TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND THIS WEEKEND!

TFW LOGOIt’s that time again. Texas Frightmare Weekend! TFW takes place this weekend, April 29-May 1, at the Hyatt Regency DFW hotel in Dallas/Ft. Worth and is one of the biggest and best horror conventions in Texas. Countless celebrities from the world of horror, panels, parties, vendors and all around horror geek out fun. Presented in association with Fangoria Magazine, TFW is celebrating their 11th year and we highly recommend this event for every horror fan in Texas and beyond.

As it is our duty to support and promote Texas horror, Blood Over Texas and Blood Over Texas Radio will definitely be on site with tons of TFW coverage. Whether you’re lucky enough to attend the convention or if you’re stuck at home taking care of business, we got ‘ya covered. There are several ways you can join in the fun with us so let’s get down to the evil plans.

621c4a07-25e1-48dd-9968-b97991c6df82ROAMERS: All weekend we will be roaming the show taking video, talking to horror fans and generally enjoying the horror. We have some questions for you Texas fans, so stop us — or come to our Meat & Greet (more on that later) — and you could be on our May episode of B.O.T. Radio. The episode will be a special TFW recap show with a secret surprise celebrity interview and feedback from Texas horror fans at TFW. The show will be released on May, Friday the 13th! If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and listen to it directly on our site. You can follow us and all of our TFW shenanigans all weekend on our social media sites. They will originate on our Instagram account and will then replicated on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Follow us to follow the fun!

GETTING HAMMERED ON FRIDAY: Ever wanted to see our drunken podcast segment, Hammered Horror, taped live and in person? Here’s your chance. We did this last year (see the video) and we’re carrying on the tradition with the movie, Getting Schooled. The screening starts at 8pm and ends somewhere around 10. Shelly Dread and Bunny Voodoo will be sitting in on the screening and plan on being hammered by the time the movie is over. Just in time to tape the segment live — right after the movie, around 10ish. The location of the taping will most likely be in front of the step and repeat again (you know, that press wall thing that is covered in TFW logos). The trick is, we don’t know exactly where the step and repeat will be this year. So we’ll have to wait until we get there to let you now exactly where to meet us. You can stay tuned to our Instagram account for the specifics. Come watch the movie with us and follow us after for a live taping. Lot’s of fun!

MEAT & GREET ON SATURDAY: After the floor closes on Saturday, come have a drink with us at the lobby bar, Aces, and meat the B.O.T. crew, your fellow B.O.T. members and your horror peers. Bunny, Bradley, Eric, Fernie and Shelly will be on hand to talk shop and geek out together. We’ll be finding a nice dark corner to set up and have a casual meet up. Just look for our spooky faces (shown above).

AFTER THE BLOODSHED: Stay tuned for our TFW recap video (will be released on YouTube) and our TFW recap podcast episode after the blood has been cleaned up from the convention floor and the monsters have gone back into the shadows. Keep an eye on the site and our social media for notifications.

We hope to see you Texas horror fans at the bloodiest weekend in Texas in a few days!

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B.O.T. RADIO: EP. 014: “DO YOU KNOW MORE THAN WE DO?

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EPISODE: 014: “DO YOU KNOW MORE THAN WE DO?”

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Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Fernie, Eric and Producer Bradley) as they talk about horror trivia and those quirky — only horror nerds can find them — easter eggs in your favorite horror movies. Do you know more than we do?

In this episode we talk about where the term “easter egg” comes from and we go over a whole basket full of ’em found in horror movies. Plus some other random horror trivia to feed the horror nerd inside of you. Our next B.O.T. event is announced with a special John Carpenter tie in. Let’s geek out together horror fans!

Included are our monthly segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in May), Hammered Horror (3-minute drunk horror review) of the movie Bad MiloName That Terror Game (John Carpenter edition) Fernie’s art spotlight in Terror Visions and Eric’s Double Dog Dare You film challenge. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“Do The Boogaloo” by Quango & Sparky

“Sweet Transvestite” by 69 Cats (BUY THE MUSIC)

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B.O.T. RADIO: EPISODE 013: THE RESURRECTION

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B.O.T. RADIO: EPISODE 013: THE RESURRECTION

JOIN THE HORROR COVEN • LISTEN NOW!!

