Guests for Flashback Weekend’s Sixth
Annual Chicago Horror Convention
The Biggest NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. REUNION Ever!
HATCHET events including guests Director Adam Green, star Joleigh Fioreavanti, and horror legend Robert Englund!
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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, appearing in such films as "HUSTLE" (his character killed Burt Reynolds!), "BUSTER AND BILLIE", "STAY HUNGRY" (with Arnold Schwarzenegger)," BIG WEDNESDAY", " A STAR IS BORN" and "BLOOD BROTHERS" (with Richard Gere).
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:
"I 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 2003, Mr. Englund once again sported the glove and fedora to play the role of Freddy Kruger for the eighth time in the Box-Office Blockbuster "FREDDY VS. JASON". Since then, he has made memorable turns in "2001 MANIACS", Tobe Hooper's "Masters of Horror" episode "DANCE OF THE DEAD", "HATCHET", "BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON" and he returned to the director's chair to helm the Horror/Comedy "KILLER PAD" (2007).
Visit Robert Englund's official website at www.robertenglund.com
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Heather Langenkamp is Freddy Kruger's main leading lady, having gone up against the Fedora-wearing villain a record three times.
Langenkamp's first film role was for Francis Ford Coppola in "THE OUTSIDERS" (1983), which was filmed in her native Tulsa. While she was studying at Stanford University, Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET". Langenkamp's innocent look coupled with natural acting ability for the role helped the film become a huge box office success, which to date has spawned seven sequels, of which Heather has starred in two. In between these starring roles, she played introverted Marie Lubbock on the television series, "JUST THE TEN OF US" from 1988 to 1990.
She reprised her role of Thompson in "NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS" (1987). In 1994, Wes Craven returned to the Elm Street series to direct "WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE", in which Langenkamp played herself, as Krueger (played by Robert Englund) tried to break out of the movie series and into the "real world". As the movie progresses, Langenkamp shifts from playing herself to playing Nancy "one last time" since she is the only person who can defeat Freddy.
Langenkamp then starred in "FUGITIVE MIND" (1999). Her most recent movie role is in the Italian indie "THE BET", which is currently in post-production.
"Lt. Donald Thompson"
"A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET"
A true Man's man, various roles have had John Saxon fighting opponents as diverse as the Six Million Dollar Man and Freddy Kruger, to fighting alongside Bruce Lee. John Saxon has such a major list of Genre credits, we almost don't know where to start!
A student of Stella Adler at the Actor's Studio, Saxon's first film was "RUNNING WILD" (1955). John found himself a teenage heart throb in the late 1950's thanks to "hunk" assignments in films such as "THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE" (1958). After gracing many a teen magazine cover, he shed himself of his heartthrob image in the early '60s with a string of unsympathetic roles.
John soon found himself in the horror genre, starring in films such as "THE NIGHT CALLER" and "QUEEN OF BLOOD" in between guest starring in just about every classic TV show of the 60's and 70's. In 1973 John co-starred with Bruce Lee in the martial Arts classic "ENTER THE DRAGON" (John is a Black Belt in Karate in real life), and the next year, starring in the Christmas Horror/Slasher classic "BLACK CHRISTMAS" (1974).
He returned to the Horror Genre in the cannibal Vietnam POW/cannibal classic "CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE" (1980), "BEYOND EVIL", "BLOOD BEACH" (1981), and worked with Dario Argento in "TENEBRE" (1982) before taking the role of Lt. Donald Thompson in Wes Craven's 1984 classic "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET" (1984). He later reprised the role in 1987's "NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS".
While continuing to guest star in every notable TV series of the 80's, 90's, John returned to the Horror Genre for HELLMASTER" (1992), "FROM DUSK TILL DAWN" (1995), "TRAPPED ASHES" (2006), and recently reunited with Dario Argento for his season two "MASTERS OF HORROR" episode "PELTS" (2006).
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Nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the classic Robert Altman film “NASHVILLE”, Ronee Blakey is best known to Horror fans as Nancy Thompson’s mother Marge Thompson in the original “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”. Ronee’s other horror genre appearances include the Larry Cohen film “A RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT”, and the TV series “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE”.
