WHO CAME OUT ALIVE AT OTHER WORLDS

Other Worlds Austin was last weekend, and I was fortunate enough to get to go. Now as it was predominantly a Sci-Fi festival, there wasn’t as much straight up horror, but there were definitely a few films that had some great horror elements. Here are the Audience Award Winners and a couple of my picks as well.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature

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When a neighbor goes missing, a 20 something loser couple and their loser roommate find something unbelievable in his apartment: a camera pointed at their living room that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. So naturally they start exploiting the images, until it all goes terribly wrong.

Time Lapse is more of a Hitchcock-style thriller. Incredibly tense and unpredictable, the film was far and away my favorite of the festival. Any narrative with a time element tends to fall apart or at the very least create some plot holes, but amazingly Time Lapse manages to keep everything together. That in and of itself is an impressive feat. The film does owe a lot to The Twilight Zone as well as Hitchcock, but it manages to take that influence and really do something amazing with it.

My Picks:

BLOODY KNUCKLES (2014)  Directed by Matt O’Mahoney

An underground comic artist named Travis has a knack for offending people, and he finally offends the wrong person. He targets a Chinatown crime boss, and as a result said boss cuts off his hand to teach him a lesson. But the hand doesn’t get the message and comes back to help Travis exact revenge.

An incredibly goofy film, Bloody Knuckles is what we’d get if Idle Hands was made by Lloyd Kaufman. It goes overboard in that delightful Troma way, but manages to stick to a plot and not just get caught up in the gross out weirdness like the more recent Troma films seem to do. Although, if you want to see a man’s severed hand stick its finger up his butt, then put that finger in his mouth, Bloody Knuckles is the film for you!

THE WELL (2014)  Directed by Tom Hammock

It’s been 10 years since the last rain. A once fertile farmland has been turned to dust, and the wells are running dry. A water baron has laid claim to all the water in the valley, and is slowly taking over, telling people that if they surrender they’ll be given refuge. A 17 year old girl has to decide whether or not to continue to surrender and be taken to the camp or to hold out and fight for what little she has left.

The Well isn’t exactly a horror film, but it is one of the better films of the festival. Hammock does a great job of creating his world, it really does feel as if there hasn’t been any rain for 10 years. The heroine of the film is a great actress for her age, and I really enjoyed the choice to make her so young. It immediately makes her seem more vulnerable, and thus makes her tenacity and strength that much more impressive.

In addition to the features, Other Worlds Austin had a great shorts program as well. Here is the winner of the Audience Award and a couple of my favorites

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short

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“What’s the box?” “Well it certainly isn’t a one-minute time machine.” “Then why does it have ‘one-minute time machine’ written on it.” “Dammit.” [presses button]

My Picks:

MARTIAN AMERICAN  by Lee Criton

A Martian emigrates to Los Angeles to start a new life, and struggles to fit in.

SLUMPTOWN by Bryan Costanich

A coffee shop manager is tasked with training his robot replacement.

Other Worlds Austin had a very strong inaugural year, and by the looks of it they will only continue to grow and get better and better. Stay tuned for next year’s announcements, and if you are curious as to the rest of the award winners, go to WINNERS for a full list of the Cthulhies (d’aww).

— Eric Harrelson

Read the pre-festival blog on Other Worlds: “How’s ‘Bout a Little Horror in Your Cup of Sci-Fi?” READ ME

Other Worlds generously donated a percentage of wristband and merch sales from the festival to our friend, and co-founder of Housecore Horror Film Festival, Corey Mitchell. Corey suddenly passed after HHFF ended this past October and leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. The festival raised a couple hundred dollars, which founder of Other Worlds, Bears Fonté and his wife are matching. Thank you Bears and Other Worlds! If you’d like to give to Corey’s family fund, please visit the family’s FUNDRAISER site.

 

 

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WRAP UP SOME HORROR THIS SEASON

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OUR HORROR GIFT GUIDE FOR 2014

Tis’ the season to shop for some horror! Coming off our successful art & gift market, Horror For The Holidays, it really became apparent that there is a definite market for horror goods — and not just around Halloween. Horror hounds like us are always on the lookout for gifts for our fellow horror fiends and family… and ourselves of course. And xmas season is the right season for gore. I put together a quick horror gift guide to help you mark off those naughty horror fans off your list. Krampus would be proud.

