Spring is the season of re-birth, or as we like to say the re-animated, so it seems fitting that it’s also the time of Texas’s biggest gathering of un-dead lovers at the Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Ft. Worth/Dallas. This weekend, May 1-3 2015, you’ll find horror celebs, horror attractions, great panels, tons of killer movies, cool vendors, an art show and your chance to geek out with your fellow horror fans. While most of the attendees are from Texas, people do fly there from other parts of the world, which is probably why TFW won best Horror Convention in 2014 by iHorror. Side note, if you haven’t already, sign up for iHorror’s emails. Horror news sent right to your email. It’s a good thing.
This year will be the 10th Anniversary of TFW and it’s being sponsored, once again, by Fangoria Magazine. We remember when TFW was just a tiny but mighty convention at a small hotel in Ft. Worth. Many fond memories were made there brushing shoulders with the horror elite. Nowadays, the convention has grown so big, it has lost it’s intimate and casual environment, but they do a fantastic job of scheduling tons of really impressive guests, panels and movies. Whadda ya gonna do… ya gotta feed the hungry ghouls and give them more, more, more. This year’s notable guests include a Phantasm Reunion; Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Reunion; Brad Dourif; Elvira; Malcolm McDowell; Tom Savini; Lisa and Louise Burns (The Shining), Kim Koates, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Tara Reid, Victoria Price (daughter of Vince) Sherilyn Fenn, Sid Haig, C. Thomas Howell; Udu Kier; Ed Neal; Julian Sands and many more. Head on over to their site for the full schedule and guest line-up.
But here’s the most important stuff…
For the second time, we have a booth at TFW! We put our big britches on and got a bigger booth in the big room (Enterprise room) in the back corner, Booth #89. We’d love for you to stop by and say Hi. You can sign up to be a member, buy some awesome new merch to show your Texas horror pride (get a peek at the new merch below) and watch us as we record several segments for our podcast, Blood Over Texas Radio. Including a live recording of Shelly Dread’s Hammered Horror! This will be super fun as we’re sending her in to watch a movie and will have her give us her 3-minute drunken plot review, in some random hallway, immediately following the screening. Follow us on our sites to find out the location. Read below for the scoop on where to follow. We can tell you it will be on Saturday night, so stay tuned. It will be ridiculous fun.
Also, one of the very special things we’ll be doing in our booth this time is having several “Meat & Greets” with some great horror people doing some really great things in the local, Texas horror scene. Since promoting and supporting the Texas horror scene is what we do, we’re excited to give you a chance to meet them and see what evil deeds they’re all up to. Oh yeah… and you can meet us too. Be still your beating hearts.
The GORE episode! Interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis & Jim Saito plus special guests Gore Noir Magazine.
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Eric, Fernie and Bradley) as they talk with special guests Taylor Haggard and Mitch Rafter of Gore Noir Magazine PLUS our interviw with The Godfather of Gore, legendary Director Herschell Gordan Lewis, and Producer and Vice President of Diabolique, Jim Saito.
HGL and Jim talk about their new project, BloodMania, making low-budget entertaining movies, what scares them most, blood-stained girls, 35mm or digital?, fried chicken and what body parts they wouldn’t mind losing. This episode we talk about horror, what it takes to make a horror mag, why Mr. Tingles the Clown is still a D*#khead along with our regular features: Horror News, Horror Happenings, Terror Visions Art Challenge, Double Dog Dare You Horror Movie Challenge and Hammered Horror. Songs featured in this episode from Demented Scumcats and Austin, horror punk band, Rebel Flesh.
Music: Splatter Baby by Demented Scumcats (Album: Requiem De La Depravation) FACEBOOK • LAST.FM
Where does a ancient deity go to get a date nowadays? eHarmony, OurTime, DeityDating.com? Nope, he goes straight to his dedicated cult followers to hook him up with a human female to get his freak on and create world-ending spawn. Everyone deserves love right? Even if you’re an evil being that is part giant human, part octopus, and part dragon who likes to go for long swims in the ocean and a fine Chardonnay.
