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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 Muvico.com 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 www.muvico.com)

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 JamesMarstersLive.com

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!

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

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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Friday the 13th: The Game Welcomes Back Shelly Finkelstein This Monday!

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Earlier this past year, all of us Friday the 13th Part 3 fans we delighted when “Friday the 13th: The Game” added in Fox (Gloria Charles) as a playable character.

And now we have the announcement that another beloved character from Friday the 13th Part 3 will be joining the game this December.

Yes, Shelly Finkelstein (Larry Zerner) will be coming back to Camp Crystal Lake!

The Shelly playable character will be available for free with the latest patch. The new update will be coming for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th. The Xbox One patch to follow shortly.

Below you can watch the announcement trailer which was posted on Twitter earlier tonight.

After giving it a watch make sure to let us know how excited you are to see Shelly (aka the man who gave Jason his mask) back in action below!

Shelly Finkelstein hits Friday the 13th: The Game for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th.

Welcome Back Shelly!

The man responsible for 'handing' Jason his mask, Shelly Finkelstein will be coming back to Camp Crystal Lake to troll his fellow counselors…that is until Jason shows up! Get Shelly for free with the latest patch!The latest update will be coming for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th with the Xbox One patch to follow shortly!

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Graham Humphreys Reveals His Poster For An American Werewolf In London

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Graham Humphreys continues to cement his position as one of the top horror artists in the business with his stunning new poster for An American Werewolf in London. This piece was created as a private commission, and fans of John Landis’ 1981 classic are going to love it. You can view the final design of this incredible poster below.

Final design with text.

Graham also provided us with a detailed statement about the creation of the piece, along with a bunch of screen grabs taken throughout the process. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see how the final image looks before the text was added. In case you missed it earlier, you can also check out our extended interview with Graham here.

Exclusive Statement from Graham Humphreys
As a commercial artist and illustrator, there is only limited scope to make a job entirely your own – so with each project you are answering a brief in order to fulfill the needs of a client. Of course, the client may choose to give you free reign, though this is with the understanding that you are acknowledging their needs and thus expected to work within certain unspoken parameters. Mostly, these confines are defined by how a product is to be sold, licensing instructions and an understanding a market. With this in mind, the client is paying and thus nominally always right… though it would be unprofessional not to make them aware that other options might work better for them!

Without these commercial constraints, a private commission can remove the barriers because no market is to be met and there is only the artist and the private client to answer to. Creating a poster for a familiar and heavily licensed title is an entirely different prospect if it is not going to be generating money in the public domain and is thus essentially ‘fan art’. Unlike say, a T-shirt company ripping off someone elses art and charging money for the printed image, or perhaps a poster reproduced without permission by either the license owner or artist, then sold for profit.

Here, Dread Central have asked me to talk through one such commission, ‘An American Werewolf in London’, painted as a private commission for an individual that wishes to own a unique image that they themselves have made happen. NB: All likenesses and specific imagery (including the title and names etc) are subject to license and copyright and not for any use other than as examples of a work in progress (and of course, all rights are reserved!). Just need to make sure that it absolutely clear!

The client had commissioned two previous posters from me (as well as numerous poster designs from fellow artists), so a basic understanding of expectations had already been established.

My work begins by watching the film from beginning to end – to re-establish my own connection to the film (if one already exists). I saw ‘An American Werewolf in London’ (in London!) on it’s first run and the proximity to many of the locations (Tottenham Court Road tube station, Piccadilly Circus, being the obvious ones) made it instantly impressionable for me. Existing posters, in particular the official theatrical versions and various home-entertainment sleeves, focused on a limited image pool. My job was to find new ways of representing the film, free of the past baggage, but also to listen to my clients requirements.

Looking for a fresh perspective means avoiding the familiar stills that have defined the past marketing, this is achieved by making screen grabs from the DVD or blu-ray. As with most commercial jobs, I generally make a selection of about 40 images, then review these reducing the number to about 15 that have the best narrative potential, including a good visual range of actor expressions and reactions. My client required the Werewolf, London references, the moors, David and Jack, a full moon and the ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ pub sign… then whatever else I chose to include.

