Next Friday, I will be ensconced in all things horror at Flashback Weekend. The yearly convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont from Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. That's 3 days of horror coolness.
The featured attraction is Robert Englund in Freddy makeup. Englund alone is awesome, adding the Freddy makeup makes this a rare and awesome event. You will not get this opportunity again.
Additional guests include Traci Lords, Zach Galligan, a reunion of Children of the Corn, a reunion of Phantasm, a concert by he stars of Phantasm and much more. Local celebrities Svengoolie, Dann Gire, Nick Digilio and Kitty Zombie will also be appearing. Literally, everywhere you turn will be something horror-ably interesting.
This is an annual "must" on my convention calendar. Over the years, I have met so many great celebrities at Flashback, including Adrienne Barbeau, Kane Hodder and my all-time favorite Roddy Piper.
Piper had his son Colt with him. Having met both several times, I had the pleasure of having a bit of a real conversation with both, despite the lengthy line. That's just the kind of guy Piper is. He makes sure everyone goes away satisfied.
This is also the type of convention Flashback Weekend is. It just has that small convention feel to it, while still having big names, exciting events and interesting attractions all over. I haven't missed one yet and I will be there again next weekend.
Go to FlashbackWeekend.com to get all of the info and updates. Then, make sure you go to the actual event. Flashback Weekend is a winner!
Roddy Piper and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2011-ish.