Prices are approximate and don’t include shipping. We found some of these items on sale from multiple outlets, so shop around for the best price. However, we encourage you to buy from the “Austin-based” ones directly as they are our extended horror family here and it’s always best to shop local when you can. Please check out our Community listings page for local horror artists and scroll our Links page to find local people to buy from and local stores where you can shop for horror wares. Have a great horrorday season! —Bunny Voodoo

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving… Gore

We hear that over in “normal” world, people give year-long gifts like fruit-, wine- and meat-of-the-month packages that arrive to the doorstep each month. That’s all pretty cool, but let’s get some gore versions for your hungry horror fiends.

RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE A great mag from Toronto. High quality, great interviews/reviews and fun features.

RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE A great mag from Toronto. High quality, great interviews/reviews and fun features. Highly recommended for the horror fan. ($59-$135 depending on subscription length. Also available in digital format)

GORE NOIR MAGAZINE This Austin-based mag is full of gore, girls, interviews, cool features and bloody photograph.

GORE NOIR MAGAZINE This Austin-based mag is full of great gore, girls, interviews, cool features and bloody photographaphy. (sold individually for $10 or 4-month subscription for $35. Also available in digital format)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HORROR BLOCK The monthly subscription box of horror goodies is from Nerd Block. Each box is full of surprises that horror fans will love: horror toys, mags, stickers, shirts, etc. You don’t know what you’ll get, but it’s bound to be the best thing you’ll get in the mail that day. ($14-20 per month plus shipping)

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BOX OF DREAD The Canada version of the horror-in-a-box that’s full of horror goodies. You can check out reviews on both “horror boxes” on YouTube. We can’t remember which one sounded better, so you might as well get both. ($13-15 per month plus $6 shipping)

 

 

Sure You May Already Have it, but This One is Special

So you may have “fill in the blank horror movie” on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, that re-lease and maybe even Blu-Ray, but the studios and distributors always have something special up their sleeves to add. And yes, you must have the new version. For heck’s sake, it’s got improved sound, the directors cut and all new high-def transfers. Not to mention the bad-ass new packaging. Here’s some to give to your fiends and upgrade your horror library.

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TCM BLACK MARIA SET The limited edition set from Dark Sky Films and Gorgon Video celebrates Texas Chainsaw’s 40th anniversary and comes with 4 discs, a bloody apron, mini-poster, free copy of Tobe Hooper’s movie Eaten Alive and packaged in a Black Maria truck design (Suggested $99.98 but we found it on Amazon for $69)

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NIGHTBREED BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO PACK Clive Barker’s original director’s cut of his story, The Cabal, Nightbreed has been re-released by Scream/Shout! Factory. There are two versions. This combo pack with bonus features (under $20) and the Limited Edition with even more extras, the theatrical version and collector book/photos. ($72).

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THE EVIL DEAD ANTHOLOGY The collector’s edition from MadMan features all four Evil Dead films (1978 original, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness and the great 2013 re-make), a Nekronomicon outer with 16 pages of drawings and a replica prop dagger. Tons of bonus features and the documentary included. (Suggested $180)

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TALES FROM THE CRYPT & VAULT OF HORROR DOUBL-FEATURE The 70’s double-feature was released by Scream Factory and will satisfy your horror short story appetite. (on Amazon for under $20)

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DEMONS 1 & 2 Synapse Films The re-release of the Argento classic demon fest, Demon 1 & 2, as limited edition “steelbook” box sets (with extras) and Blu-Ray versions of each movie. (Blu-Rays on Synapse for $25 each and steelbook sets for apprx. $46)

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NEKROMANTIK The Cult Epics re-release of the cult shocker, Nekromantik, from director Jorg Buttgereit. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray (both around $20 on Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Smorgasbord of Horror Gifts

Just some cool stuff you gotta have.

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THEY LIVE phone covers. Art by Ghoulish Gary. Many designs available in multiple phone designs and for multiple computer devices. Available at Nuvango.