Ronee can also be seen in many well known TV series of the 70’s and 80’s including “VEGA$”, “THE LOVE BOAT”, and “TRAPPER JOHN M.D.”. Her other films include the ultra cool Walter Hill film from 1978 “THE DRIVER”, and the Larry Cohen film “THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER”.
Ronee continues to be very active in her music career with new CDs released in 2006, “Ronee Blakley” and “Welcome”. She produced, directed, wrote and composed the music for her film “I PLAYED IT FOR YOU” which was recently shown at the prestigious Silver Lake Film Festival at the Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Amanda Wyss will forever hold the honor of having been the first on-screen victim of Freddy Kruger in the original 1984 classic "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET".
Having been discovered by an agent as a teen while starring in the play, "THE BAD SEED" at a local L.A. theatre, she went on to work in commercials and in many television roles. She soon was part of the ensemble cast of 1982's "FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH". And just two years later, she found herself being stalked by Freddy Kruger. She followed her memorable role as "Tina" in Elm Street with a role as John Cusack's ex-girlfriend Beth in "BETTER OFF DEAD" (who drove Cusack's character to one failed suicide attempt after another in the film), and as "Phoebe" in Lawrence Kasdan's classic 1985 western "SILVERADO". On TV, she starred in season one of "HIGHLANDER" in the re-occuring role of Randi MacFarland, and made memorable guest appearances on shows including "BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY", as Woody's High School girlfriend Beth on "CHEERS", opposite Dean Stockwell in the memorable "QUANTUM LEAP" episode "THE LEAP HOME", "CHARMED", "ER", and "CSI".
(billed as Nick Corri)
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Billed as Nick Corri, actor Jsu Garcia, along with Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, and Amanda Wyss made up the original “Fab Four” of Elm Street kids in Wes Craven’s 1984 classic “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”. Jus played “bad boy” Rod Lane, who found that even a jail cell could not protect him from Freddy Kruger.
Growing up on the streets of Newark, Garcia had to deal with a neighborhood of toughs. He became aware of his acting talents when a bully intended to mug him and steal his bicycle. But when the six year old broke into crocodile tears, he so disheartened his assailant that he allowed Garcia to leave unharmed and with his bike. "It was then I knew I could act," Garcia declares.
Determined to be an actor, Garcia moved to Hollywood. Jsu followed his role in “ELM STREET” with an appearance in “GOTCHA” opposite Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino, and then in quick succession in features such as “THE COTTON CLUB”, “WILDCATS”, “VAMPIRES IN BROOKLYN”, “CANDYMAN III: DAY OF THE DEAD”, “PREDATOR 2” and the Academy Award winner “TRAFFIC”, where he played Benjamin Bratt's brother.
In 2002, Garcia had two co-starring roles: that of Mel Gibson's heroic buddy in “WE WERE SOLDIERS” and a Communist guerilla who battles good guy Arnold Schwarzenegger in “COLLATERAL DAMAGE”. In 1998, he co- directed and produced a short film titled “MY LITTLE HAVANA”, based on the true story of a period in Garcia's life when he fell in love with the daughter of a Mafia chief in Miami. The film was selected for screening at the South Beach Film Festival and the Cuban Film Festival. In 2006, he completed a starring role in “SPIRITUAL WARRIORS” (visit the website at www.spiritualwarriors.com).
When not filming, Garcia enjoys golfing, horseback riding and indulging his true delight - watching movies. One of the most important aspects of Garcia's life is his dedication to Peace Theological Seminary College of Philosophy, for which he and and his friend, author John Roger, have traveled throughout the world each year for the past nine years in an effort to bring peace to troubled areas such as Egypt and Israel. Garcia also devotes much of his free time to the Heartfelt Foundation, a charitable organization which feeds poor inner city families. Visit his website at www.jsugarcia.com.
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In the horror genre, Charles Fleischer is best known for his portrayal of Heather Langenkamp’s dream doctor, Dr. King, in ‘A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”. Charles has also appeared in the horror titles, “THE HAND”, “BAD DREAMS”, and “TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT”.
