Texas Frightmare Weekend is nearing

The official start day of all things terrorific has begun, Horror Hounds and Hordettes!  And from the looks of it, Dallas is in for one hell of a grisly weekend.  The doors opened around 5pm and hundreds of eager attendees – dressed to the nines in maniacal make-up splatterings and tall-ass fancy hats (take that Royal Wedding) – filled the halls of the Sheridan Hotel.

Texas Frightmare Weekend - Vendor Hall

There were booths to see full of Horror memorabilia, shirts to buy, and even tattoos to have done by Shaun Kama (bathed in the white light of a hot lamp below).  For those in attendance, his booth is next to the Rock Rebel set-up and, yes, Kama said walk-ins are always welcome.

Sid Haig Texas Frightmare Weekend '11

The one and only Sid Haig (Spider Baby, Galaxy of Terror, The Devil’s Rejects) was busy with autographs and spending time with his fans.  Full of stories and good humor, Mr. Haig posed with fans for pictures and will be featured in a special write-up after our interview with him on Sunday.

Sid Haig Texas Frightmare Weekend '11

The masters of mad scientists, Dieter Laser and The Human Centipede’s director Tom Six, were also there signing autographs and discussing their current work on The Human Centipede II.  Be warned, though, they gave nothing away concerning the film’s full sequence.  The appearance of Tom Six is exclusive to Texas Frightmare Weekend, so be sure to stop and say hello!

The Human Centipede - Texas Frightmare Weekend '11

Director Justin Eisener briefly sat down with us and discussed the making of his film Hobo with a Shotgun.  Starring Rutgeur Hauer, who Eisener confesses was “a nonstop blast” to work with and truly helpful with some of the prepping for the Canadian shoot.  Asked if he feels like the luckiest person on earth right now, Eisener stated that “it certainly feels that way”, but he does hope the film “does well.”  It is soon set to be in limited release in select cities across America.  Keep your radar over www.franksreelreviews.com and we’ll keep you posted.

Justin Eisener - Texas Frightmare Weekend '11

Even the stars of The Boondock Saints, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, were spotted meeting and greeting their fans at another booth.  Guess the MacManus brothers weren’t going to be outdone by the limitations of their action genre and decided to pay the carnivorous fans of all things horror a little visit.  Good thing for us!

The Boondock Saints - Texas Frightmare Weekend '11

The evening of shock and schlock ended with a screening of SAW which was given new life by a rousing and off-the-cuff commentary by Carey Elwes, Shawnee Smith, and Costas Mandylor.  Fun and fiercely entertaining, the commentary from all three stars is another in a line of exclusives for Texas Frightmare Weekend.  Not to be outdone, though, was Roger Corman’s Sharktopus which screened at midnight to an uproarious and appreciative crowd.

Texas Frightmare Weekend kicked off with a helluva frightfully ghoul time.  Don’t you wish you were here?!

Loron “Cosmic Cowboy” Hays