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“UGLY” AWESOME SWEATERS from Austin-based Middle of Beyond. Lots of cool sweater, cardigan and scarf designs including Cthulhu, Krampus, Baphomet, Big Foot, Gremlins, Room 237 (The Shining), etc. They also have demented xmas ornaments and other home goods.

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HORROR PILLOWS from Austin-based Pallbearer Press. Pallbearer is the place to go for the horror fan: custom designed horror shirts, memorabilia, records, movies, more pillows, etc. You could probably kill off your entire horror xmas list right here. (Pillow is $30)

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MYERS METAL KNIFE This one-of-a-kind prop knife made from metal is brought to you by Texas-based Fast Custom Shirts. They have several horror-inspired metal works — plus a huge supply of horror shirts so check out everything on the site. (Knife is $25)

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ZOMBIE YAHTZEE from ThinkGeek.com ($30) Side note: We’ve also seen The Walking Dead version of Monopoly around the intrawebs.

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ZOMBIE SLIPPERS from ThinkGeekcom. ($18)

 

 

 

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THE EX KNIFE STAND This one’s been around for awhile and although they titled it “The Ex” we think of it more as, “The Serial Killer”.  Comes in different colors (On Amazon for $160)

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SPLASH CUTTING BOARD What more to say. A cutting board that drips “blood”. They also have a spoon rest in the same design. We found this on Tragical Beautiful (currently sold out) but also on multiple sites. $15-30.

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SKULL ROLLING PIN from RolllingPinDesigns on Etsy. Roll up some death and eat some dang cookies already. ($30)

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BRAIN MOLDS for super smart ice cubes or chocolate making. On Amazon for under $5.

CHOCOLATE SKULL A human-sized skull made of 100% Belgian chocolate (dark, milk, chili and caramel) by Black Chocolate Factory on Etsy. ($108 plus shipping)

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ALIEN BOTTLE OPENER We also found this on Tragic Beautiful (currently sold out) but you can get it now on Amazon. Seriously, Tragic Beautiful has lots of cool stuff so bookmark ‘em. But for xmas.. get it at the giant store ($15-30)

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BAT PENDANT from Nightshade Boutique. Nightshade, by Gabrielle Faust, sells lots of vampire goodies and this one would be perfect on your winter coat. ($37)

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OCTOPUS JEWELRY by OctopusMe on Etsy. Lots of custom jewelry with octopusssyness-goodness.

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ZOMBIE CHIA! Z-z-z-z-z-zombie. Found on Amazon for $18-32.

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WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL…

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We are super excited to announce our next big, self-produced Blood Over Texas event, ZOMBIE SKATE 5! It’s back and we’re on the hunt for braaaiiinnnnsss! We are taking over Playland Skate Center in Austin to infest our fine city with hordes of the undead… on wheels. We’re calling out all zombies, skate lovers and MUA artists to impress with their best rot and flesh-eating talents! Zombie Costume Contest with awesome prizes, DJ, apocalyptic photo booth and more TBA.

So save the date zombies… here’s your chance to shine in all your roller-skating guts and glory. All ages welcome. Parents, and others, are cautioned that zombies may be disturbing. Entrance is $10 for 4 hours of skating and great zombie attractions. Kids under 3 free. Skate rental will be included and snack bar will be open. No outside food or drinks. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale soon.

Interesting facts about Zombie Skate…
• It all started back in 2007? Zombie Skate started as a birthday party our Evil Overlord’s friends.

• Zombie Skate was held three times as a private party and once, in 2012, as a B.O.T. event.

• Imagine trying to keep your balance with roller skates on — arms held out it front of you — and BAM!, you pretty much look like a zombie. That’s where the idea came from.

• The video below was created by Rich Stahlhut, after the party occurred on a simple camera. He made it into a fun little movie and in fact, we believe that you can still “rent” the movie for free at I Luv Video. It’s the same as featured here, yet with out-takes.

See you zombies in February. Forget about Valentines Day, come skate with the undead!

 JOIN the FB invite for announcements and please share the disease with your fellow zombie fiends.

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HOWZ ‘BOUT A LITTLE HORROR IN YOUR CUP OF SCI-FI?