Beginning his career in the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Charles was soon appearing on many hit TV series of the 70’s and 80’s including “WELCOME BACK KOTTER”, “BARNEY MILLER”, “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY”, and “NIGHT RIDER”. A thinking man’s comic, Fleischer’s unique vocal abilities and comedic talent were showcased in the critically acclaimed role of Roger Rabbit in the classic Bob Zemeckis film “WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT”. Recognition of Charles’ ‘in-the-flesh’ abilities were first generated for many by his hilarious pairing with Robin Williams at the 1989 Academy Awards show.
Charles can also be seen in “BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II”, the comedy ‘NIGHTSHIFT”, and “ZODIAC”. His other appearances as Roger Rabbit have been double billed with such movie hits as Warren Beatty’s “DICK TRACY” in which Fleischer was also seen as one of the many leading actors in a cameo appearance.
His great love of technology and comedy has led to the development of his popular web site www.monkeydog.com. There users can view art, read about the Moleeds, and use the insult engine to send personalized insults anonymously to anyone on the internet.
Charles’ appearance at Flashback Weekend is his first convention ever and he is eager to meet all of his fans. In addition to signing autographs and posing for pictures with all of his fans, Mr. Fleischer has also agreed to record a personal greeting or voice mail message as Roger Rabbit for a flat fee. Fans please be advised that you must bring your own recording device if you are interested in this service.
The story of the making of “HATCHET” is an inspiration to every aspiring filmmaker and horror fan. It is the story of how Adam Green created and scripted a new horror legend and showcased the incredible mythology surrounding it. He also got the script read by the right people, avoided “selling out” to a big studio, maintained creative control, obtained the financing to film it in 35mm, and was able to maintain his original vision of the film (not having it derailed by input from “executives” during filming and post-production). He enlisted Anchor Bay Entertainment - A Starz Company and managed to have it promoted for a theatrical release in September 2007 not allowing it to be as straight to DVD release…basically, he beat the odds at every turn! It is great to see such creativity and integrity in a business that readily stomps out both qualities, and we are very happy to welcome Adam Green to Flashback Weekend 2007!
In addition to “HATCHET” panels during the weekend and exclusive “HATCHET” film clip presentations at the Outdoor Film Screenings, you will have the opportunity to meet Adam in the Celebrity/Dealer room during the weekend (at the Anchor Bay Entertainment booth). Adam along with Robert Englund will also participate in our legendary Annual Sunday Independent Film panel discussion moderated by Dann Gire, film critic of the Daily Herald and President of the Chicago Film Critics Association.
Visit the “HATCHET” website at www.hatchetmovie.com.
Joleigh Fioreavanti plays "Jenna", a desperate aspiring actress, in Adam Green's "HATCHET" who finds herself the dead-center of the Victor Crowley legend/nightmare come to life.
A native New Yorker, Joleigh Fioreavanti has racked up memorable performances in the critically acclaimed TV series' "Monk" and "Nip/Tuck". Most recently, she guest starred on "CSI: New York" in one of their highest rated shows of the season. Notable film credits include "Wonderland", "Unbeatable Harold" and "Tennis...Anyone?".
NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 3 : DREAM WARRIORS REUNION
“NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 & 4”
Ken Sagoes made a lasting impression in “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III: DREAM WARRIORS” as the tough talking, cynical, and wise beyond his years Roland Kincaid. As “Kincaid”, his character truely talks the talk, AND walks the walk! As one of the three “Dream Warriors” to live to see the end of “ELM STREET 3”, Ken is in the history books as being the first African-American to survive a major horror film and to live to return in it’s sequel. Sadly for his character Kincaid, we all know what happens to the majority of the characters who survive a horror film and return in it’s sequel (Laurie Strode, Ripley, and Alice Johnson not withstanding).
He followed tenure on “ELM STREET” with roles in features such as “PROJECT X” (1987), “ROSEWOOD” (1997), and “INTOLERABLE CRUELTY” (2003), and on Television including “MARTIN”, “NIGHT COURT”, “MAD TV”, and “MY SO-CALLED LIFE”. Ken is also a successful writer having written for both Television and Features. His work as writer includes “ON PROMISED LAND” (1994), and “UP AGAINST THE 8 BALL” (2004).
