Next weekend marks the moment my year thus far has lead up to, Texas Frightmare Weekend. I have had the privilege of attending some great events in my life, yet I’ve never been to an actual horror convention. Why is that? I think the answer is simple. Growing up and being an avid horror fan, I would read many an article on conventions happening in parts of the country where I did not reside, of course. Don’t get me wrong; as I got older cool stuff started popping up out of nowhere. There’s a reason I have George Romero’s and Tom Atkins’ signature on my Creepshow one-sheet. Never before have I been to a gathering where so many of my childhood horror heroes have collectively come together. Hours were spent Jealously reading those wrinkled pages of Fango, wishing I could have attended that convention or that other convention, but thanks to the folks at Texas Frightmare Weekend, us horror fanatics now have one of THE premiere horror events in the nation, not too shabby.
Horror has made a big comeback in the last decade. The fans are older; they’re passing their love of the genre on to the younger generations. The filmmakers of today are fans that cut their teeth on the classics, and it shows. It has been a wild ride. Some of the most groundbreaking horror films from recent memory are standing toe to toe with the greats, and in turn, the genre is securing a higher profile in the industry, which is what makes events like this possible.
Texas has become quite formidable as well; we’re establishing our own profile and growing rapidly in arts and entertainment. Independent cinema, comic and film conventions, repertory theaters, various film societies, and other related events are gaining momentum and popularity all over the state. It’s something to be proud of; it illustrates just how much we’re progressing culturally and the significance of events like TFW, and the impact it creates.
The majority of the conventions I read about as a youth always took place on the East and West Coasts; it seemed to me that there was a void in the southern U.S. apparently. Now that has all changed, there has been enough of a supporting fan base for these conventions to become a success. If we want them to continue to do so, we have to go out and attend. I’ve seen some conventions come and go, sadly nobody noticed. It’s unfortunate. Let’s keep conventions like TFW strong by our continued loyalty and support.
Whether you’re a Science Fiction fan, Fantasy fan, or of course, a Horror fan, TFW has something for everybody. There’s an exciting line-up of panels, films, and celebrity guests. From my personal opinion, how can you top director Stuart Gordon (From Beyond, Re-animator), artist Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), actor David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London), actor Chris Sarandon (Fright Night, Child’s Play, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and make-up effects master, actor, and director Tom Savini under one roof!?
Answer: You Can’t!
That is just a sample of what’s whetting my appetite, there’s so much more.
Now, if you don’t mind I’m going to wait anxiously, anticipating the inevitable nerd-gasm I will have when Tom Savini signs my Creepshow one-sheet.