What's that? You like your movies on... the strange side? Served up with a side of zombies, pig's blood or mad scientists? So do we! That's why we're so excited about Frightmare Weekend, which runs from this Friday through Sunday. Major weekend highlights: A panel discussion with the cast of They Live (yes, Rowdy Roddy is going to be there!), a panel discussion with the cast of Carrie and a Carrie themed "prom night," photo ops with Anthony Michael Hall, Verne Troyer, Michael Biehn, Ernest Borgnine, and more, and enough reels of horror film screenings to fill a six-foot grave. (See the entire schedule after the jump.)
Those party monsters at Frightmare Weekend gave us 2 pairs of weekend passes to give away, so email me: Jamie.Laughlin@dallasobserver.com with the title "Raise The Dead." I'll close the giveaway at 3pm tomorrow, May 3rd, and announce the winner shortly after. (That's $150 value per couple! Get excited!) Good luck you guys!
Friday, May 4th 6:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- It's In the Blood Dir. Scooter Downey When a father and son become stranded in the wild, they must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives. 8:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies Dir. Richard Schenkman While the Civil War rages on, President Abraham Lincoln must undertake an even more daunting task - destroying the Confederate Undead. 9:00 pm - 1:00 am PROM NIGHT Music, Dancing, Cash Bar, TERROR! COSTUME CONTEST- Prizes for BEST CARRIE look-a-like costume and BEST overall costume! Admission: Free for VIP Pass holders, $5 for Weekend Pass holders, $10 for everyone else. Doors open at 8pm, "Prom Pictures" with Anthony Michael Hall $30 (9:00pm), PJ Soles $30 (10:00pm), Nancy Allen $30 (11:00pm) (In the FIlmmakers Hall) 10:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- The Victim Dir. Michael Biehn A man lives alone in a remote cabin and is surprised by his visitors. Preceded by "Among Friends" trailer, followed by a Q&A with Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc and Danielle Harris 12:00am SECRET SCREENING-We can't tell you what it is, but rest assured that it's probably the most offensive and politically incorrect film screening at this year's Texas Frightmare Weekend! Featuring a mad scientist, Japanese zombies, martial arts and plentiful bodily functions, it's the perfect midnight movie especially when combined with plentiful libations. Directed by a genre specialist known in the US for his girl-action films, it's definitely a movie you'll never forget....and you'll laugh when you finally hear the title. Join us! Saturday, May 5th 12:00 pm Q&A with Ernest Borgnine- Moderated by Dave Alexander 1:00 pm Q&A with the cast of Carrie- Featuring Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles and Betty Buckley - Moderated by Rue Morgue's Trevor Tuminski 1:00 pm FRIGHTMAKERS 101 - Writing - "How Independent Press has Changed Horror Fiction." - Hosted by Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press (In "Developers" Conference Room, Ground Level) 2:00 pm Q&A with the cast of The Walking Dead- Featuring Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Irone Singleton, Michael Rooker and Madison Lintz- Moderated by James Wallace of "I Heart Cinema". 2:30 pm FRIGHTMAKERS 101- Soundtracks - HOW TO SCORE YOUR WAY TO A CAREER IN HORROR - Hosted by Trevor Tuminski and Edward Douglas of Midnight Syndicate (In "Developers" Conference Room, Ground Level) 3:00 pm SNEAK PREVIEW- World premiere clips of the new feature film ZOMBEX starring Sid Haig, Malcolm McDowell and Lew Temple. Q&A to follow with director Jesse Dayton. 4:00 pm Q&A, THEY LIVE- With Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster - Hosted by Rue Morgue's Dave Alexander 4:00 pm FRIGHTMAKERS 101- Filmmaking: "10 things to know for a successful movie shoot, and other tips and tricks for film-makers" (or..why your horror film doesn't need to be a train wreck) Hosted by director JOEY STEWART (In "Developers" Conference Room, Ground Level) 5:00 pm Q&A, B4TM- The sequel to the wildly popular pseudo-documentary "Behind the Mask" is coming! Cast and crew will be on hand to give TFW attendees a special peek into the production. Moderated by Kristy Jett 5:30 pm FRIGHTMAKERS 101 - F/X - Hosted by DWN Productions (In "Developers" Conference Room, Ground Level) 6:00 pm-1:00 am FRIGHTMARE LOUNGE - Join us in the FILMMAKERS HALL for food, drinks, music and live entertainment by Patricia Vonne. FREE ADMISSION! 6:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- HUFF Dir. Paul Morrell In this spin on the tale of the "Three Little Pigs" a woman steals her abusive boyfriend's drug money for her three teenage daughters to seek better lives for themselves and a bloody pursuit ensues. Followed by Q&A with cast and crew. 8:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Father's Day Dir. Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski and Conor Sweeney Ahab, a man obsessed with exacting a brutal, violent revenge on the man who murdered his dad embarks on an epic quest to find and defeat a mythical monster known as Chris Fuchman AKA The Father's Day Killer. Followed by Q&A with Adam Brooks and Conor Sweeney moderated by Rue Morgue's Dave Alexander and Trevor Tuminski 9:00 pm VIP Party- VIP Pass Holders join celebrity guests to mix and mingle. Photos welcome. Please, no autographs. (VIP Pass holders only, SOLD OUT!) Innovation Ballroom (Upper Level) 10:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Jacob Dir. Larry Wade Carrell Lonely and disturbed Jacob Kell loved his little sister more than anything on earth. When she is tragically murdered by her drunken step-father, Jacob retaliates the only way he knows how...and anyone who crosses his path will know there is no limit to his brutal vengeance. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew moderated by CNN Film Critic Nick Nicholson. 12:00 am FEATURE SCREENING- Strippers Vs Werewolves Dir. Jonathan Glendening When werewolf chief Jack Ferris is accidentally killed in a strip club the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution. North American Premiere! Sponsored by WellGo Entertainment.
