The 19th annual Flashback Weekend may be months away, but the announcements surrounding Chicago’s longest running horror convention have been coming in hot and heavy over the last few weeks, and genre fans in the Midwest definitely do not want to miss out on all the Flashback festivities that will be headed to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago (FBW’s new home!) from Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020.

While Flashback has already announced a slew of impressive guests for this year’s convention, including Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Nick Castle, Kane Hodder, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, Quinn Lord, Sandy Johnson and Peter Cowper, but for 2020, they’re also bringing together some of the most iconic vehicles in the horror genre, including the long-lost station wagon from John Carpenter’s original Halloween, which fans will have the opportunity to not only sit in, but can also take pictures with Halloween star Nick Castle in as well.

Other vehicles to be featured at Flashback Weekend 2020 include the titular car from Christine, a Hemi Cuda tribute car from Phantasm II, and the Green Goblin head from Maximum Overdrive.

Read on for all the details from Flashback’s press release below, and look for more announcements from the con as we get closer to the event this summer!

From the Press Release:

The long lost original “HALLOWEEN Wagon” driven by Nick Castle in “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN” (1978) has been found and will premiere at Flashback Weekend in Chicago this Summer as part of the Horror Auto Museum!

“The HALLOWEEN Wagon” featured in the classic “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN” (1978) will be premiered at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con July 31 - August 2, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, IL.    Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the iconic Station Wagon, and even sit INSIDE this piece of cinema history in the very seat in which Nick Castle (as Michael Myers) sat back in 1978!

This is the very station wagon which Nick Castle drove on location in 1978 during the filming of “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN”.   This 1978 Ford LTD station wagon was rented from a car rental agency for two weeks of filming.  After filming was completed, the wagon was returned to the rental agency and auctioned off for private use.  It then sat in a barn for decades before being sold to its current caretaker.  The Wagon has received a thorough and complete exterior and interior frame on restoration. The Illinois State Logo and Prisoner Cage have been once again added to the Wagon.

The HALLOWEEN Wagon will be reunited with Nick Castle (the original Michael Myers) at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con July 31 – August 2, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, IL.   Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Nick Castle and the station wagon.  For special access to the HALLOWEEN Wagon, a limited number of HALLOWEEN Wagon Private Access VIP passes will be available. Details TBA.

The Halloween Wagon will be part of Flashback Weekend’s Horror Auto Museum, a collection of the iconic cinematic vehicles from legendary horror films.  Also showcased will be the Christine Movie Car (John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE 1983), the Green Goblin Head from “Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE” (1986), and also making its convention premiere will be the 1971 PHANTASM II Hemi Cuda Tribute Car, a tribute to Don Cosceralli’s classic “PHANTASM II” 1988!   The HSPPA (The Horror & Sci-Fi Prop Preservation Association)   will also be displaying a collection of legendary screen used props, including original SAW props and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s wardrobe from “BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY”!

The 19th annual Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con will feature celebrity guests Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith (the SAW series), Nick Castle and Sandy Johnson (“John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN”), Alex Winter (“Bill” in the “BILL & TED” series and the eagerly anticipated sequel “BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC” opening this August 22, 2020), William Sadler (The Grim Reaper “BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY”), Kane Hodder (Jason 7-10),  Mark Rolston & Jenette Goldstein (“ALIENS”),  Quinn Lord (“TRICK r’ TREAT”), and MANY more guests to be announced.

Entry to the Horror Auto Museum will be included with a Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con admission.  Tickets will be on sale soon.   Visit www.flashbackweekend.com for updates.

 

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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