Texas Frightmare Weekend offers scary fun in Dallas

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Fans of horror cinema, culture and celebrities will gather for the 10th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend convention May 1 – 3, at the Hyatt Regency at the DFW Airport in Dallas, Texas.

According to Texas Frightmare Weekend’s website, it is “arguably the largest horror convention in the nation.”

Loyd and Sue Cryer began the convention in 2005 as a three day horror event. It was first held at the Grapevine Convention Center. As attendance grew, it was moved to the Hyatt Regency in 2012. The venue has 93,000 feet of event space.

Texas Frightmare Weekend’s goal is “to provide fans with an unrivaled experience by celebrating all aspects of genre films.” Over its three day celebration, it hosts celebrity appearances and autograph signings, film screenings, panels, visual artists and memorabilia vendors.

Kelly Agee, horror movie buff, said she is going “because I love horror movies, but mainly to meet Udo Kier. When suggesting who they should have as guests a couple of years back I actually suggested him and I am just so thrilled to get to meet him.”

This year will be cosplayed Courtney Varnado’s first to attend. “I’ve mostly been wanting to go because of the 80’s action stars they usually get. This year, I’d have to say I’m excited to meet the Scream cast. I was always a huge fan of them growing up in my tweens.”

Horror fan Bryan Patti said, “I have been attending conventions for years, but this year will be my third attendance to what I have noticed to be the best ran convention in all of the South: Texas Frightmare Weekend.”

Celebrity guests attending will be signing autographs, offering photo ops and holding panels. Tis year’s guests include Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif and Elvira.

Films that will be screened at TFW include Bind, Bloodsucking Bastards, Clinger, Despite the Gods, Doll Factory, Dreadtime Stories, Gutterballs 2, Killing Mr. Right, Lost Soul, Midnight Abyss, Sacrament and Wolfcop.

There will be special screenings of the films Phantasm, Spider-Baby and Scream on Thurs., April 30. Stars of the films will attend and hold Q&A sessions after the movies.

“I am really excited about the screening of Spider-Baby,” Agee said. “It is awesome that Sid Haig is going to be there and it is a great opportunity to see such a rare, classic, cult black and white horror film in theaters.”

“I’m just looking forward to be in an environment that I thrive off of and meet such wonderful, like-minded fans and celebrities,” Patti said.

Convention hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Go to www.texasfrightmareweekend.com for more information.