OWA_poster_18x24-loComing up next week is the inaugural Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival. Now, Other Worlds Austin is a science fiction festival, but as we all know there is a lot of crossover with sci-fi and horror. Science fiction settings can give us some of the most thrilling and terrifying films — a great example of this being Ridley Scott’s seminal horror/sci-fi masterpiece Alien. We here at Blood Over Texas love everything horror related, every genre blending moment, every dark synth note and every Black Yoga class. So we jumped at the opportunity to have a chat with the founder of Other World Austin, Bears Fonté, to talk sci-fi, horror and everything us weirdos like.

Bears Fonté is, as I said, the founder and director of programming for Other Worlds. He has worked for the Austin Film Festival, where he was director of programming for 3 years, and he writes for AMFM Magazine. Bears works as an independent consultant for filmmakers, helping them with the process of submitting to film festivals — which is obviously something with which he is very experienced. In addition to all of that, he somehow finds the time to write screenplays himself, and his short film The Secret Keeper debuted at L.A. Shorts, and has played at numerous other fests since.

I asked Bears how he cut his teeth in genre films, and he said he owed a lot to Son of Svengooli, a late night B-movie host from the Chicago area where he grew up. But, he said he was always a fan of sci-fi. “My family would watch Star Trek: The Next Generation at the dinner table. It was the one thing we could agree on.”

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“The Well” directed by Tom Hammock

Other Worlds Austin is Dec 4-6, at the Galaxy Highland. It will be a total of 10 screenings, with 7 features, and 3 shorts programs. I asked Bears what motivated him to start his own film festival, which is an incredibly daunting undertaking. “When I was programming for Austin Film Festival, I saw any number of sci-fi films that were great but we just didn’t have room.” Bears said. When attending other festivals, both scouting and with his own short, he said at every one of those he would see a film that he had never seen before and that had never played in Austin. “Austin is really the geek capital of the world in my mind,” Bears said, and he felt that this was really a place that needed a dedicated science fiction festival. Whether it be horror or sci-fi he said that even if a film isn’t necessarily a great one, those of us who love our genre can appreciate them for what they are. “Fans just want more content in their genre”

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“Aura” (world premiere)

He couldn’t have been more on the nose. Within a 3 months of announcing the festival, he had already sold out his original number of wristbands. “We had to add another screen which enabled us to add more films.” That is an amazing achievement for the opening year of a genre festival and one that bodes well for the future.

Now let’s get into the movies. Other Worlds Austin is playing some genre blending films, notably Apt 3D (the world premier), Aura (the US premier) and Bloody Knuckles (the Texas premier). All three of these films are horror films with a sci-fi undertone. One of the other films to watch is The Well, which is directed by Tom Hammock. Hammock did work on You’re Next and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which are in my opinion, 2 of the best horror films to come out in the past few years. I for one am excited to see all of these, and I expect them to be brilliant.

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“Bloody Knuckles”. Texas premier and fundraiser for Corey Mitchell

In addition, the premier of Bloody Knuckles is dedicated to Cory Mitchell, the co-founder of Housecore Horror Film Festival, who suddenly passed this October leaving behind his wife and two young daughters. 5% of the wristband and merch sales for Other Worlds Austin will be donated to The Cory Mitchell Family Fund.

There are still a few wristbands available, and what’s great about the fest is that they are completely transferable. If you can’t make one day, you can pass it off to a friend! Also Bears said that a wristband was a guaranteed seat. “It’s one of the reasons we had to add another screen. I wanted to be sure that everyone could see all the films.”

I asked Bears to give me his favorite sci-fi/horror films that he had seen this year, not that they had to be new, or new to him, just what had left an impact on him recently. He answered (in no particular order) … the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Europa Report (2013), the second season of American Horror Story, “Asylum” (2012) and Big Ass Spider! (2013)

Sci-fi and horror are such good buddies, I am excited to see what Other Worlds Austin has for us. So jump on into the pool, kids. There’s plenty of room and the water is fine!

The Festival experience isn’t complete without the Par-tay’s: 

Pre-Apocalyptic Happy Hour Presented by Austin’s Pizza. Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4:30-7:00pm at The Tigress. The kickoff party to mingle with filmmakers and fellow attendees. Free pizza from Austin’s Pizza, sci-fi films, music and themed cocktails. 

