Flashback Weekend 2017 = Suspiria and Better Off Dead!

FLASHBACK WEEKEND is one of my favorite events of the year, but this year’s edition for me can be summed up in five words:  Suspiria and Better Off Dead!

These are two of my favorite films, and this year, Synapse Films gave a preview of their 4K restoration of Suspiria next door to the hotel at the former Muvico theater.

And it was gorgeous! Don May gave a brief talk about the trials of restoring the film and then it was eyecandy time!

That was Friday night of the fest, where I had my booth next to Synapse Films, as I have for the past few years.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday was a fun, busy day meeting old friends and making new ones. Over the course of the day I saw so many good friends, from Joseph Plochl, Mike Sickler and Lynn Frost to Jenn Summers, Michael West and Chad Savage!

John Everson booth at Flashback Weekend John Everson, Jenn Summers - Flashback Weekend 2017  Freddy and Freddy-ette with John Everson - Flashback Weekend 2017

And then… it was off to dinner with some of the coolest cats ever – Jerry and Noa Chandler and Don May and the whole gang from Synapse Films! This time around, we painted it red (as in BBQ) at Bub City:

Later that night, Ron Fitzgerald put on his “dark magic” show in the parking lot of the hotel (not, perhaps, the best accommodation), in front of the Zombie Army bus.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday was all about Better Off Dead! It’s one of Geri and my favorite movies and we’d just shown it to Shaun a couple weeks before.  Shaun came down to hang with me at the booth for the day and we met Curtis Armstrong, who played John Cusack’s sidekick in the film. We also Amanda Wyss – who was “Beth” in Better Off Dead (and more to the point for this convention, Tina from Nightmare on Elm Street). She was so awesome to Shaun too – took time to come out from behind her table and just talk to him!

Shaun Everson and Curtis Armstrong - Flashback Weekend 2017 Shaun and John Everson and Curtis Armstrong - Flashback Weekend 2017

 John Everson, Amanda Wyss, Shaun Everson - Flashback Weekend 2017 


And then… just like that…Flashback 2017 was a wrap! I think this may have been one of the best shows I’ve had there! Shaun and I packed the car and enjoyed our traditional post-Flashback dinner dinner (starting with a warm mega Pretzel) at one of our favorite places near the convention – the Hofbrauhaus!

Shaun Everson at Hofbrauhaus


About John Everson

John Everson is a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author with more than 100 published short stories and 14 novels of horror and dark fantasy currently in print. His first novel, Covenant, won the Bram Stoker Award for a First Novel in 2005. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a Bram Stoker Finalist in 2013. Its sequel, The Night Mother, was released in June 2023.

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