And that is the basis of a new horror comedy that is about to destroy your brain. Call Girl Of Cthulhu hits Austin for its Texas premier on April 16th as part of Other Worlds Austin’s year ‘round screening program. This gory and hilarious H.P. Lovecraft tribute is being brought to Austin by the makers of the movie, WNUF Halloween Special, and is being presented by Austin’s only all sci-fi film festival, Other Worlds Austin. Blood Over Texas, along with Midnight Crew Studio, are co-presenting the craziest Lovecraft tribute film to ever spatter the screen.
The story starts with Carter Wilcox (David Phillip Carollo), a struggling artist, who’s been saving his virginity for someone special. When he meets the enchanting escort Riley Whatley (Melissa O’Brien), he believes he’s found the one. Unfortunately, she’s also “someone special” to an ancient cult that believes she is the chosen bride of their alien god, Cthulhu.
Forced to mate with their tentacled deity, Riley becomes a vessel for the spawn that will destroy mankind. Now, Carter and his noise musician roommate, Erica Zann (Nicolette Le Faye), must battle the sinister cult and unimaginable creatures to save Riley… and the rest of humanity. Will they save the world or surrender to the slimy grip of the Great Old Ones?
Call Girl Of Cthulhu has garnered numerous accolades, including the Audience Choice Award at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival. It has played at numerous festivals but, until now, has not played in Texas.
“The title says it all,” says Dan Repp, Programmer and Event Coordinator for Other Worlds Austin. “It’s the type of film that you want to see with an audience and have a beer in your hand. A teacher could go to jail if they showed this to a high school class.”
Join us for the screening on April 16, 2015 at the Alamo Drafthouse Village Theater. Director Chris LaMartina and cast member Melissa O’Brien will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. You can purchase tickets for the 9pm screening from the OWA site for only $10. Attendees will also be able to purchase early badges for the 2015 festival at the screening. Here’s some quotes and the trailer to get your mind ready for the kooky, slime and gore-fest that is Call Girl Of Cthulhu!
Come join to us to celebrate our favorite day of the year, Friday the 13th, by rocking out to some of Texas’s best local music. Blood Over Texas and Delve Texas present an exclusive horror party to kick off the 1st day of SXSW with live music, DJ and horror imagery courtesy of VJ GreekFire.
Get your bones rockin’ with a monster mash of styles with an all-Texas, all-local lineup with Eugene Ray and the Rioteers (old school country), The Sandworms (horror surf) and Rebel Flesh (horror punk). Since all of these bands have played at previous B.O.T. events, you have it on our authority, they are kick-ass cool. VJ GreekFire will bring the eye terror with horror-inspired artistic visuals and our DJ will take care of keeping you rockin’ in between bands.
Delve Texas, a PR and event company, takes over this space during SXSW and it is usually a VIP-only lounge for industry insiders and celebrities. But for this night, and this event only, they are opening their doors to the public and to us horror fans — in celebration of Friday the 13th. The temporary take-over venue is located downtown, on the corner of 6th St. & Neches, on the 2nd story, above Coyote Ugly. Go through the door and up the stairs to enjoy the Horror Lounge.
Entry: $5, 18+
Venue:Delve Inn, 501 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX
9:30: Eugene Ray & The Rioteers (Austin)
10:45: The Sandworms (San Antonio)
12:00: Rebel Flesh (Austin)
This space is limited — once we hit capacity, no one will be let in. We suggest you get there early to get entry into this exclusive party! The $5 entry will go straight to the entertainment. Bar tickets will be sold for your boozing pleasure.
Behind the castle walls, lies the unexpected. Creatures that creep the twisting hallways, looking and waiting for you to enter the maze, feverishly listening for your cautious steps… to discover their secret… their horror!