It’s the day after Easter and just in time for unholy Resurrection! Join the horror coven with Bunny Voodoo, the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Fernie and Producer Bradley) and special guest Jon Zig as we keep things evil and undead in brutal metal fashion (insert guttural scream and devil horn gesture here).

In this episode we talk about metal music’s influence in horror, art and tattoo with our special guest, Jon Zig. Jon is an accomplished artist — painting horror on canvas and creating album art for countless metal bands), a skingraver at Wizard Castle Dragon Tattoo Studio in Austin, and a member of several grind/death metal bands, including Images of Violence. Grab your Ouija boards and summon up the spirts (a.k.a. booze) while we talk about horror, witches, Jon’s celebrity impersonations, his personal art influences, crazy tattoo stories and where he won’t tattoo. Oh…  and the what the heck is up with those tangled metal band logos? Fernie and Shelly give us their curious horror and metal influences and Bunny tries to keep the team — and Mr. Tingles — on the evil procession.

Included are our monthly segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in April), Hammered Horror (3-minute drunk horror review) of the movie DeathgasmName That Terror Game (Witch edition) and Fernie’s witchy art spotlight in Terror Visions. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“Wraith of Mangled Form” by Images of Violence

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“Profane of Twelve” by Hexentanz

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Follow JON ZIG:

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Wizard Castle Dragon Tattoo Studio

5247 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX

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OUR LOVELY AND DEADLY EPISODE IS LIVE NOW!

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EP. 012: “BABES IN HORROR LAND”

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Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Eric and Producer Bradley) as they talk about the contributions of women in horror in celebration of February’s Women In Horror Month (WiHM).

In this episode we talk about women in the horror industry with our special guest, Meredith Johns, of Austin-based production company, Hawgfly. She tells us how she got started in playing in blood, the horror movies they have worked on and if she gets treated differently as a women in the FX/film world. Eric gives us a list of horror titles that you may not know are women-directed and we talk about how women are changing the face of horror on film. This episode is full of lady bad-ass-nes.

Included are our monthly segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in March), Hammered Horror (3-minute drunk horror review) of the movie The Slumber Party MassacreName That Terror Game (Bad-ass chick edition) and the Double Dog Dare You Film Challenge. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“Poltergeist” by Lazy Lane (Album: “The Chills”)  

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“Carrion Flowers” by Chelsea Wolfe (Album: “Abyss”)

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN HORROR

68e8cbcb6f78d34aad69fcd65c1b6c04For those of us involved in the horror scene, we know that women play a bigger part than most people expect. If you sit down and make a list of directors, producers, writers, actresses, scream queens, horror hostesses, bloggers, podcasters, etc . etc., it will take you all day. And although it may seem like the dudes get all of the attention, we all know it’s a varied group of people that make the horror happen. And yes, women in all of their bad-ass-ness, are defintely included. Nothing more powerful than a being that can bring you into the world and take you out of it. holla (z-snap). So it’s only proper they get their own month of recognition and love: February.

wihm 2What is Women In Horror Month you ask? Women In Horror Month (WiHM) is “an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.” That includes women on the screen, behind the scenes and other artistic contributions. WiHM celebrates these contributions with a blog called Ax Wound, the AX Wound Film Festival (AWFF) and a event/project database including the WiHM social media fan base. Through this database they actively promote do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts and any other form of creative media with the goal to get exposure for these projects. The AX Wound Film Festival premiered in Oct. 2015 and featured a diverse selection of 35 short horror films directed by women around the globe. This February is the 7th year mark of WiHM and all around the horror world you’ll find people celebrating the movement that WiHM has brought to the horror industry.

Which brings us to an upcoming event in Austin, that should be a really fun night and a great way to give homage to some bad-ass women in horror. But first the back story.

While touring the aisles at Terror Expo in San Antonio a few weeks ago, I met an enthusiastic woman named Danni. We had a great talk at the CryptTV booth about horror and our Texas scene. She filled me in on the concept of CryptTV and we both agreed to stay in touch. A few days later I got an email from her, and I thought… yeah this woman’s not playing around. She was planning an event and wanted our help to spread the word. The answer of course was a big, fat yes! So here we go. A great event for a great cause… celebrating women in horror.

