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The original Freddy Krueger!

Robert Englund's career has spanned nearly four decades. A classically trained stage actor, Mr. Englund became a well-known character actor in the 1970's.

He co-starred as Willie, the gentle alien Visitor in the classic mini-series V, its sequel V: THE FINAL BATTLE, and the V television series (1984-1985). It was during a break between V projects that Robert Englund donned the Freddy Kruger make-up and the now famous sweater and finger-knives glove for the first time in Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984).

Freddy Kruger soon became a household name, and the phenomenal successes of the ELM STREET films helped to make New Line Cinema into a major player in the film industry; indeed, The House that Freddy built. Robert Englund added Director to his resume in 1988 with the release of 976-EVIL.

On the impact of Freddy Kruger, Robert Englund said:

Freddy KruegerI once saw an entire magazine of Freddy Krueger tattoos. Here I was, this classically trained actor who had done Shakespeare, and now there are hundreds of people walking around all over the world with my tattoo on them. I just take it as a pop culture compliment.

In 2009 Robert wrote his critically acclaimed and best selling autobiography HOLLYWOOD MONSTER.

In addition to recent guest roles on TV's BONES and CHUCK and the Chicago-filmed feature THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE, Robert stars as a demonic killer in the new feature film INKUBUS.

PHOTO POLICY: Due to the number of people who want to meet Robert and get his autograph, posed photos will not be allowed at his table. However, you may take photos of Robert as he's signing, and a Flashback Weekend staff member will be on hand to take a photo of you at Robert's table having your stuff signed (with your camera - make sure you know how it works before you get there!).




Malcolm McDowell made his big screen debut for director Lindsay Anderson as the rebellious student Mick Travis in IF (1968). The film catapulted Malcolm to stardom and caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick who cast him in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971). As Alex DeLarge, Malcolm delivered one of the greatest screen performances in cinema history. As a follow-up to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Malcolm conceived the idea for and starred once again as Mick Travis in his second screen collaboration with Lindsay Anderson, O'LUCKY MAN.

Malcolm followed the controversial CALIGULA with the wonderful Sci-Fi- Thriller TIME AFTER TIME (1979) in which as H.G. Wells he travels through time to battle Jack the Ripper (David Warner). In 1982 he teamed up with Nastassja Kinski for Paul Schrader's horror-thriller CAT PEOPLE, and then took to the air as Roy Scheiders's nemesis in the action-thriller BLUE THUNDER (1983).

In the 90's Malcolm had a long run in classic sci-fi including CLASS OF 1999, the HBO TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE as a good hearted vampire who doesn't want to kill humans for blood (so that's where Twilight pinched the idea from!). Malcolm made history when he killed Captain Kirk in STAR TREK GENERATIONS (1994), and he made life miserable for Lori Petty in the cult favorite TANK GIRL (1995).

Malcolm's recent genre credits include starring as EVILENKO, based on the real life soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo who killed over 50 women and children in the Soviet Union, as the super cool villain Daniel Linderman in NBC's hit show HEROES, as Dr. Loomis in Rob Zombies's HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN 2 (2009), and as Eddie Van Helsing (a vampire hunter afraid of the dark) in 2010's sleeper hit SUCK.

Malcolm will present a special screening of A Clockwork Orange at the Hollywood Palms Theater at 9:00 pm on Friday night.

SPECIAL PHOTO-OPFor a limited time at Flashback Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2011! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

PLEASE NOTE: This special photo op is optional. Flashback fans will still be able to get a photo with Malcolm at his table at no extra charge on their camera.




