YOU GOT 30 HOURS! Now 29, 28, 27…

tt2443022You have a little over a day to help out writer/director Tara Anaïse see her feature film, Dark Mountain on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter. At this time she needs to sell 33 tickets in order to make it happen so let’s help her out.

Dark Mountain had it’s world premiere at the Austin Film Festival this past year in their dark/horror category, Dark Matters. It will be released on VOD on August 1st but this is a chance to see it on the big screen – if you missed it in October. And with cheese sticks and beer no less. Tara will be at the screening and there will be a Q&A.

Here’s the story…

“Somewhere deep within Arizona’s Superstition Mountains lies the most famous lost gold mine in the world — the Lost Dutchman Mine. Its estimated worth is around 200 million dollars. Since the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of people have scoured the mountains in search of it, hundreds have lost their lives in the process, but not one has returned with an ounce of gold. Legend has it the mine is cursed. 

In March of 2011, three filmmakers set out to find the mine and document their entire process. They never made it out of the Superstitions. Eight months later, their camera and cell phones were recovered along the western edge of LaBarge Canyon. No sign of the filmmakers themselves has been found to date. DARK MOUNTAIN is the chilling reconstruction of their last days. 

A found footage thriller inspired by actual events, DARK MOUNTAIN is directed by Tara Anaïse and written by Tamara Blaich and Tara Anaïse. Producers included Tamara Blaich, Jennifer Harrington, and Megan Peterson with cinematography by Pyongson Yim and editing by Jennifer Harrington.  Starring Sage Howard, Andrew Simpson, and Shelby Stehlin.  Featuring music by Spindrift, Old Testament, and Filthy Huns and an original score by Scott Meola, formerly of New York’s Saints + Lovers.”

Go to the link to purchase tickets by the end of the day tomorrow and let’s show ‘em how Austin horror fans support the scene! Please buy one yourself and share with your fiends and family!

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.tugg.com/events/10228

THE SITE: www.darkmountainmovie.com

THE TRAILER:

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YOU CAN MAKE IT… IF YOU RUN!

hE902D83DNo slow zombies here. Whether you’re a human or a zombie, strap on the running shoes and prepare for the post-apocalyptic blood fest that is, The Zombie Run. The Zombie Run is coming to Texas this month and there’s still time to sign up for the most terrifying obstacle course around — plus a discount for the truly dead-icated horror fan (keep on reading for more information).

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Summer nights and zombies

The Run is coming to Austin on July 12th and Dallas on the 26th and features roughly 3 miles (45 minutes) of rugged obstacles, apocalypse-themed zones, desolate landscapes, and packs of ravenous zombies. You can choose to be a Human or a Zombie in this crazy zombie apocalypse. And that’s gonna be a hard choice. If you choose to be a Human, you’ll get three life flags and will start in the quarantined area of your home base. The goal is to make it to the finish line with at least one flag. But don’t worry, if all your flags have been snatched by the ravenous zombies, you can still finish the race. But we’re not exactly sure if you’ll still be human once you get there. Guess you’ll have to find out for yourself. So good luck. If you choose to be a Zombie, you’ll receive a professional makeup job in order to get prepared for “respectively” terrorizing the humans as they try to get away from you. Steal those flags zombies!

Obstacles galore

Obstacles galore

AMERICA! Fuck yea!

AMERICA! Fuck yea!

Although there have been a few similar events in the past, this is the first time The Zombie Run is coming to Austin and we can’t wait to see the carnage! This event averages about 2,000 participants so it makes for quite the zombie apocalypse. There are two runs each day: The extreme day run and a night run called the Black Ops. You can purchase Human or Zombie tickets for either on their site. They also offer a day pass and group discounts.

check_this_outAnd here’s the best part horror fans, the people at the The Zombie Run have been gracious enough to offer our members and supporters a 20% DISCOUNT! Just type in the code BLOODOVERTX on their registration page:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-zombie-run-extremeblack-ops-austin-registration-9562302103

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Flag stealin’

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Nothing like zombies under the stars.

