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Event Report: Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014Frightmare! The premier horror convention in the Southwest has come again, and it was a riot. Well, not literally. Thankfully, massive improvements were made this year with line management of the more popular guests and parking so even when things were hot and heavy on Saturday, we never reached the critical mass found last year.

The movie and television guests were a literal who’s who of icons throughout the years. The three guests of honor, Linda Blair, George A Romero, and Tobin Bell, were all busy with fans at their tables all weekend. I heard that Bell went till 1am signing on Saturday to make sure everyone was taken card of.

Having tables set up near empty walls for attendees to line up against and usage of tickets when lines got too long were big improvements. With the three guests of honor and other fan favorites such as Scott Wilson and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”), this line management allowed for attendees to still move around the con floor even on Saturday.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, and a list of actors and actresses from throughout the Terminator franchise were on deck to celebrate the occasion. A Q&A panel was held with all the guests, and it was like a reunion of old friends. Peter Kent, who performed the stunts for Arnold Schwarzenegger for not only the T-800 but many of his other most iconic roles as well, told stories of some of his craziest stunts on the Terminator movies and hilarious interactions with Arnold on set. Robert Patrick gave the attendees an inside scoop on not only how he got the role, but also the various methods that he used to get into the role of the T-1000, such as mimicking natural predators like eagles and preying mantises. Earl Boen, who played Dr. Peter Silberman in the first three Terminator films, provided his perspective on technology after his time working on the movies. The original film’s protagonists, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, gave stories throughout their time with the franchise starting with when they first got their roles to what it is like looking back on the franchise and seeing other people play the same character.

Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, and Barbie Wilde, three of the original Cenobytes, did a Q&A panel entitled “Cenobite Me.” All three of them were an absolute delight, telling stories of being in the make-up chair, interactions with fans, and their favorite lines or scenes from the films. Rather than being like three co-workers on the stage, it was like three old friends getting together to hang out and tell stories. The biggest thing that all three of them made abundantly clear was their love and gratitude for all the fans of Hellraiser. Once the inevitable question was asked about the rumors of a Hellraiser remake, Doug Bradley replied, “Why remake it, when it is already what the fans are happy with?”

The panel “Get Up and Kill” was held for George A. Romero and two cast members of Dawn of the Dead, David Emge and Scott Reiniger. The two actors told their stories of how they first met Mr. Romero. Reiniger said that multiple times when working on the film or reading the script for the first time, he had the immediate reaction of, “That’s gross!” George A. Romero made several comments to how he did not see himself as the “legend” that so many of the fans call him. Even when people made claims that his choice of Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead was a political statement, George Romero confirmed that he picked the actor just because he was the best person for the role.

A big part of any Frightmare weekend is the movie screenings, and this year they teamed with the legendary Alamo Drafthouse to screen a series of films related to the weekend at the Drafthouse, and then folks from the Drafthouse moderated several of the panels at the con and officially ‘presented’ the film screenings.

I wish they’d enforce ‘Alamo rules’ at the screenings because I had to attempt to shut up drunken talkers at both screenings I attended in the big Enterprise room. Seriously, people, if you’re in a film, SHUT UP. God bless the Alamo for their ‘talk and we throw you out‘ policy. I’d love to see it at the con.

That said, this year saw several world or American premieres such as Circus of the Dead (review), Gun Woman (review), Pick Axe Murders III: The Final Chapter, Zombie TV, SX_ Tape (review), and several short films. IFC Midnight also screened several of their films – Beneath, The Den, and Witching and Bitching.

At midnight of the second day of the weekend, the local troop Amber Does Dallas performed a shadowcast of Repo: the Genetic Opera. The first surprise of the evening was an appearance and impromptu Q&A with Pavi Largo himself, Nivek Ogre, giving the fans a brief look into his personal experience with the film’s production and his appreciation for the fans’ devotion to the film. For those not familiar, a ‘shadowcast’ is when actors and performers act out a film in front of the screen, miming what’s happening on screen. Invented/perfected in Rocky Horror theaters around the world, Repo has now become a common shadowcast target, and Amber Does Dallas is one of the best in the world. The shadowcast of the movie itself was phenomenally done with fantastic performances all around. The MC and more experienced audience members made the show an absolute riot with funny one-liners being thrown out left and right with excellent timing.

A big change this year was the inclusion of rock stars alongside horror stars. I’m not sure about this addition, as some were strange fits, but the crowds dug it so I’m not going to naysay the addition. Dee Snider showed up and signed all weekend as well as hosted a panel discussion. Other rock luminaries present included Corey ‘Slipknot’ Taylor, Twiggy Ramirez, Ace Frehley, and a brief appearance on Saturday of Ghost BC on their way to a nearly sold out show at the House of Blues.

The weekend’s entertainment was rounded up by a massive party on Friday hosted by Amelia Kinkade of Night of the Demons fame, with Twiggy Ramirez doing a guest DJ set as well as the traditional Scaryoke on Saturday.

As always, the Hyatt DFW did an amazing job hosting things, going way outside the call of duty to make us horror freaks feel welcome. Because of the musical guests, this year saw the addition of a sound system in the lobby playing dark metal like Slayer, Slipknot, Disturbed, and Rob Zombie all weekend. Not something you usually hear in the lobby of a high-end hotel.

The weekend went off without a hitch, and it seemed like the thousands of attendees had a blast. Founder Loyd Cryer continues to up the ante with Frightmare, and new primary sponsor Fangoria provided a seamless transition from the previous sponsor, Rue Morgue. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This is THE horror con in the US. The way it’s organized, the activities available, everything about it places it head and shoulders above the rest.

Next year come down to Texas and let us show you how it’s done. Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015 is already planned for the Hyatt so make your plans and join the mayhem!

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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