Not Bad for a HumanLance Henriksen is a Hollywood icon, with well over 150 films to his name. He's best known as the empathetic android Bishop in ALIENS, the head of a tribe of vampires in NEAR DARK, and the intuitive criminal profiler Frank Black in the TV series MILLENNIUM, but he has also played gunfighters and gangsters, an astronaut, a vampire, a sadistic monk, Charles Bronson and Abraham Lincoln. He's mentored Tarzan, Evel Knievel and the Antichrist, and fought Terminators, Aliens, Predators, Pumpkinhead, Pinhead, Bigfoot, Superman, the Autobots, Mr. T, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. He's worked with directors James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Sidney Lumet, Francois Truffaut, John Huston, Walter Hill, David Fincher, John Woo, Jim Jarmusch and Sam Raimi… But this is just skimming the surface.

Henriksen is a true artist – a painter, a potter and a creative collaborator who brings complexity and humanity to all of his work by drawing on real life experiences that are often stranger than fiction. His forthcoming biography Not Bad for a Human not only celebrates the actor's screen persona, film by film, but also recounts the chaotic upbringing and early life experiences that shaped him – revealing the man behind the image. As Lance so candidly states, "This isn't just a book about me becoming an actor. It's about all the people I've crossed paths with over the years who have helped me flourish in spite of the chaos of my early life. It's about a lifelong process of becoming a human being."

Not Bad for a Human will be released this year on Lance's birthday, May 5, in a limited edition by bloodypulpbooks.com and in paperback by Nashville's Alexander Henriksen Publishing, with distribution through major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.




As Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL REJECTS, Sid delivered an iconic performance. This amazing performance is however, only one classic character in a career in film and television which spans 50 years. In television, Sid guest starred in nearly every classic TV show in the 60's, 70's, and 80's including BATMAN, STAR TREK, WONDER WOMAN, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, and JASON OF STAR COMMAND (which caught the eye of director Rob Zombie).

In features, Sid co-starred with Lon Chaney in SPIDER BABY, Pam Grier in many 70's exploitation films including THE BIG DOLL HOUSE, THE BIG BIRD CAGE, and COFFY, and many horror films including BLOOD BATH (1966) and GALAXY OF TERROR (1981). Amongst Sid's many fans is none other than director Quentin Tarantino, who cast Sid in JACKIE BROWN (1997) and KILL BILL VOLUME 2. In addition to his horror credits Sid co-starred in THX-1138 for director George Lucas and appeared opposite Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

Sid Haig Photo OpSPECIAL PHOTO-OP – You and Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding!!!

For a limited time at Flashback Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2011, Sid will wear the Captain Spaulding makeup for a very rare photo opportunity! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

PLEASE NOTE: This special photo op is optional. Flashback fans will still be able to get a photo with Sid at his table at no extra charge on their camera.





Doug Bradley is probably most famous for his role as Pinhead - Dark Prince of Pain, Angel of Suffering, Leviathan's Lord of the Damned in the HELLRAISER series.

As well as the HELLRAISER series, Doug has starred in Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED, alongside his friend Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SERIES) in THE KILLER TONGUE, and in two award-winning short horror films ON EDGE and RED LINES.  Doug also voiced and Executive Produced the anime feature DOMINATOR and adapts, directs and performs the DOUG BRADLEY'S SPINE CHILLERS series of films and audio books. Other film and TV appearances include INSPECTOR MORSE and the movies 'THE PROPHECY: UPRISING and PUMPHINHEAD: ASHES TO ASHES. Doug's theatre work includes his one-man show AN EVENING OF DEATH. He also showed us his literary skills in the insightful and entertaining book BEHIND THE MASK OF THE HORROR ACTOR. 

Bio courtesy of www.dougbradley.com

SPECIAL PHOTO-OPFor a limited time at Flashback Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2011, have your photo taken with Doug Bradley & Ashley Laurence! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

PLEASE NOTE: This special photo op is optional. Flashback fans will still be able to get a photo with Doug at his table at no extra charge on their camera. Due to an eye injury, there will be NO photography allowed at Ashley's table.




Chicago's very own Michael Rooker made his film debut in 1986 in the title role of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Filmed in Chicago, the classic horror- thriller shocked audiences upon its theatrical release (and continues to do so to this day). Directed by James McNaughton and produced by Chicago based MPI Video (Dark Sky Films), HENRY became the groundbreaking Horror film of the decade.