And who says zombies can’t be charitable while they’re eating your guts? The Run is proud to be involved with the charity, the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The Kennedy Krieger Institute focuses on the problems and injuries affecting a child’s developing brain such as brain injuries and brain disorders. There are several ways you can donate to the charity. You can straight up donate on the charitys’ site, sponsor a runner, build a team or fundraising page, or donate during registration. If you donate an extra $10 during registration you’ll receive a Special Charity Flag. How bout that. Give… to get an EXTRA LIFE for the Run!

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Frank.

When all the running is over, grab your medal and stay after the run for the post-apocalypse party. Beverages and food trucks will be on site for general consorting and exchange of zombie and human stories…

Remember that time when Frank tripped himself when his arm fell off while trying to grab that chick’s flag? 

haha. Frank is so crazy

LIKE their page: https://www.facebook.com/thezombierunner

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We’re Going To Get You… Not Another Peep.

evil-dead-02Cabin in the woods.  Demon book. Teenagers.  This can’t end well.

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This Thursday in New Braunfels, TX

Sam Raimi’s classic 1981 movie, Evil Dead, is at the top of the list of classic, influential 80′s horror films and one of my personal favorites. Unlike most horror fans I talk to, this movie scared the bejesus outta me when I first saw it: the laughing doll-like girl, the demon under the floor and … the trees. But it was also funny, done on an incredibly low budget, and made Bruce Campbell a cult star. Enough to give most straight horror guy friends I know a guy boner.

When I was a kid, I never got to see most of these greats on the big screen, so it’s always a treat to see them now. Thanks to independent movie theaters — mainly The Alamo Drafthouse — we now get to revel in these epic movies in all their glory. This Thursday, June 26th, you’ll get a chance to see this amazing demon-filled, cult classic in New Braunfels, Texas. In re-mastered 35mm!

Kids these days don't know what this is

Kids these days don’t know what this is

The aforementioned demon book

The aforementioned demon book

Blood Thirsty Thursdays — put on by B.O.T. fiend and evil cohort, Kelly Warren Hammond — shows many great horror classics once a month on Thursdays in San Antonio, and now, once a month in New Braunfels. Check out his page often ‘cuz you don’t want to miss any of these movies. It’s not only your small way of supporting the horror scene, but supporting great film in general. Evil Dead 2 to come at next month’s BTT!

Sam Raimi has said he regrets putting this in the film. But it's one of the best scenes.

Sam Raimi has said he regrets putting this in the film. But it’s one of the best scenes.

Wonder if he has a big boomstick

I wonder if he has a big boomstick?

As if the showing the movie wasn’t enough, Gore Noir Magazine goregorewill be on hand to give out some of their gore, violence, blood and hot models — in print form. This mag deserves to be in the hands of every horror fan out there, so check them out now.

More? Yes, fiends always want more. So come by and sign-up to be a member of Blood Over Texas. You’ll get yourself an official shiny, new member card and join the most devilish army of horror fans in central Texas. And it’s FREE! You can also sign up online (Membership), but if you come in person, you get your bloody card right then and there (dammit) and you’ll join us in paying tribute to the EVIL DEAD … together. A hoard you might say.

One mean bitch

One mean bitch

Buy tickets now before they sell out: http://drafthouse.com/movies/blood-thirsty-thursday-the-evil-dead/new_braunfels

And never forget… there are dead bodies in the cellar.

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ATTENTION DALLAS AND HOUSTON HORROR FANS! TONIGHT ONLY!

ANIMAL CROP WEB This is SUPER late notice, but you can get FREE tickets tonight, June 18th, to see the new movie ANIMAL from Chiller Films. Animal is your classic stuck-in-the-woods-running-from-a-crazed-killer horror flick. But the killer in this one is not of the hockey mask wearing variety, it is one of a bad-ass creature. Being a sucker for great creatures — Pumpkinhead, Preadator, The Feast Beast, etc., etc., etc. — we suggest you go check this out. Get a babysitter, call in sick for work… whatever you need to do. If you can’t make it to see it on the big-screen tonight, however, it is available for digital download. Yay technology!

NUP_157700_1008-WEBThe plot: When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.