It’s been months since the castle on South Congress opened with plenty of “what the heck is that” comments from drivers and walkers by who noticed the unusual building pretty much pop up out of nowhere. The castle is, Sfanthor, a shop celebrating sci-fi, fantasy and horror — the name is a mashup of those three genres and is full of everything your dark heart desires. Vintage comics, toys, jewelry, collectibles and T-shirts, including horror shirts by local company,Pallbearer Press. Created by one of the coolest, weird shops in town, Museum of the Weird on 6th street (downtown Austin), Sfanthor is following in it’s predecessors footsteps by adding a cool museum to the mix. But this one is of the horror kind. And on March 7th, it’s about to open your eyes to the history of horror.
During these long months since Sfanthor opened it’s doors, those of us who have ventured in to check out the store, have wondered why half the space seemed walled off. What’s behind those walls you ask? Well it is a Chambers of Horror of course… the history of horror, told in wax and intricate sets. And heck if it hasn’t been almost impossible to wait to see the painstaking production completed. And now it’s here monster fans! The wax museum primarily focuses on the history of classic monster movies from 1920-1950. I can tell you myself, I have seen it’s conception in it’s many stages and there was no rush on details and quality. So we are very excited to see the birth of the monster. The museum will walk you through the early years of early horror films featuring the likes of Ray Harryhausen, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, with many surprises thrown in to please. The hope for the museum is to keep this history alive for us die-hard horror fans and as a introduction to a new generation of horror fans.
We had a chance to get a sneak peek at the museum this week, and we are impressed. Speaking of sneak peeks, can you guess by the few teaser photos here what’s in store for you in the museum? You’ll have to stop by and see these creatures in full form! Feel free to bring the whole family since it is a family-friendly museum.
The Grand Opening takes place on March 7th and will run from 11am-8pm. Museum admission will be $8 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under. Sfanthor is located on 1101 South Congress and can’t be missed. If you miss the big castle (but how could you?), just look for Ms. P’s Electric Cock food trailer. Yes, that’s what the trailer is actually called. See you fiends there! —Bunny Voodoo
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team — Eric, Fernie, Shelly and Bradley — and special guest Trixi Stix of The Satan’s Cheerleaders. In honor of Women In Horror Recognition Month, the founder and member of Austin’s most devilish group of women in horror, The Satan’s Cheerleaders, joins the team to talk about Cheerleader Soup, Serial Killers, the movie Wyrmwood, Drunk Zombie Sheep, Romantic Zombies and why Mr. Tingles the Clown is a D*#khead. Regular features in the podcast include Horror News, Horror Happenings, Terror Visions Art Challenge, Double Dog Dare You Horror Movie Challenge and Hammered Horror. Songs featured in the podcast are from Banane Metalik and local horror-inspired band, Lucid Dementia. Listen to the evil!
Music: Zombie by Banane Metalik (Album: Requiem De La Depravation) FACEBOOK • WEBSITE
Music: Zombies by Lucid Dementia (Album: When The World Leaves You Behind) FACEBOOK • WEBSITE
B.O.T. EVENT: Our sponsored event for March is Demons Vs. Zombies. The horror rap tour is brought to you by Slaughtercore Entertainment and hosted by local group, Texas Hatchet Cartel. B.O.T. members get half off admission! Find out more info on Our Events page. JOIN THE FB INVITE • WEBSITE
TERROR VISIONS Art Challenge: Find more details on this month’s challenge, the guidelines and deadline on Our Series page.
This is what happens when you learn iMovie in order to put together a promo video to commemorate the Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead Advance Screening we did on Feb. 10th. Enjoy the video and please Subscribe to our YouTube channel. We plan on putting a bunch of kooky stuff on there in the near future.
The video features the song “Final Solution” from the cool Austin metal band who played the event, The Blood Royale. Live burn by daredevil Aaron and his burn crew, Christian and Cheyy. Thanks to IFC Midnight for allowing us to show the screening 3 days before the U.S. release date and to the Wyrmwood team for making such a bad-ass movie. Thanks to our makeup artists Chase and Taylor, the zombies Anthony and Rodi (and Chase and Taylor), and everyone at the The North Door venue. Special thanks to Rob for letting us use his great burn footage. And extra, extra thanks to everyone who came out to see the movie! Please support this kick-ass movie by buying it on VOD on iTunes and Amazon now and buy it when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray.
