Excuse me waiter, there’s a Power Ranger in my Punch.

bloodpunch

Indie horror movies are the jewels of the horror film scene. I’ll admit that some of them can be tragically acted or affected by over active CG-I-tis, but some of them really shine and are some of the last places you can find truly creative — and new — horror ideas. Most of us long-time horror fans are offended by the latest, greatest “horror-monster-of-the month-club” trend.  What new idea are we on now? Vampires? Zombies? Exorcisms? Don’t be surprised for next hot horror movie to come … “The Exorcism of Edward Cullen: Dawn of the Dumb”.

AustinFilmFestival

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a decent video store in your town, or happen to haunt the film festivals, good indie horror can be hard to find. But we’re lucky here in Austin; not only do we have great video stores and independent movie houses, we have several amazing film festivals. Austin Film Festival is one of these festivals and is known as “The Writer’s Festival.” The annual festival runs in October and prides itself in presenting movies with strong storytelling — written and visual. They feature a wide variety of movies — Hollywood and independent — and most of the time the festival screenings are world premieres. The genres run the gamut but, of course, we’re most interested in their horror category, Dark Matters. There are several entries in this series and every year they ask the ask the audience to choose the best. At the 2013 festival the winner was the horror/thriller, Blood Punch.

When AFF asked us if we were interested in hosting a screening of the Audience Awards winner, Blood Punch, we jumped at the chance to give Austinites another chance to see this indie jewel. A creatively written and well directed movie, Blood Punch, is about a mysterious bad girl that checks herself into rehab to find someone to cook crystal meth for her. She recruits a young college-aged man for her get-rich-quick drug score scheme and breaks him out with the help of her abusive cop boyfriend. But that young man finds himself in the midst of a love triangle full of betrayal and danger, and things go from bad to worse. And they then do it all over again the next day.

Together with AFF, we are proud to be showing a screening of Blood Punch this Wednesday, February 12th at, one of those great movie houses we were talking about, The Alamo Drafthouse (Village location). The filmmakers, Madellaine Paxson (Director/Executive Producer) and Eddie Guzelian (Writer/Executive Producer) will be in attendance at the screening and we got a chance to ask them a few questions before hand. Both Madellaine and Eddie have a background in — oddly enough — children’s programing. Although, after raising a kid myself, and surviving through the teen years, I don’t find the jump from kid’s programming to horror to be that surprising.

THE QUESTIONS

B.O.T.: Madellaine, I heard you were a UT alum? Tell us your Austin story?

Yes, I went to UT, where I started out as a business major, but when I tried visualizing myself wearing pantyhose and real shoes every day, I knew that wasn’t the life for me. So I thought about what WAS the life for me … and all I really knew was that I loved movies, especially the aspect of visual storytelling. So much to my parents’ despair, I switched my major to Radio-TV-Film. I’ve never, ever, regretted it.

I (now) live in L.A, but my family lives in Houston where I grew up. It’s why I went to UT. Although I desperately wanted to stay in Austin, a city I loved dearly, I couldn’t make a go of it … and since I wanted to pursue a career in the movie business, I moved to L.A.

Kerbey Lane Queso2

I would totally die for some Kerby Queso.

B.O.T.: Any favorite places/haunts when you lived in Austin?

My favorite places while attending UT were Kerbey Lane, because I enjoyed doing schoolwork in the middle of the night, and they always had yummy desserts to eat and The Red River Café, where I waited tables (free food!) I was also partial to the Hole in the Wall bar because it was close to the Communications building.

B.OT.: Eddie, any Austin ties?

I grew up and went to school on the East Coast (Boston, MA) and currently live in Burbank, California. I have no actual proper local ties to Austin but I’ve visited the city about six or seven times and — like pretty much everyone else — love it.

As far back as filming Blood Punch, Madellaine and I used to joke about how incredible it would be to someday screen the movie to an audience at the Alamo Drafthouse. Seriously. We would try to picture the movie as one of those cool Tyler Stout/Tim Doyle Drafthouse-style art posters. There’s just something about the vibe of that cinema chain and Austin as a whole that always felt like it somehow fit very much with the spirit and tone we were trying to capture in Blood Punch. That’s why we were so stunned and thrilled when we found out we’d be premiering at the Austin Film Festival and in an Alamo Drafthouse theater, no less. I think we also felt a lot better knowing that our audience would have alcohol readily available to them at all times.