NUP_157700_0405-WEBThe makers: Animal is from executive producers Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith and Thommy Hutson for Flower Films. The film is written by Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo and directed by Brett Simmons; creature effects are by Gary J. Tunnicliffe.

Check out the trailer here:http://donotfeedtheanimal.com/video

**A  few FREE tickets have been set aside at each theater! All you have to do is mention BLOOD OVER TEXAS. So get there early to score ‘em!

ARLINGTON: SMG Arlington, Wednesday, June 18th @ 7:30pm

225 Merchants Row, Arlington, TX 76018

DALLAS:  SMG Spring Valley, Wednesday, June 18th @ 7:30pm

13933 N. Central Expy. Dallas, TX 75243

HOUSTON:  SMG CityCentre, Wednesday, June 18th @ 7:30pm

822 Town & Country Blvd. Houston, TX 77024

Now we have to get them to come to Austin! (sigh)

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THE WORMS CRAWL IN… THE WORMS CRAWL OUT…

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2nd Annual Zombie Crawl Hits 6th this Sunday!

What better way to celebrate Memorial Weekend and honor America than to stumble from bar to bar picking up your decaying body parts, weirding out normal people and drinking Slippery Nipples… Get ready for the 2nd annual Austin Zombie Crawl! It’s the best way to hone your zombie moan and social drinking skills at the same time! That’s called multi-tasking, people. Of course no alchohol is required, but you do have to love zombies and want to have a good time.

Did you know that Zombies are the most social of monsters. They work in hoards and have similar interests.

Did you know that Zombies are the most social of monsters? They work in hoards and have similar interests.

The Crawl is on Sunday, May 25th and is being presented by The Austin Zombie Crawl and is expected to have a bigger turnout than last — and with each year to come. It’s the perfect chance to completely embrace your zombie self.

The Crawl is the best of a Zombie Walk and a Pub Crawl and is run by Amanda Baker and Jordan Rosenthal. Both hosts are special effects makeup artists and experienced haunted house contributors. They both have previous SFX companies and are merging to create a new company called Incognito FX that is being introduced this year with The Crawl. Amanda’s focus has been on “the odd and highlighting the ‘freaks’ or ‘oddballs’ of the world”, so you know she’s used to the likes of us horror fans. Their passion for the undead — and with offering a free and fun event for the Austin horror scene — is greatly appreciated and sanctified by Blood Over Texas. We always support spreading the disease and the love of horror across out great city. When I talked to both of them, I was inspired by their sense of fun and can’t wait to see the spectacle this weekend and see it grow each year.

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So three zombies and a model walk into a bar…

They work with a core group of dead-icated people — who also have haunted house experience — creating an authentic zombie experience. I shall be so bold as to say they are all professionals in the monster arts. For The Crawl, they also pride themselves in having a non-accosting policy for crawling through the crowds of normals. They want everyone involved to have fun and not approach non-crawlers aggessivley or disrespecively. Moan at someone — maybe try and scare them a bit — and if they obviously don’t like it, crawl on. Don’t be a jerk zombie. They don’t get to join the hoard.

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Let’s shoot for this next year! Guinness Book Of World Records holder of the Largest Gathering of Zombies: New Jersey Zombie Walk 2013. 9,592 Zombies.

The Crawl will take place at 5 bars — all located on 6th street downtown. The first meetup is at 7pm but — get this — the beauty of this Crawl is that it offers a full makeup team! The team is available to you from 1pm-8pm for those that want to get zombified. The team will be upstairs at the Voodoo Room and prices start at only $20 — depending on your zombie dead-ication. No appointment is necessary but you should contact the artists beforehand (shown on the FB invite) for any extensive makeup or get a specific time. Remember a good zombie is always prepared.

Don’t want to get zombied up? Don’t worry you can be a Hunter: one that follows the group to enjoy the specatacle but wary of being mistaken as a Walker. There will be a costume contest and a great raffle offered with proceeds going to fund this and future walks. Hey… it costs money for flyers and gallons of blood.  All of the bars are offering drink specials for the zombies and a variety of bars and music to satisfy every brain-eater. You’re also welcome to skip a bar or arrive at a later time and still be able to meet up with the crawl by following The Crawl schedule below or follow on FB and Twitter the night of. But we hope you come early and stay late. All of us also stress the importance of a sober ride. No one wants an undead undead.