Michael Rooker's widely praised performance in HENRY caught the attention of every A list director in the film industry. Soon Michael was co-starring opposite major stars in Hollywood including Al Pacino (SEA OF LOVE), Sylvester Stallone (CLIFFHANGER), Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall (DAYS OF THUNDER), Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie (THE BONE COLLECTOR), Arnold Schwarzenegger (THE SIXTH DAY), and the ensemble all-star casts of Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) and TOMBSTONE (1993).

Most recently, Michael can be seen in the smash hit AMC series THE WALKING DEAD as Merle Dixon. His other horror credits include THE DARK HALF (directed by George A. Romero), SLITHER (2006), and HYPOTHERMIA (2011). Michael Rooker recently made his feature film directorial debut PENNHURST in which he also stars.

SPECIAL PHOTO-OPFor a limited time at Flashback Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2011! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

PLEASE NOTE: This special photo op is optional. Flashback fans will still be able to get a photo with Michael at his table at no extra charge on their camera.



Ashley LaurenceAshley Laurence as Kirsty CottonHELLRAISER, HELLRAISER 2, LIGHTNING BUG

Ashley Laurence grew up in the cultural excitement of Southern California. Encouraged to explore every artistic avenue available to her, she soon found her love for acting was equaled by her passion for painting.

Ashley’s acting career was kicked into high gear at a very young age, when she was cast as the strong-willed heroine of Clive Barker’s quintessential horror classic: "Hellraiser".

The award winning actress subsequently appeared in a wide variety of roles for Film and TV, including the highly acclaimed "Red", "Lightning Bug, "E.R.", and national advertising campaigns for Geico, Coors Lite, AT&T.

Rated by E! Network as one of Hollywood's greatest "Scream Queens", Ashley's other performances have garnered critical praise.

SPECIAL PHOTO-OPFor a limited time at Flashback Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2011, have your photo taken with Doug Bradley & Ashley Laurence! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

PLEASE NOTE: This special photo op is optional. Flashback fans will still be able to get a photo with Doug at his table at no extra charge on their camera. Due to an eye injury, there will be NO photography allowed at Ashley's table.



(available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment)

As portrayed by Steven Yeun on the smash hit THE WALKING DEA

D, Glenn, the pizza delivery boy- turned hero is someone you want on your side when a Zombie outbreak happens. Young and resourceful, Glenn thinks on his feet and shows great compassion and humanity. Despite all the horrors he's seen, he maintains a youthful enthusiasm for life and its unexpected pleasures. Glenn is an integral part of the camp, displaying heroism and bravery in the face of danger, and showing genuine depth and emotion when the group experiences devastating tragedy.

Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea and his family first immigrated to Canada and stayed there for one year and moved to United States. He began acting when studying at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. When he realized his love for acting he went to study theatre in college instead of med school. Steven was soon appearing in different commercials for Best Buy, Apple, and Milky Way and various roles including THE BIG BANG THEORY (as Sebastian) and MY NAME IS JERRY (as Chaz).




On the hit AMC series THE WALKING DEAD, Andrew Rothenberg's character Jim survived the initial zombie outbreak. After joining a small group of other survivors at a campsite outside of Atlanta, Jim was soon troubled by catastrophic premonitions. Jim reacting to these devastating visions by digging a mass grave. Little did Jim know that his digging was a sub-conscious reaction to a vision of the tragic fish-fry zombie attack!

Andrew Rothenberg, a Californian native moved to Chicago after college to work in theatre. While in Chicago, Andrew acted for many years with the European Repertory Company and has also worked as such Chicago Theatres including Steppenwolf, the Goodman, and Chicago Shakespeare. Andrew guest starred on "PRISON BREAK" while in Chicago and also worked opposite Will Ferrell in STRANGER THAN FICTION (2006). Andrew's also guest starred on many hit TV series including ER and WALKER, TEXAS RANGER.