B.O.T: I would describe Blood Punch as a horror thriller with a touch of comedy, a pinch of Groundhog Day and an aroma of Memento. How would you describe the movie?

Madellaine: That’s always been a tough one  — but I think your summation actually captures Blood Punch pretty well.

Eddie: I like the fact that it’s hard to boil the movie down to a simple log line or even to pin it into any one genre — but if you try to tell someone you’ve made a neo-noir black comedy crime horror thriller, their faces just kind of glaze over. And can you blame them? That sounds like a schizophrenic mess of a movie – and the more you try to explain or elaborate, the worse it sounds. I always have and always will describe Blood Punch simply as a low-budget horror movie. Because, at the end of the day, despite the many other influences and styles you can see in it, the core has always been very firmly and very deliberately rooted in the spirit and tradition of low-budget horror films and I’m very proud of that.

B.O.T: Where did the title come from?

Eddie: The term “Blood Punch” originally came from a very obscure unpublished verse penned by the notorious Marquis de Sade. When I was first trying to come up with a title that could convey the wild mixture of carnage and fun we were going for, the term just kind of popped back into my head. I put it down as a temporary title, expecting that it would eventually change, but there was something about it that always felt right and it ended up sticking.

B.OT. Where have you been showing the movie? Other screenings/festivals?

Madellaine: We actually haven’t had any other public screenings of Blood Punch since it premiered at the Austin Film Festival last October. That’s why we’re so thrilled to be showing it again now. The audience members in the theater Wednesday night are still going to be some of the very first people to ever see the movie and there’s something about that kind of atmosphere that’s very rare, exciting, and electric.

Following that screening, we’re staying in Texas and showing the movie, for one night only, on Feb. 21st at the Boomtown Music and Film Festival in Beaumont. After that, we’re scheduled to screen Blood Punch at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose next month.

B.O.T.: Other than screenings, how else can people see the movie?

Madellaine: Right now, the movie can only be seen at festivals and special screenings.  For anyone out there who is interested in checking it out, please watch the movie’s official Facebook page for updates on upcoming screenings.  https://www.facebook.com/bloodpunchmovie

Eddie: We’re currently in discussions with a number of distributors, so hopefully the movie will soon be available to a much wider audience.

B.O.T.: Anything else in the works?

Madellaine: Yes! We have another feature film currently in the works.  But I’m really not allowed to say anything more about it.

B.O.T.: Would you consider yourself a horror director/writer or do you prefer to delve in all subject matter?

11969678_60a4_1024x2000

Driving… horror version

Eddie: I wouldn’t consider myself strictly a horror writer, but I’m definitely attracted to material and subject matter that is more “genre” — meaning the stuff that is widely considered to be schlocky, cheap, low-brow and generally doesn’t get much creative or artistic respect. So that’s definitely a lot of horror — but it also can include some sci-fi, comic book-style material, or even certain hardcore action. Unlike a lot of writers, I have absolutely no interest in rising above this world of low-budget schlock to someday make my Schindler’s List or Driving Miss Daisy. I love the schlock, I celebrate it, and I honestly think that the limitations and stigma attached to these types of movies force you, if you want to be successful, to rise to a level of creativity and daringness that simply isn’t found in other areas of filmmaking today.

Madellaine: Well, considering my whole paying career has been as a writer, and of children’s TV at that, I’m not sure I consider myself a director of anything, chiefly.  I always wanted to direct a movie, and I loved directing Blood Punch, I’d be absolutely thrilled to direct another horror movie. I’d also be thrilled to direct a sci-fi movie, or a musical … just about anything that would be considered “genre” sounds exciting. I think I would not want to direct a serious, weepy drama.

B.O.T.: Favorite scene in the movie you enjoyed directing/writing?

Madellaine:  My favorite scene to direct was the 3 main characters talking for the first time at the dining room table. We had actually shot test footage ourselves of that same scene the year before, so the actors knew their parts inside and out, and were totally inhabiting their characters. It was a joy to watch them really “be” those fictional people.

Eddie: My favorite scene to write had to be the scene where Milton tortures Russell for the “first” time. It ended up going in a completely different direction than I had originally planned when I began writing it. The characters were starting to truly take on a life of their own and I found them starting to say and do things that surprised even me. As a writer, that’s a very exciting groove to be in — where you feel like the characters are really acting on their own and you’re just watching and writing down what they say and do.

