If you haven’t already read Samantha’s list of Frightmare highlights, go do that now, and then prepare yourself for America’s largest gathering of horror celebrities, professionals, and fans. Thousands of horror junkies will be attending the eighth annual Texas Frightmare Weekend along with celebrity guests like Tom Skeritt and Veronica Cartwright, Danny Trejo, Virginia Madsen, the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Marilyn Burns, Gary and Jake Busey, and many more.
The weekend has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings in the Grapevine Convention Center. The tremendous turnout throughout the years led last year’s move to the Hyatt Regency inside DFW with 93,000 square feet compared to the 23,500 square feet at the Grapevine Convention Center. But not everyone had as much faith in Texas Frightmare Weekend (which will henceforth be known as TFW) according to festival owner Loyd Cryer.
“When we first started, everyone told us that we’d never be able to pull off a horror convention in Texas,” Cryer said. “Texas is the ultimate red state, and we were told that not enough people would go to a horror convention.”
Perhaps that was solid advice, but it proved to be nothing more than pessimism. When they opened their doors to the very first TFW, the line was around the building.
“I don’t know what it is, and I hate to get too deep, but I think that horror movies can be a cathartic experience for people. It’s like riding a rollercoaster; you get scared but you know you’re safe,” Cryer said. “Texas has become a very diverse state in the past few years. It’s no longer just the Bible belt people and that lends to growth.”
And that’s a very good thing, because TFW is going to bring a lot of great movies, panels, people and Q&A’s to Dallas, so check the schedule of events, get your tickets, and prepare to get there early.
Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark