for the 2018 Flashback Weekend convention closer to the event!

Press Release: The legendary actor Brad Dourif and director Tom Holland headline a 30th anniversary “CHILD’S PLAY” (1988) reunion at the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con to be held Aug. 3-5, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. Other CHILD’S PLAY series guests include:

Fiona Dourif (“ CURSE OF CHUCKY”, “CULT OF CHUCKLY”), Alex Vincent from “CHILD’S PLAY 1 & 2”, “CULT OF CHUCKY”; will be posing for photos with his screen used Chucky doll, and Christine Elise (“CHILD’S PLAY 2”).

Tom Holland also hosts a “FRIGHT NIGHT” (1985) reunion featuring William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, and FX master Steve Johnson. A special make-up photo-op will be available of Stephen Geoffrey’s in his Evil Ed vampire make-up designed and applied by Steve Johnson (creator of the original 1985 make-up).

“FRIDAY THE 13TH events include a Five Jason Costume Photo-op – you in one photo with Five Jason stars in costume including Steve Dash (Part 2), Ted White (Part 4), Tom Morga (Part 5), C.J. Graham (Part 6), and Ken Kirzinger (“FREDDY VS. JASON”), and a “FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER” (1984) reunion featuring Ted White (“Jason”), Peter Barton, Lawrence Monoson, and Judie Aronson, and

From “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD” Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly) and Ray Santiago (Pablo). Many additional guests including director / producer legend Charles Band (Full Moon Entertainment), Michael Berryman (“THE HILLS HAVE EYES”), Cerina Vincent (“CABIN FEVER”), Paul T. Taylor (“Pinhead “HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT”), Lynn Lowry (“I DRINK YOUR BLOOD”), John Russo (“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD”), and more to be announced!

Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson will be on hand to sign copies of her new book “Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures”.

Chicago Horror Host legend Svengolie (Rich Koz) will also be a very special guest posing for photos, signing autographs, and hosting the Sinister Visions Costume Contest on Sat. Aug. 4, 2018.

The evening showcase film presentations will feature the Flashback Weekend OUTDOOR HORROR FILM FEST on a Drive-In Giant outdoor screen. Each screening will feature an extended discussion by the cast.

  • Friday Aug. 3, 2018, a 30th anniversary screening of “CHILD’S PLAY” (1988) hosted by Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent, and director Tom Holland.
  • Saturday Aug. 4, 2018 will present “FRIGHT NIGHT” (1985) hosted by William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Steve Johnson, and director Tom Holland

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con tickets are now on sale at www.flashbackweekend.com.

About Flashback Weekend

Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention. We are a horror convention with a deeper initiative – our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In and 35mm film. All net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, IL.

  • Heather Wixson
    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    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 DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com 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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