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Presented by girlslikegore2 and morbidlybeautiful.com, the Femme Fatale double-feature of Jennifer Lynch’s 1993 film, Boxing Helena, and the Soska Sisters 2009 debut film, Dead Hookers In A Trunk. The double-feature will take place at Austin’s only drive in, the Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive In. Located by the old Bergstom airport area, within a collection of sound studios, you can experience some vintage movie watching — outdoors underneath the stars. For those of you under the age 25, you might not have had the pleasure of watching a movie in your car, so this is your chance. We hope you come out to support this unique event and show your love for some women filmmakers who have contributed to the horror world.

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— Bunny  Voodoo

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THINK YOU CAN SURVIVE LIVING IN A HORROR MOVIE?

CHALLENG39 HOURS. 10 TEAMS. 12 MISSIONS.

WILL YOU SURVIVE?

Something weird and amazing is happening here in Austin and you lucky devils can be a part of it. It’s called the Texas Terror Challenge, and it will be glorious. The folks over at Desolation Manor have gone into their laboratory and sewn together bits from the vivisected corpses of Live Action Role Play —  or LARP for us nerdy-nerd types — traditional haunts, capture the flag and other traditional camp games and created an incredible immersive and interactive horror experience. The event takes place in Austin (Lake Travis) February 26-28, 2016, and I had the chance to sit down with the madman behind this tremendous undertaking, Paul “PJ” Fiero, to get some specifics.

B.O.T.: First things first. What exactly is the Texas Terror Challenge? Where is it? Am I correct with that Frankenstein description up there? I’ll let Fiero tell you:

P.J: “This new event is the Texas Terror Challenge. Multiple teams of up to 8 players will be running missions, solving puzzles, disarming traps, rescuing hostages, and more weird stuff all while being chased and hunted through the woods of a camp by monsters and mutants. This is done over the course of an entire weekend starting Friday night and running through Sunday morning. It encompasses 39 hours of constantly trying to avoid being “killed” by monsters.

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 6.39.09 PMPlayers will wear flags, similar to capture the flag or flag football, and if a monster is able to grab yours, you’ve been murdered! You cannot continue to participate until you make your way back to the re-spawn area and wait the required amount of time, which Fiero assures me shouldn’t be longer than about 20 minutes or so. The event runs on a point system, with points given for completing tasks, and points deducted for being “killed” or losing items needed to complete objectives.

Those are the rules of the game, but it isn’t quite as simple as all that. The weekend will be physically and mentally challenging as well. Fiero says “players can expect to be active for long stretches of time without much rest, play with little sleep, eat on the run, and be scared.” You’re fair game wherever you are, including your tent or cabin, and at any time of day or night. Don’t expect to get your full 8 (or in my case 14) hours of sleep. Did Jason let anyone nap?”monsters

This sounds like an incredible undertaking, but rest assured, these people are professionals. Fiero has been in the haunt game for over 25 years, building, acting, organizing, planning, you name it. He likes to call his company, Desolation Manor, an “extreme interactive adventure producer.” That’s quite the statement to unpack, but in addition to doing the traditional walk through haunt type things, Desolation Manor also does custom private and corporate events. If you’ve ever wanted to make your house haunted, Desolation Manor can make that happen. In addition to his experience with haunting, Fiero has played 24 plus hour scenarios, and he worked as a Paramedic for over 10 years, so he is familiar with the stresses that this type of event can put on your body. Medical staff will be on site as well, so any and all emergencies will be handled quickly by professionals. In addition to Fiero’s expertise, he is joined by operations manager Leigh Hegedus, and and Visual Effects artist Jenna Green. Hegedus comes from a theater pedigree, involved both on the production and the acting side, and Green has decades of experience in effects makeup, both on film and in haunts. Texas Terror Challenge also boasts sponsorship from EPS Creations, Illuseffects, and Blood Over Texas buddies, Zombie Life Podcast.

