On this premier episode, Episode 001: Meat The Monster, you’ll learn about the horror social group and the minds behind the monster that is Blood Over Texas. Meet some of the B.O.T. team and find out what to expect in future episodes. In this episode Bunny introduces Bradley, Eric, Fernie and Shelly. They talk about their “firsts” and issue challenges on what will be ongoing features: Terror Visions Horror Art Challenge and the Double Dog Dare You Horror Challenge. Plus they divulge Shelly’s movie assignment in the feature Hammered Horror. Blood Over Texas’s event Zombie Skate 5 coming in February is announced and a call out to visit the Horror Happenings (local horror events listing) page and signing up to be a member. Experience the evil!
Music: Juno by Rob and Chloe Alpher (Maniac 2012 soundtrack). Buy it at your local music store or online at Amazon, etc.
Music: Need by Chant (Strong Words For Strong People). Austin-based industrial drum project: SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC
B.O.T. EVENT: Zombie Skate 5 — Find out more on Our Events page and JOIN THE FB INVITE
TERROR VISIONS Art Challenge: Find more details on this month’s challenge, the guidelines and deadline on Our Events page.
* Intro song by Blood Mansion. Give ‘em a LIKE
** Producer: Bradley Bills
We’re looking for Zombie Vendors and Zombie Makeup Artists to participate in our upcoming event, Zombie Skate 5 on Sunday, February 15th. If you’re a vendor that sells zombie merch, contact us. Space is very limited in this venue so priority will be given to vendors selling zombie-related merch. If you’re a makeup artist that is interested in creating some quick makeup effects for our skaters, contact us. We suggest you keep the makeup simple and the session around 15-20 minutes to limit the time it takes to do the makeup. Possibly a Zombie Bite, Night of the Living Dead-style (black and gray) or anything you can do quickly. Let’s play in blood and braaaainns!
ZOMBIE VENDORS: Spaces are $30 each and you must bring your own table and set-up. Again, priority will be given to vendors that will be selling zombie-related merch. Email us at info (at) bloodovertexas (dot) com with “Zombie Vendor” in the subject line.
ZOMBIE ARTISTS: Contact us to give us your input and suggestions. Email us at info (at) bloodovertexas (dot) com with “Zombie Makeup” in the subject line. Here are some samples of “quick” makeup ideas:
Here’s the FB INVITE for the skate, or you can visit the OUR EVENTS page.
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
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.
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
“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]
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.
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.
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.
A Smorgasbord of Horror Gifts
Just some cool stuff you gotta have.
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.
Coming 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.”
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”
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.
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
Blood 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!