We get to do a lot of fun stuff here at Blood Over Texas. We watch creepy television shows together, we have Videodrome inspired parties, we throw Zombie roller skating parties, we even have a podcast, Blood Over Texas Radio, wherein we discuss the horror happenings around Central Texas. But this is by far one of the coolest things we’ve ever been involved with.
We kicked off our Zombie Week 2015 with a screening of Wyrmood: Road of the Dead. IFC Midnight (IFC’s genre sub label) is officially releasing Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead to the U.S. today, Friday the 13th, and we were lucky enough to get an advanced screening! Wyrmwood isn’t getting a Texas theatrical release, and if you weren’t lucky enough to see the film at Fantastic Fest, then VOD would be your only option. But we reached out to IFC and they were excited to have us screen the film, and pretty much gave us carte blanche to put our Blood Over Texas spin on the event.
Wyrmwood is an Australian zombie apocalypse film with a healthy dose of Mad Max thrown in for good measure. If anybody knows how to do it, it’d be the Aussies, I mean, Mad Max was theirs first! Wyrmwood is about a brother, Barry (played by Jay Gallagher), trying to find his sister after the initial zombie outbreak. Unbeknownst to him, his sister Brooke (played by Bianca Bradey), has been abducted by a group of gas mask-wearing military types and is imprisoned in a lab where an unhinged doctor is experimenting on both live and undead subjects. When the survivors figure out that something has rendered gasoline nonflammable, they have to get creative! The motley crew of survivors includes: funny-as-hell Leon Burchill as Benny; beer-lover Keith Agius as Frank; not-for-long Yure Covich as Chalker and a few others who get splattered and dead. As if the zombies weren’t enough, the crew has to deal with evil meanies, like the disco-dancing Doc (Berynn Schwerdt) and the testosterone fueled Captain (Luke McKenzie). Just trust it. The entire cast is worthy of such an awesome zombie film.
Watching the blood and brains
For those of you who didn’t make it out to the screening this past Tuesday, that was a huge mistake. Wyrmwood is fast-paced, has big action and looks absolutely amazing— something that really should be seen on the big screen … a.k.a. the 25 ft wall at the screening venue, The North Door. And because we are over-achieving horror lovers, we decided to ramp up the event. Screenings are fun, but why not have an awesome metal band? Bam. Austin metal band The Blood Royale. And come to think of it, a movie and a band are great, but why not have some zombies in attendance as well? You know what… even all of this just wasn’t quite enough for our Evil Overlord, Bunny Voodoo, so she casually decided that we should get a couple marauders in a post-apocalyptic Beetle to confront a zombie, set him on fire, then gun him down in the street. You read that correctly, A GUY GOT SET ON FIRE! Now if that’s not enough to slake that zombie horror thirst, I don’t know what is. Go to the bottom of this post to see live footage of the “burn” and go to our Facebook main page for more photos from the event.
Metal! Courtesy of The Blood Royale
Not only did we get to bring the film to you in proper Blood Over Texas fashion, we also got the chance to interview the director, Kiah Roache-Turner and ask him just who the hell he and his brother, Tristan Roache-Turner (co-writer and producer), think they are and what the hell do they think they’re doing?!
**some small spoilers ahead **
Blood Over Texas (Eric): So first off, I’d like to know just a little bit about who you are and how you got started in film. I don’t like to ask the question of influences, because I think it sounds dumb, so I’d like to ask if you remember what made you see films as something that you wanted to make? What was that first thing you saw that made you say “Yep, doin that!”?
Kiah Roach-Turner: Star Wars was the first film that blew my mind (like everyone else in the world) and ‘Raiders’ made me more excited than a trip to Disneyland, but it was probably seeing Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner as a kid that made me sit up and think ‘how the fuck does someone do THAT?’ Coppola’s film is so hallucinogenic and violent, so colourful and full of such insane caricatures and Blade Runner is just two hours of pure graphic design porn! Anybody who wants to be an artist immediately wants to be a filmmaker after seeing those two films.