This event looks to be something incredibly unique, challenging and most of all a whole lot of fun for a horror fan. If you’re thinking of putting a team together — which you should be — we have a great discount for you and your teammates! The first 24 people to sign up with our code: BOT0216 — get 10% off the entry fee. CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SIGN UP NOW!bot code

There are tents to camp out in and cabins. Tents are $80 a head and cabins are $100 a head. Which is a great price — and a great discount — for 39 hours of pure horror. Each team consists of 8 people, so grab your closest friends to make a complete team of 8 or feel free to sign yourself up and they’ll find a team to join. If you’ve ever wondered what is was like to actually live in a horror camp movie, here’s your chance. Check the FAQs section on their site for all the things you’ll need, and remember, we live in central Texas, so it may be 30 degrees or 75, so pack accordingly. There will also be meal plans to purchase so you don’t have to worry about hauling food and a cooler. Let’s get some B.O.T. teams signed up and see who survives! JOIN THE FB INVITE • VISIT THE SITE

— Eric Harrelson, B.O.T. Contributor

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B.O.T. RADIO: NEW EPISODE IS “LIVE” NOW!

BOT RADIO EP. 011:

“HORROR ON THE BOOB TUBE”

Videodrome1Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Eric, Fernie and Producer Bradley) as they talk about the influence of horror on television.

In this episode we talk about how horror on the boob tube has influenced the horror genre and brings up the question: “Is there too much horror on TV?” There’s also a strong porn undercurrent that is only highlighted by our chosen Hammered Horror movie title and Bunny’s inappropriate question of the show — which leads to a list of horror porn titles. Yes. That happened.

Included are our monthly segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in February), a very special “all B.O.T team” group Hammered Horror (3-minute drunk horror review) of the movie One Eyed Monster, Name That Terror Game (Horror TV Tune edition), Terror Visions, the Double Dog Dare You Film Challenge. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Here’s the link to the article discussed on the show: CEO John Landgraf talks about the state of television. READ

Songs featured in this episode:

“Vade Retro Banana” by Banane Metalik

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“Someday” by The Riff-Raffs

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“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus

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ONE, TWO, TERROR’S COMING FOR YOU

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January 22-24, 2016 • Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

TERROR IS COMING THIS WEEKEND!

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Elvira… meow.

Horror Conventions, to a fan of horror, are like a playground. And it’s always best to have one right in your backyard. This weekend a new one is coming to grace our great state, The Terror Expo! On January 22nd-24th, San Antonio is the spot to be. Especially for you Central Texas horror fiends, since it’s only a few hours or less of a drive. The Terror Expo is brought to you by the folks at the Alamo City Comic Con — an already popular and succesful convention in it’s own right — Armando Montelongo, and Billy Madison and Fred Hernandez of The Billy Madison Show. The actual description of the convention is “Horror, Villains, Sci-Fi and More.” Um. Yes. Thank you. With over 10 years convention experience, this team is breaking out of the gate with an impressive line-up of horror celebs … right in your backyard. Some of the horror guests include Robert Englund, Elvira, Sig Haig, Tobin Bell, a plethora of Walking Dead-ers, and way too many more to mention here. Ya gotta go to check out the entire list of guests and plan your days accordingly. Not a convention to be missed.

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One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Celebs and photo ops are probably the biggest draw to a horror convention, but let’s not forget about the other fun aspects. There are several Panels to enjoy while at the show — complete with actors in attendance: The Walking DeadA Nightmare on Elm Street, The Devil’s RejectsAmerican Horror Story, Elvira and Tobin Bell talking about Saw. Personally, I highly recommend panels at a horror conventions. It’s such a great way to get an inside look and ask questions you’ve always wanted to know. The vendor area is also an important area. This weekend over 80 vendors from across the country will set up to sell their wares and you’re bound to find a ton of stuff you want — no need — to have in your life. Besides all the bells and whistles, just hanging out or being around people who share your passion of horror offers an exciting environment to geek out in.  So come represent our horror community. It’s your duty horror fans. You need to go!

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Our Kid Ambassador, Ginger, hangs with the big boys. She’s pretty much the coolest person you’ll ever know.

Blood Over Texas will be walking the convention for a look at this promising premier year of Terror Expo. And as you should know by now, we like to keep it kooky,  so we’re bringing our Kid Ambassador, Ginger, to do on-scene reporting. We’ll be filling you in on her views, and ours, in an after-show review, right here on this site, soon after the show. So as we pack the car with B.O.T.-ites for the short drive down to S.A. — and stopping at Buckee’s for Icees and beef jerky — we’re getting our credit cards ready for some horror shopping, planning our guest lines and which panels we’ll sit in. Ahhh.. what a nice weekend for a horror massacre.

— Bunny Voodoo

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DECEMBER PODCAST IS UP! DRUNK TARDS WE WERE.

