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Final Line-Up Revealed for Chicago's Flashback Weekend 2013: Danny Glover, Special Screening of You're Next and More Added!In celebration of its second decade as the Windy City’s longest running and largest horror convention, Flashback Weekend has revealed the final line-up for its 2013 show.

With these new additions, next weekend (August 9th through the 11th) is going to be pure horror bliss!

Some of the additions Flashback Weekend has recently made to this year’s festivities include several new special guests like Danny Glover, Kane Hodder, and William Forsythe as well as a special Friday night screening of Hatchet III with Hodder intro’ing the film. Flashback attendees are in for a seriously awesome time with a special advance screening of You’re Next courtesy of Lionsgate Films, which was also just added to the slate for Saturday night.

Flashback Weekend will take over the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL) from August 9th to August 11th and will feature appearances from the likes of iconic filmmaker George A. Romero, reunions with the casts from 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, Charles Band and many more.

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 (who couldn’t be happier that the “Green Goblin” from Maximum Overdrive is also making an appearance this year).

Check out the complete Flashback Weekend 2013 rundown below!

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, Danny Glover.   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)
  • 6:00PM Danny Glover, The Predator & YOU Photo Opp (Ballrooms 3-5)


    THEATER #13

  • 8:40PM: The Bodie Brothers “Walking Dead” Fan Film
  • 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!
  • 12:00AM: Hatchet III, Courtesy of Dark Sky Films. Will be introduced by Kane Hodder. Free for Flashback Weekend attendees; limited to theatre capacity

    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)
  • 3:30PM Danny Glover, The Predator and YOU Photo Opp (Ballrooms 3-5)

    Q&A BALLROOMS 1 & 2

  • 11:00AM – 11:40AM Hollywood Book & Poster Grindhouse Presentation- PRIZES!
  • 11:40AM – 12:00PM Eileen Dietz Q&A
  • 12:00PM – 12:20PM Lisa Marie Q&A
  • 12:20PM – 12:40PM Betsy Russell Q&A
  • 12:40PM – 1:00PM Charles Band Full Moon Presentation- PRIZES!
  • 1:00PM – 1:30PM Danny Glover Q&A
  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM Tom Atkins Q&A
  • 2:00PM – 2:30PM Lords of Salem Q&A with Meg Foster, Dee Wallace, Patricia Quinn and Judy Geeson
  • 2:30PM – 3:00PM Bruce Davison Q&A
  • 3:00PM – 3:30PM Dawn of the Dead Cast Reunion Q&A
  • 3:30PM – 4:00PM Nancy Loomis Q&A
  • 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 – 7:30PM Adjust Your Tracking Screening- Free for all Flashback Attendees
  • 7:30PM – 9:00PM Synapse Films Presents Their Latest Film- Reel Zombies
  • 10:00PM An Evening with Patricia Quinn & The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    (Separate Admission Required – Get Tickets Now!).


  • 2:00PM – 4:00PM Svengoolie autograph signings – Metro Room
  • 8:00PM George A. Romero Photo Op (separate ticket required)
  • Dawn of the Dead Photo Op (separate ticket required)


    Flashback Film Room Screenings: Free for all Flashback Weekend Attendees

  • 1:00PM The Hammer Classic Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) Remastered! Introduced by Heather Wixson – PRIZES!
  • 3:00PM Acclaimed serial killer documentary Carl Panzram
  • 5:00PM Document of the Dead courtesy of Synapse Films. The ultimate documentary on Dawn of the Dead (1979)


    THEATER #C All Premiere

  • 7:00PM “Buffy”/”Angel” star James Marsters & GHOST OF THE ROBOT in Concert (Separate admission required – tickets at the door)

    THEATER #14

  • 9:15PM Slasher Holiday – Halloween Fan Film
  • 9:30PM Pet Sematary introduced by director Mary Lambert and the cast Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, & Brad Greenquist (Separate Admission Required – Get Tickets Now!)
  • MIDNIGHT Advanced Screening of You’re Next courtesy of Lionsgate Films. Free to Flashback Weekend Attendees- Limited to theatre capacity. Pass giveaways all weekend!

    Sunday August 11, 2013


  • 10:00AM – 3:00PM Registration Booth Open
  • 11:00AM – 4:00PM Celebrity signings & Dealer room (Ballrooms 3-5)
  • 2:00PM Danny Glover, The Predator and YOU Photo Opp (Ballrooms 3-5)

    Q&A BALLROOMS 1 & 2

  • 12:00PM – 12:15PM The Bodie Brothers “Walking Dead” Fan Film
  • 12:30PM – 1:00PM Pet Sematary Q&A with Mary Lambert, Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, & Brad Greenquist
  • 1:00PM – 1:30PM George A. Romero Q&A

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

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    Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop



    It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

    And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

    The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

    A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

    You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

    The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

    Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

    The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.


    A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

    Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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    AHS: Cult Review – Clowns, Cults, Politics, and Peters



    Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Allison Pill

    Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

    ** NO SPOILERS **

    It’s here. We’ve reached the end. The newest season of “American Horror Story” has ended and now we are here to provide you guys with our season review of AHS: Cult.