As a Stand-up comic, Ken has performed at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York, the Comedy Store in Hollywood, Maria Gibbs' Memory Lane and other night clubs across the county. As a stage actor, Ken is most proud of his role as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the stage play “THE MEETING”.
“NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 & 4”
Rodney Eastman made his feature film debut in “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS” as the mute Elm Street kid Joey. His first big screen appearance caught the attention of Roger Ebert, who demanded an X-rating for the film due to the classic scene in which Joey’s dream nurse morphs into Freddy Krueger and delivers the classic line, "What's the matter Joey? Feeling tongue-tied?!" We saw Rodney again in the follow up, 'A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4”', as one of only three surviving Dream Warriors. Unfortunately, Joey has his demise early on, falling prey to yet another beautiful vixen.
Rodney followed his stay on Elm Street with appearances on many hit television shows including “THE X-FILES”, “MILENNIUM”, “BABYLON 5”, “TOUCHING EVIL”, “SLIDERS”, “PARTY OF FIVE”, “MELROSE PLACE”, and “CSI” to name a few. Most recently he's appeared opposite Samuel Jackson in the cult film 'A CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE” and James Woods in “SHARK”. Rodney also keeps busy with his band 'King Straggler' in which he shares singing and song writing duties with fellow actors John Hawkes, (“Deadwood”, “American Gangster”), and Brentley Gore.
This will be Rodney’s second convention appearance ever and he's very excited and thrilled to connect with fans during the twentieth anniversary of “ELM STREET 3”. And July 20th is also Rodney's actual birthday! This Flashback Weekend is going to be a great celebration for many reasons, so come on down and join the party!
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In his first feature film “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS”, Ira Heiden played a young wizard who wore glasses and fought evil with magic. Only he wasn't named Harry Potter, and he didn't go to some cutesy school for sorcerers. Instead, his character Will Stanton finds himself confined to a wheelchair due to the recurring nightmares he and all of the kids from Elm Street are experiencing. Committed to an institution along with other "troubled" teenagers, they all have one thing in common; they all face a deadly and unspeakable evil when they sleep. Together with Kincaid (Ken Sagoes), and Joey (Rodney Eastman), they form the "Dream Warriors" to battle that evil, who is none other than Freddy Krueger.
After his stay on Elm Street, Ira went on to appear in "ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK", and in many popular 80's and 90's TV shows, including "FAMILY TIES" and "LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN". In 1988 Ira was reunited with his Dream Warriors co-star Heather Langenkamp in an episode of "JUST THE TEN OF US". Most recently, Ira can be seen as C.I.A. techie Rick McCarthy in "ALIAS". We are happy to welcome Ira to the Flashback Weekend 20th anniversary celebration of "NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS".
“NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 & 5”
Lisa Wilcox is known to “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” fans as “Alice” from “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER” (directed by Renee Harlin). Due to the phenomenal box office success of “ELM STREET 4”, Lisa played Alice once again in “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD”. Since the Nightmare series, Lisa was a regular in the television series BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES”, “KNOTS LANDING”, “GENERAL HOSPITAL”, and numerous guest starring roles. Some of her television highlights include her portrayal of "Carol Brady/Florence Henderson" in the TV movie, “BRADY BUNCH: THE FINAL DAYS”, and “STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION” portraying the part of "Yuta". This episode, "THE VENGANCE FACTOR” became so popular that "Yuta" is featured on the Star Trek The Next Generation Monopoly Board! Other film credits include “MEN SEEKING WOMEN” starring Will Farrell. Lisa also starred in the foreign short film, "THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF CHASTITY BLADE” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Lisa’s most recent “performance” has been in the entrepreneurial world creating Toe Brights, a wholesale jewelry company. Toe Brights has been in business for over 6 years and has been featured in dozens of magazine editorials including “Lucky”, “In Style” and “Teen Vogue”. Toe Brights not only distributes in the United States, but has also achieved international success in Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada.