In 2007 Andrew moved back to LA with his family. his first role upon his return to LA was the recurring role of Malcolm (the vampire who shared a nest with vampires Dianne, Liam, and briefly, Bill) in the first season of the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD. After TRUE BLOOD, Andrew guest starred in the hit Showtime series WEEDS in the recurring role of DEA Agent Shlatter and guest starred as the skinwalker in SUPERNATURAL.




Kane Hodder has the honor of being the only actor to portray Jason Vorhees more than once. In fact, Kane played Jason FOUR times, having terrified audiences as Jason from FRIDAY THE 13th: THE NEW BLOOD (1988) through JASON X (2001).

In 2007 Kane Hodder added another iconic screen slasher to his resume having played Victor Crowley in Adam Green's HATCHET (2007) and HATCHET II (2010).

Kane is also a top stunt man and his stunt career extends to include an impressive range of films such as DAREDEVIL, SLACKERS, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, and DEMOLITION MAN and as a stunt coordinator many well known films including THE DEVILS REJECTS, SE7EN, and FROZEN.

In spite of his predilection for playing the part of the crazed lunatic on screen, rest assured that Kane loves to meet his fans and is a fan favorite in person. And yes, it's true - he has the word "Kill!" tattooed on the back of his bottom lip.




Christina LindbergSwedish Sex Goddess Christina Lindberg starred in some of the greatest exploitation movies of the 1970's. Born in Sweden, Christina stared modeling in her teens and became a popular pin-up. Pictorials in Playboy and Penthouse soon followed. She made such an impression that she was cast in a starring role in her first film MAID IN SWEDEN (1971). The film was a success and other starring roles soon followed including EXPOSED (1971), YOUNG PLAYTHINGS (1972), and ANITA (1973).

In 1974 Christina starred as Madeleine in the classic revenge film THRILLER (aka THEY CALL HER ONE EYE). Quentin Tarantino expressed his admiration for both the film and Lindberg's performance, and Madeleine later served as an inspiration for Uma Thurman's character The Bride in Tarantino's KILL BILL films. Tarantino ranks THEY CALL HER ONE EYE as one of his top favorite exploitation films and said of the film "It's one of the roughest movies I have ever seen in my entire life and one of the only movies I could imagine someone being afraid to watch."

Throughout the 1970's Christina continued to model and appear in films while establishing herself as a journalist. Christina is the owner and editor-in-chief of the aviation magazine Flygrevyn, is a keen mushroom picker and in 1993 she made the short film CHRISTINA'S MUSHROOM SCHOOL.




Before she went up against one Terry O'Quinn in THE STEPFATHER, Jill Schoelen starred opposite many of the top leading actors of our generation. Born and raised in Burbank, Jill started off on TV in the TV pilot BEST OF TIMES (1981) starring opposite Nicholas Cage and Crispin Glover. She co-starred in the ensemble comedy D.C. CAB (1983), and  starred opposite Emilo Estevez in the film adaptation of the classic SE HINTON novel THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW (1985), and starred opposite Keanu Reeves in BABES IN TOYLAND (1986).

Her reign as Scream Queen began in 1985 when director Wes Craven cast Jill in his made for TV horror film CHILLER. Two years later  she played the stepdaughter who realizes her stepfather (chillingly played by Terry O'Quinn) is a cold-blooded serial killer in THE STEPFATHER (1987). She then starred with Brad Pitt in the teen slasher film CUTTING CLASS (1989).

Jill then traveled to Budapest to star opposite Robert Englund in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1989). This is not your parents Phantom of the Opera mind you, but rather an all out edgy slasher horror film in which the disfigured Phantom (Robert Englund) wears the faces of his victims. Robert Englund is sinister yet tragic as Erik Destler (The Phantom) and Jill is breathtakingly beautiful as Christine, the object of Erik's love and devotion. In 1991 Jill starred in the classic slasher fest POPCORN, followed by the TV movie sequel WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK (1993).




