“Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors” comes to the Chicago area March 4-5 with an exciting line-up of top horror talent from both film and television. This fright-filled weekend will take place at the newly renovated Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont.

Celebrity guests and events set for Fango’s Chicago blast include: pioneering NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ghoul master George A. Romero; MASTERS OF HORROR creator/producer/director Mick Garris; RE-ANIMATOR director Stuart Gordon and his screenwriter, Dennis Paoli (DAGON); a gigantic SLITHER panel with writer/director James Gunn (DAWN OF THE DEAD), stars Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY), Michael Rooker (HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER), Gregg Henry (BODY DOUBLE) and Elizabeth Banks (SPIDER-MAN); heavy metal legend/actor Dee Snider (STRANGELAND); makeup FX great Tom Savini (FRIDAY THE 13TH, CREEPSHOW); ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE author/satirist Max Brooks (son of Mel) will offer advice on battling the living dead; RING film series actress Kelly Stables; Troma Films chief Lloyd Kaufman (THE TOXIC AVENGER), previewing his latest, POULTRYGEIST; director Mark Borchardt (SCARE ME), subject of the documentary AMERICAN MOVIE; 2001 MANIACS panel with director Tim Sullivan and his film’s femme fatales, Wendy Kremer and Christa Campbell; scream queen siren Misty Mundae (SCREAMING DEAD); actress Ellie Cornell (HALLOWEEN 4); FANGORIA TV hostess Debbie Rochon (TRAILER PARK) and original FRIDAY THE 13TH “Jason,” actor Ari Lehman, who will perform with his new horror rock band Firstjason.

Veteran director Gary Sherman, responsible for the fright classics RAW MEAT (a.k.a. DEATH LINE) and DEAD & BURIED, will discuss his career as well, including his genre return, the serial killer thriller 39—A FILM BY CARROLL MCKANE. THE ROCKVILLE SLAYER writer/director Marc Selz and actors Joe Estevez (SOULTAKER) and Robert Z’Dar (MANIAC COP) will discuss their recent slasher yarn.

The burgeoning horror comics field will be represented by Avatar Press, with editor William Christensen, JASON VS JASON X artist Mike Wolfer, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE artist Jacen Burrows and ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD writer John Russo (also co-creator of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) attending the Weekend.

Besides an amazing roster of creepy celebrities, the event will also host a special screening of Universal’s new horror/sci-fi comedy SLITHER at a local theater on Saturday night, March 4. Some 300 lucky convention attendees will receive free tickets to the all-star movie premiere.

A dealer’s room filled with vendors selling horror film merchandise and collectibles is sure to entice attendees. Also, a film festival room will screen some gory greats through out the weekend.

The first 1500 attendees at the door will receive a free MASTERS OF HORROR collectable backpack, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment, an IDT Entertainment Co.

For more info, visit the Creation Entertainment website.

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