"Adam Banjo "
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS
Born and raised in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, Lew Temple brings a unique flavor of New Orleans to his work. Adding several years of Texas residency, rounds out his "Southern" style and sensibility. Prior to studying his craft in Brooklyn College, Lew was a professional baseball player. After spending four years in the Minor Leagues in the Seattle and Houston organizations, he began a career as a coach and scout for the Houston Astros. Leaving baseball for his pursuit of acting he was fortunate enough to work at the award-winning Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, working with Vanessa and Corin Redgrave in Shakespeare producitons of Antony and Cleopatra, and Julius Caesar. Eventually he landed a re-occurring role on the CBS series, Walker, Texas Ranger. He has also been seen in several independent films, Rolling Kansas, On the Borderline, Born to Win, as well as studio films such as Angels in the Outfield, Newton Boys and 21 Grams. Lew, "The Cowboy Poet", is currently on several writing projects as well as auditioning in Los Angeles. He likes baseball old cars, vintage clothes, music, and the "Cowboy" way.
"FREDDY VS. JASON"
Ken Kirzinger found himself battling Freddy Kruger when he portrayed Jason Vorhees in the epic Battle of the Horror Titans, "FREDDY VS JASON" (2003). Standing over 6 ft 5" he is the tallest stunt man to have played Jason.
Kirzinger had ties to the character and the "FRIDAY THE 13th" series long before he took over the role of Jason Vorhees. Kirzinger appeared in "FRIDAY THE 13th Part VII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN" as a New York cook who gets in Jason's way when he is pursuing Rennie Wickham (Jensen Daggett). Sean Robertson (Scott Reeves), and Jason (played by Kane Hodder) threw the bigger Kirzinger over the counter. As a veteran stunt coordinator, Ken worked on the TV mini series "Steven King's IT", and dozens of films including "FRIDAY THE 13th Part VII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN" (1989), "X2 X-MEN UNITED" and "X-MEN 3; THE LAST STAND".
Full Moon Pictures founder
THE PUPPET MASTER series
The SUBSPECIES series
Charles Band has sustained a remarkable track record over the past twenty-five years. With nearly two hundred fifty films under his belt (including such classics such as “RE-ANIMATOR”, “FROM BEYOND”, “TOURIST TRAP”, and the “TRANCERS” series), the Chairman and Founder of Full Moon Pictures shows no signs of slowing down.
Band is, according to the Los Angeles Times, the “leader of the pack” among distributors of movies that debut directly on home video. Among his greatest hits are the hugely popular “PUPPET MASTER” and “SUBSPECIES” vampire series.
Band, the son of lauded veteran producer/director/writer Albert Band, literally grew up on the sets of his father’s movies during the Italian cinematic renaissance of the 1960’s. “My earliest memories are of being on film sets and locations with my father,” Band says. He began learning his craft at an early age, taking on every job he could commandeer. “I learned firsthand how the fantasies were put together.”
In 1975, at age 21, he produced his first film, “Mansion Of The Doomed”. It starred newcomer Lance Henriksen (TV’s Millennium). In the early 80’s, he produced and directed “PARASITE” in 3-D, which featured special effects by Stan Winston and starred a very young Demi Moore. This was the one of the first of Band’s very distinguished track record of discovering exceptional new talent.
In 1977, when no one in the industry shared his vision that home video was “the shape of things to come”, Band founded Media Home Entertainment, a company that became one of the original independent video distribution operations in America. His foresight and unwavering commitment to this marketplace helped pave the way for the colossal home video boom to come.
Charles Band will bring his latest creation - the “Monster Bras” - to Flashback Weekend! You can see the photos from his 2005 Charles Band Full Moon Roadshow Chicago stop on our web site. Several lucky – Sexy - girls will be chosen from the Flashback audience to model them for the crowd. Charles will MC the First Annual “Flashback Weekend Bikini and Lingerie Contest”! If that’s not enough, Charles will also talk about the 2006 edition of his Charles Band Full Moon Roadshow which he will be bring to Chicago October 15, 2006.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS
THE HILLS HAVE EYES (ORIGINAL)
Michael Berryman was "discovered" by Hollywood legend George Pal. After "DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE", Michael found himself in a casting session for "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST" and spent the next four months acting alongside Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito.