B.O.T.: Hardest scene to shoot?

5295176_orig

A real horror story 

Madellaine: This is a tough one because there are plenty of scenes to choose from, but the most physically daunting and uncomfortable was the cave. We couldn’t find a cave to rent, so out of desperation we hiked out with a miniscule crew (8 people total, including the 3 actors) to the infamous (and free) “Manson” caves, where Charles Manson and his followers were holed up before going on their murder spree. Getting to the caves with our equipment in the pitch black was, frankly, terrifying. The path (hauling all the equipment ourselves) was grueling, and it took us a while to find the place. Find it we did, though, and seven hours later, we were blessedly finished with the scene. But there was an unpleasant smell in that cave that wouldn’t come out of our clothes … most of which we threw out!

Eddie: For me, the hardest scene for me to shoot was the final scene in the movie. It was our last day at our mountain location and the wonderful actor who plays Archer, Cohen Holloway, had just been rushed to the hospital with acute altitude sickness. But as worried as we were over his condition, we had to continue shooting and his character absolutely had to be in that final scene. So with time running out, I ended up putting on his character’s ridiculous yellow tracksuit and standing in for him so we could shoot half of the scene there that day and pick up the reverse shots of Cohen later. As much as I already admired actors, it made me appreciate them on a whole new level — because all I had to do on-screen was stand there, my back to the camera — and I still sucked.

B.O.T.: Any weird facts about the movie we would like to know? For instance the Power Ranger tie is incredible.

MV5BMTQ1MzU4NDU2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjQ0ODQ2Mg@@._V1_SX148_CR0,0,148,200_

Who knew that Power Rangers would make good horror characters?

Eddie: Yes, absolutely. I have a pretty extensive background writing and producing children’s entertainment for studios like Disney and Nickelodeon. I have writing credits on stuff like The Tigger Movie and The Little Mermaid 2: Return To The Sea. I first met and personally cast the majority of the actors in Blood Punch while I was executive producing a season of Power Rangers called Power Rangers RPM. Even though they spent much of their time on-screen time fighting guys in ridiculous Japanese rubber monster suits, I could tell that they were all extremely talented and something very special.

I was so inspired by them that when the show ended, I joined forces with Madellaine (who also has a background working in kids TV and, like me, also clearly had some issues to work out) and specifically wrote Blood Punch as a low-budget horror movie we could make with Power Ranger actors Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, and Ari Boyland in mind for the three lead characters. We went into Blood Punch with absolutely zero real-world horror credibility behind the project at all. We maybe even had anti-horror cred, if that’s even possible.  But we were all passionate about horror and determined to make the movie anyway.

B.O.T.: What is the first horror movie you remember seeing and how old were you?

Madellaine: House of Wax” starring Vincent Price. It was on TV, during a “creature feature” type show. I was 8 years old.

Eddie: My parents were pretty strict and protective in almost every other way — but for some reason, they never felt any need to shelter me from movies in any way, shape, or form. I know they took me to see Jaws when I was five years old, but I mostly just remember the experience of going to the theater — the smell of the seats, the sticky floor, the lights running down the aisle — not much of anything on-screen. The first horror movie I really remember seeing and understanding was Alien when I was about 9.

 B.O.T.: Favorite type of horror movie?Zombie_pizza

Madellaine:  I used to say that zombie movies were like pizza, even a bad one was still pretty good … but the glut of zombies flicks & TV shows these days has me wanting something I haven’t seen a million times. It still happens, though (see Deadgirl). Mostly I am partial to horror with a supernatural or sci-fi element over slasher flicks or torture porn.

Eddie: I’m not trying to cop out of answering but I really don’t have a favorite type in that regard. I can find any kind of horror to be great if the story is compelling and the characters seem real and believable. For me, that’s the real test of any horror movie. It’s like, if you could somehow theoretically take out all of the supernatural and horror parts — would the movie still stand up and be engaging based solely on the story and the characters?

One of my favorite movies ever is John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of The Thing. And I love all of the sci-fi elements and monster effects in that movie. But what I love most about it is that I feel like even without any of that stuff — if you could somehow replace the alien creature with some more boring but very real-world threat — the movie still holds up as an incredibly well-written, tense, and effective movie about paranoia and losing the ability to trust those around you. So those type of horror movies are really my favorites — the ones that feel like they could work or be good movies alone — but then exploit the conventions and endless possibilities of the horror genre to really push and explore their stories and characters to the absolute limit.