B.O.T.: Tell me a little about the original concept for Wyrmwood, and bring me through to the finished version. Changes… ideas that couldn’t be done, or just didn’t work… that sort of thing. Also any weird or crazy things happen during the shoot?
K.R-T.: The original concept was very much more in the vein of Richard Mathiasen’s I Am Legend — you know, “One man, alone, the last man on earth living in a fenced-off caravan in the middle of fucking nowhere surrounded by hundreds of undead that he has to deal with on a daily basis.” This is still something that we would like to delve into in the sequel but we realized that for a first film it might not be a good idea to make a dark almost dialogue-free character piece and so we decided to re-write it as more of an action-adventure.
Changes? Are you kidding? We re-wrote, like, fifty times while we were shooting (note to filmmakers … don’t do this). Brooke started out as Barry’s love interest and changed into his sister halfway through the shoot, The Luke McKenzie character started out as Barry’s brother then we cut those scenes and decided to re-imagine him as the villain who turns up at the end. It was a shambles! But SO fun!
Way too many weird and crazy things happened during the shooting of this film to go into with any kind of brevity. Try having the entire police force turn up with guns drawn thinking they were coming to the site of a horrible murder? How about nearly having your lead stunt woman nearly killed by being nearly run over by a metal-spiked four wheel drive? How about setting a blokes head on fire? How’s that for weird and crazy?
B.O.T: Did you have a particular favorite scene or gag that was just really fun to shoot?
K.R-T.: So many. Firing a massive blood-gun at Jay Gallagher’s face was pretty awesome, although he really didn’t appreciate it at the time. Blowing up Yure Covich’s head has to take the cake though. He had to quit the production due to scheduling and we had to work out a clever way to write his character out so we just had someone randomly shoot him in the face with a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun! Great writing, eh? Although I have to freely admit we totally stole that one from Quentin Tarantino; the “Oh, man! I shot Marvin in the face!” scene from Pulp Fiction is one of the all-time great moments of modern cinema!
B.O.T: I enjoyed how you sort of skirted the question of fast vs slow zombies and just did both, day vs. night. How did you make that choice?
K.R-T.: Well, we thought ‘there’s slow zombie movies and there’s fast zombie movies, but nobody’s ever done both!’ It was an outrageous act of of desperate grabbing for plaudits of originality by basically just going with all options available at the same time.
B.O.T.: Another choice that sets your world apart from others is the gasoline doesn’t burn, but the zombie breath does. Tell me a little about that as well.
K.R-T.: My brother came up with that one after watching the documentary Food Inc. Apparently there’s a section in that about cows breathing methane, or something? When he suggested that, I just pissed myself. I thought, if somebody told me about a movie where zombie-methane-breath powers vehicles, I would totally be up for watching that! So we started writing straight away after that suggestion and the rest is history!
B.O.T.: I don’t want to get too spoilery with the film, so I want to move on to some more about you. What’s next for Wyrmwood and what’s the next thing in the works for you?
K.R-T.: After the February 13th release, DVD and Blu Ray follow very soon obviously, so fingers crossed it does well and doesn’t get too bloody “Torrent-ed.” Although realistically, even some of my mates will probably Torrent it but, hey, that’s the world we live in, eh? The next project after this one is mental and I cannot wait to finish the screenplay and start making the bastard! It’s kind of like a Lovecraftian-Stephen King-ish-Hellraiser-esque-R-rated Ghostbusters-type thing and it’s gonna blow the top off the ghost genre for sure! I’m a big horror fan obviously and I love films like The Conjuring, but I’m getting fucking sick of the haunted-bloody-house genre, it’s so over-saturated right now and I just hunger for a movie where there’s a ghost and someone just picks up a BIG FUCKING GUN and shoots it! That’s our next film for sure.
B.O.T.: You had mentioned in a previous email, that you love Austin … that it was a home away from home. What are your ties with us? When you are here, what are some of your favorite spots around town? Where you like to eat and or drink?
