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Visit the Midway Drive-In site for information on special Flashback Weekend Events of 35mm screenings held throughout the year!

Zombie Army Store

Friday, July 20, 2007

3:00PM – 7:00PM Registration Booth Open
4:00PM - 7:30PM Celebrity signings & Dealers room (Ballrooms 3-5)
4:00PM – 6:00PM  Robert Englund signings
6:30PM – 7:30PM Robert Englund signings

Ballrooms 1-2

7:45PM - 8:45PM NMTC Presents: “THE FLAMING DAMES in BUMP and GRINDHOUSE”Strip-Tease and Burlesque review

Outside Film Screenings in the Courtyard – (Separate ticket required)

9:00PM -

“HATCHET” Film Clip Previews Introduced by Adam Green, Joleigh Fioreavanti, and Robert Englund

Features to be screened

  • “FREDDY VS. JASON” (2003) Introduced by Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger

Saturday, July 21, 2007

9:15AM - 5:00PM Registration booth open
10:00AM - 6:00PM Dealer’s Room open
10:00AM - 1:00PM Robert Englund signing (Ballrooms 3-5)
3:00PM - 6:00PM Robert Englund signing (Ballrooms 3-5)
2:00PM - 4:00PM  Meet SVENGOOLIE!  (Atrium)

DVD Screening Room (Midway Room Lower Level)

Free Admission to Flashback Attendees & Hotel Guests

11:00AM - 12:00PM “Masters of Horror” - “DANCE OF THE DEAD”
12:00PM - 12:30PM “World of the Weird Monster Show” introduced by Undead Johnny & Dementia
12:30PM - 1:30PM “Masters of Horror” – “PELTS” Introduced by John Saxon
1:30PM - 3:00PM “ALBERT FISH” introduced by John Borowski
3:00PM - 4:30PM “NOVEMBER SON” Introduced by Jason Paul Collum
4:30PM - 5:30PM “Masters of Horror” - “THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION”
5:30PM - 7:15PM “THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN” Introduced by Bud Davis-The Phantom Killer
7:30PM - 8:30PM “Masters of Horror” - “THE BLACK CAT”

Q & A (Grand Ballrooms 1-2)

12:00PM – 12:30PM Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Pictures
12:30PM - 1:00PM “ELM STREET 3” DREAM WARRIORS Reunion Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, & Ira Heiden
1:00PM - 1:30PM Lisa Wilcox – Q&A “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 & 5”
1:30PM - 2:00PM The latest news on upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment releases
2:00PM - 2:30PM NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Reunion  Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Charles Fleischer,  Lin Shaye
2:30PM - 2:50PM “HATCHET” Panel featuring Adam Green, Joleigh Fioreavanti, and Robert Englund!


Ballrooms 1-2

3:00PM - 4:00PM Charles Band’s Full Moon Horror Roadshow 
4:15PM - 5:00PM “SVENGOOLIE” Costume Contest
5:00PM - 5:30PM Chad Savage’s Zombie Pin Ups Contest hosted by John Leflamboy


6:15 PM- First buses depart for DREAM REAPERS Haunted House (West Parking Lot)
6:30PM - 8:45PM DREAM REAPERS HAUNTED HOUSE Tours  (Separate Ticket Required)

Outside Film Screenings in the Courtyard – (Separate ticket required)

9:00PM -

HATCHET Film Clips Introduced by Adam Green, Joleigh Fioreavanti, and Robert Englund

Features to be screened -

  • “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” (1984) - Introduced by the cast Intermission
  • “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3” (1987) - Introduced by Ken Sagoes,      Rodney Eastman, and Ira Heiden - The Dream Warriors!

Sunday July 22, 2007

10:30AM - 3:00PM Registration Booth Open
11:00AM - 4:00PM Celebrity signings & Dealer room (Ballrooms 3-5)
11:00AM - 12:30PM Robert Englund signings
1:45PM - 4:00PM Robert Englund signings

DVD Screening Room (Midway Room Lower Level)

Free Admission to Flashback Attendees & Hotel Guests

11:00AM - 12:00PM “Masters of Horror” - “VALERIE ON THE STAIRS”
12:00PM - 2:00PM “William Winckler’s FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE” Hosted by the World of the Weird Monster Show
2:00PM - 3:00PM “Masters of Horror” - “WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM” 

Q&A (Grand Ballrooms 1-2)

