The beginning of May every year means one thing to me and thousands of other horror fanatics around the world. For the past ten years, it’s meant we’ve arrived at another annual Texas Frightmare Weekend. It’s the only event in the Lone Star State that brings together genre actors and artists that we not only grew up watching but are still enjoying on the silver screen and television. 2015’s convention lineup is no different as we welcome actors from “Scream,” “The Craft,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2” and “Phantasm” to name a few. The terrifying fun kicks off this coming Friday, May 1 at the Hyatt Regency located on the grounds of the DFW Airport.
I’ve attended Texas Frightmare Weekend for the past few years and only regrettably missed it once. It’s one of the best conventions in the South. All the celebrity guests are very approachable and many of them mingle with attendees at several different events like parties and other special meet and greets. This year’s big get-together is the “Phantasm” Ball with a musical performance by actors Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury.
There’s plenty to do at Texas Frightmare Weekend if you love discovering underground gems which haven’t even come out in theaters or on Blu-ray and DVD yet. Screenings this year include independent films like “Clinger,” “Bind,” “Doll Factory,” “Dreadtime Stories,” “Sacrament” and many more. Many times the filmmakers and casts of the movies host question and answer panels during these special showings.
Celebrity guests for this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend include over fifty actors and filmmakers we all know and love. Guests of Honor for the event are made up of legendary talent like Neve Campbell (“Scream,” “The Craft”), Skeet Ulrich (“Scream,” “The Craft”), Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “Rob Zombie’s Halloween”), Brad Dourif (“Child’s Play” movies, “The Exorcist III”), Angus Scrimm (“Phantasm” movies), Elvira, Kim Coates (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Amityville Curse”), and Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story,” “The Walking Dead”).
Texas Frightmare Weekend also welcomes even more talent for fans to lose their heads over. Tara Reid from the “Sharknado” movies will be in attendance. Several actors from both “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” and “Phantasm” will be brought together for rare cast and filmmaker reunions. “The Shining” Twins Lisa and Louise Burns will be haunting the halls and ready to play with you. Director / Writer / Producer Charles Band will be there to talk about all his famous creations from “Puppet Master” to “Demonic Toys” and “Ghoulies.”
If you’re a horror or slasher film enthusiast, you do not want to miss Texas Frightmare Weekend. The event starts Friday, May 1 and continues through Sunday, May 3. It takes place at the Hyatt Regency DFW. For more information on tickets, guests, and schedules you can go to the official website at www.texasfrightmareweekend.com.