Scout Taylor-Compton made her television debut on ALLEY McBEAL, followed by memorable guest and recurring television roles including FRAISER, CHARMED, ER, THAT'S SO RAVEN, and GILMORE GIRLS.  She then segued into feature roles with 13 GOING ON 30, the all-girl teen comedy SLEEPOVER (2004) and the horror film WICKED LITTLE THINGS (2006), and AN AMERICAN CRIME.

To horror fans, Scout Taylor-Compton made her biggest splash, however, when she was cast by Rob Zombie in the coveted role of Laurie Strode, the perpetually stalked sister of Michael Myers, in Rob Zombie's much-anticipated horror remake HALLOWEEN (2007). Scout reprised the role of Laurie Strode two years later in Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2 (2009).

Scout has recently co-starred in the remake of APRIL FOOLS DAY (2008), as lead guitarist Lita Ford in THE RUNAWAYS, and the teen drama-thriller TRIPLE DOG (2010), and co-starred with Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren in Taylor Hackford's LOVE RANCH (2010).




Danielle Harris has had to cancel her appearance due a scheduling conflict. We'll miss her, but congratulate her on her new directing project!




Catherine Mary Stewart began her career as a professional dancer for the Synergy Dance Company and while in her teens toured Canada, the Middle East, and Germany. Catherine then broke into films when she won the lead role in the futuristic musical THE APPLE (1980). Catherine then won the role of Kayla Brady on the daytime soap, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, in 1981. Soon thereafter, she appeared in the Sylvester Stallone film NIGHTHAWKS (1981) and made her first TV-movie, A KILLER IN THE FAMILY (1983).

Stewart then starred with Lance Guest and Robert Preston in the sci-fi classic THE LAST STARFIGHTER (1984). Catherine then went to work on NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984). A cult classic, the film featured Catherine and Keli Maroney as California valley girls who survive a apocalypse and find themselves to be the only girls left on Earth. After NIGHT OF THE COMET, Catherine starred in the 1987 Horror-Sci-Fi-Thriller NIGHTFLIERS (1987) and co-starred opposite Michael Pare and Bruce Dern in the post apocalyptic thriller WORLD GONE WILD (1988).

Catherine then co-starred in the box-office smash WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989) as Jonathan Silverman's romantic interest. She did well to stay away from the sequel, focusing much of her energy in the 90s on TV-movies including PASSION AND PARADISE (1989), and THE SEA WOLF.




The iconic 1980's on-screen teenage cheerleader Kelli Maroney first studied acting in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota at the nationally renowned GUTHRIE THEATER. Shortly after moving to New York, she landed a leading role on the daytime drama RYAN'S HOPE, playing Kimberly an evil, 'Lolita'-esque adolescent. In 1984 Kelli portrayed Tina Lord on ONCE LIFE TO LIVE.

After moving to L.A. and to big screen roles, she was funny and spirited as perky cheerleader Cindy in FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982). She donned a cheerleader outfit once again for the 1984 cult classic NIGHT OF THE COMET. Kelli achieved enduring cult popularity with her delightful turn as the daffy and spunky teenage cheerleader Samantha. Kelli has appeared in several genre films for director Jim Wynorski including CHOPPING MALL (1985). She slipped into the iconic cheerleader costume once again in SCREAM QUEEN HOT TUB PARTY (1991).

In the 90's, Kelli left the cheerleader costume behind and guest starred in a string of TV programs and the acclaimed made for cable-TV mystery thriller FACE DOWN with Joe Mantegna and Peter Riegert. Recently Kelli appeared on the HBO series TRUE BLOOD and the short film AUDITION.