12:00PM - 12:30PM E Film Critic Panel by Erik Childress & Colin Souter - “TORTURE HORROR”
12:30PM - 1:00PM “Bad Box Office 2007: Is the Horror Movie Dead?” Independent Film Panel discussion moderated by Nick Digilio (WGN Radio 720 AM) featuring Robert Englund, Adam Green, and Steve “Capone” Prokopy (Ain’t it Cool News)
1:30PM - 2:00PM “Freddy’s Girls” Q & A     Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss


Special “HATCHET” Guests & Events

In Theaters September 7, 2007


HatchetThe most eagerly awaited Horror film of fall 2007 is the upcoming theatrical release of Adam Green’s “HATCHET”. “HATCHET” is a throwback to the classic 1980’s slasher films that creates a new Horror icon in the person of Victor Crowley. Creating a new Horror legend isn’t easy, but Adam Green has done just that with the chilling story of Victor Crowley.  

Once there was a boy named Victor Crowley. He was born hideously deformed, and sadly, folks weren’t too kind to him. So he spent most of his life hidden in his Daddy’s house out in the bayou.

One Halloween night, the local children came throwing firecrackers at the house to tease and scare him. And the old Crowley house caught fire.

When Victor’s Daddy arrived home, the house was in flames. He went to the barn, grabbed himself a hatchet, and started chopping down the front door. But what he didn’t know was that Victor was pressed up against the other side, trying to get out. He hit him square in the face with that hatchet…and poor Victor Crowley died.

The old man went into mourning and became a recluse after that. Never left the house. Never spoke to anyone. He finally passed away about 10 years later.

And that’s when the stories started.

They say people tend to disappear in that swamp. And if you get close enough to the old Crowley house at night you can still hear Victor Crowley.

     Still roaming in the woods.

               Still crying for his Daddy.

Anchor Bay Entertainment - A Starz Company and Flashback Weekend are proud to announce that “HATCHET” director Adam Green, star Joleigh Fioreavanti, and horror legend Robert Englund will be presenting special “HATCHET” events at the Flashback Weekend.  Special “HATCHET” events include presentations of exclusive “HATCHET” footage on Friday and Saturday at the Outdoor Film Screenings with introductions by Adam Green, Joleigh Fioreavanti, and Robert Englund; “HATCHET” panel discussions, and more! You will also be able to stop by the Anchor Bay/Starz booths located in the Celebrity/Dealer room and meet director Adam Green and “HATCHET” star Joleigh Fioreavanti.

Dream Reapers Haunted House

DreamReapers Haunted House

Saturday July 21, 2007
Round trip Buses start leaving the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
West parking lot at 6:00PM

Dream Reapers Haunted House, rated the #1 haunted house in Illinois is opening its doors for Flashback Weekend attendees on Saturday July 21, 2007 for special tours of their amazing attraction. Located in Melrose Park (about 10 minutes from the Crowne Plaza), a bus will take you to and from the attraction.

Over 22 rooms of movie quality sets and amazing details, terrifying actors and incredible make-up make Dream Reapers the #1 rated Haunted House in Illinois. If you visit this attraction during October, you may find yourself waiting hours in line. But you will be able to experience it with your Flashback friends for only a fraction of the wait!

Special Flashback Weekend/Dream Reapers Haunted House tickets are only $15.00 (including a round trip bus pass), and may be purchased at Flashback during the weekend of the convention.



The NMTC Presents

The Flaming Dames in BUMP & GRIND-HOUSE

The Flaming DamesThe Flaming Dames, Chicago’s premiere concept burlesque show, return for their second show of the season (and 6th of the franchise). They’re gritty. They’re sexy. And they’re taking on the king of low budget B-Horror, the grindhouse movie. The Flaming Dames in Bump & Grindhouse is the Dames’ “hats off” to the grindhouse genre, resurrected by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez in their double feature, “Grindhouse.” But make no mistake, this isn’t a parody of their work, but an homage to an entire genre of B-horror and suspense films we know as grindhouse!

“We’ve got something from each category of grindhouse movie; everything from go-go strippers to German drill sergeants to vampire vixens and hot zombie chicks,” says Leslie Kerrigan, creator and director of The Flaming Dames franchise.

Kerrigan started the franchise in 2003 out of her love of burlesque and near-obsession with pop-culture. Since then, The Flaming Dames have grown to be one of Chicago’s top burlesque groups.  This year, the dames are dying to return for the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention.

The Flaming Dames in Bump & Grindhouse is not only a sexy burlesque send-up of the horror and gore of the grindhouse flick, but a breakthrough venture into the use of multi-media in burlesque.  Bump & Grindhouse combines Kerrigan’s trademark sexy, live choreography with horror-based videos, slide shows, photos and more—all guaranteed to tease, tantalize, shock and awe audiences throughout Chicago.