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We forgive UK for bringing us Haggis since they also created Pub Crawls (according to Wiki history)

BARS OF THE UNDEAD:

7pm: RECESS ARCADE BAR (raffle begins, the one and only 18+ bar in The Crawl)

9pm: KRAVE (Surprise headline DJ)

10pm: THE JACKALOPE (Zombie movie night)

11pm: DIRTY DOG (Live music from The Soap Boxers and free zombie admission)

12pm: VOODOO ROOM (DJ Kewl Kris, costume contest and raffle winners announced)

Everything you want to know about being a zombie in the crawl. FAQs

Everything you want to know about being a zombie in The Crawl. FAQs

Please make sure you check the FB invite for more detailed information.

FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/302253276588739/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The main FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TheAustinZombieCrawl

Sponsors: Incognito FX, Zombie Crawl TX, Unique Vapors, Vintage Vapor, Unleashh, Shawn Smith Photography, Sober Rides, Jon Provins Masks, Zombie Response Team, Blood Over Texas and Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds.

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TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE COMES HOME!

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We were very excited to hear the announcement of  the official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the original 1974 Texas slasher, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, at this year’s Housecore Horror Film Festival (Oct. 23-26, Austin, TX).

Less than 6 months away. Get your stinkin' badges now!

Less than 6 months away. Get your stinkin’ badges now!

On hand from the original 1974 movie will be Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), Marilyn Burns (Sally Hardesty), Edwin Neal (The Hitchhiker), Allen Danzinger (Jerry), William Vail (Kirk), Teri McMinn (Pam), John Dugan (Grandpa), and Edward Guinn (Cattle truck guy). The cast will be in attendance all weekend for a special screening of the film, panels, Q&As, photos and autographs with their fans. You can buy special limited badges (only 199 available) now and we highly recommend you do so.

AND JUST TO GET YOU READY FOR SOME OLD-SCHOOL, HORROR GEEK-OUT FUN, HERE ARE SOME ORIGINAL TCM FACTS YOU NEED TO FIND ROOM FOR IN YOUR DEMENTED HEAD: 

• The script was entitled “Leatherface.” At various points before the film’s release, the title was switched to “Head Cheese” and finally “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” An alternate title for the film also included “Stalking Leatherface.”

• Director Tobe Hooper claims to have got the idea for the film while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get out through the crowd, he spotted the chainsaws.

Kim Henkel on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massace

Kim Henkel on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You can still buy Poulan chainsaws today.

• The chainsaw used in this film was a Poulan 245A, with a piece of black tape covering the Poulan logo in order to avoid a possible lawsuit.

• The soundtrack contains the sounds an animal would hear inside a slaughterhouse.

• The film’s original distributor was Bryanston Distribution Company, in fact a Mafia front operated by Louis “Butchie” Peraino, who used the movie to launder profits he made from Deep Throat (1972). In return, the production received only enough money to reimburse the investors and pay the cast and crew $405 a piece. The producers eventually discovered that Peraino had lied to them about the film’s profits; after Peraino was arrested on obscenity charges when his role in Deep Throat was revealed, the cast and crew filed a suit against him and were awarded $25,000 each. New Line Cinema, which obtained the rights to “Chain Saw” from the bankrupt Bryanston, paid the cast and crew as part of the purchase agreement.

• According to John Larroquette, his payment for doing the opening narration was a marijuana joint.

• Gunnar Hansen hit his head on doorways and other objects several times during the shoot because the Leatherface mask severely limited his peripheral vision and the three-inch heels he wore made his 6’4” frame too high to clear all obstacles.