Visit Kelli Maroney's website at www.kellimaroney.com




Linnea QuigleyLinnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, Linnea began getting work in films including GRADUATION DAY (1981). In 1984 she co-starred with Linda Blair in SAVAGE STREETS, and in SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT.  In 1985 Linnea made an ever-lasting impression as Trash in THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985), which has become a horror classic.

Linnea was catapulted to the height of Scream Queen mania in the late 1980s with such films as SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1988), and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988),
and HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS (1988). In 1990  Linnea released her best selling work-out video LINNEA QUIGLEY'S HORROR WORK-OUT (1990). Since the heyday of the Scream-Queen mania of the 80's and 90's, Linnea has added dozens of film credits to her resume. Linnea has also written two books about her life in the B-movie industry, BIO & CHAINSAW in 1992,  and I'M SCREAMING AS FAST AS I CAN in 1995.

In 2011 Linnea stars in Jason Paul Collum's new documentary SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS: THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCREAM QUEEN ERA, which focuses on the Scream Queen and home video boom - then crash - of the 1980s & early 90s. Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention 2011 will feature the Chicago premiere of SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS: THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCREAM QUEEN ERA.



Jason Paul CollumWriter, Producer, Director Jason Paul Collum returns to Chicago to premiere his all-new documentary SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS: THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCREAM QUEEN ERA. Focusing on the home video boom - then crash - of the 1980s & early 90s, it also concentrates on the cult fame that came to actresses Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer, and directors David DeCoteau, Fred Olen Ray and Ted Newsom.

Collum is no stranger to horror documentaries, having previously helmed SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT and last years SLEEPLESS NIGHTS: REVISITING THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRES. He is also known for creating OCTOBER MOON, one of the first gay-themed thrillers and OCTOBER MOON 2: NOVEMBER SON, which launched the first gay horror film franchise in history.Other early directorial efforts include JULIA WEPT, 5 DARK SOULS, 5 DARK SOULS, PART II: ROOTS OF EVIL and MARK OF THE DEVIL 666: THE MORALIST.

As an author, Collum has also penned the book ASSAULT OF THE KILLER B's: INTERVIEWS WITH 20 CULT FILM ACTRESSES, contributed to Jon Keeyes' tome ATTACK OF THE B QUEENS (Luminary Press). He has published over 60 articles in magazines such as Fangoria, Video Business Weekly, Alternative Cinema and Instinct and is a former editor and graphic designer of Femme Fatales, Cinefantastique and In Park.

Collum stepped away from the horror genre to direct the comedy SHY OF NORMAL: TALES OF NEW LIFE EXPERIENCES featuring Brinke Stevens and Felissa Rose, which debuted on the festival circuit in Spring 2011. He also lectures film theory at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. He can be contacted through Facebook.




John LaFlamboyJohn is a stage actor who trains at The Artistic Home in Chicago and co-stars in The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue with Mike Bradecich, which he also co-wrote and co-directed.  He has co-produced two other feature films (The Art of Pain and Squeal). As an actor, John has fought ninjas and zombies as a lead in the feature film The Art of Pain, been killed by a Pigman in the feature film Squeal, performed the motion capture movement for the video games Stubbs the Zombie and BioShock and had very small roles in very small commercials that only his mother seems to have seen.

John is also the founder and director of Zombie Army Productions, a production company that produces Chicago’s largest haunted houses (Statesville Haunted Prison, City of the Dead, and The Fear at Navy Pier).




Mike BradecichMike is an actor, improviser, and writer in Los Angeles, having moved there from Chicago one week after wrapping production on The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue, which he co-wrote, co-directed and in which he co-starred with John LaFlamboy.

Mike got his start in Chicago doing improv and sketch at iO Chicago and at Second City, where he was on the National Touring Company and also performed in the original cast of the smash hit musical “Rob Blagojevich Superstar.”

He can also be seen in a butt-load of commercials for clients like Leapfrog, K-Y Brand, Allstate, Comcast, and most popularly for the USPS as Postal Carrier Al in their Flat Rate Box “If it fits, it ships” commercials. 



