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Flashback Weekend Horror & Sci-Fi Convention : 2002

Flashback Weekend would like to thank everyone who attended our First Annual Horror and Sci-Fi Convention. For those of you unable to attend, our guests included Bruce Campbell, Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Ladies of the Evil Dead, Ben ("The Creature from the Black Lagoon") Chapman, and director Robert Hiltzik and star Felissa (ANGELA) Rose of SLEEPAWAY CAMP. Also featured were Richard (Jaws) Kiel and Robert Z'Dar. From TEMPE ENTERTAINMENT, the guests included J.R. Bookwalter, Tanya Dempsey, Lilith Stabs, and JIGSAW directors Don Adams and Harry James Picardi. From BIKINI PLANET, director Derek Zemrak and stars Conrad Brooks, Brenda Baker, and Vanessa Ross. From the upcoming "BETTY PAGE UNCENSORED", director Michael Flores and the star, Betty Page herself, Sarah Masters.

Many classic films were screened at the beautiful, historic Pickwick Theatre including special advance showings of the new Don Coscarelli film "BUBBA HO-TEP" (which stars Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley at age 68), the new Herschell Gordon Lewis film "BLOOD FEAST 2", and the new film from TEMPE and Full Moon, "JIGSAW".

Another highlight of the weekend at the Pickwick Theatre was a live re-enactment of "THE EVIL DEAD" by Bruce Campbell and his three female co-stars from the film, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss, and Theresa Tilly. "EVIL DEAD" effects and make-up artist Tom Sullivan provided the sound effects.

The weekend also marked the premiere of the trade paperback edition of Bruce Campbell's best selling autobiography "IF CHINS COULD KILL; CONFESSIONS OF A B-MOVIE ACTOR". This edition features over 40 pages of all new material. We would like to thank Bruce, who signed autographs for 10 hours during the weekend. What other best-selling author spends that kind of time with their fans?

A special award was presented to Bruce Campbell for "AUTHOR OF THE YEAR" and a Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Convention activities included a dealer's room, guest presentations and Q & A's, and Tom Sullivan's EVIL DEAD museum. Our Sunday morning panel discussion moderated by Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire featured a fascinating discussion on Independent Film-Making. The panel included Bruce Campbell, Herschell Gordon Lewis, J.R. Bookwalter, and Michael Flores. Watch for excerpts of their discussion on this site in the near future.

Once again, we would like to thank our guests, dealers, and everyone who attended, and we can't wait until next year's convention.

2002 Event Photos

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