Then cast in Wes Craven's 1977 classic "THE HILLS HAVE EYES", Michael created such a memorable character as "Pluto", that he was featured solely in the film's advertising. He later worked with Wes Craven again in 1983's "DEADLY BLESSINGS".
Michael found himself in demand internationally (for Italian director
Ruggero Deodato in "CUT AND RUN" and "THE BARBARIANS")and domestically in
big-budget films such as "WEIRD SCIENCE" and "STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE
HOME". On TV, Mr. Berryman has guest-starred in memorable roles in "STAR
TREK :THE NEXT GENERATION", and "THE X-FILES".
"FRIDAY THE 13th Part 2"
As every good "FRIDAY THE 13th" fan knows (except for Drew Barrymore), "FRIDAY THE 13th Part 2" is the first film to feature Jason as the killer (and apre--hockey mask Jason at that!).. In this installment, Jason wears a hood over his misshapen head instead of the famous hockey mask. This gives Jason a more than passing resemblance to the phantom killer from the 1977 horror film (based on true events) "THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN".
As in the tradition of the original "THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON", the main role of Jason was shared by two performers. The role of donning the disfigured Jason make-up for the final "unmasking" scene went to Warrington Gillette. Warren can also be seen in "TIME WALKER" and "HELLBILLY 58" (due out in 2007).
(Celebrity appearance sponsored by Tim Beal)
"The Phantom Killer"
"THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN"
This movie was one of the first "masked slasher" films of the late 1970's (even pre-dating "John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN"). The scenes of the "Phantom Killer" stalking his victims were very frightening, and even more so since this is based on a true story.
This movie is based on the real life string of mysterious killings that terrorized the people of Texarkana, Texas in 1946. The murder spree became known as the "Texarkana Moonlight Murders" and ultimately would claim five lives and injure many others; the only description of the killer ever obtained was that of a hooded man. To this day no one has been convicted and these murders remain unsolved.
Veteran stunt coordinator Bud Davis portrayed the masked "Phantom Killer". In addition to his work as an actor in "THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN", Bud has served a a stunt coordinator on over a hundred feature films (on films such as "CHILDS PLAY", "FORREST GUMP", and "AUSTIN POWERS" 1 & 2").
(Celebrity appearance sponsored by Tim Beal)
“PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE”
Conrad Brooks - Ed Wood Cult Star - Star of films “PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE”, “BRIDE OF THE MONSTER”, “NIGHT OF THE GHOULS”, “SUPER-HELL, THE ED WOOD STORY” with Johnny Depp and over 200 more! He is a former co-star of Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.
(Celebrity appearance sponsored by Tim Beal)
Lloyd Kaufman and Troma are icons in the cult-movie world, and Troma has distributed over 1,000 films. Lloyd has continued his career as a director in addition to producing, and Troma has turned out such films as "MONSTER IN THE CLOSET" (1987), "CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH" (1986) and "TROMEO AND JULIET"(1996). Lloyd is working on "POULTRYGEIST: ATTACK OF THE CHICKEN ZOMBIES!" (2006) which follows an army of undead chickens as they seek revenge on a fast food palace.
Appearing Saturday July 21
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 7 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 a costume contest on Saturday 7/21/07. Get your costumes ready!
“THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE” (1974)
John Dugan attended the prestigious Goodman Theatre in Chicago. At the early age of 22, John was cast by Kim Henkel writer, director and producer of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" to play the part of Grandpa in the original 1974 version of “TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE”.
John also appeared in the 1995 " TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION” with Rene Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. He is recently starring in "SHUDDER” with Gunner Hansen and Ed Neal. The first time in 32 years three of the main characters from the original movie are together. Johns latest project is an upcoming film titled "Monstrousity"
Since Texas Chainsaw Massacre, John has appeared as a character actor in several "B" movies, but we will always remember John as "Grandpa". John is making his first appearance at Flashback Weekend and is eager to see all his fans.
