Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014 Is Bigger Than Ever, And Twitch Has A Pair Of Passes For A Lucky Reader!

J Hurtado, Contributing Writer
When There's No More Room In Hell...

...The Dead Will Walk The Floors Of The Hyatt Regency DFW Convention Center

Dallas's annual celebration of all thing ghoulish and gory has returned! Texas Frightmare Weekend has come a long way from its origin in a suburban convention center and is now probably the largest genre film convention in the Southwest as it continues to outgrow venues year after year. The 2014 event will take place at the Hyatt Regency DFW in Irving, Texas and is expected to be the most insane yet!

This year's event has brought on a couple of high profile sponsors in the form of legendary horror mag, Fangoria, and our favorite cinema chain, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Both sponsors are doing it up right, with a cool Fangoria booth and numerous horror themed screenings at the new Alamo DFW in Richardson. In addition to the screenings at the Alamo leading up the event (The Creature From the Black Lagoon 3D, Terminator & Terminator 2, Saw, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and culminating in a cast a crew reunion at a screening of George A. Romero's legendary Dawn of the Dead with Romero, David Emge, Scott Reiniger, and Tom Savini in attendance. That's all before the event even starts!

Once TFW opens its doors on Friday May 2nd, we'll get a slew of exclusive screening at the event including the world premiere of Circus of the Dead, the North American Premiere of Gun Woman, Repo! The Genetic Opera with shadow cast, Pick Axe Murders 3: The Final Chapter, the world premiere of SX_Tape from the director of Candyman, the North American premiere of Zombie TV featuring segments by Nishimura Yoshihiro, Makuno Maelie, and  Tashiro Naoya, Alex de la Iglesia's Witching & Bitching, and many more. There is always something to do!

Those of us lucky enough to attend May 2, 3, & 4th will be greeted by an insane line up of guests including:

George A Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Martin, The Crazies)
Tobin Bell (Saw, in his second convention appearance ever)
Tom Savini (FX maestro)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Members of the band GHOST (Saturday only)
Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens)
Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Terminator 2)
Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, True Blood)
Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects)
Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, The Return of the Living Dead)
Kevin Tenney (Night of the Demons, Witchboard)
Asami (Machine Girl, Dead Sushi, Gun Woman)
Linda Blair (The Exorcist, Savage Streets)
Michael Parks (From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, Twin Peaks)
Jen and Sylvia Soska, The Twisted Twins (American Mary, ABCs of Death 2, Dead Hooker in a Trunk)
Kevin Van Hentenryck (Basket Case Trilogy)
Sharni Vinson (You're Next, Bait 3D, Patrick)
And many, many others!

As if that wasn't enough, there is the massive pile of vendors selling everything from DVDs and t shirts, to rare original one-sheets, toys, and crafts of all shapes and sizes. Whether you can afford to spend $10 or $1,000, there's a good chance you're coming home with something cool.

Twitch has teamed up with Texas Frightmare Weekend to offer up a pair of weekend passes for whomever can give us the best answer to the following prompt in the comment section below:
Over the course of six films, George Romero has created a world filled not only with amazing human characters, but also, an unbelievable number of memorable zombies. Now it's your turn to tell us which member of Romero's undead is your favorite, and why. The most creative, honest, or just plain insightful answer scores two guest badges to Dallas' upcoming Texas Frightmare Weekend, good for entry on from May 2 - 4.
Around the Internet:
  • Tricia Kinder

    Hari Krishna Zombie from Dawn of the Dead. He's bright blue and comes off as a bit funny roaming around. He has always stuck out as a why the hell would you have one of those guys become a zombie? zombie...until it DAWNs on you *pun intended* that noone is safe in a zombie scenario.

  • Sarah Compton

    I would have to say "Big Daddy" from Land of The Dead. With his character we started to see zombies start to humanize a little with an ability to learn and adapt to do what is needed to survive. With his ability to think and adapt to his environment he became somewhat of a leader. It actually made me root for his survival and I thought that was awesome. His character really did blur the line between the living and the dead.

  • Mike Marquez

    Karen Cooper from Night of the Living Dead is by far where it all started. Her iconic face is everywhere as she was one of the first ever child zombies in one of the best zombie films created!

  • Justin Perry

    My favorite would probably be Bub as well!! When you first watched Day of the Dead and started seeing where they were going with him it was kind of funny but in the same sense it was very interesting. KInd of cool to see a zombie be a little different than just a mindless shell of a man/woman. You also have to just give mad props to the original Night of the Living Dead just for how groundbreaking it was for the time! I of course was not even born until WAY after it was made and actually saw Dawn, Day, and Land before going back and watching Night but thank goodness I had mutured enough by then to have a respect for older movies and were they come from!

  • Jay Reel

    Seems to be the popular answer so far, but I have to agree with "Bub" from Day of the Dead. Many (if not most) of the zombies in the "Dead" series are reduced to cyphers...meandering shells of lost humanity, searching for living flesh, simply because there is no other "thought" running through their decaying brains. Bub is the sole exception. There is a tiny wisp of cognition keeping him aware of who he used to be...WHAT he used to be. He winds up being both a tragic and heroic character, in a world nearly devoid of any sense of hope and meaning.

  • Susan Wilson Petersdorf

    Bub from Dawn of the Dead!!!

  • Tj Garcia

    I have and seen every '....of the dead' films countless times. I love George Romero's vision of the world and the statements he makes in them all. But I must say my most memorable undead character has to be Dr. Tongue from Day of the Dead. Although we only see this very gory undead character for a few seconds, his image is unforgettable. Tom Savini and crew did an amazing job not only on this jawless undead character but on every make-up effect. Dr Tongue would not be the same if done now days. I even have a toy figure of Dr Tongue, unopened and placed on a shelf for display (as well as every toy figure that has been made of George Romero's ...of the dead films). I will always been a fan and supporter of Romero's vision of the world(s) he creates. At times I rather been in his world than our reality. In the words of the master, Stay Scared

  • Freddie Arnold

    Bub from Day of the Dead is my favorite zombie character in Romero's Dead series for sure! He's so badass, he shows up in the Walking Dead too! (Courtesy of Mr. Greg Nicotero)

  • Michael Anderson

    Roger was my favourite character in Dawn of the Dead. The the gunshot went off and I knew he was gone. Something about his character is so note perfect that it actually gets worse the more you watch the movie. You can really see the desperation on Roger's face.

  • Greg Pauley

    Dawn of the Dead is one of the earliest horror films I can remember seeing. I watched many a horror film with my father growing up. Dawn of the Dead is one that I have watch over and over as I have grown older. Movies change with us as we age. The things I enjoyed as a young child, like zombies walking around eating people splashing blood and gore everywhere change as we get older. I started to pay more attention to the story, and character development. At different stages in my life I would notice something in the story that I could relate to. I started to pay attention to different aspects of the movie. One of the huge things about Dawn of the Dead that keeps me coming back for more is the makeup and special effects used in the film. As an adult, I watch and certain scenes really make me wonder how did they do this or that effect, and I wonder why those choices were made. Overall, the story, of lone survivors in a world gone mad, trying to hold on to a piece of civilized life, keeps me watching this movie over and over.

  • Ash

    Night of the Living Dead is my personal favorite. It was one of the first zombie films I watched as a child, and was one of the firsts that got me into the zombie genre. I'm not sure what makes it my personal favorite, it's just amazing. Anyone who has watched it I'm sure would agree.

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