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Chicago’s Flashback Weekend (August 10-12) Finalizes its 10th Anniversary Line-Up



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Flashback Weekend is the Windy City’s largest and longest running horror film convention, and for its 10th Anniversary the con is pulling out all the stops. It runs from August 10th through 12th, and we have all the info you need right here!

Fans in attendance have the opportunity to see almost three dozen of their favorite genre icons and attend autograph sessions and film panel discussions. They can also check out the large vendor room featuring tons of movie memorabilia and collectibles along with experiencing live horror theater, several movie screenings and after parties.

And as if all that isn’t enough, Flashback Weekend is hosting a special concert featuring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”/”Angel” bad boy James Marsters, who’ll be on hand to perform in honor of his birthday at the con.

Flashback Weekend has announced its official line-up to ring in its 10th Anniversary; check out all the details below, and for more information, head over to the official Flashback Weekend website.

2012 Flashback Weekend Celebrity Guests Include:
• John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, The Fog)
• Linda Blair (The Exorcist)
• Tony Todd (Candyman, The Hatchet Trilogy)
• Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2)
• Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2)
• Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2, Hatchet 2 & 3)
• Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween)
• Dick Warlock (Halloween 2 & 3)
• Meg Foster (John Carpenter’s They Live, Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem)
• Kim Darby (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)
• Diora Baird (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

From Beyond Reunion Including:
• Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, From Beyond)
• Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond)
• Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead (1979), From Beyond)
• Charles Band (Full Moon Founder)
• Richard Band (Composer of classic Full Moon Scores including Re-Animator)

Friday the 13th “Final Girls & Jasons” Reunion Including:
• Adrienne King (Friday the 13th)
• Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2)
• Dana Kimmell (Friday the 13th Part 3)
• Kimberly Beck (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)
• Erin Gray (Jason Goes to Hell)
• Ted White (“Jason,” Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)
• Kane Hodder (“Jason,” Friday the 13th: 7-10, “Victor Crowley, The Hatchet Trilogy)
• Richard Brooker (“Jason,” Friday the 13th Part 3)

Chillerama Reunion Including:
• Tim Sullivan (Director, Chillerama, “I Was a Teenage Were-Bear,” 2001 Maniacs)
• Anton Troy (Chillerama, “I Was a Teenage Were-Bear”)

Other Special Guests Include:
• “Svengoolie” (Rich Koz) – Chicago TV Horror Host legend
• Dann Gire – Flashback Weekend Master of Ceremonies, Daily Herald Film Critic & President of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Flashback Weekend Co-Hosts Include:
• Nick Digilio – WGN Radio 720 AM – “The Nick Digilio Show”
• Steve Prokopy – “Capone” from Ain’t it Cool News
• Heather Wixson – “The Horror Chick” from Dread Central

Flashback Weekend Screenings Schedule:
Evening film events will be held at the beautiful Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 (located next to the Crowne Plaza) at 9701 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018. The screening of Linda Blair hosting The Exorcist is a charity benefit screening, and tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the Rosemont Muvico box office.

All of the other screenings listed are for Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention attendees at no extra charge. Here is how the seating for the screenings will work: Ultimate, Gold, and 3-Day passes are seated first, followed by single-day ticket holders. Theater seating limited to capacity.

Friday August 10, 2012

9:30PM– 30th anniversary screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing introduced by John Carpenter

11:45PM– Screening of The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond introduced by star Danielle Harris and writer-producer Sean Clark.
Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

Saturday August 11, 2012

9:00PM– Special benefit screening of The Exorcist hosted by Linda Blair to support the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation which is devoted to the loving care and rescue of animals throughout Los Angeles. (Separate Tickets Required- Purchase at

A limited edition poster of The Exorcist by Chad Savage of Sinister Visions given to all paid attendees of this special screening.

9:00PM– World Premiere of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Evil Clergyman

The first of the “lost” “PULSEPOUNDERS” episodes to be restored, “H.P.’s Lovecraft’s THE EVIL CLERGYMAN” will World Premiere at the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention; Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention on August 11, 201212 in Rosemont, IL. The World Premiere will be a Red Carpet affair to be held at Chicago’s premiere movie-going experience, the elegant Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 featuring ultra-plush oversized theater seats, elegant stadium seating, and state of the art Sony 4K digital projection. Director and Full Moon founder Charles Band, stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton , and composer Richard Band will be present for this historic cinematic occasion!

