“That was the goal, to get back on the regular schedule,” says Texas Frightmare Weekend founder Loyd Cryer. “That’s why we’re kind of at this point now.”
Texas Frightmare Weekend will maintain its sixteenth celebration of all issues scary in movie, tv and past for horror heads from Friday, April 29 until Sunday, May 1, on the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport.
The sixteenth version of the Frightmare Weekend marks the primary time in two years that the annual horror conference takes locations in its common time on the calendar, between April and May. Frightmare officers needed to cancel the gathering in 2020 and returned to a in-person gathering in September of 2021.
“It’s always worked out best for our attendees then,” Cryer says. “September is so close to October and usually our attendees have a lot going on at Halloween. So we try to stay away from that area.”
This yr’s gathering guarantees at the very least 14 screenings of the most recent and largest cult horror classics. Some of the newer movies premiering at this yr’s Frightmare pageant embrace the documentary Beset By Demons: The Lou Perryman Story, which chronicles the life and tragic loss of life of character actor and Texas Chain Saw Massacre crew member and star Lou Perryman. Also enjoying is the regionally produced movie 13 Tracks to Frighten Agatha Black, written and directed by Dallas filmmaker Bradley Steele Harding.
“I partly produced [13 Tracks to Frighten Agatha Black] as well and we were able to get Udo Kier to do some voicework in the film for us,” Cryer says. “This is the first time anybody is gonna get to see this film, and we’re very excited about it.”
No fan conference is full with out movie star appearances, and Frightmare has its fill of nice horror stars this yr. Guests can take pleasure in screenings of cult classics A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Monster Squad and the primary Scream movie, the latter of which can reunite the principal forged of the 1996 slasher with dwell appearances by Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy.
Other horrific notables who might be on the Dallas horror con embrace Predator and Mandalorian star Carl Weathers, particular results maven Tom Savini and movie and TV star Lance Henriksen.
Even although this yr’s occasion is dwell and in-person and issues about coronavirus are significantly decrease, Cryer says they’re nonetheless taking steps to make sure the security of all its attendees.
“We’re definitely trying to keep the crowd size down versus prepandemic but we’re definitely not going for post-pandemic numbers,” Cryer says. “You wanna make sure that you’re taking care of people and keeping everybody safe. At this time, it seems like the public opinion is more than nobody wants to worry about that stuff. People want to move on, so it’s just trying to find that right balance.”
Cryer notes that the organizers of Texas Frightmare Weekend needed to ship one thing true to the gathering’s authentic type for the followers who’ve saved it alive all these years.
“It’s the passion of the attendees, 100 percent,” Cryer says. “All of our attendees are passionate not just about horror movies but our event in specific, they bring such an energy to the event and they wouldn’t let it just die.”