Say Chicago 5 Times: Tony Todd coming to Chicago Flashback Weekend


Tony Todd has been added to the lineup for Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con. The con takes over the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL August 2 – 4, 2019.

The Candyman himself, Tony Todd, will be attending Chicago Flashback Weekend this August. While they’re not available for sale yet, there will be professional in-costume photo ops. I am excited.

Released in 1992, the original Candyman, based on Clive Barker’s story The Forbidden, was a landmark film for black representation in horror. With its spotlight on the Cabrini Green housing projects, the methods used to incite fear in its residents, and the reflection on lynch mobs, Candyman was really important for black representation in all film, really. Plus, it was just a great movie. The Phillip Glass score is a classic, as well.

A ” spiritual sequel” is set to begin filming this Spring. Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions will produce the film with Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directing. Per a report from Variety, the sequel is set to be released on June 12, 2020.

Before Candyman, Todd played Ben in the 1990 Tom Savini directed remake of Night of the Living Dead. Todd reprised his Candyman role in 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. He also played death expert William Bloodworth in three of The Final Destination films. This past Fall, Todd had a very brief cameo and served as the public address announcer voice in Hell Fest.

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On television, Todd has had several memorable roles. He played aggressive reporter Matt Rhodes in a three-episode arc of Homicide: Life on the Street. In day seven of 24, he played the secondary antagonist General Benjamin Juma. He originated that role in the television movie 24: Redemption. And, one of Todd’s most memorable television roles was as Augustus D. Cole on The X-Files episode Sleepless. Todd played a Vietnam vet who had developed the power of illusion via not having slept for decades.

The celebrity lineup is already pretty strong. Bruce CampbellRobert Englund, Ted Raimi, Melinda Clarke and Alicia Witt have already been announced. Chicago is looking like the place to be for horror fans early next August.

Discount hotel accommodations are already available at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. There is a free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport.

One of the newest additions to Flashback Weekend is the Murray Brothers Caddyshack restaurant located within the hotel. It’s owned and run by Bill Murray and his brothers. It’s named and themed after the classic 1980 comedy Caddyshack. They offer a special horror oriented menu during the con.

Tickets and VIP packages aren’t on sale, yet. Check back with Flashback Weekend over the coming months. This is going to be a good one.

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Have you ever attended Flashback Weekend before? Is Tony Todd’s appearance making you consider the trip? Let’s discuss in the comments!