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A B.O.T. BLOODY XMAS OFFICE PARTY

OUR DECEMBER PODCAST IS READY FOR SUPERIOR HOLIDAY HOROR FUN. LISTEN NOW HORROR FIENDS! DETAILS BELOW.

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Creepy panorama of the party in progress with the gang.

BOT RADIO EP. 010: “B.O.T. BLOODY XMAS OFFICE PARTY”

Join Bunny Voodoo and the entire B.O.T. team (Brian, Eric, Fernie, Shelly and Producer Bradley) as they party it up and talk about the year in horror.

In this episode we do a “year-in-review” on the world of horror in 2015, we go over our events in the past year, talk about our favorite memories of the year, our favorite horror movies that came out and get extra stupid drunk on wine, whiskey and Cheez Wiz. We apologize in advance for the all out giggle fest that disrupts the show and a horrendously sung zombie Xmas carol. Included are our monthly segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in January), Hammered Horror (3-minute drunk horror review) of Krampus: The Christmas DevilName That Terror Game (2015 horror movie edition), Terror Visions, the Double Dog Dare You Film Challenge. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“No Presents For Christmas” by King Diamond

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“Twas The Night Before Xmas” poem by Alice Cooper

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“Scary Christmas” by Hedegaard, featuring Skinny & Brandon Beal

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OWA Hits It ‘Outta This World Again

Other-Worlds-Austin-Banner-e1416467461591At the beginning of this month, Bunny and I got to check out one of the newest and coolest film festivals in Austin — a dedicated science-fiction film festival called Other Worlds Austin. OWA is in it’s second year and remains the only all science-fiction film festival in the city. All of us here at Blood Over Texas love us some sci-fi, and of course there are always wonderful horror/sci-fi crossover films, many of which we have talked about on our radio show or have written about on our site. Horror and science-fiction are like chocolate and peanut butter, awesome by themselves, but when they get together… I’m afraid I’ll gain 40 pounds and start having numbness in my feet.

So let’s jump right into some of the more horror-based selections that I saw at this year’s 2015 OWA festival. In previous posts we also mentioned Polder as one of the other more horror-based titles at the festival, but I unfortunately missed out on seeing it due to my crazy festival schedule.

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Directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Curtain is a strange yet captivating film. It centers around a woman who moves into a new apartment, and upon hanging a new shower curtain in her bathroom, wakes up to find that curtain gone. She hangs another, and it disappears as well. She films the next attempt of hanging another  shower curtain, and finds that they are being sucked into the wall and going who knows where. Her search to find out just what the shit is happening takes her to some very dark places.

OTHER HALVES (2015)

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The first feature from director Matthew T. Price, Other Halves, is a story about a group of young programmers who have created a new dating app. The “Other Halves” app searches through all of your internet activity, from your social media profiles, to your shopping, to your porn choices, everything you do online, and matches you with someone of similar interests. The idea being dating profiles and social media pages are the public person you say you are, not who you really are. The night before launch, they find a new loading screen has some terrifying side effects.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB (2015)

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Deb wakes up with the hottest guy in Portland, Maine, Ryan, after a night of partying, to find the town over run by zombies. Ryan, who had just had a fight with his fiance, convinces Deb to take him to his loved ones, the rich and influential Waverly family. Night of the Living Deb is basically a romantic comedy with zombies. A few parts Shaun of the Dead, a few parts road movie, and a few parts satire and farce, Night of the Living Deb is a silly, fun, popcorn movie, great for a date, and with the added bonus of zombie killing!

And what would a film festival be without awards? Here is a link to their awards page: WHO WON?

This year features the inaugural Mary Shelley Award for Sci-Fi film making, recognizing a film that spotlights and advances the involvement of female voices in science-fiction.

If you’d like to hear a little more about the festival from our point of view, you can read the interview we did with OWA founder, Bears Fonte, last year before the 2014 premier of the festival. BEARS

We also had Dan Repp (Event Coordinator & Programmer) and Jordan Brown (Director of Submissions & Programmer ) from OWA on our podcast last month, “Sci-Fi & Horror: Blood Brothers.” LISTEN HERE

Other Worlds Austin is only getting bigger and better. Get excited for next year, because I already am! In the mean time, check out their year-round special screenings. Follow them. Like them. They’re ‘outta this world.

— Eric Harrelson

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