B.O.T.: Most over-rated horror movie(s) or types?

Madellaine:  The English Patient. Oh wait, that’s not a horror movie … just a horribly over-rated movie in general … I think vampire movies tend to be overrated as a whole. They’ve made so many of them and people really seem to eat them up and love them. But how many truly great ones are there? I loved Let The Right One In and The Lost Boys, but I think they start to really drop off after that.

Eddie: I’ll throw out a couple, just off the top of my head— The Birds, The Amityville Horror (the original), The Human Centipede”, Suspiria and The Devil’s Rejects. Just so it’s not a hate-fest, I’d like to throw out at least one criminally under-rated horror movie — Videodrome.

 [Eddie added a few more under-rated ones ... so as not to be a hate-fest]

And a few recent low-budget films that I’d love to see get more recognition — check them out if you haven’t seen them — Deadgirl, Resolution, The Conspiracy and Juan Of The Dead.

B.O.T.: If you were stuck in a reoccurring horror movie triple feature night, which three horror movies would you choose to watch over and over?

Madellaine: 1)  Aliens — yes, I prefer it to the original. More laughs. 2)  Dead Alive — my favorite Peter Jackson movie! Seriously! 3)  The Fly — just a great movie with great performances.

Eddie: 1) The Thing (John Carpenter’s 1982 remake). 2) The Host (the 2006 Korean movie)  probably the best pure “monster-movie” ever made. 3) Evil Dead 2 — What can I say? I just don’t get tired of it.

Many thanks to the Austin Film Festival and the filmmakers for letting us be a part of promoting indie horror and the horror scene of Austin in general. We look forward to seeing all you horror lovers at the screening of Blood Punch!

 

For more information on the screening: https://www.facebook.com/events/618518224850310/

On AFFhttps://www.austinfilmfestival.com

On Blood Punchhttps://www.facebook.com/bloodpunchmovie

Long live horror,

Bunny Voodoo

Like us on our official FB page! https://www.facebook.com/bloodovertexasATX and Join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/346351535497632/

 

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fuck Your Cable Company

Unknown-1By popular demand, here are some places you can join your fellow WALKING DEAD fiends in Austin! If you don’t have cable or just enjoy getting out and sharing your love of killing zombies, visit these local haunts. Got another place to add? Post it on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/bloodovertexasATX

SOUTH AUSTIN:

CASINO EL CAMINO 517 E. 6th Street

CASINO SOUTH SIDE LOUNGE  1502 E. Ben White Blvd.

THE JACKALOPE 404 E. 6th Street

MUGSHOTS  407 E. 7th Street

VALHALLA 710 Red River

EAST AUSTIN:

GYPSY LOUNGE 1504 E. 6th Street

 NORTH AUSTIN:

THE TIGRESS 100 W. North Loop

 

Posted in Entertainment, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Watch Out For The Killer PB&J!

Housecore Horror Film Festival will kill you

Heavy metal and horror movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. Think of the peanut butter as the heavy metal – rock with bigger nuts than you can fit in your pants – and the jelly being all the sweet gelatinous glory that ooze out of the living dead. This October we will witness this classic combo with the Housecore Horror Film Festival!

Coming to rip your head off! October 25th-27th 2013

Thanks to former Pantera front man, Phillip Anselmo and best-selling crime author, Corey Mitchell, Austin horror hounds and headbangers can enjoy both on their plate this October 25th-27th.  The festival plans to take over Emo’s with a plethora of heavy hitters such as Down, Gwar, and Eyehategod just to name a few. In fact the list is so long you’ll have to see the entire lineup on their site. I for one will bring duck tape so as not to have my head fall off and roll away. Even though that might be cool. Their site: www.housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com

And when you want a break from all that skull mutiliation, ingest some classic horror movies and director appearances. The dozens of screenings cover a variety of classic horror movies: from shock to black and white to some of the best damn horror flicks made. You know, before CGI and Hollywood scripts? Huh? Wha? Yep. The good ones. Highlights will be definitely be special guest director Jorg Buttgereit, of  Nekromantik  and Schramm (also being screened at the festival), and director of The Manson Family and Deadbeat at Dawn, Jim Vanbebber. And are you ready for this?  As your head vibrates with tension… eyes getting wider to see the horror… a live score from… straight from Italy… GOBLIN! to the classic giallo film Suspiria! Ahhhh!!!