John Dugan as Grandpa

John Dugan as Grandpa

• After getting into the old-age makeup, John Dugan decided that he did not ever want to go through the process again, meaning that all the scenes with him had to be filmed in the same session before he could take the makeup off. This entire process took about 36 hours (five of which took to put the makeup on), during a brutal summer heat wave where the average temperature was over 100 degrees, with a large portion of it spent filming the dinner scene, with him wearing a heavy suit and necktie, sitting in a room filled with dead animals and rotting food with no air conditioning or electric fans. Everyone later recalled that the stench from the rotting food and people’s body odor was so terrible that some crew members passed out or became sick from the smell. Edwin Neal who played the hitch-hiker claimed: “Filming that scene was the worst time of my life… and I had been in Vietnam, with people trying to kill me, so I guess that shows how bad it was.”

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Pam. Talk about a wedgie.

• The actress whose character, Pam, was hung up on a meat hook was actually held up by a nylon cord that went between her legs, causing a great deal of pain.

• Gunnar Hansen said that, during filming, he didn’t get along very well with Paul A. Partain, who played Franklin. A few years later, Hansen met Partain again and realized that Partain, a method actor, had simply chosen to stay in character even when not filming. The two remained good friends up until Partains’ death.

• During the dinner scene towards the end of the film, when Leatherface cuts Sally’s finger, he actually does cut her finger because they couldn’t get the fake blood to come out of the tube behind the blade.

His college grad pic (not)

His college grad pic (not)

• Gunnar Hansen never really wanted to be a movie star in the first place, he wanted to be a writer. He earned a graduate degree in Scandinavian Studies and another graduate degree in English. Over the years, Hansen realized he could accomplish both acting and writing, banging out screenplays, books, and poetry while appearing in over 20 films.

• A family was actually living in the house that served as the Sawyer family house in the later half of the movie. They rented out their house to the film crew and continued to stay there during the entire shoot. During filming, the crew discovered that one of the residents had been cultivating a marijuana field; fearful that production would be shut down if they were found near the plants, the filmmakers called the Sheriff, who never arrived to investigate.

Closed but lives in history

Closed but lives in history

• Since the film’s original release, the location used as the Sawyer family house has changed completely. It’s now an open field, with no indication there had ever been a house there. The house itself was relocated, fully restored and operated as the Junction House Restaurant on the grounds of the Antlers Hotel complex at 1010 King Street in Kingsland, Texas. Sadly it is now closed.

• Despite the obvious implications of the film’s title, only one victim is attacked by a chainsaw, and only at the very end … Leatherface himself. Non-chainsaw deaths include two who are bludgeoned, one impaled on a meat hook, and one run over by a semi truck.

• The chainsaw cutting the flesh of Leatherface and was accomplished by the actor wearing a metal plate over his leg, which was then covered with a piece of meat and a blood bag.

You can read a list of Nasties here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_nasty

You can read a list of Nasties here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_nasty

• Banned In Britain: The film was rejected by the British film censors in 1975, but it did get a limited cinema release in the London area thanks to the GLC (Greater London Council). It was banned again in 1977, when the censors’ attempts to cut it were unsuccessful, (for the purposes of a wider release), then it was banned again in 1984, due to the growing controversy involving ‘video nasties’. In 1999, after the censors finally changed their policy, they took the plunge, and passed it uncut, for the cinema and video, after 25 years, since they first banned it.

• Banned In Germany: The film has had a long and troubled “relationship” with German law. The original theatrical version in West Germany was denied a rating and therefore cut. In 1982, the film was put on the index for youth-endangering media. Then in 1985, the film was banished by the Munich district court and all existing copies were confiscated. Over the years the film was released on VHS and DVD in various (legal and illegal) versions, mostly cut. Since April 2008, the new German licensee, Turbine Medien, has tried to get the banishment revoked and the film removed from the index. Only in September 2011, the district court of Frankfurt/Main finally lifted the banishment of the film (it is the first time in Germany that such an attempt was successful, making judiciary history). Finally, in December 2011 the film was removed from the BPjM index and subsequently rated “Not under 18” by the FSK.

• Banned in Australia: The movie wasn’t released in Australia until the early 1980s.

• Banned in Finland. The film was also originally banned in Finland, but after 25 years it was released uncut.

(trivia facts courtesy of IMDB.com and other random places in the inter world)

Still want more huh? This E True Hollywood story was released to promote the re-make but it’s interesting and informative. Just to pump up your TCM cred.

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

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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”.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

 

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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/

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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!

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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

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