2017 marks my first journey to Texas Frightmare Weekend, but I certainly hope it won’t be my last! With Fantastic Fest 2016, more of a straight forward film festival, having been my only previous exposure to anything similar to a horror convention, I really didn’t know what to expect. What an experience! It’s honestly taken me a few days to process all the input.
This was the convention's 12th year, and it takes place in good ole Dallas, Texas, so near and dear to my heart, at the Hyatt in DFW airport. We were blessed with some gorgeous 70-80 degree and beautifully sunny weather, and this year featured thousands of people from all over the country (well, and world) in attendance.
There’s plenty of random IG photos in case you’re interested in what it’s all about. Search hashtag #TFW or #texasfrightmareweekend, and you’re sure to get a load of results.
There were some initial setbacks with the entire Stranger Things cast cancelling and later on in the weekend The Walking Dead group (save for Pollyana McIntosh) as well. Turns out the most likely cause was attendance at the MTV Awards. But attending guests are listed here. For me, personally, Dario Argento and the Fright Night panel were enough to make it worth while. But there were also: Malcolm McDowell, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Danny Lloyd, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, and many others. So plenty horror fandom to appreciate!
The weekend kicked off with screenings of The Thing at Alamo Drafthouse with cast and crew members Thomas G. Waites, Wilford Brimley and Dean Cundey, and Army of Darkness including a Q&A with Ted Raimi. Time only allowed for us to join one of these, but The Thing in 35mm at Alamo Drafthouse was well worth it to see on the big screen and to witness the group discuss the film and answer audience questions.
Mondo also put out some limited edition posters as well as a board game, THE THING: INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31, for the 35th anniversary screenings. FoundFlix and I got to dabble a bit with the board game at the Mondo table, and we can't wait to pick up a copy. The Thing posters, as well as a few others, feature a standard and variant. In regard to The Thing, both are gorgeous and wonderfully capture the cold, isolated, tense and pervasive tones of the film.
Mondo also had amazing poster editions for Phantasm, Halloween II, An American Werewolf in London, Friday the 13th Part 3, Phenomena, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
For links to other great recaps of the convention, please skip to Other Media, at the very bottom of this article.