Did your head blow up yet? Well, add brazilian horror legend Coffin Joe in attendance to introduce his classic film At Midnight I Take Your Soul and This Night I’ll Posses Your Corpse with a Q&A and original art exhibit to boot.

There will be dozens of brand new horror films, docs, videos, trailers and vendors to sink your teeth into and I’m sure more bands to be announced and other deliciously deviant events to add to the chaos. VIP passes are already sold out, so if you’re smart – and a true headbanging horror hound – you’ll get the rest of the passes before they sell out as well. It’s only June for devil’s sake! Blood Over Texas be featuring special interviews and news on our site so keep us on your evil minds little ones. Now where’s a banana and some bacon? Momma wants to make her PB&J a little more hardcore now.

P.S. How ’bout some cheese with that sandwich? An interesting blog we found on www.bloodydisgusting.com: Enjoy…  http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/18628/10-of-the-cheesiest-heavy-metal-horror-flicks-of-all-time/

http://bloodovertexas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/HHFFlogo.png

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2013!

Just got back from TFW and man was it fun and inspirational! The buzz of all the horror fans gets in your bones and makes you feel like you’re not such a weirdo after all. Not that I mind being weird, but it’s nice to be around those who “get you” every once in awhile.

I’d have to say that the guests this year were some of the usual suspects, some focuses on the cast of the movies Alien and The Lords of Salem, Danny Trejo! and Gary Busey! and an over abundance of The Walking Dead celebs. The line for Chandler Riggs and Jon Bernathal was ridiculous. Even though Lew Temple and Norman Reedus had to cancel last minute, the WD fans seemed to show up in hoards. Just a tad disappointing in my opinion. I mean I love The Walking Dead, but I enjoy meeting the original, classic horror makers and stars even more. I thought that last year’s line up was a bit more exciting for me in general – especially meeting Lamberto Bava!

Bava and the Bunny

I got a Demons poster signed and took some silly pics of him putting a replica of the Bloody Sunday mask on me.  But it takes all horror fans to make an army, so my heart is happy.

B.O.T. didn’t have a booth this year, so that allowed me to actually enjoy the convention. Walking around and meeting all the vendors, film makers and friends was definitely fun. Hopefully some of the evil pacts made will benefit our members and make it an exciting year for B.O.T. members. Unfortunately I didn’t take many pics to share this year. I really need to work on that. Boo for me.

Most surprisingly, I discovered that I don’t like watching screenings at a convention. I was so excited to see The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh from the publisher of Rue Morgue magazine, Rodrigo Gudino. It’s been around for a few years but I’ve never been able to see it. So I get a drink, find a seat in the banquet hall, about seven rows back, and the disappointment begins. The screen is hard to see, I can’t really hear the movie, people were talking and some genius brought in their toddler – so you know how that went. After about ten minutes, I had to walk out. Went directly to the Rue Morgue booth to get a copy, but it won’t be officially released until July. So while I was there I picked up a book on 200 Alternative Horror Films You Need To See. That should keep me and my couch busy for awhile.

One of my finds at TFW. Get ready for many movie-thons dear couch.

So I guess I found out that I’m too spoiled watching movies. I’d rather see them at the Alamo Drafthouse or at home on my giant screen TV. I believe in seeing them in all their true glory is all,  so I will patiently wait.

Another surprise was how much I enjoyed the panels. Next year I will definitely focus more of my attention on those. I sat in a panel for Monstro Bizarro which was very interesting. Lyle Blackburn, singer of Dallas band, Ghoultown and bona fide cryptid hunter, talked about his adventures hunting and investigating elusive creatures in the woods. His latest book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, has been very successful  - and with his many TV appearances and a regular column in Rue Morgue Magazine – he had tons of info and stories to share.

And of course the vendors were out in force. There was a wide variety of items, spread out into two giant halls. A ton of horror shirts – to make any horror fan’s wardrobe for the year – and memorabilia to decorate their homes. A special congrats to our co-founder Craig Meritt of Pallbearer Press. His booth has grown into an impressive display of horror wares and wants. His artistic renditions of classic and obscure horror films and characters - displayed on t-shirts and pillows - are one-of-a-kind. And speaking of artists – in the middle of all this horror – they are my personal favorites. This year I got lucky with a screen print from Arlington, TX illustrator, James S. Cole. I discovered his work two years ago at TFW 2011. He had many amazing illustrations but I was particularly enchanted with a certain print. Unfortunately I didn’t have the money at the time.

