Texas Frightmare 2017 Weekend Recap

Recap by Lauryn Angel

Texas Frightmare Weekend is always a great time for horror enthusiasts. 2017’s slate of guests included a Suspiria reunion, featuring Dario Argento, Stefania Casini, Barbara Magnolfi, and Udo Kier; the cast of Rob Zombie’s 31, Richard Brake, EG Daily, Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, Malcolm McDowell, Pancho Moler, Jeff Daniel Philips, David Ury, and Torsten Voges; a celebration of John Carpenter’s The Thing with Wilford Brimley, Thomas Wiated, Keith David, and Dean Cundey; and a Fright Night reunion with Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, and Jonathan Stark. And that’s really just the beginning of an overwhelming list.

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 maker workshops for those interested in creating their own horror projects. This year, the workshops moved away from the crafts of previous years and focused on filmmaking seminars, with offerings such as “The Write Stuff, or How to Succeed in Horror Writing Without Really Trying” and “Indie Filmmaker Survival Guide.”

As always, the best part of the convention is getting to meet the celebrity guests one-on-one. Once again, there were a lot of guests to choose from, but with three-day-passes, my friends and I were able to obtain all the photo ops and autographs we set out to. The set-up for photo-ops this year was much more efficient, and while we still spent some time in lines, there was a lot less crowding than last year.

Texas Frightmare Weekend is my favorite convention, and it’s great fun for all ages. My friend’s fifteen-year-old daughter attended for the first time this year and had an absolute blast. I hated to see the end of year twelve, but I can’t wait to see what next year’s Frightmare Weekend has in store!

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