2014: A Brunch Odyssey Presented by Cox Smith Attorneys. Saturday, Dec. 6th, 11:00am-12:30pm at The Goodnight. Come debate your favorite films from the first two nights or wander The Goodnight for pool, bowling, ping-pong, shuffleboard, board games and more! 

— Eric Harrelson

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CALLING FX ARTISTS AND VENDORS… LET’S GET ZOMBIFIED!

Austin Zombie Dec. 5th-2Blood Over Texas will be sponsoring this next cool zombilicious event, The Zombie Fashion Show and Creature Art Exhibit. Coming for the first time in Austin, straight from Los Angeles, this will be a night of zombies and art. The heart of the event is a FX competition that takes place on the runway. FX artists sign up for FREE to compete, where there work will be judged on the runway. A $200-350 cash prize for the Best Zombie Makeup will be given away to the winner. Visual artists can display their demented art for a $25 fee and vendors can sell their undead wares for $5o. JOIN THE FB INVITE for more info.

Vendors and FX artists are asked to email: zombiefashionshow (at) gmail with the words “ZOMBIE MUA”, “VISUAL ARTIST” OR “VENDOR” in the subject line.

They are also looking for DJs and Bands that are interested in playing that night. Email at the address given above.

See you fiends there!

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GOOD LUCK HORROR HOUNDS!

HOLIDAY-FB-BANNER-FLATGuess what?! Our HORROR FOR THE HOLIDAYS ART & GIFT BAZAAR event is a Sunday Pick on DO512!! Go to the “GOOD LUCK” link below to enter to WIN a $50 SPIDER HOUSE Gift Certificate! Whee! GOOD LUCK! 

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HORROR VENDORS WANTED!

HOLIDAYS-FLYER-WEB2Vendor spaces are still available for our HORROR FOR THE HOLIDAYS ART & GIFT BAZAAR on November 16th.

Hurry before they sell out! An 8’x6′ space is only $40 and the event is FREE to the public. You can find a list of our current vendors on the invite or on the Our Events page plus the holiday attractions that will be featured.

We just announced some of the raffles that will be held throughout the day: An evil xmas sweater from one of our vendors, Middle Of Beyond, and a Turducken! Yup.

JOIN THE EVENT

 

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HHFF AND THE VOMITORIUM: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU

204562008044788726_0yyhrqyo_fHousecore Horror Film Festival (HHFF) hurls it’s way to Austin this weekend and it’s time to spew your love for metal and horror. In their second year, Housecore Horror Film Festival has, from the beginning, been a celebration of the connection between metal music fans and horror fans. For most metal fans, the two go hand in hand  since there are solid inspirations and ties to the horror genre. Both a film festival and a music festival, it is quite an effort to combine the two types of festivals, as both are inherently different. But Housecore has a mission and they plan on making their twisted vision come true. The the minds behind HHFF, Corey Mitchell (best-selling local crime writer) and Philip Anselmo (former front man for legendary metal band Pantera), are both dedicated to metal music and their love of pure and classic horror and gore. They surround themselves with like-minded people who are able and willing to regurgitate the twisted vision. Bands, films, celebrities, panels, vendors, and tons of  attractions come together to make it one of the most unique festivals Austin has seen.

header_01The festival opens this Thursday with a metal show and badge pick up at the Dirty Dog and goes into full swing on Friday through Sunday at the festival site — which takes place off Riverside Blvd. at the Riverside Shopping Complex. The bands play in the anchors of the complex, venues Emo’s and Midway. The list of bands is long and impressive with highlights such as Gwar, Danzig, Samhain, Eye Hate God, Neurosis, etc. etc. Too many to print here, so head over to the band page for more on the metal that will be unleashed. The bands start up around noon everyday and will go into the wee hours of the night.

Now here at Blood Over Texas, we appreciate the metal music genre of course but the definite highlight for horror film fans is the original cast reunion of the 1974 horror and cult film, the Teas Chainsaw Massacre. The iconic Texas-based film celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this year and HHFF will present the highly anticipated panel on Friday at Emo’s and a Q&A along with the film on Saturday. The original cast, some which are here for the first time in Austin, Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), Edwin Neal (the hitchhiker), Allen Danzinger (Jerry), William Vail (Kirk), Teri McMinn (Pam), John Dugen (Grandfather) and Eward Guinn (the cattle truck driver) will be in attendance. Sadly Marilyn Burns (Sally), was scheduled to attend before her unexpected death this past August. We grieve for the best scream queen that ever lived and our hearts go out to her friends, family and fans. There will be a memorial to Marilynn Burns on Friday.