Last year our booth was directly across from his, and he still had a few left… but again, no money. This year he had one left, and thanks to Mastercard, it’s now all mine. But I did scoop in and take it from Derek of Obscuri photography (the main photographer of Gore Noir Magazine). Sorry Derek but it was meant to be mine.

This year was also about finding gems from Texas independent horror filmmakers. I’ll admit, I haven’t gave them the proper attention they deserve in the past and that’s a shame, because there are some really talented – and very approachable, genuine – people out there making horror films on minuscule budgets. All they ask is for your time to watch their version of horror. And I’ll  thankfully take a break from the usual Hollywood horror drool as of late. A few stood out to me and I happily bought their DVDs. I’ll blog about them separately in the near future. Tease. Tease.

That about wraps up TFW 2013 for me. Next year I’ll be buying a V.I.P. pass so I can get the full benefits, sit in more panels, stay longer, continue the after hours drinking and mingling in the hotel bar and make more connections and friendships with those that “get me.” Long live horror!

-Bunny Voodoo

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Your Read On

 

Book clubs for horror fiction? I didn’t know they existed. Well, in my dark heart I knew, but I often get sidetracked by the many duties of an evil overlord. And I really should make time for words from the many demented minds out there. In the time B.O.T. started I have been made aware of many horror-related writers and events that are here in our great city. From monthly book clubs –  It’s The End Of The World As You Know It and The Nightmare Factory - to local vampire fiction writer Gabrielle Faust (http://www.gabriellefaust.com/)  and B.O.T. member Emily who manages a great blog on horror fiction (http://carnageconservatory.wordpress.com/), there is ALOT of horror fiction going on here.

So let’s make a deal to delve into a good horror book every once in awhile. I miss having nightmares anyway. I get the best inspiration from them.

The Nightmare Factory Book Club  is currently reading Between Two Fires and meets every third Tuesday of the month at Book People.(https://www.facebook.com/events/529141853781847/).

The It’s The End Of The World Book Club is currently reading The Stand with plans for I Am Legend in January and meets every third Sunday at Book People. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/414788498572429/).

Have more local horror literature happenings and info? Send it to bloodovertexas@yahoo.com or drop us a note on our FB page.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZOMBIE SKATE IS BAAAAACK!

That’s right kiddies, Zombie Skate is back for its 4th installment. What started as a Libra birthday celebration for friends back in 2007, has turned into one of the highlights for the witching season. Check out the video we made on the first one …

Oooo… a sexy one

Rednecks love zombies

After a few years off, we decided to bring it back - and this time – make it public just to see how many zombies we could get to show up in their best dressed zombie-wear. Maybe we should call Guinness World Records? One of my favorite moments of Z Skate is when you look at those who can barely skate. They (including myself) hold their arms out for balance and look very much like a hoard of zombies. You even get slow ones and fast ones. There are no rules, just dress up as anything and dead-ify yourself.  Well actually there is one rule.

Zombies love too

If you’ve been to Z Skate before this one is new… no alcohol! Since it’s a public event, no one is allowed to bring in food or drinks. Boo. But I guess no one wants to get sued. Understandable. They will be opening the snack bar so you can fill up on nachos and dogs old-skool style.

And since it’s always a blast to see what you fiends come up with, you will be rewarded for your for your efforts. A costume contest for the best dressed zombie in the following categories: SCARIEST, SEXIEST, CLASSIC, FUNNIEST AND MOST ORIGINAL. Awards will be given, so impress the hoards. We’re also working on a zombie photo booth so you can take pictures to keep in your “scrap” books.

Let’s give a hand to the zombies!

We’ll have a professional or we may just keep it open to do with what you please. We need everyone to show up – especially B.O.T. members – so invite everyone you know! The more dead the better we say.

Warning! This might happen

So join us for a most evil Sunday on October 21st at Playland Skate Center in Austin from 9:30-11:30. It’s $8 for regular folk and only $6 for B.O.T. members (bring your card). It’ll be the best two hours you’ll spend being dead in a long time. Plans for after the skate will include meeting back up downtown to take over Elysium for some 80s dancing. Thriller anyone? It’s gonna be a fun one!