    Spoiler free.

    To start things off let me say I’m not the world’s biggest fan of “American Horror Story”. It breaks down like this: I enjoyed the absolute hell out of the first season of the series (“Murder House”), couldn’t get through “Asylum” (I know, I know, I’ve tried), dug “Coven” for what it was, really enjoyed “Freak Show”, and again I couldn’t get into “Hotel” or “Roanoke”.

    That’s the story of me and “American Horror Story”. Plain And simple. But what did I think of the new seventh season of the notorious horror anthology series? Let’s find out.

    Back when the seventh season of AHS was first announced (then going by the title “AHS: Election”) I was immediately intrigued by the new season because I heard it would not include any supernatural elements. Like the fourth season, “Freak Show”.

    Now I’m a fan of ghosts and weird creature-men with drills for d*cks, don’t get me wrong. But the series has thus far relied almost exclusively on horrors of the supernatural variety (other than “Freak Show”) so this major change of pace was again welcomed by this guy.

    Instead of vampires, aliens, and witches this season relied on terrors of the mind. Psychological fears and anxieties. The horrors man does to man. Deep issues.

    Oh, and clowns. Like a lot of clowns.

    But just because this new season didn’t include anything supernatural, that doesn’t mean the 11-episode season wasn’t filled with twisted visuals and horrifically disturbing acts. No, sir. This season boasted some showstoppers including S&M, gimps, and a house of horrors that wouldn’t be out of place in a Rob Zombie flick. It was all good.

    But let’s backtrack a bit here.

    Allow me to rundown the season’s plot for those who may be unaware. “AHS: Cult” tells the tale of a world post-election night. The literal dawn of Trump’s America. In one corner we have Sarah Paulson’s soccer mom, trying to fight through life with a series of crippling phobias (including clowns, holes, blood, and being a good person).

    And in the other corner, we have Evan Peter’s angry, white (blue-haired) male, looking to seize Trump’s new position of power to bring about the end of… Actually, I want this to be a spoiler-free season review, so I’m just going to say the dude’s got big plans.

    Like Manson-size plans. Let’s leave it at that.

    With these two characters established, the new season then proceeds to send them spiraling into a collision course of political sabotage, intrigue, and clown-based nope, nope, nope-ing that can only end with one – or both – of them dead as Dillinger.

    Overall “AHS: Cult” belonged end-to-end to Mr. Evan Peters. The young actor has continued to show his striking range from season to season of Ryan Murphy’s horror show and this season was no different. Peters’ turn as not only Kai, the blue-haired leader of the titular cult, but as infamous leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson – to name a few – owed this season.

    I can only hope he doesn’t pull a Jessica Lange and opt-out of more AHS next year.

    Speaking of top performances, “AHS: Cult ” showcases some other chilling and memorable turns with Alison Pill’s strangely vulnerable, put-upon wife character being the best next to Peters in my eyes. This actress needs to be in more films/TV!

    Along with Pill, actress Billie Lourd killed it time and time again. The “Scream Queens” breakout star and Carrie Fisher spawn was yet again a highlight in her second Ryan Murphy series. Bet she has the starring role in next season. Mark my words.

    Add to that, the season also boasts a handful of fun cameos, including John Carroll Lynch’s return as Twisty the Clown, Emma Roberts as a bitchy reporter that will do anything to end up on top, and Lena Dunham as SCUM Manifesto writer Valerie Solanas. The cameo cast killed it and I wish they would have been present for more episodes. What are you gonna do?

    On the sour side of the season, I didn’t dig Sarah Paulson’s character. At all. But I’m sure that was the point. Right? I’m still not sure. But, boy, I wouldn’t even want to be stuck in line behind her at a Starbucks for three minutes, let alone spend the better part of this season’s 11-hours with her and her whiny bullshite. Urgh.

    That said, she pulled it out by the finale. That’s all I’ll say.

    In the end, I enjoyed this season as much as – if not more – than any other of the series. “Murder House” will still no doubt go on as my favorite season of the series, but “AHS: Cult” will rank third after season one and “Freak Show”.

    While I was on the fence about the season after three episodes, the show ended up ditching Paulson’s character (and/or shifting her arch) after a lull so the episodes picked up quickly. Whenever the season turned its focus back towards Peters (in whichever incarnation he was playing at the time) the show got better and better. Every time.

    Not a bad way to spend my Tuesday night for the past 11 weeks.

    Bring on season 12.

    • American Horror Story: Cult (2018)


    The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story was Evan Peters’ show all the way through. The young actor pulled out all the stops time and time again to make what may have been a lackluster supernatural-free season a winner.

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    The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror




    Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

    Directed by Nicholas Woods

    The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

    The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

    The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

    The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

    The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

    The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.


    • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
    • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
    • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
    • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
    • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
    • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
    • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
    • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
    • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
    • The Axiom


    In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

    User Rating 3.9 (10 votes)
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