"Joe KnetterReading a Knetter story makes you feel dirty...like you're some kind of sicko."
- Adam Green - director Hatchet and Frozen

"The king of all things sick and twisted is now and will always be king Knetter."
- Dread Central

Joe Knetter got his start writing horror fiction. His books Twisted Loneliness (intro by Sid Haig), Vile Beauty (intro by Bill Moseley) and Zombie Bukkake have
garnered him much attention in the horror community for being sick, twisted and gory.

Joe then branched off into acting and screenwriting. His credits include Pajama Party Massacre, Strip Club Slasher and Monsterpiece theatre amongst others. The short film THIRSTY , based on one of his stories has won awards at film festivals across the country. He currently has over a dozen projects in various states of production including: Hallow Pointe, Black Friday, Ouija, Ash Wednesday, Visions and Meatings.




Sarah FrenchSarah French is a model and actress from Minnesota. She began modeling in 2007 working steadily in print, fashion and on various websites. Her lifelong love of the horror genre led to her auditioning for the indie short Pajama Party Massacre. She got the role and loved the experience so much that she put the modeling on the backburner and decided to concentrate on film. To date she has worked on close to thirty projects such as: Terror Overload, Killer Biker Chicks, Strip Club Slasher, Camp Kill, Opposite Blood, Pottpouri, In harm's way and Shriek of the Sasquatch and a few music videos. She also writes a scream queen column in Shock Horror magazine based out of the U.K.



Circus EnvyCircus Envy (lovingly referred to in courtrooms everywhere as “the defendant”) is an Atlanta based horror personality and self-proclaimed “comic masochist”.   He appeared in character as a featured extra in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2.  You can also catch Envy and his insane entorage hosting some of the most obscure films on the net at www.circusenvy.com.  Also watch out for an upcoming feature length film (with 'Night of the Creeps' star Jill Whitlow) that will unveil the dark origin of Circus Envy."





Appearing Saturday August 13, 2011

Every year at Flashback Weekend we look forward to the annual visit from Chicago Television Legend "SVENGOOLIE". Rich Koz portrays the popular character each week on "The U!" with his cast of "Doug Graves" the laid back musical sidekick, and Tombstone the talking skull. In addition to the popular musical numbers and commercial parodies Svengoolie has always been known for, each show features a segment of the movie produced in Svensurround with added sound effects, dubbed-in dialogue and visuals. This technique was first done by both Koz and Bishop in the 1970's - before the advent of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000."

Svengoolie's hard work and comic genius continued to pay off and "Svengoolie - The First Year" a look back at Svengoolie's first year on WCIU was rewarded with a Chicago Emmy for Best Entertainment Program - Special. He currently has received 8 regional Emmy Awards, and was inducted into the prestigious Chicago Television Academy's 2004 "Silver Circle" for outstanding contributions to Chicago television.

Svengoolie will be signing autographs, posing for photos, and will take to the Flashback Stage for a Q & A and to MC the costume contest on Saturday. Get your costumes ready!



Flashback Weekend Master of Ceremonies

Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire has been a member of the Flashback Weekend cult since the very beginning. He serves as the president and founding director of the Chicago Film Critics Association, and has won the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for Arts Criticism six times. (His mentor/rival Roger Ebert has won it only four times.) Gire has also been an adjunct faculty member in William Rainey Harper College’s English and Journalism departments since 1984, teaching courses in drama, film & literature, journalism, short stories & novels, mass communications and feature writing. He put both Zack Snyder's remake of "Dawn of the Dead" and the family feature "The Incredibles" on his top 10 list of best movies of 2004.



