It’s baaaack! SPLATTERDROME brings music and horror together and this time we pay tribute to the era of heavy metal. Three KILLER tribute bands, 80s horror and heavy metal videos on the screens, an epic photo booth, drink specials and MORE TBA. Save the date evil ones.
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At the height of the 80s horror film era the power of the demon-drenched lyrics of heavy metal music helped to spawn the phenomena of Satanic Panic. While the parents prayed for our sins we reveled in all that was evil. A time of pure rebelilous innocence that may never be repeated. This night we will celebrate one of the greatest times of horror – when blood traveled effortlessly between film and music.
HELLter Skelter – Motley Crue Tribute band MOB RULES – Dio Tribute Band Judas And The Beast – Judas Priest & Iron Maiden Tribute Band
In case you haven’t noticed lately, we are throwing tons of horror events your way this year. One — and sometimes two — a month. We have one more big one coming up that we will be announcing soon. A hint: Horror. Art. Vendors. Save the date: Sept. 16th, Austin.
Jason “slaughters” in Friday the 13th 6: Jason Lives
THIS MONTH’S EPISODE OF BLOOD OVER TEXAS RADIO
EP. 027: “SLAUGHTER OF THE FAN”
FEATURING INTERVIEW WITH
DIRECTOR OF FRIDAY THE 13TH 6: JASON LIVES & ONE DARK NIGHT
LISTEN ABOVE AND ON iTUNES & STITCHER
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. crew — co-host Eric, Brian, Shelly Dread and Producer Bradley as we talk with our biggest fan, Eric G. and listen to our celeb interview with Tom McLoughlin (Director of Friday the 13th 6: Jason Lives and One Dark Night). A true horror fan and rocker at heart, Tom tells us about what horror movies he turned down to direct, his favorite kinds of horror movies and what props he’s kept from his films. We also celebrate Blood Over Texas’s 6th birthday on the show with plenty of drinking and the announcements of several upcoming events in Austin.
Biggest fan, Eric G. won the spot on the show by impressing us with how much he loves B.O.T. Radio. It’s a lot! He joins the gang as we do our regular segments: Shelly’s Hammered Horror 3-minute drunk movie review of Don’t Kill It, Eric’s Double Dog Dare You film challenge of The Sinful Dwarf, Coming Out of The Grave (a look at horror movies coming out in July); Name. That. Terror Game (2011 edition) and our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D#*khead. When the crazy clown laughs, you drink.
Songs featured in this episode:
“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
“I Want Your Hands On Me” by Sinead O’Connor with MC Lyte
We are very excited to announce the beginning of our monthly screenings sponsored by Arrow Video. At Blood Bath Theater, we hope to bring you some amazing titles courtesty of Arrow Video. We start off by opening the gates of hell with the 1987 Clive Barker classic, Hellraiser! The event is FREE and we hope to see all of you Cenobites out to enjoy the screening of the movie on the huge 25-foot screen of The North Door (Austin). Shown in a dark and quiet movie watching enviornment. 21+ • Drink specials. Feel free to hang out after the movie for general demon antics with us and your fellow fiends.
Arrow Video is one of the leading film distribution companies releasing new and restored films for hororr fans (and others) to enjoy. They have an impressive library of releases and are currently offering an amazing Hellraiser box set with tons and tons of extras. Hellaiser Scarlet Box (limited edition) was on our Horror Gift Guide this year and for good reason. Check out their library on their SITE and make sure to follow them on the social medias. FACEBOOK • TWITTER • INSTAGRAM
Get ready for several Blood Over Texas events coming to fill up the rest of the year with horror. Check ’em out and stay tuned here (Our Events page) and our FB EVENTS page for up-to-date info on these events and more to come soon!
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
DIS-MEMBERSHIP PARTY AND 6TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Join us for our annual dis-Membership Party and celebration of the 6th Birthday of Blood Over Texas!! Come hang out with your fellow horror fiends. All members and all horror fans welcome. In tradition, the annual event is free to thank our members and followers for their support. This year we take over the dark shadows of the ultra cool lounge, Casino South Side Lounge. Come Horror. & Chill. with us.
Join and follow the FB invite for up to date info. JOIN
HORROR TRIVIA: Attack of the BRAINS! Get those horrror brains ready for some fun horror trivia (details TBA). Prizes!
DRINK: Enjoy some killer drink specials in this dark ultra cool lounge.
TUNES OF TERROR: Listen to songs and soundtracks from horror movies all nght long and see if you can name the movies they appeared in.
VICIOUS VISUALS: Watch our special “Brain-Melting” horror show on the TVs.
