Now that 2019 is a few weeks old, that means it is time once again for fans to start getting ready for a brand new year of conventions and horror-themed events. Around these parts, we have a lot of love for Flashback Weekend, as it’s an event that has been a part of this writer’s life for well over a decade now, and several other staff members have visited the con in recent years. A while back, we shared that the legendary Bruce Campbell was making his return to Flashback this August, and now we have an idea of several other icons and genre greats that will be joining him in Rosemont later this year.

Flashback Weekend has revealed that not only are genre legends Robert Englund and Tony Todd appearing at this year’s convention alongside Campbell, delivering up three titans of terror, but we also get to enjoy none other than Sam FREAKING Raimi as well, and I could not be more excited about all of this. More attendees have been announced for FBW 2019 as well, including Virginia Madsen and Ted Raimi (ensuring lots of Candyman fun will be in store that weekend), Alicia Witt, and Return of the Living Dead 3’s Melinda Clarke (The O.C. FOREVER). It’s an impressive start for Flashback’s 2019 lineup, and I’m so excited for what else they may have in store for attendees.

Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest-running horror convention, and for 2019, it will be running from Friday, August 2nd through August 4th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018). For more information on Flashback Weekend, please visit their website at, and check out their official press release below.

Press Release: Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con and Dangerous Entertainment are proud to announce that legendary director Sam Raimi will be a very special guest at the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con held August 2-4, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

Sam Raimi is the groundbreaking and  innovative director of the Evil Dead trilogy (“THE EVIL DEAD”,  “EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN”, and “ARMY OF DARKNESS”), the original Spider-Man trilogy (“SPIDER-MAN” (2002), “SPIDER-MAN 2” (2004) and “SPIDER-MAN 3” (2007)), and many more classics including “DRAG ME TO HELL”, “A SIMPLE PLAN”, and “OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”.  In 2015 Sam Raimi also co-created and directed the pilot of the Starz series “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”.  As a producer, Mr. Raimi’s credits include the films “30 DAYS OF NIGHT”, “DON’T BREATHE”, “THE GRUDGE”, and the TV series “XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS” and “HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS”.

Sam Raimi will be appearing at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con Sat.-Sun. August 3-4, 2019 and will be signing autographs, posing for photos, and participating in a must-attend Q & A.  Mr. Raimi will be joining Bruce Campbell (“Ash” from the “EVIL DEAD” trilogy), Robert Englund (“Freddy Krueger”), Ted Raimi (“EVIL DEAD 2”, “ARMY OF DARKNESS”, “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”), “CANDY MAN” reunion featuring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, and many more celebrity guests to be announced.  For Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con ticket sale information visit

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    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.