There are a hundred bloody reasons to attend the Texas Frightmare Weekend event in Dallas May 2 – 4. The first one that comes to mind is that legendary writer/director George A. Romero will be doing two special screenings of his film “Dawn of the Dead” at the Alamo Drafthouse (Thursday, May 1) the night before the official kick off. It’s not every day that an event of this magnitude comes to the region, and generally events like this sell out. Checking in, I’ve been told that tickets are still available for the main events at the door which takes place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth in Irving, Texas. See bottom of article for details and links.
This year’s event is sponsored by the authority on all things horror, Fangoria magazine, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Fangoria is set to have a really strong presence this year with a booth and hopefully lot of giveaways for convention goers.
Adding another key aspect to the show is a horror mini-film fest now playing at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. Some of the features playing this week in anticipation of Frightmare is “The Creature From the Black Lagoon 3D,” “Terminator” and “Terminator 2,” “Saw,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera” and culminating in a cast a crew reunion of “Dawn of the Dead” with Romero, David Emge, Scott Reiniger, and Tom Savini in attendance.
While the screening times can be found online here, some are already sold out. More may be added so check the website. The actual convention opens its doors Friday, May 2nd, and with it comes a few world premiere films that fans of horror will be the first to see like “Circus of the Dead,” the North American premiere of “Gun Woman,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” “Pick Axe Murders 3: The Final Chapter,” the world premiere of “SX_Tape” and the premiere of “Zombie TV” featuring segments by Nishimura Yoshihiro, Makuno Maelie.
As mentioned previously, there are literally a hundred reasons to go but here’s a sample of some of the guests coming:
• George A Romero (“Dawn of the Dead” “Night of the Living Dead” “The Crazies”)
• Tobin Bell (“Saw” He rarely makes appearances. This is his second con appearance ever)
• Tom Savini (“Dawn of the Dead” “Django Unchained” “From Dusk Till Dawn”)
• Ace Frehley (Musician from KISS)
• Michael Biehn (“Terminator” “Aliens”)
• Linda Hamilton (“Terminator” “Terminator 2”)
• Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2” “X-Files” “True Blood”)
• Doug Bradley (“Hellraiser” films as the notorious Pinhead)
• Chandler Riggs (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”)
• Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” “House of 1000 Corpses” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
• Linnea Quigley (“Night of the Demons” “The Return of the Living Dead”)
• Kevin Tenney (actor, writer, director 50 plus titles; “Night of the Demons” “Witchboard”)
• Asami (“Machine Girl” “Dead Sushi” “Gun Woman”-2014)
• Linda Blair (“The Exorcist” “Savage Streets”)
• Michael Parks (“From Dusk Till Dawn” “Kill Bill” “Twin Peaks”)
• Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka;The Twisted Twins (“American Mary” “ABCs of Death 2” “Dead Hooker in a Trunk”)
• Kevin Van Hentenryck (Basket Case filmTrilogy from 1982, 1990, 1991)
• Members of the band GHOST (Saturday only)
• Sharni Vinson (You’re Next, Bait 3D)
Do you need more reasons? There will be tons of vendors selling all kinds of collectibles from the horror genre. Anywhere from bloody fingers you can eat (candy) to toys, games, T-shirts, memorabilia, Zombie killing weapons, and more. There is no doubt, this event is sure to be very interesting with the wide range of guests, movie screenings, and panels devoted to fans of the horror genre.
Tickets $75 at the door for a weekend pass, or $30 a day.