Flashback Weekend Co-Host

Talk Show Host/Film Critic for WGN Radio. Nick has been reviewing movies for over 23 years on WGN Radio in Chicago. He also hosts a highly-rated weekend talk show on 720am that covers everything pop culture and news related. He has also written, acted in and directed over thrity plays in and around the Chicago area including the horror classics "Among the Dead" (in which he played an insane?redneck who killed zombies) and "Operation Infiltration: An Experiment in Terror" (which was a salute to great genre films like Romero's "The Crazies" and Philip Kaufman's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"). He has LOVED horror films for his entire life and is incredibly excited to be co-hosting the Flashback Convention for yet another exciting year.

Top Five Horror Movies of All Time:

  1. John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN
  2. George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD
  3. Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA
  4. Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM

(but, of course, this list changes constantly depending on his mood).



Flashback Weekend Co-Host

Steve Prokopy is the Chicago Editor for Ain't It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com), where he has contributed film reviews and filmmaker and actor interviews under the name "Capone" since 1997. In 2005, he also joined the staff of the Chicago-based media outlet GapersBlock.com as the site's Friday film critic with his Steve@theMovies column. Steve has been a horror fanatic since he was a youngster, and was even suspended from high school for a day after a presentation he gave his classmates on his hero, make-up master Tom Savini. He has been a Flashback Weekend co-host since it began in 2002 and is thrilled to be back again this year.

Top Five Horror Movies:

  1. Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD
  2. George A Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD
  3. John Carpenter's THE THING
  5. Herschell Gordon Lewis' BLOOD FEAST



Flashback Weekend Co-Host

Horror Journalist and DreadCentral contributor Heather Wixson can pinpoint where her love of the horror genre started exactly: At age three she saw An American Werewolf in London in the theater and was immediately hooked.  Heather currently serves as a one of the judges for the prestigious Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival. Heather also established her own independent production company in 2009 called Final Girl Films and is currently producing several upcoming independent genre films slated for production in late 2011.  A Chicago native, Heather is beyond thrilled to be co-hosting Flashback Weekend this year.

Top Five Horror Movies:

  1. Tom Holland's Fright Night
  2. Chuck Russell's A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  3. Fred Walton's April Fool's Day
  4. Andrew Kuehn's Terror In the Aisles
  5. Scott Glosserman's Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon



Chicago's favorite zombie will be attending Flashback Weekend! Unleashed upon the world by Zombie Army Productions in 2007, Kitty has become a staple of the Chicago horror and zombie scene and a crowd favorite, regularly hosting zombie-themed events like Retro Zombie Tiki Terror and Plague Day at the Faire. With the body of a killer and the mind of a puppy, Kitty is a particular favorite of the little ones, as he brings a Herman Munster-like quality to what would otherwise be a terrifying physical presence.

To find out more about Kitty, visit KittyZombie.com




Chad Savage has been drawing and painting disturbingly beautiful things his entire life, and his love of all things dark & spooky has become a career unto itself. His dark visual design company Sinister Visions inc. has spawned a series of genre sites including ZombiePinups.com and the DarkChicago.com series of sites (ChicagoHorror.com, ChicagoZombie.com, ChicagoVampire.com and HauntedHouseChicago.com). Savage has run art shows for Convergence, the World Horror Convention, Flashback Weekend and HorrorFind Weekend, and is the Marketing Director for Flashback Weekend and The Zombie Army.

Savage has created art, graphic branding and websites for hundreds of genre notables, including HorrorFind.com, HauntedHouse.com (2005), HauntedAttraction.com, Van Helsing's Curse, Fangoria, Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club, authors David J. Schow, Poppy Z. Brite, Douglas Clegg and Brian Keene, the International Association of Haunted Attractions, HAuNTcon, the Midwest Haunters Convention, over 75 haunted attractions and too many more to list here.

Sinister Visions inc. is an official sponsor of Flashback Weekend, and will host/sponsor the Costume Contest and Zombie Pinups Beauty Pageant on Saturday at 2011's Flashback Weekend - details HERE!

To learn more about Chad Savage and his work, visit SinisterVisions.com and ChadSavage.com.




Celebrity guests subject to change without notice
due to unforseeable filming/scheduling conflicts.