21+ • More TBA • Free
HORROR FOR THE HOLIDAYS 4
4TH ANNUAL ALL-HORROR VENDOR MARKET
The horror continues with our 4th annual Horror For The Holidays Art & Gift Bazaar — a baZaar bazaar for the horror fan. Save the date! This year we return to Come And Take It Live (formally named Grizzly Hall). Two stories of horror merch for your holiday shopping needs and wants. Join the FB invite and stay tuned for more info to come. JOIN
***ALL HORROR & DARK VENDORS *** EVIL SANTA BOOTH with professional photographer *** KRAMPUS *** RAFFLES *** FREE *** ALL AGES *** Last year brought out apprx. 475 attendees ***
VENDORS: Spaces will go on sale on August 1st and will end on October 31st. This year we will be using a “juried” system rather than a first-come-first-serve process. Our returning vendors will get priority on acceptance. Left over spaces will be offered to new vendors and will be juried for acceptance. Returning vendors will receive a private email with instructions right before the on sale date. New vendors will be juried for acceptance and placed on a waiting list until we hear back from our returning vendors. For that reason we ask returning vendors to respond quickly to the email you receive in late July. More details and instructions will be posted here so keep an eye on the invite. We look forward to another year of Horror For The Holidays!
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. crew — co-host Eric, Tessa, Shelly Dread and Producer Bradley as we talk about our adventures as this year’s, Texas Frightmare Weekend ( 2017). TFW is Texas’s biggest horror convention and much fun was had you can be sure. Hear our personal stories of celeb encounters, panel experiences and bar antics at the show this year. Plus a fun game of Marry, Shag, Kill, Basement with the celebs who were at TFW. What the heck happens to Wilford Brimley y’all?
The episode also features our usual dork-tastic segments: Eric’s Double Dog Dare You film challenge; TWO special “Live at TFW” Hammered Horror movie reviews of Evil Bong: 666 and the skull-crushing short, Death Metal;Coming Out of The Grave (a first look at select horror movies coming out in June); Name. That. Terror Game (2016 edition) and our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D#*khead. When the crazy clown laughs, you drink.
Songs featured in this episode:
“Pyscho” by Andre Williams and the Sadies (album: Red Dirt) Visit Andre’s record label:BLOODSHOT RECORDS • Buy the album there or: AMAZON
“Blue Love” by The Bad Signs (album: Black Magic Moments) Buy their songs/album! SITE • FB PAGE
We’re as happy as a clown in a kid store for this weekend! Another great year soaking in all the blood at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. This will be their 12th year and is one of Texas’s biggest (perhaps the countries?) biggest horror conventions. Texas Frightmare Weekend (May 4-7) is being presented by Arrow Video (media sponsored by Blumhouse). As usual their featured guests, panels, screenings and vendors are highly impressive.
TFW always has special showcases on some of your favorite horror movies. This year they will be featuring a special Fright Night panel with director Tom Holland, William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark and FX legend Steve Johnson. For you creature and Carpenter fans, you’ll enjoy the 35th anniversary panel for The Thing, featuring Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Thomas Waites and Dean Cundey. And for you hill-hiding mutants, check out the 40th anniversary panel of the The Hills Have Eyes featuring Dee Wallace and Michael Berryman. Not to mention a Ted Raimi Q&A and a secret movie from Charles Band and Full Moon Pictures. Both are bound to be loads of fun. Many, many more cool panels and horror celebs will grace the event — too many to list here — BUT… I’ve saved the best for last… are you ready?…. Dario “f’n” Argento! Yup. I’m pretty sure this is one of his first US appearances in quite awhile, so this is a must for your giallo fans. He will be there celebrating the 40th anniversary of Suspiria with Barbara Magnolfi, Stefania Casini and Claudio Simonetti. Like I mentioned before, there is way too much to list here, so head over to the site for the full schedule and guests. And don’t forget to bring some dollies to load out some killer horror merch available from the vendors and artists selling their bloody hearts out at the convention.
We’ll be there as usual haunting the aisles and seeing what horror fun we can get into. Expect to hear the re-cap of the convention on our May podcast episode sometime during the week of May 15th — including a live Hammered Horror and another Elevator Ambush. If you want to live vicariously through us while we’re at TFW, follow us on the Instragrams. Several of us will be logged in showing you pics and video of the weekend. If you’re planning on heading out, find us and say Hi. We promise we won’t bite… too hard.
Should you Shudder? Well, the short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, but how weird are you?
So here’s the thing about Shudder. Although it isn’t the perfect streaming site, it does give us horror fans an expanded selection of movies, shorts and even series when compared with Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. There is some exclusive content, and Shudder does get some amazing new films, but where the site really excels in my opinion is the amount and range of the classic content. Interesting Euro and Asian films, goofy 80’s nonsense, and most importantly a wide selection of classics are all available to watch again or discover for the first time. Shudder is a great place to do your homework.
Shudder also features some very in depth collections, but I was particularly fond of the curated content. There have been recommended films by “Curators”, Joe Dante, Barbara Crampton, Robert Eggers, Fred Dekker and more filmmakers or famous fans of horror. Although the content is obviously constrained by what Shudder has available, it is neat when picking a movie to find out what the guy that directed The Witch would watch. Being that Shudder is also a sponsor for Fantastic Fest, there is a collection of films available that screened at what is widely regarded as the premiere genre fest in the nation, if not the entire world. There is also a Midnight at Sundance collection, which collects films that screened, of course, in the Midnight slot at Sundance.