JASON PAUL COLLUM
We are please to welcome back filmmaker Jason Paul Collum for his sixth Flashback Weekend appearance. Back when we were starting out as a first time show in the summer of 2002, Jason (then the editor of CINEFANTASTIQUE - the prestigious and best Sci-Fi/Horror genre magazine of its time) had faith in Mia and I and our vision for Flashback, and entered CINEFANTASTIQUE into a tie-in with Flashback 2002. Needless to say, to have "CINEFANTASTIQUE Presents" above the title of our show in 2002 was a great honor. We thank Jason for his early support of Flashback Weekend, and are happy to have him back for his sixth appearance.
Collum has authored the book “Assault of the Killer B's: Interviews with 20 Cult Film Actresses”, is the writer/director of “OCTOBER MOON”, “NOVEMBER SON”, “SHY OF NORMAL” and the Showtime Network documentary “SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT”. He has recently appeared in the gory shocker “THE LEGEND TRIP” and Anchor Bay's “HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR."
“H.H. HOLMES: AMERICAS FIRST SERIAL KILLER”
Borowski’s debut as filmmaker began with the release of “H.H. HOLMES: AMERICAS FIRST SERIAL KILLER” (2004), documenting, for the first time on film, the life and times of America’s “torture doctor” who murdered countless victims in his labyrinthine castle of horrors during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
In 2007, Facets Video Distributed Borowski's latest film, “ALBERT FISH”, an 86-minute feature docudrama that recounts the true story of elderly cannibal Albert Fish, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Videoscope Magazine calls Albert Fish “Riveting and Unsettling”.
A Chicago native, Borowski now resides in West Hollywood,California where he is currently shooting his next film. “ALBERT FISH” will be screened at Flashback Weekend Saturday afternoon in the Midway room.
Flashback Weekend Co-Host
Nick Digilio began reviewing movies on the Roy Leonard Show in 1985. He started as "the guy who likes bad movies" (reviewing "CRITTERS", "FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5" and the like). Eventually Nick became Roy's co-host on his Saturday morning movie review segment. Now Nick hosts his own show on WGN 720AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights where he talks about pop culture, current events, hot topics...and of course, movies! You can also catch Nick on Steve Cochran's Saturday Morning Show reviewing all of the new films each week.
Flashback Weekend Co-Host
Steve Prokopy is the Chicago/Midwest Editor of Ain't It Cool News, where he has contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews under the name "Capone" since 1997. More recently, Steve joined the staff of the Chicago-based media outlet GapersBlock.com in March 2005 as the site's weekly film critic.
World of the Weird Monster Show
Undead Johnny and Dementia have been scaring laughs out of more than fifty Northern Chicagoland suburbs for over three years now with their World of the Weird Monster Show. Showcasing classic (and not so classic) horror films, they and the rest of the cast and crew of Channel 666 bring their unique brand of macabre mayhem to the airwaves every Friday night at 11pm! Also appearing with Undead Johnny and Dementia will be the Girls of the World of the Weird Monster Show! See their site www.wowmonstershow.com for episode guides, pictures and to watch episodes and clips online! Remember, as Dementia says every week, "every day is Halloween!"
Horror and dark art impresario 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 has spawned a series of genre sites including ZombiePinups.com, ChicagoHorror.com, HorrorArt.com and EverythingSinister.com. Savage co-created the dark art site spookyART.com with genre veteran artist Alan M. Clark and has run art shows for Convergence, the World Horror Convention, Flashback Weekend and HorrorFind Weekend. Savage is a board member of the World Horror Society, the Web Committee Chairman for the International Association of Haunted Attractions and the Marketing Director of the annual Halloween Art Exhibit.
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, dozens of haunted attractions and too many more to list here. Savage also created the logo, zombie art and website for Flashback Weekend!
Savage will host a Zombie Pinups Beauty Pageant on Saturday at 2007's Flashback Weekend - details HERE!
To learn more about Chad Savage and his work, visit SinisterVisions.com.