Looking back over the last five years of attending Texas Frightmare Weekend, the evolution of the venue is just staggering. It’s easy to assume that it’s all about the attendance, and attendance at this year’s event was tremendous. “Great flowing rivers of humanity” is probably the best assessment, at least from this angle. No, it’s that the attendees always expect to see each show top the previous year’s show. The Frightmare crew then reciprocates by shooting well past expectations. It’s the same with the vendors: every year, we get attendees who come back to see what we have this time. It’s a wonderful game of heightened expectations and nuclear escalation, and I suspect that by my tenth year, I’d better have real triffids for sale or else.
Because of that, new plants weren’t the only things needed. New containers and new ideas showed up as well. Both a pair of statuary heads and a set of metallic skulls incorporated several happy experiments in painting techniques, and they disappeared right away. I’m not going to say what the experiment entailed, but keep an eye on this space for developments.