Review by Lauryn Angel
Texas Frightmare Weekend returned with another jam-packed weekend of fun for fans of horror. This year’s guests included a mini Scream reunion with David Arquette, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, and Skeet Ulrich; the return of horror masters George Romero and Tom Savini; Warriors James Remar and Michael Beck; and slasher legends Robert Englund, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, and Dick Warlock. And that’s just to name a few! As usual, the guest list was exhaustive and impressive!
The convention is jam-packed with activities for all horror fans, whatever their interests. There were Q&A sessions with many (but not all) of the convention guests. Throughout the weekend, there were film screenings, so like-minded fans could come together and enjoy the genre we love. And, as with any con, there were vendors galore from which to purchase horror-related t-shirts, books, dvds, and other merch.
The convention also offers several workshops for those who are interested in creating their own projects – whether that be making a creepy box for mementos, creating masks, or creating sound effects for films. The Dark Arts Gallery returned for another year, featuring some truly stunning original work.
The best part of conventions like Texas Frightmare Weekend is meeting the celebrity guests one-on-one. With such a fantastic selection of guests, however, guests sometimes had to make tough choices. One of my friends spent all of Saturday going from one photo-op/autograph line to another, with a long wait at each line. I spent my convention time going between workshops and panel discussions and choosing to spend time in just three autograph lines this year. Both of us were very pleased with our experiences, which just goes to show that there’s no one way to enjoy the convention.
Unfortunately, this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend had a few issues that seem to be related to the convention’s growth. The hallway leading to the photo-ops was particularly crowded, for example, with two lines crowding the hallway, making it difficult for other attendees to make their ways to the Horror Hobbies and Frightmakers 101 workshops in the Carter and Hobby rooms. Additionally, some of the panels were held in the same room that housed the lounge area, meaning that while panels were in session at the front of the room, there were attendees eating and chatting with their friends in the back of the room, making it difficult to hear what the panelists were saying, even with microphones.
Even with these issues, Texas Frightmare Weekend is still a great experience for horror fans of all ages. Year eleven was fantastic, and I’m already looking forward to next year!