Had enough of Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Yeah, we didn’t think so. So add to the 40th anniversary celebration, cast members from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2! Bill Mosley (Chop Top), Caroline Williams (Stretch), and Bill Johnson (Leatherface #2) join the largest Texas Chainsaw Massacre-related event in history. TCM2 will screen with a cast Q &A on Sunday. Thanks HHFF! Your place in horror hell will be saved for your evil souls.

On the rest of the film front, you’ll find plenty of flicks — from the rare and obscure to new releases and classics. Horror shorts, mid-lengths, classics on 35mm, newer feature films like Circus of The Dead and Butcher Boys, and films from young and aspiring film makers that were chosen from submissions for this year’s festival. There’s no end to the amount of horror your eyes can feast on. The films take place at Emos, The Grindhouse Tent, Die-35 (a location on the site) and in the VHS Vomitiorium. And that brings us to the vomit. The VHS Vomitorium that is.

vomitorium-flyer-WEB 2Cellulord, Justin Giallo (a VHS connoisseur and former programmer for the Grindhouse Theater in Tacoma, Washigton) has purged his love for the glory of the VHS-age with 10 classics to cram down your throat in the VHS Vomitorium Room. The room is meant to be a chill out room for festival goers who want to take a break from the head banging to hang out and watch some great? classics in a comfy and quiet environment. And we’re excited to announce that Blood Over Texas is now sponsoring the VHS Vomitorium! Our Evil Overlord has personally driven around our great city scooping up couches, bean bags, and meeting lots of weirdos along the way, in order to give you festival goers some where to park you butt and enjoy the flicks. We give this to you Austin, used couches and ugly carpet. Don’t say we never gave ya’ anything.

And if that’s not enough to do, you’ll find the vendor area and location of the Autograph Room and autograph tables for TCM and TCM2 along with the Vendors of The Damned in between the two anchor venues in the shopping complex. Vendors offer their wares of unique clothing, art, creepy dolls, posters, CD’s, records, books, posters, memorabilia, accessories, hand crafted leather items and more. The vendor area is free and open to the public.

VENDOR-FLYER-FINAL-FLAT-WEBOther attractions to mention at the festival is comedian, and huge metal head, Brian Poshen will be performing/hosting several shows, meet SFX artists Matt Valentine and Michael Faust from SyFy’s show Faceoff in the vendor area, and you can even get tattooed on the world famous tattoo bus! Whew. We’re equally excited and tired and the same time.

Make sure you buy your badges today, you crazy metal horror hounds. Combo badges, Music Only badges, Film Only badges, Nightstalker badges (anything after 5pm) and special Austin Resident deals and individual show tickets are now on sale.

SEE THE SCHEDULE

BUY YER STINKIN BADGES!

 

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ART FOR HALLOWEEN

Guzu Gallery’s ICONS OF HOROR A Haunted Portrait Show

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Join us in having a unique Halloween experience as Gore Noir Magazine and Blood Over Texas join forces with Guzu Gallery to celebrate the witching season with their popular monthly art gallery… horror-style.

This Halloween season, Guzu Gallery dead-icates its gallery walls to the icons, heroes, and villains of the horror genre… but mostly the villains! The exhibition will feature all new, all horrifying portraits by over twenty-five artists — each carefully selected by Guzu Gallery. Original paintings, mixed media artwork, and screen prints will be available for purchase.