Right, so buy Shudder, I guess. Bunch of cool stuff on there, it’s only like 5 bucks a month which I imagine most of us can afford. There are a few downsides however. One is that if you don’t have Android, Roku or Apple TV, at the time of this writing, Shudder didn’t have apps for Playstation or Xbox. The other is that although the content is pretty varied and covers a lot of bases, they are pretty safe bases. (I may have just accidentally made a baseball pun.) If you’re like me and looking for stuff that is really out there, you have to look elsewhere…
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You guys… I looked elsewhere and I found this: Exploitation.TV. The site is not that easy to navigate. It costs more than Shudder, and it only has apps for Chromecast or Roku. It’s categories are pretty basic (comedy, horror, thriller, etc.) BUT, Exploitation.TV has some absolutely incredible content. As you may have gleaned from its name, Exploitation.TV is all about cult oddities and grindhouse era, underground weirdness. Plenty of sex comedies, far-out horror, arthouse sex documentaries, erotic sci fi, and over the top gory martial arts action.
What is important and great about the team at Exploitation.TV is that they are trying to preserve content that quite simply no one else gives a shit about. Most of these movies would be lost forever if not for the work and dedication of people like them. If you’re looking to expand your film horizons, check out Exploitation.TV and strap in. It’s gonna get weird.
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. crew — co-host Eric, Brian and Producer Bradley — with our special guests, Sara and Felecia of Texas Ghost And Spirit Intervention. On this episode “Ghost Stories,” we talk with our guests about their experiences helping people with hauntings, spirit and entity attachments, possessions and poltergeist activity. We also talk about a few famous Texas ghosts and find out how Ouija boards can be like Craigslist.
The episode also features our usual haunting segments: Eric’s Double Dog Dare You film challenge of the movie The Wraith; Shelly’s Hammered Horror drunken movie review of Monsters;Coming Out of The Grave (a first look at select horror movies coming out in May); Name. That. Terror Game (Haunted House edition) and our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D#*khead. When the crazy clown laughs, you drink.
Songs featured in this episode:
“Unchained Melody” by Honeyboy Martin (album: Jamaica’s Greatest) BUY IT ON AMAZON
“Midnight, The Stars and You” by Ray Noble & His Orchestra, and Al Bowlly BUY IT ON AMAZON
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Our 24th podcast episode was vampire themed and it discussed the culture and films of our favorite blood sucking fiends. (LISTEN TO THE EPISODE). However, we overlooked one area of media, ANIME! The 80s and 90s had oodles of vampy anime with the most notable one probably being the 1985 feature-length animated film Vampire Hunter D.
Based on the manga of the same name, Vampire Hunter D featured artwork by Yoshitaka Amano. Amano has an impressive resume including artwork for much of the Final Fantasy game series. Even if you are not a connoisseur of anime you might have heard of Vampire Hunter D. It’s a Sci-Fi, Horror, Western, Fantasy mash-up and it’s a gory, glorious romp. Watch on as a mysterious, cloak-wearing badass only known as “D” slashes his way through hordes of ghouls, goblins, mutants, trolls, flesh-eating mists, and snake women across a post-apocalyptic wasteland on his steam-powered android horse to save a girl from the clutches of an evil vampire lord. It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83%. That’s pretty damn good for a non-Ghibli Studios anime feature-length film.
Vampire Hunter D had a sequel in 2000 called Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Hitoshi Yamaguchi was in charge of cinematography, and some other works of note of his include Ninja Scroll, Battle Angel Alita, and METROPOLIS. Once again we find D on a quest to save a girl from the local big bad vampire whose been terrorizing the countryside. A fun aside: In the first film, D has a parasitic entity living in his left hand, and while D hasn’t aged much from the previous film, his buddy ol’ Lefty has. I love those types of attention to detail and keeping with previously established canon.
Blood: The Last Vampire is a feature film which takes place during WWII and follows braid-rocking Saya, a stoic schoolgirl who is more than she seems (ain’t that always the way?). The monster designs are cool and creepy with plenty of blood and gore, so it lives up to the name. It was received very well in the film festival circuit and has won several film and animation awards. Blood: The Last Vampire has since spawned a Japanese live-action film, a video game, manga, and two animated series.
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge is a mini-series based on the 1994 video game for the PlayStation and several of the characters from Night Warriors are featured in the arcade game Marvel Versus Capcom. One of my favorite characters to play is Morrigan Aensland (SOULFIST!). There was an animated Darkstalkers TV series made for America which aired on UPN and the violence and sexual themes were toned down for a younger demographic. I would shy away from the Americanized version, it looks terrible. Watch the original Japanese animated version if given a choice.
Other vampiric anime titles include serious and moody, Vampire Princess Miyu, comedy, Master of Mosquiton; magical girl comedy, Devil Hunter Yohko; and people rave about Hellsing, but haven’t seen much of it yet.
So if you are a horror fan and were thinking of dipping your toes into some anime, these are a great start. There are worthwhile horror titles that break preconceived notions about anime. As always, the trick is just finding them. Happy (vampire) hunting!