Please R.S.V.P. to our FB invite. You’ll get more details and continuing updates there: http://www.facebook.com/events/525117160851077/?context=create

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Back From The Grave

We’re back on the surface to celebrate the witching season! We took a few months off to bury ourselves – in our wretched coffins, deep in the Texas dirt – to protect our rotting flesh from the blistering summer heat. And we are ready to hit the streets of Austin for the best time of the year. There are tons of fun things to do in our awesome city. Often too much in fact. So pick your events wisely and don’t miss out on spreading horror to the unsuspecting non-believers. Save the date on Sunday, October 21st for our official B.O.T. event: Zombie Skate! We’re renting out Playland Skate Center for three hours of zombie-rific fun. Dress up as a zombie, enter the zombie costume contest and try not to kill yourself – again – when you put on those skates. More info to come. Keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook page for the actual invite. But for now, check out the Horror Happenings page and feel free to submit your own horror event by sending the details to www.blooodovertexas@yahoo.com. Happy Holidays Horror  Hounds!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Creepshow Art!

 

Wow! We just got a look at the exclusive art print being given away at the Terror Tuesday showing of CREEPSHOW next week! Horror/comic illustrator, Cody Schibi (www.codyschibi.com) created this special print for our B.O.T. signup on July 31st. It’s one of his favorite movies and we think he showed it by making such a bad-ass ode to one of the coolest and fun horror movies ever. I guess you could go as far as call it a “cult” movie for those of us old enough to remember the “good ‘ol days.”

So here’s how it will go down …

The first 30 people who sign-up to be B.O.T. members, get a free 5×8 print signed and numbered by the artist. Then we will give away a few poster sized (11×17) prints during the giveaway before the movie. We have a special guest straight from the movie – unfortunately not mentioned in the credits – that is coming to give away the prize! Don’t miss this extra special Terror Tuesday! Tickets are on sale now and it will sell out. See you there creeps.

Buy tix here: http://drafthouse.com/movies/terror_tuesday_creepshow/austin

Posted in Art/Tattoo | Leave a comment

The Dead Took Over the Streets

Check out the footage from this year’s Blood Over Texas RIDE OF THE DEAD! Casey C. Corpier (filmmaker and Texas Frightmare Weekend videographer) was on site to film the event. It even has some footage of the “soul-savers” that showed up to protect us from our love of things evil. It was my favorite part of the day! Ha! Thanks again to Live Oak BBQ, The Jackalope, Spiderhouse, Stephen Romano, the monsters who showed up to ride the streets and, of course Casey, for making it all happen!

The video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GMx17JHqRo

Casey is also getting ready to release the official DVD from this years Texas Frightmare Weekend Horror Convention in Dallas. We can’t wait to see it! http://www.caseyccorpier.com/

Posted in Entertainment, Film | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Horror Lounge night!

 

Join your fellow horror hounds for a night of ghastly grooves at Horror Lounge night at the Jackalope!

Meet some sandworms

B.O.T. brings you rockin’ horror inspired surf music from THE SANDWORMS. This spooky instrumental group from San Antonio channels sounds from the grave, which is perfect for drinking and geeking out to horror together.

The Sandworms, in band form.

And what lounge isn’t complete without some gore-geous ghouls shaking their money makers? Austin’s very own all-horror dance group, Dolls From The Crypt, gives you 60′s style go-go, good enought to raise the dead!

To keep the mood dark, we’ll show some awesome horror B-movies on all of the TVs in the lounge.

While you’re there, sign-up to join the B.O.T. army. It’s free and, as a member, you get special member discounts. In fact this month, the Jackalope gives us a drinking discount. Stop by and we’ll be happy to tell you about it.

NEW B.O.T. t-shirts, koozies and “Keep Austin Bloody” stickers will be available.

Please support your local horror scene by stopping by the FREE show and help us show the commoners how to lounge horror-style!

Share this invite and spread the disease: http://www.facebook.com/events/264268633674481/

Check out THE SANDWORMS at http://www.reverbnation.com/thesandworms

Peep at THE DOLLS FROM THE CRYPT at www.dollsfromthecrypt.com

For more info on THE JACKALOPE visit their site at www.jackalopebar.com

See you all there!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment