After a long drive from Corpus Christi, Texas to Dallas, Texas we arrived at Texas Frightmare Weekend not only as filmmakers but as fans of Horror.
We arrived at the Hyatt to see the infamous ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ DeLorean DMC-12. It’s always a cool experience when you see things that you’ve seen on the big screen in person.
‘CARRIE‘ in all her bloody glory and ‘CHUCKIE’ from the ‘CHILD’S PLAY‘ franchise was at the ‘Prom’. It also seemed like we were walking into a Zombie outbreak with all the zombies walking around. We ran into Clint Howard and he was telling us about the latest project ‘HUFF‘ that he has a role in.
Clint Howard also said what I have always believed, “If we make enough noise they will hear us, especially with the way social media is. The Industry is changing.” I asked if I could take a picture of him and my wife Sylvia and he said yes. Clint Howard is one cool cat.
If you like biker’s, boobies, a cabin with a disgraced Anthropologist hiding something in the basement and with the tagline “When the blood begins to flow…. who will be left to scream.”, then DEAR GOD NO! is a movie that you’ll want to see.
While we were outside hanging out, I caught some one in the corner of my eye, it was LAURENCE R. HARVEY, the crazy mad security guard of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II. Yup, they are in pre-production for THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (FINAL SEQUENCE) and I can’t wait to see how crazy THCIII is going to be. We also talked about how he used to do kid shows in the U.K. and how film was edited differently to tell the story. Mr. Harvey was just a really awesome, down to earth man. When we left he shook our hands and kissed my wife’s hand. What a way to end the first night.
Next we walked over to talk to ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL, he signed my wife’s copy of ’16 CANDLES’ and he made my wife’s month by wishing her an early Happy Mother’s Day.
We went to the main room to see LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW. My 3-year-old grabbed the controller and went to town playing the game! LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW is a must play game especially with Blood, Sex, Rock and Roll and the awesome zombie killer named Juliet.
We then went to the screening of the premiere of ‘HUFF’. It’s a really cool movie that’s based on the classic tale of ‘THE THREE LITTLE PIGS’ but with a twist. ‘HUFF’ is directed by PAUL MORRELL and stars CHARLIE O’CONNELL, NATASHA ALAM, MARIE BOLLINGER and CLINT HOWARD.
We then watched another feature called FATHER’S DAY directed by ADAM BROOKS, JEREMY GILLESPE, MATHEW KENNEDY, STEVEN KOSTANSKI and CONNOR SWEENEY. A very over the top, crazy picture that was a lot of fun to watch. It stars ADAM BROOKS as AHAB, MATHEW KENNEDY as FATHER JOHN SULLIVAN and LLOYD KAUFMAN as GOD/DEVIL.
On our final day we got there early. We wanted to see everyone that we missed! we walked around to hitting up the booths, taking photos. We stop by and talk to ERNEST BORGNINE. From ‘SUPER FUZZ’ to ‘ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK‘, this man is one of the coolest!
Then we saw IRON E SINGLETON who plays T-DOG on THE WALKING DEAD and played ALTON in THE BLIND SIDE. IRON E was down to earth and we had a blast. I tried to get a picture of my son Blake with him and Blake just took off right in the middle of the snapshot. I showed IronE the pic and he said that he loved it. He also asked if we could tag him in the picture once it was posted. We love you Mr. Singleton!
We stopped by the booth that WILLIAM FORSYTHE was at and wanted to let him know how great he was.
Then we heard an announcement over the intercom that it was TRACI LORDS birthday. So we were off to find her because we wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday. We found her, took pictures and talked a little about her latest project EXCISION(written and directed by RICHARD BATES,JR. and starring MALCOLM MCDOWELL, MARLEE MATLIN and JOHN WATERS). EXCISION is about a girl who wants to go into the medical field and goes to extremes for her mothers approval.
We had a great time at TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2012. There is plenty to do from filmmaker workshops to screenings and parties. We met a lot of amazing people and made new friends. I can’t wait until next year and hope to see you at TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2013!
~Contributing writer: Roel ‘Oreo’ Guevara