THE BEST HORROR CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE EVER!!! SPECIAL FLASHBACK WEEKEND EXCLUSIVE COLLECTORS “EVIL CLERGYMAN” limited edition DVD wrap. They will be hand numbered and (depending on your appetite) signed by all 4 parties. The DVD is $20.00 and includes Charles Band’s signature. You may also have the DVD wrap signed by Jeffrey, Barbara and Richard (their individual signature prices apply). You will walk away with a signed numbered wrap and be on a list to receive the limited edition DVD in early October!

11:00PM– Tim Sullivan’s I Was a Teenage Were-Bear: Hairy & Uncut Extended Edition introduced by director Tim Sullivan and star Anton Troy
One fourth of the cult hit anthology “CHILLERAMA” Tim Sullivan’s I Was a Teenage Were-Bear follows closeted new kid Ricky O’Reilly (played by Sean Paul Lockhart, aka adult film superstar Brent Corrigan) who falls for Malibu High’s mysterious bad boy Talon (Anton Troy). When love bites them on the ass, the two transform into bestial, leather daddy were-bears!

This is the version they didn’t want you to see, screening at Flashback Weekend in all its hairy, uncut, full length glory, personally REMIXED in glorious 5.1 Surround Sound by writer/director Tim Sullivan and composer Patrick Copeland. In addition to screening at Flashback Weekend, a limited, numbered, collector’s DVD will be on sale for the first time to attendees. Packed with rare promo spots (including Sullivan’s never before available unrated Chillerama music vid), this extended edition will truly purge your werebear urge!

Sullivan and star Anton Troy will be on hand to introduce the screening as well as sign the Uncut DVD. Those who purchase this DVD will receive $10.00 off Sullivan’s Slash Course Seminar in indie horror filmmaking.

11:15PM– As Human As Animal Screening introduced by director Kristina Klebe
Former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page stars as Hank in AS HUMAN AS ANIMAL, the portrait of a lonely man with a dark past who is haunted by the choices that led him to the shadowy, desolate place he is now forced to live.

11:30PM– Among Friends Screening introduced by director and star Danielle Harris
“AMONG FRIENDS” is a twisted horror comedy about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80s backdrop, the good time takes a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in an attempt to help the others come clean about their secret betrayals against one another.

11:45PM– Screening of Bloody Bloody Bible Camp introduced by star Tim Sullivan
It’s 1984 and a group of students led by Father Cummings (Reggie Bannister) are spending a fun filled weekend at the Happy Day Bible Camp. All ignore the warnings from the local folk of the grisly murders that took place 7 years prior by a sadistic crazy nun. Is Sister Mary Chopper (Tim Sullivan) dead or is she just waiting for the next group of bible students to visit the BLOODY BLOODY BIBLE CAMP?

Tim Sullivan will have the one and only actual SISTER MARY CHOPPER mask for photo opportunities!

Other Flashback Weekend Events Include:

Friday August 10th at 7:00PM- James Marsters Live in Concert and 50th Birthday Celebration!

Don’t miss out on the party of the year – James Marsters’ 50th birthday celebration! James Marsters (“Spike” from “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” and “ANGEL”) will be live in concert at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 on Friday night August 10, 2012! James Marsters will take the Muvico stage at approximately 7:00pm and tickets are only $25.00.

For ticket sale information please visit

Sunday, August 12th at 1:00PM– TIM SULLIVAN’S SLASH COURSE

Indie filmmaker TIM SULLIVAN (” 2001 MANIACS”, “DRIFTWOOD”, “CHILLERAMA: I WAS A TEENAGE WERE-BEAR”) serves up a two hour workshop designed to give attendants a crash course in horror movie making. Through the deconstruction of classic sequences from “2001 MANIACS”, Sullivan will guide “students” through an interactive journey from screenplay thru final cut, a process that will include exclusive access to all phases of the MANIACS filmmaking experience including script, storyboard, shot list, raw footage, rough edits, sound design and finished product. Those who attend will each receive a collectible course booklet. Spread the red and sign up now. Tickets are only $40.00 and may be purchased at Tim Sullivan’s table in the Flashback Weekend vendor room next weekend.

Other Flashback Weekend Special Events Include:
• Flashback Weekend costume contest hosted by Svengoolie
• Zombie Pin-up pageant sponsored by Sinister Visions.
• “TALES FROM THE SCRYPT: An Evening of horror comedy” Live Horror Theater presented by the New Millennium Theater Company on Saturday August 11, 2012 at 6:00PM
• And many more!


Single day pass – $30.00 Includes one-day general convention activities & general Muvico parties & movie screenings (seating limited to availability).

Three day pass – $65.00 Includes Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – general convention activities & general Muvico parties & movie screenings (seating limited to availability).

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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