Flashback Weekend Initial 2013 Lineup Includes George Romero, Dawn of the Dead Reunion, and More!

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Flashback Weekend Initial 2013 Lineup Includes George Romero, Dawn of the Dead Reunion, and More!In celebration of its second decade as the Windy City’s longest running and largest horror convention, Flashback Weekend is gearing up for a helluva show this August.

Flashback Weekend will include tons of fantastic guests, special screenings and events, and much, much more. It will take over the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL) from August 9th to August 11th and feature appearances from the likes of iconic filmmaker George A. Romero, reunions with the casts of classic horror films including Dawn of the Dead and Pet Sematary, a Lords of Salem reunion, Tom Atkins (the hardest working ‘stache in 80’s horror), Nancy Loomis, Betsy Russell, Kim Darby, Lisa Marie, Eileen Dietz, and Charles Band.

The co-hosts for Flashback Weekend 2013 are Nick Digilio of WGN Radio, Steve Prokopy of Ain’t it Cool News, and myself- Heather Wixson.

Oh, and the “Green Goblin” from Maximum Overdrive is also making an appearance, which seriously thrills this writer to no end.

Special events planned for Flashback Weekend include a 45th anniversary screening of Night of the Living Dead, which Romero will introduce; a screening of Pet Sematary; the world premiere of the unseen Trancers sequel, Trancers 1.5: City of Angels, with an introduction by Charles Band; and a special evening with Patricia Quinn and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I’ll have the pleasure of moderating on Saturday, August 10th. Look for more screenings to be announced soon!

For the initial lowdown check out all the info in the press release below, and look for more announcements in the next few weeks. And for those of you out there who happen to live in the Chicago area and make it out for Flashback Weekend, come find me and say hi. Who knows- I just may have some giveaways for you!

From the Press Release:
Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running horror convention featuring a huge horror dealer’s room, special events, and major celebrity guests including legendary director George A. Romero in a rare convention appearance.   Flashback Weekend also dedicates itself to the preservation of the big screen horror experience by featuring big screen horror presentations at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18, which is located next to the convention hotel.

General Schedule:
Convention activities will take place at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
Evening movie screenings and parties will take place at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18

Friday August 9, 2013


  • 3:00PM – 8:00PM Registration Booth Open
  • 4:00PM – 8:45PM Celebrity signings & Dealers room (Ballrooms 3-5)


    THEATER #12

  • 9:00PM: 35mm print Night of the Living Dead 45th anniversary screening – Introduced by George A. Romero (Separate Admission Required – Get Tickets Now!). Ticket holders will receive a limited edition 11″ x 17″ original poster designed by FBW Resident Artist Chad Savage.
  • 11:00PM: WORLD PREMIERE Trancers 1.5: City of Angels hosted by Charles Band. The evening will also include special unseen footage from the “TRANCERS” set and many surprises, including a special announcement for fans of stop-motion animation!

    Saturday August 10, 2013


  • 9:30AM – 6:00PM: Registration Booth Open
  • 10:00AM – 6:45PM: Dealer room (Ballrooms 3-5)
  • 10:00AM – 6:00PM: Celebrity signings (Ballrooms 3-5)
  • 2:00PM – 4:00PM: Svengoolie autograph signings – Balmoral Ballroom

    Q&A BALLROOMS 1 & 2

  • 12:00PM – 4:15PM: CELEBRITY Q & A’s TBA
  • 4:20PM – 5:00PM: Sinister Visions presents The 8th Annual Flashback Costume Contest hosted by Chicago TV legend Svengoolie!
  • 5:00PM – 6:00PM: Sinister Visions presents the 6th Annual Zombie Pinups Beauty Pageant
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM: Screening TBA
  • 10:00PM: An Evening with Patricia Quinn & The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Separate Admission Required – Get Tickets Now!). Patricia will reminisce and share many of her interesting and fun experiences while making this cult classic. Get ready to dance along to the “Time Warp” and more!




  • 7:00PM: “Buffy”/”Angel” star James Marsters & GHOST OF THE ROBOT in Concert (Separate admission required). To buy a ticket and reserve your spot go here!
    – $300 Platinum: Limited to 20 people, priority seating at the concert and party, backstage meet and greet with the band
    – $200 Gold: Limited to 100 people, entrance to the concert ahead of concert only ticket holders, admission to the party
    – $25 Concert only tickets.  (Concert tickets purchased at the door will be $30 each, cash only)

  • 9:00PM: Pet Sematary introduced by director Mary Lambert and the cast – Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, & Brad Greenquist (Separate Admission Required – Get Tickets Now!)

    Sunday August 11, 2013


  • 10:00AM – 3:00PM: Registration Booth Open
  • 11:00AM – 4:00PM: Celebrity signings & Dealer room (Ballrooms 3-5)

    Q&A BALLROOMS 1 & 2

    Visit the Flashback Weekend website or call (847) 647-3124 for updates!

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