Many people hit TFW to meet their icons, see the stars or hobnob with the newsmakers. Hidden behind the big names though are numerous independent film makers, lots of them local folks, just looking for their opportunity to scare you silly.
One such person is Houston film maker, Kerry Beyer.
If someone asked me to sum up the Saturday experience at TFW, I could do it in two words: absolute insanity.
Truckers back in the day may have described the scene as “wall to wall and treetop tall” and they would have been right. Horror fans packed into the Sheraton Grand to see their favorites: Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Malcolm McDowell, Doug Bradley and many more. The zombie walk – hosted by Moxley Manor – kicked things off this morning and while the undead shambled in, hearses filled the parking lot for the annual hearse show.
However, for a night owl like me, morning came a lot later in the day so, when not writing, I spent time trolling the vendor hall.
Day one here at TFW was supposed to officially start at 4PM. At least that’s what I thought at first. Instead, things kicked for me right around ten-thirty when networking started with local bloggers and assorted horror types. It rapidly spun into a whirlwind of activity culminating in the opening red carpet ceremony filled with some of horror’s biggest names and rising stars. True to form with most horror gatherings, the stars are generally accessible and truly happy to meet fans. From the red carpet, festivities spilled over into the dealers’ room, which was packed with vendors, filmmakers, artists and fans.
Following an evening of screenings and “Helldriver” karaoke, the evening ended in raucous conversation and generously flowing beverages.
Checked into the Sheraton Grand this afternoon. TWF attendees were trickling in as those attending a business conference were checking out. This evening, though, the excitement isn’t taking place at the hotel but at the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville where Lucky McKee is getting the red carpet treatment for his controversial latest film, “The Woman”. It premiered at Sundance where it angered some members of the audience who felt it was too disturbing. Tonight, TFW goers will experience how disturbing McGee’s vision for ourselves.
Screening before “The Woman” is “Offspring”, Andrew van den Houte’s 2009 offering about a clan of cannibals eating through a small community.