Where to start? Imagine watching Scream with the killers Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich, and being able to watch Day of the Dead in the presence of none other than George Romero. That is but a taste of the epicness of the Texas Frightmare Weekend–and that was Thursday before the main event!
This was my first outing to Frightmare. Honestly, since it was being held at the Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel, I thought it was going to be a small con. Dear God I was so wrong. The convention center is huge, and the turnout was massive. Texas showed their love for horror this day. Hell, I waited in line for hours to see Robert Englund and wasn’t disappointed one bit. More on that later Freddy fans. There is literally too much to do here, it’s crazy. I’m a seasoned convention junkie and to get the most out of Frightmare you really need to spend the entire weekend here. There’s an art exhibit, craft making classes, celebrity panels, karaoke, film making classes, parties, and freaking movie screenings. Sadly, I only had Saturday free and missed so much it’s frustrating. Just know that you seriously get your money’s worth coming here.
As me and my lovely wife Leslie made our way to the entrance we were greeted to live accordion music played by this creepy fellow. Immediately, I knew this was going to be good. The building was jam packed with fans meandering around with family and friends. There were two huge ballrooms both filled with a mixture of celebrities and vendors. I was really digging the layout. Being as busy as it was we snapped a few photos and explored the floor, talking to other fans and celebrities along the way. This is Texas, we’re just nice to each other like that.
Gerrit Graham, talked about how he arguably created the movie computer geek look for his role as Walter in the film Demon Seed. We really enjoyed talking to him about the golden age of horror. Check him out at a convention near you.
Ira Heiden, spoke briefly to us about being part of Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Dream Warriors. Being a bit of a nerd myself, I always liked the Wizard Master, and wish they would’ve used his character a bit more before Freddy inevitably ended him.
One of the most easygoing celebrities there was Matthew Lillard. He took his time with his fans and really seemed to be enjoying himself as well. He was especially great with the kids that came to see him. He sat on the floor and hung out with them on their level smiling, giggling and proving there’s something here for everyone, even the kiddos. He was genuinely friendly and I would recommend seeing him if you get the chance.
The Last Starfighter, Lance Guest, broke my heart when he confirmed a movie sequel was in the works but any chance of it going into production is already dead.
I was told by Frightmare workers that Robert Englund had the largest turnout ever. I patiently waited hours to see this living movie legend. He stayed after the show ended to continue to meet with fans. Luckily I was one of the few that made the cutoff in the line. I handed him my copy of Nightmare on Elm Street, the original NES game, and it brought a smile to his face. I told him I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Showing, which made him smile again. He told us how he was really proud of that film. It did well in Europe but he thought maybe the title hurt it here in the states. I fully recommend that flick to any movie lover. He told us he has a few more movies coming out soon and he has two video games he’s attached to. He was kind enough to give me a printout of Call of the Dead, which features “Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker as playable characters who fight off the zombie army.”
Okay I said the convention was over but guess what, they had movie screenings going on all night long! I stayed for the mystery movie which turned out to be Holidays. My honest opinion is its a B-. With a different mix of actors and directors making short stories, some were just better then others.
I was so sad to leave. There were just so many things left undone it depresses me. Next year will be different. Next year, it’s all weekend and then some baby. They’ll have to drag me out in a freaking body bag!