I Scream, You Scream

Recently, a friend stated that he flat-out didn't like horror movies. It wasn't the gore, it wasn't the creepy "ch-ch-ha-ha" soundtracks or even the idea of monsters coming to get relatively innocent people that made him go ix-nay on the genre. The doozy for him was the build-up and anxiety during the movie and the general discomposure that followed. You know, the movie's over, the credits are finished and then, "Did you hear that? What was that? Is there something in the guest room?"

In my opinion, however, these are the very reasons that I watch horror. I'll watch anything from A Haunting on the Discovery Channel to Dawn of the Dead to Dario Argento’s disgustingly awesome Susperia for the 100th time. And if I have to call my next-door neighbor to come check my closet, all the better. Who watched The 100 Scariest Movie Moments intently numerous times? Yeah, that's right, Holmes—I did. And I realized, writing this, that I have always been something of a private horror watcher. I have few friends that share or really know about my love for the scare. Hence, Texas Frightmare Weekend allows me to delve into a somewhat secret obsession.

I won't be attending the panels with horror legends and experts such as Sid Haig, Bill Mosley, Joe Bob Briggs, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's Bill Johnson, Tom Savini, "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis, Betsy Palmer or others. I prefer the dark where features (and future cult classics) like The Quick and the Undead, Pot Zombies, Nail Gun Massacre and Katie Bird: Certifiable Crazy Person will light up—and bloody—the screen...or is it scream?

Other events include performances by Professor Griffin and his Midnight Shadow Show, Freak13, the Horrifics and Rigor Mortis. Texas Frightmare Weekend takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. Tickets are $25 Saturday, $12 Sunday or $35 for an all-weekend pass. VIP tickets are $35 Saturday, $20 Sunday or $49 for an all-weekend pass and allow for 10 a.m. admission. Visit www.texasfrightmareweekend.com. Oh, and keep your back to the wall.
Feb. 4-5, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.