On the basis of the selected screen grabs, I make necessary light and contrast adjustments in photoshop, make them greyscale (removing the distraction of colour) and print them out at a size I can easily trace in pencil onto paper. All the pencil sketches are then scanned into photoshop, so that I can rearrange, resize and move around in order to determine the best layout, one which tells a story and has a visual impact. (I find it’s better to present sketched layouts rather than a photocomp’s, partly because the photographic material is usually of varying quality, but also because a pencil rough is more fluid and does not dictate the final impression).

Selected screen grabs.

Selected screen grabs 2.

My first idea involved a portrait of David looking lost and frightened (I felt this was essential to the story), the Werewolf with it’s head bursting through the cinema shutters/signage (the idea of breaking the fourth wall), the decomposing Jack (a perfect metaphor for David’ s own life falling apart), his nightmare of the home invasion (one of the most effective and horrific moments in the film, I felt), plus Brian Glover’s ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ local – a look that defines rednecks and racists the word over when confronted by ‘other’!). I also wanted to add the tube attack victim to open up the carnage. Although Jenny Agutter’s nurse added the romantic dimension for an audience that expects the convention, I wanted to concentrate on David’s story, so chose to only include her face as if she were painted on the shutters, ie. a film poster element.

I was surprised that the client didn’t want the home invasion creatures, nor the reference to the sleazy cinema hordings (which I thought made a good location gag – obviously not!), they also did not want the rotting Jack. It was disappointing to lose these great horror elements, especially as they’d particularly wanted ‘horror’! But a compromise was reached by including the transformation scene at the bottom, and reinstating the moors (which I’d thought unnecessary).

Fortunately, my second sketch was well received and the painting could commence.

On the basis of the selected screen grabs, I make necessary light and contrast adjustments in photoshop, make them greyscale (removing the distraction of colour) and print them out at a size I can easily trace in pencil onto paper. All the pencil sketches are then scanned into photoshop, so that I can rearrange, resize and move around in order to determine the best layout, one which tells a story and has a visual impact. (I find it’s better to present sketched layouts rather than a photocomp’s, partly because the photographic material is usually of varying quality, but also because a pencil rough is more fluid and does not dictate the final impression).

Once I have my sketch approved I reintroduced the photographic source material over the sketched parts, so that my layout remains exactly as approved and so that I’ll have the best possible likenesses to trace onto the watercolour paper.

Early sketched elements.

I usually have a basic idea of what colours I’m going to use. In this instance I knew that I wanted a silvery blue moonlight to bathe the entire image, but also the contrast of the orange glow of artificial lighting, the pub and cinema foyer. I knew the big splash of red in the wolf’s jaw would jump out, becoming the focal point. This painting took about three days to complete, the sketch process (including the grabs) about a day upfront.

Composition design.

The final painting was scanned and all the text added in photoshop.

My client will now make a full size poster print, to be framed, from the file I send him. Next up, ‘The Thing’!

Final painting before text was added.

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Syfy Renews Z Nation for a 5th Season; Season 4 Finale Airs Tonight!

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Syfy’s popular zombie series “Z Nation” just keeps shambling on, and tonight the two-episode Season 4 finale, “Mt. Weather/The Black Rainbow,” airs. If you’re a fan of the show, we have good news for you… it’s not over yet as David Latt of The Asylum has announced on Twitter the pickup of “Z Nation” for a 5th season! So you can expect lots more adventures with the gang in 2018.

Below is the official word from David along with a brief synopsis of what’s ahead tonight in the finale, which kicks off at 9/8c.

Synopsis:
In the mind-bending two-hour Season 4 finale, Warren and the team must stop Zona from launching operation Black Rainbow, which will cleanse the landscape of both zombies and humans. In Part 2 the secret of Warren’s Black Rainbow dream is unlocked when they reach their final destination. The cast includes Kellita Smith as Roberta Warren, Keith Allan as Murphy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc, Nat Zang as 10K, Gracie Gillam as Sgt. Lilley, DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Ramona Young as Kaya, Justin Torrence as President Donald Trump, Michael Berryman as The Founder, Micheal Daks as Mr. Sunshine, Anastasia Baranova as Addy, Sydney Viengluang as Sun Mei, Joseph Gatt as The Man, and Natalie Jongjaroenlarp as Red.

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