Texas Frightmare Weekend

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Texas Frightmare Weekend
Status Active
Genre Horror/Media
Venue Hyatt Regency DFW
Location(s) Texas Grapevine, Texas
Country USA
Years active 2006 to present
Organized by Loyd Cryer
Filing status For Profit

Texas Frightmare Weekend is a horror-oriented for-profit media event held annually in the Dallas, Texas area. Guests have included actors, directors, and producers from classic and upcoming horror films.[1]

Past events[edit]

The first Texas Frightmare Weekend was held February 4-5, 2006, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.[2][3] Guests included Joe Bob Briggs, Linnea Quigley, Ashlie Rhey, Brinke Stevens, Jon Keeyes, Scott von Doviak, Tom Savini, and Ses Carny.[4][5] A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the "founding father of bad cinematic blood," Herschell Gordon Lewis.

The second Texas Frightmare Weekend was held June 22-24, 2007, at the Omni Dallas Park West hotel in Dallas, Texas. The Guest of Honor at this event was director George A. Romero.[6] Programming included screenings of upcoming and classic horror films, panels about horror films and actors, roundtable discussions, documentary screenings, autograph signings, and a special presentation of "Inside the B-Actor's Studio with Clint Howard". A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to effects maestro Tom Savini. Other guests included John Russo, Jeffrey Combs, Linnea Quigley, Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kristina Klebe, Danielle Harris, Nancy Loomis, Adrienne Barbeau, Lew Temple, Angela Bettis, Ken Evert, Eileen Dietz, Cerina Vincent, George Kosana, Russell Streiner, Charles Cyphers, Barbara Nedeljáková, Gaylen Ross, Jonathan Breck, Camden Toy, Tom Atkins, C. A. Broadstone, Anthony Simmons, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Lloyd Kaufman, Caroline Williams, and James Hampton.[7]

A third Texas Frightmare Weekend was held at the D/FW Lakes Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, on February 22-24, 2008. The event was kicked off with a red carpet event sponsored by AFI Dallas honoring the 40th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead. A vintage 35mm print of the classic horror film was screened followed by a panel discussion with the original cast and moderated by Malcolm McDowell. Guests for the 2008 event included George A. Romero, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), the cast of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead. Also in attendance were Malcolm McDowell, Dee Wallace, Danielle Harris, Kristina Klebe, and Scout Taylor-Compton from Rob Zombie's Halloween. Oscar-winning special effects master Greg Nicotero was also a guest as well as Tom Savini, Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Kelli Maroney, Jim Wynorski, Lynn Lowry, Edwin Neal, Courtney Gains, Kathleen Kinmont, plus Harvey Stephens in his first US appearance.

The fourth Texas Frightmare Weekend took place May 1-3, 2009, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas. Guests included director Tobe Hooper, shock rocker Alice Cooper, Karen Black, William Forsythe, Dick Miller, Derek Mears, Linda Blair, Terri McMinn, Fairuza Balk, C. J. Graham, Corbin Bernsen, Robert Green Hall, Bobbie Sue Luther, Jonathan Schaech, Caroline Williams, and more.

The fifth Texas Frightmare Weekend was held April 30-May 2, 2010, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas. The event kicked off with a premiere screening of 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams with director Tim Sullivan. Guests included director John Carpenter, Lance Henriksen, George A. Romero, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, Keith Gordon, Meg Foster, Alexandra Paul, Kane Hodder, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Charles Cyphers, Julian Sands, William Katt, Robert Green Hall, Danielle Harris, Margot Kidder and more.[8]

A sixth Texas Frightmare Weekend was held April 29-May 1, 2011, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas. The event kicked off with a screening of The Woman with director Lucky McKee. Guests included Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Clive Barker, Roger Corman, Cary Elwes, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, Brian Austin Green, A. Michael Baldwin, Doug Bradley, Don Coscarelli, Sid Haig, Ashley Laurence, Robert Green Hall, Jill Schoelen and Boondock Saints Norman Reedus & Sean Patrick Flanery and more.

A seventh Texas Frightmare Weekend was held May 4-6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport. Guests included Piper Laurie, Michael Madsen, Roddy Piper, Keith David, Nancy Allen, William Forsythe (actor), Tony Todd, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Barry Corbin, Danielle Harris, Michael Biehn, Tom Savini, stars from The Walking Dead and more.[9][10]

A eighth Texas Frightmare Weekend was held May 3-5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport. Guests included Danny Trejo, Nick Castle, Tom Skerritt, Gary Busey, Virginia Madsen, Diane Franklin, Mariel Hemingway, Stuart Gordon, Heather Langenkamp, Jeffrey Combs, Bill Moseley, Lou David, Ted White, stars from The Walking Dead and more

A ninth Texas Frightmare Weekend was held May 2-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport.

Upcoming conventions[edit]

A twelfth Texas Frightmare Weekend will be held in May 2017.


  1. ^ Fortner, Ellena (2006-02-06). "FRIGHT PLAN: Horror-movie fans take in all the gore they can stand at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Grapevine". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  2. ^ "Festival of Frights: A local peddler of B-movie horrors marks a North Texas first". Fort Worth Weekly. 2005-11-30. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Gaile (2006-02-10). "EYE SPY goes to a Frightmare Fest". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. E1. Early on a Sunday morning, strolling around the Grapevine Convention Center, one doesn't expect to see legions of goth-dressed horror film aficionados. Yet that was exactly who was there when the city of the grape hosted Texas Frightmare Weekend, two entire days devoted to celebrating slasher flicks and the lads and lassies who make them. 
  4. ^ Savlov, Marc (2006-02-03). "It's Alive! Texas (finally) gets a horror-film convention to call its own". The Austin Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Gross, G. Noel (2006-02-03). "Over the Top: Texas Frightmare Weekend". The Dallas Morning News. Headlining Texas Frightmare in Grapevine this weekend is a 20th-anniversary reunion of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. Meet, in relative safety, Bill "Chop Top" Moseley, Bill "Leatherface" Johnson, grue-slinger Tom Savini, screamin' Caroline Williams and others, including a certain drive-in denizen. 
  6. ^ Lammers, Tim (2008-02-21). "Romero Celebrates 40 Years Of 'Living Dead'". KNTV-TV San Francisco. 
  7. ^ Daniel, Mike (2007-06-22). "Scare tactics". The Dallas Morning News. More than 40 celebrities of the genre, including actors Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow) and Doug Bradley (Pinhead in Hellraiser) and Creepshow director George A. Romero, will attend. Anniversary homages to those two films will be part of the proceedings, too. 
  8. ^ "Texas Frightmare Weekend Unveils Its Film Festival Slate". 
  9. ^ Wallace, James (May 1, 2012). "Texas Frightmare Weekend Takes Over A New Haunt". The Mixmaster. Dallas Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Wallace, James (May 3, 2012). "5 Things It Will Kill You To Miss at Texas Frightmare Weekend". The Mixmaster. Dallas Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 

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