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Event Report: Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015

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Texas Frightmare Weekend

Can we stop calling Texas Frightmare Weekend a “regional con” now? The first reader I met this year was Aaron from Australia, who had flown all the way here to experience TFW as his FIRST con. He wasn’t alone; I ran into folks from all over the country. TFW is huge, getting bigger, and certainly ranks with the other massive “national” cons out there. This was the tenth TFW, and it’s not slowing down or getting smaller.

Everything this year was about being better. From the top down, every aspect of the con this year was improved over years past. Crowds and lines were handled much, much better; guests were laid out in smarter, more manageable ways; the vendor list was shaken up for less repeats and more variety; even parking was controlled and guided better than in years past.

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And thank goodness because the world is aware of TFW, and they all showed up! On Saturday, not only was hotel parking full, the airport terminal parking connected to the hotel garage was nearly full. That’s just crazy sauce.

The biggest and best change was the removal of several merch tables in the main vendor room to create queues for the guests there. Since each table brings hundreds of dollars to the con organizers, it’s a demonstration of their love for their attendees that they took this hit to make life better and getting around easier. I don’t know of any other con willing to do that just to make things more enjoyable.

Guest highlights this year were two folks doing a con for the first time: Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich. Much of the rest of the lineup was full of industry legends: Malcolm McDowell, Udo Kier, Sid Haig, Brad Dourif, Tom Savini, and the entire Phantasm lineup. New kids on the block like AJ Bowen, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Trick ‘r Treat‘s Quinn Lord kept things fresh.

One of the more interesting and novel guests and presentations was Victoria Price, Vincent’s daughter, who brought her slideshow, Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life. The show displayed her personal photos and memories of everyday life with her father, juxtaposed with his career as a horror icon.

As always, TFW brings a ton of films for attendees to enjoy. This year saw the premiere of Gutterballs 2: Balls Deep as well as screenings of Wolfcop, Bloodsucking Bastards, documentaries Despite the Gods and Lost Soul, as well as several independent features mostly from Texan filmmakers.

Extracurricular activities are always a bonus at TFW, and 2015 was no exception. A Friday night Phantasm-themed ball was a smashing success. With appearances and performances from the Phantasm gang amidst décor and atmosphere from the design geniuses from Dark Hour Haunted House, the party went long into the night. Throughout the weekend we also had Scaryoke, a Dark Art show, several off-site screenings of films like Phantasm and Spider Baby with cast in attendance at local theaters, and the traditional Frightmakers 101 classes teaching attendees the finer points of making films, doing makeup, and special FX creation.

Fueling much of the madness this year was Virus Vodka, a new horror-themed vodka from a local distillery. Themed cocktails were available at all hotel bars. I tried more than one, and it’s yummy stuff! There was a little more stagger to the attendees than usual after hours, and I blame Virus for that.

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The vendors offered a mix of old and new with a major emphasis on authors, a move I applaud. Permuted Press was the main sponsor of the screening room, but other presses had large multi-table presence at the show such as Winlock Press. Everyone from veteran authors to Kya Aliana, a 20-year-old author of anti-Twilight YA vampire fiction, were present for attendees to chat with and purchase their novels.

Haunted attractions are a big deal in the Dallas area, so local houses had a big presence despite the shuttering of two legendary local haunts since last year. Dark Hour, Dan’s Haunted House, and Reindeer Manor led the way, wandering the halls all weekend posing with and spooking everyone they could. Dark Hour’s booth was a big attraction as they had a prize wheel awarding everything from grab bags to free passes to anyone wishing to give it a spin.

As you may have read, Dread Central got in on the giveaway act this year as yours truly left Twitter clues for attendees to find vouchers for prizes. I’ve got to thank the generous sponsors who provided prizes for this effort: WellGo USA for providing a selection of discs featuring previous TFW films, The Pyramid Gallery, Dark Hour, and Titan Books. All kinds of spooky souvenirs went home with Dread Central readers thanks to these kind folks so show them some love!

Without a doubt, the single best part of TFW every year is the people who put it on. The volunteers are amazing, and organizer Loyd Crier works tirelessly to bring the absolute best of horror to Texas every year. The Hyatt Regency at DFW always goes above and beyond for us, working in costume or in special themed t-shirts, displaying their solidarity.

More than anything, though, it’s the attendees that make TFW great. Amazing cosplay, good natures, and just friendly Texas spirit permeate the show every year. I make new friends each time I go, and this was no difference. I’m already anticipating next year’s show, when I can see all the maniacs I met this time.

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In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled right here on Dread Central for further TFW 2015 coverage in the form of reviews and interviews from the con!

For more info visit Texas Frightmare Weekend Online, and “like” Texas Frightmare Weekend on Facebook .

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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