Featured Artists: Daniel Aranda, Breanna Boone, Dan Brereton, Nathan Chesshir, Miguel Coronado III, Alan Defibaugh, M. Fersner, Ezra Haidet, Half-Human, Candy Yu Yen Kuo, Devin Lawson, Alice Meichi Li, Tessa Morrison, Katrina Muir, New Flesh, Billy Perkins, Chet Phillips, Bethany Price, Alexandros Pyromallis, Isaak Ramos, Cody Schibi, Jon Smith, Tim Stephson, Zachary Taylor, Bob Wallace, Elisa Wikey, Patrick Wong, Worthy Enemies

The opening reception will be on Friday, October 31st, from 7pm-10pm, and the artwork will remain up through December 1st. The show begins early, so be sure to stop in before you start your Halloween evening festivities… or just stick around all night and enjoy the party; there will be plenty of fun on hand! Blood Over Texas will be hosting a creepy costume contest so you will want to arrive in your spookiest Halloween ensemble (encouraged but not required) — contest categories and prizes to be announced. There will be a special, blood-curdling music mix by Half-Human on opening night, as well as a live music performance by dark synth maestro, Xander Harris. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirts. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

Please JOIN THE INVITE for updates and TBA attractions!

 

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AHS’S FREAK SHOW IS TONIGHT! A quick review

AHS BANNER FLATAHS BANNER FLATAHS BANNERWell it’s finally here! Squeal! The new season of Freak Show starts tonight at 9 p.m. (central) on the FX Channel. And can I say, that getting a sneak peek of tonight’s premier episode, was a huge treat to say the least. Freak Show is the 4th installment of the FX channel’s series, American Horror Story. The concept of having the same cast come back season after season, but in different worlds, is one I’ve always loved because you never know what roles they’re going to play. Kinda reminds be of those “choose your own adventure” books: familiarity combined with surprise. The first year they did a great job of creating a creepy horror world. Your basic creepy house story. Although, the latex man wouldn’t be my top choice for a scary monster or ghost or whatever that floaty shined-up thing was supposed to be. It was however, a fresh idea for a TV show at the time. Especially for us horror fans. I mean we love movies, but who could resist an addictive weekly dose of a horror drama added to the mix?

The 2nd season gave us Asylum and it achieved a higher level of horror and a more in-depth world. The characters were interesting and unusual, the sets were beautiful. In a dark, decaying way of course. The story of power and abuse against the helpless — with a pinch of supernatural and a dash of serial killer thrown in — made for a great story. Now, the 3rd year’s season of Coven? Well that kinda, sorta took a bit of a dip. Everything about the series was still well-directed, well-acted and looked great; but I think most people can agree, you can’t get too crazy with the witch theme. So I can see where some people felt disappointed. Regardless, I watched every episode and still enjoyed the season.

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TONIGHT!

Freak Show, however, looks to be a stunning comeback for American Horror Story and we’re purdy sure it won’t disappoint the horror fan. Someone over there in FX-land, upped the horror factor —and the sex factor I might add — big time. My mouth dropped so many times, that I could have caught an Amityvile Horror-sized fly hoard in there. I get it’s cable TV, but I was shocked at what they’re getting away with. And oh how that makes this black heart happy. Not many things shock and please this sometimes “jaded” horror fan anymore. I’m not even going to elaborate on the scenes. When you see them… you’ll know.

The roles of the “home cast” are well appointed and well-acted as usual. I’m excited to see how they develop. My only complaint would be that Kathy Bates, who plays the bearded lady, uses a confusing and unclassifiable accent that seems unnecessary. But I dig her whole “butch” look. I also have to say the CGI (yup I used the dreaded acronym) for Sarah Paulson’s two-headed character is amazing. It must have took a lot of work to do a whole 13-episode season. The direction on this first episode was fun and unusual, much like the theme, so I really enjoyed it.

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When CGI works

Not all the cast was revealed in the first show, which I like. See, that’s how the addiction starts. The imagery is beautiful, haunting and delightfully different from your usual TV-show world. The theme of carnival and freaks is… well… delicious. Twisty the Clown is adorable. Oh wait. I like clowns. So if you don’t, you have been warned. I predict it to be one of this year’s top Halloween costumes. Even the opening credits alone are so good, that I’ll have to rewind it over and over to catch all of the oddities tucked in there.

FREAK-FLYER-WEB LOOver all, I’m so glad I got to see the show ahead of time, since I’ll be busy taking care of business for our big Season Open Party tonight at the Scoot Inn. And it looks like the whole town is coming to see the Freak Show. We’re gonna have to pack ‘em in tonight. Come one, come all to the horror show!

-Bunny Voodoo

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