The Gore. The Grit. The Sex. The Rock. Bump & Grindhouse delivers a jolt of sexy and a tip of the G-string to the blood and guts that is the grindhouse film. With the return of two comically undead MC’s from “VAMP”, The Flaming Dames give you everything you’ve come to expect from a Halloween burlesque show.

The Flaming Dames in BUMP & GRINDHOUSE! are debuting at the Flashback Weekend Horror Convention.  The Flaming Dames will be performing BUMP & GRIND-HOUSE at Flashback Weekend on Friday evening July 20, 2007 at 8:00PM.



Zombie PinupsFlashback Weekend, Chad Savage and ZombiePinups.com are pleased to announce the First Annual Flashback Weekend Zombie Pinup Beauty Pageant!

On Saturday, July 21, put on your sexiest classic pinup outfit and your most gruesome zombie make up, and compete to win the soon-to-be-coveted title of Miss Zombie Queen 2007! The Pageant will be hosted by John Laflamboy and judged by several of our Celebrity Guests (to be named) and awarded fabulous prizes in the following categories:

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Best Vintage Pin Up Recreaction
  • Best Zombie Make Up

We're keeping it simple for our first year - judging will be based on quality of make up & effects, and costume. THERE WILL NOT BE A PERFORMANCE ASPECT THIS YEAR, but if the response to this event is strong enough, we'll kick it up a notch for 2008 and let you gals sing, dance and juggle to win!

All contestants will be photographed for a special gallery at ZombiePinups.com; winners will, of course, get optimal placement.

To get an idea of what we're looking for, visit the Gallery at ZombiePinups.com, and start planning your character NOW!

John Laflamboy is the founder and Artistic Director of The Foundation Theatre Group, directs, produces and acts in independent film in Chicago with Big Tree Productions (the production company he co-founded) and is the producer, designer, and director of Chicagoland’s biggest Haunted Houses; Statesville Haunted Prison, City of the Dead, and the Dragon’s Dome.

The Third Annual Flashback Weekend

Sven and the 2005 Contest Winner!Join us Saturday July 21, 2007 in your favorite Ghoulish costume for our Third Annual Flashback Weekend Costume Contest and compete for fun and prizes! The contest will be hosted by Chicago Television legend “SVENGOOLIE”! All ages welcome!

That's Sven interviewing the 2006 Contest Winner there on the right - click HERE to see a stack of photos from the 2006 contest!


Outdoor Film Showings

Outdoor Movie Showings will be presented on Friday and Saturday evening in the Crowne Plaza’s outside courtyard (the one alongside the pool) on a large screen. The film format will be high quality digital. You won’t need to bring a lawn chair (seating will be provided). The hotel will be setting up a concession stand for your snacking pleasure.

The hotel estimates that the courtyard will accommodate approximately 300 attendees.


Prizes have been donated by a wide variety of horror and haunted attraction businesses, including:

ChicagoHorror.com - Covering all things dark, gothic, horror, Halloween and haunted in Chicagoland

  • T-Shirts, Posters, DVDs & More from Fox Atomic films like The Hills Have Eyes 2, 28 Weeks Later and Dead Silence

Haunted Hot Sauce
Haunted Hot Sauce

  • Coffin Taster Packs! For those who have trouble making decisions, Haunted Hot Sauce has unearthed the Coffin "Taster" Pack! The Coffin "Taster" Pack contains one sample-sized bottle of each of our three hot sauce products carefully sealed in a handmade Cedar Coffin!

Monique Motil

  • Original Zombie Pinups t-shirts and stickers - THESE ARE THE LAST ONES, the ORIGINAL ZPU merchandise. After these are gone, that's it - they'll be collectors items. Hell, they already are!

Solitude Publications
Solitude Publications

Virgil Music
Virgil Music

  • Haunting music CDs!

The Ghoulish Gallery
The Ghoulish Gallery

  • Ghoulish changing portraits!

Pale Eye

  • 4 Skulls from the Stuartizm Line($11.00)
    1 Terror on the Fox “Our Freaks are Waiting” T-shirt ($20.00)
    1 UV Twist Black Light ($10.00)
    1 of Each of the past 3 years of the Haunt Industry Calendars ($23.00)

Sinister Visions
Sinister Visions

  • Signed & Numbered Art Prints and art stickers!

Haunted Portraits
Haunted Portraits

  • Creepy haunted changing portraits!

Van Helsing's Curse
Van Helsing's Curse

  • CDs and DVDs