Sunday, May 6th 11:00 am Q&A, TOMBSTONE- The cast of Tombstone reunites featuring Michael Biehn, Michael Rooker, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Buck Taylor, Joanna Pacula. Moderated by James Wallace of "I Heart Cinema". 12:00 pm RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE 1:00 pm Q&A with Michael Madsen Hosted by Trevor Tuminski 2:00 pm Discussion Panel, Monstro Bizarro - Rue Morgue columnist/author Lyle Blackburn discusses local legends and frightening real-life encounters with Bigfoot creatures in Texas and the surrounding areas. Moderated by Rue Morgue's Dave Alexander All panels and screenings listed below will be in the Maverick unless otherwise noted.
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Friday, May 4th 6:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Texas Frightmare Massacre Dir. Joe Francis Max ventures out to a horror convention (shot live during Texas Frightmare Weekend) with his step sister Mary and her jerk boyfriend Todd. The boss is training Eugene and Lyle to be the best security guards the world has ever noticed slightly. Little do they know that their worlds will soon collide and birth lots of dirty jokes, sex, and violence! Followed by Q&A with director Joe Francis. 8:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Vice Dir. Raul Inglis 40 kilos of heroin goes missing after a botched undercover transaction and the cops in the involved crime unit are getting killed off one at a time. As trust slowly fades away between them, Max has to deal with his own demons. Followed by a Q&A with Michael Madsen 10:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- The Super Dir. Evan Makrogiannis, Brian Weaver George Rossi, who immigrated to the US and served in the Vietnam war, is now a Superintendent of a Queens apartment building. He finds himself quickly slipping into a depraved world which is fueled by the tenants of the building. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew. 12:00 am FEATURE SCREENING- DEAR GOD NO! Dir. James Bickert A gang of outlaw bikers pull a home invasion on a disgraced Anthropologist hiding a secret locked in his cabin basement. Followed by a Q&A with director James Bickert.
Saturday, May 5th 12:00 pm Q&A, Masters of Italian Horror Featuring Ruggero Deaodato, Lamberto Bava and Sergio Stivaletti Hosted by Paolo Zelati 2:00 pm SCREENING- Short HorrorSubjects 7 excellent shorts including Klagger, Dollboy, The Code, Other, Familiar, Fallow and Endless Followed by a sneak peek of the upcoming film Sacrament. Followed by a Q&A with available cast and crew. Moderated by Parrish Randall 4:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Nail Gun Massacre Dir Terry Lofton The 1986 "So bad its good" slasher that Joe Bob Briggs called, "The best movie ever made in Seagoville, TX!" After a young girl is gang-raped by a crew of construction workers, someone starts killing off members of the group with a nail-gun. Moderated by Parrish Randall 6:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Dead Matter Dir Edward Douglas Tells the story of a vampire relic with occult powers that falls into the hands of a grief-stricken young woman who will do anything to contact her dead brother. Followed by a Q&A with director Edward Douglas 8:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- Nailbiter Dir. Patrick Rea A mother and her three daughters on their way to the airport to pick up their father (who is returning home from the Iraq war), get caught in a tornado, forcing them to find shelter in a country farmhouse cellar. Trapped by a tree which falls on the cellar door, they soon discover they are not alone in the cellar and it is much worse than the deadly storm outside. 10:00 pm FEATURE SCREENING- The Infliction Dir. Matthan Harris David O'Hara is a troubled medical student who kidnaps, rapes and murders women. He impregnates one of his victims, Melissa Daniels, in an attempt to replace the family that he lost as a young boy. However, the police rescue Melissa from David's warehouse, and David goes on a murderous rampage to get his family back. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew. 12:00 am FEATURE SCREENING- Bloody Bloody Bible Camp Dir. Vito Trabucco In 1977 a group of young, horny, out of control Christians are spending a fun filled weekend at the Happy Day Bible Camp. Their impure antics rile up a sadistic crazy nun known as, "Sister Mary Chopper". One by one these youthful sinners pay a BLOODY penance for their sinful acts. 7 years later, another group of Bible totin' Christian wannabes return to the Happy Day Bible Camp. All ignore the warnings from the local folk of the grisly murders that took place 7 years prior. Is Sister Mary Chopper dead or is she just waiting for backsliding Christians to commit sins of the unholy?
Sunday, May 6th 12:00 PM FEATURE SCREENING- Naked Horror Dir. Carlo Rodriguez Terror lurks in the dreams of a young woman who discovers that she is connected to the supernatural world through her psychic nightmares. Once she realizes that her dreams are not just her imagination gone wild but represent a real threat, she vows to fight the supernatural force terrorizing her. 2:00 PM Q&A with Verne Troyer- Moderated by James Wallace of "I Heart Cinema". 3:00 PM Monsters, Murder and Mayhem- Tom Savini has put together a bombardment of visual mayhem with every effect he has ever done, everyone he has ever killed, and every time he has been killed, together in a 20 minute video to presentation. Followed by an instructive Q and A by Savini himself.