K.R-T.: Our ties with the beloved city of Austin is when we premiered Wyrmwood at Fantastic Fest last year and absolutely, bloody fell in love with it! I could totally live there, and I’ve only ever said that about one other place, and that’s New Zealand so you’re in good company. I loved going down to The White Horse and boogying to some sick tunes till the wee hours. I saw some of the most amazing live music I have ever witnessed in bars all over the city. I have about seven T-shirts purchased from The Museum of The Weird. John Mueller BBQ gave me my first ever official Texas ‘meat coma’ so we chowed down there a fair bit, and obviously The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was kind of our official HQ the entire time we were there. Such a great town.
B.O.T.: Now on to the our stock questions that we ask everyone we interview…
What was the first horror film you remember watching and how old were you?
K.R-T.: I caught a glimpse of about 30 seconds of the Nightmare On Elm Street trailer while walking through a cinema when I was six years old. It was basically just the image of Freddy Kruger stretching his arms out and scraping the alleyway walls with the razors attached to his fists but it was quite an indelible image. I had nightmares for months afterward and it left a huge impression on me. I guess that was the first time I realized what an incredible effect horror could have on an audience. So I guess basically, what I am saying is, this is all Wes Craven’s fault!
B.O.T.: What is your favorite sub-genre in horror (i.e. vampire, slasher, etc.)?
K.R-T.: Vampire. I’m obsessed with vampires. The problem is that Twilight actually pretty much guarantees that I can’t make a vampire film for at least a decade which, quite frankly, pisses me off. But I promise you: one day I will enter the vampire genre with a vengeance and the stuff I intend to come up with will rattle your cortex, I promise.
B.O.T.: If the zombie apocalypse was occurring and you were in a bunker, and all you could carry with you for entertainment were three horror films, which would you choose?
K.R-T.:Evil Dead 2, The Exorcist, and Shawshank Redemption!!! Shawshank is written by Stephen King so it has to be a horror and at least I’d get a break from all that fucking horror on those lonely, dark, Sunday afternoons of the soul!
B.O.T.: Lastly, what is the last horror movie you watched and what did you think of it?
K.R-T.: Last year I saw a film called Martyrs. Um … that film… I’m not quite sure how to say this except that it ROCKED MY FUCKING SOUL TO ITS QUIVERING CORE! My. God. Now that is a horror film. If you are directing your readers towards anything in this article — besides getting them to watch Wyrmwood —point them in that direction, now that’s fucking horror!
So like I said, if you were a complete Muppet and missed the screening of Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner’s incredibly fun and gruesome Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, then you can find it now on Video on Demand, and keep your eyes peeled for the DVD and Blu Ray release. Now I don’t care if you Torrent the new Avengers movie or the “fart-joke-comedy-part-5” by Judd Apatow, but get Wyrmwood through legitimate channels. It’s movies like this that need to perform well in sales so that guys like Kiah and Tristan get to keep making awesome stuff! So instead of complaining about the umpteenth remake of Texas Chainsaw, support the filmmakers that are doing new and original stuff, where do you think Texas Chainsaw came from, anyway?
With strong content like Wyrmwood and my favorite of the year, The Babadook, IFC Midnight is getting their hands on some pretty amazing overseas horror content, and I am excited to see what else they bring to us! Thanks to IFC Midnight and the Wyrmwood folks for letting us show this soon-to-be-classic zombie film to Austin horror fans.
Note: You can watch the movie on VOD at Amazon and iTunes as of today, 2/13/15.
Calling all zombies, this is your week! We got three events for you demented un-dead and we hope to see you at all of them! Find information on our Our Events page or please join the FB invites for total info and updates. For the Zombie Street Team, the info is in the Zombie Skate 5 invite. Meet up time and place to be announced, on that invite, soon!
WYRMWOOD: Road of the Dead Screening/w live music from The Blood Royale. Get INFO
ZOMBIE STREET TEAM: Get INFO (info is in the info text of Zombie Skate 5)