In what has become my favorite convention in the DFW area, Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 did not disappoint. The party started on Thursday night, as Alamo Drafthouse hosted showings of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Reanimator with Q + A’s with the cast from each. The A Nightmare on Elm Street Q +A featured Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, along with Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson), Ronee Blakley (Marge Thompson), and Amanda Wyss (Tina Gray) in attendance. Poster art company Mondo also had 2 fantastic posters created by artist Gary Pullin for the event.
Friday evening was the opening of the convention, and was packed, as con goers tried to get in early for autographs and art work. People waited in line several hours for celebrity autographs, posters from Mondo (visit https://mondotees.com/blogs/news/were- coming-to-get-you-texas-frightmare-2019), and artwork from many other artists. Artists such as Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin and Timothy Pittedes each had new and old prints out for sale.
Friday night was also the Evil Dead: Party til Dawn afterparty and the hotel. As I walked around, there was lots of amazing cosplay out in the main lobby and 2 main ballrooms Friday night. Cosplay is always one of the highlights because so many people go all out.
Saturday was a sold-out day at TFW. Parking at the airport was difficult for many, and the ballrooms were packed for the first few hours the con was open. Cosplayers lined the lobby for pictures.. Autograph lines were again really long, but well managed by the TFW staff. Many friends waited 6+ hours for autographs by Robert Englund and Bruce Campbell. Photo-ops were taking place all day with many of the actors/actresses in attendance, some in the photo op area and others at their booths. Panels were held all day in the Maverick and Enterprise Room and Arrow video sponsored showings of The Prey and Dead Center with cast Q + A’s for both. Unfortunately, Meatloaf fell at his panel and ended up in the hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery, and it has already been announced that he will return next year. A highlight of the day included watching Joe DeLuca hang out at the Mondo Booth and signing vinyl of The Evil Dead: A Nightmare Reimagined.
Saturday was the longest day at TFW, but it was amazing. Sunday was the final day of TFW. The last day of con is normally relaxing, but again, it was packed. The autograph lines did seem to be longer than they were Friday or even Saturday. The Alamo Draftouse hosted Q + A panels for Joe Bob Briggs, A Halloween Panel, which included Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, PJ Soles, Nancy Loomis and Sandy Johnson, and Evil Dead, which included Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell & Ted Raimi. Sunday wrapped up an amazing weekend at the Hyatt Regency Weekend. As someone who has been attending con since it was at the Sheridan hotel back 2013, I can say this con gets bigger and better every year. With the con seeming almost too crowded at times, it kind of begs the question, is TFW now too big for the DFW Hyatt Regency? I have mixed feelings because it is unique for a convention to be at a hotel. This really allows for a weekend long party. With venues, such as the Irving Convention Center 10 minutes away though, it maybe worth a move to a larger venue. Either way, I can’t wait to see what TFW has in store next year.
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