Director commentary. You know that extra feature when you pop in the DVD… the one you select on your favorite movies? The Director sits in a studio and talks about his/her own movie in real time. The perfect geek out experience for a film fan. It’s a good way to get more details on the movie such as insight into a particular scene, decisions that were made, how the cast reacted, and most often, what went on behind the scenes. The gossip or scoop on the movie you might say. That is the premise of Director’s Commentary: Terror Of Frankenstein. Sort of. Shown in satire fashion, the film is an icy satire of the monsters onscreen, behind the camera and in the audience.
As part of their yearly screening program, Other Worlds Austin (Austin’s SciFi Film Festival) is bringing the Texas premier of Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein to Austin next Thursday on August 25th (9pm) at Flix Brewhouse (Round Rock).
OWA founder and Artistic Director, Bears Fonté, had this to say about Terror: “I cannot begin to explain how brilliant this set up is. Because as the writer and director discuss the film’s notoriety it becomes very clear that most people’s interest in the film stems not from what’s on screen, but from a series of gruesome murders and a lengthy public trial of one of the cast members. Bits of the story leak out as they watch the film together, as well as old grudges and hints of blame. But it all starts very subtly, which is why it works so well. The audience is left to try to piece together what happened as they are asked to follow the placement and heaviness of a certain piece of prop luggage, which we later learn had parts of a dead body shoved in it.” Sounds intriguing to me. You can read more about Terror on OWA‘s site HERE.
Terror is brought to you by the makers of Room 237 and The Nightmare so you know it will be a quality film. The Director/Co-writer, Tim Kirk, will be doing a live Q&A via Skype right after the movie, so get your questions ready. And if you haven’t yet experienced Flix Brewhouse yet, you need to come enjoy the theater as well. Flix Brewhouse is the home to many of OWA’s yearly screenings and offers yummy food (trust me, I’ve tried it) and their own craft beers. Much like the Alamo Drafthouse, you can order during the movie, but at Flix you can pull the table up to you like a proper dining table and you get your own button to call your waiter. Embrace the power! (insert evil laughter here)
Support one of our favorite local organizations, Other Worlds Austin, by buying a ticket today. Organizations like OWA really need local support to continue bringing you films that are often looked over. That means they need you to buy a ticket and come enjoy the screening. It means a lot to the venue (they’ve agreed to help by offering their space), the hard workers over at OWA (who do it all for the love of film) and the film makers (who’ve spent endless hours and moola to bring you their vision). It takes a village as they say. A few of us from B.O.T. will be in attendance and so should you! Buy your tix here.
On a personal note, I’ve seen some great screenings courtesy of OWA, including Call Girl of Cthulhu and Listening (now on Netflix) so I’m looking forward to this one too.
A lot of people suffer from coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), and if you are one of those people, Circus of the Dead is not for you. A sort of Devil’s Rejects covered in greasepaint, Circus of the Dead let’s us into the dark world of Papa Corn. A Lotteria obsessed murder clown with his own gang of equally damaged morbid jokesters, Papa Corn and his crew do what any normal clowns do: entertain folks at a traveling circus, wear goofy big shoes and silly face paint, steal cars, rape and murder innocent people, and forcing good, normal people into acts of unspeakable horror. You know, for kids!
I had a chance to meet the co-writer and director of Circus of the Dead (CotD), “Bloody” Bill Pon, at Texas Frightmare this May, and he agreed to answer some questions about the film, Texas, clowns and a bunch of other horrific things.
A life long Texan, Pon was born in East Texas. He cultivated a love of film and horror early in his life, and remembers the first horror movie that had a real impact on him as a child. “It was The Shining I want to say I was 11ish? It’s when cable TV just started out in homes and they seemed to play the same films over and over. My parents watched it one night but I wasn’t allowed to so I waited till they were asleep and watched it all the way through. Scared the shit out of me!”
In 1998, Pon moved to West Texas to take a job at a local TV station. Intending to learn the craft of film making, he worked behind the camera in various capacities. When he was ready to venture out on his own in 2009, he filmed his first short: Doll Boy. “The following year I submitted to some film festivals.” Pon tells me. “Once we screened the short at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas it really blew up!”
After the success of Doll Boy, Pon and co-writer Lee Ankrum began work on a sequel, which would eventually turn into CotD. I asked Pon what made him take the script down to clown town (sorry). What was it about a traveling circus with murder clowns that drew him in? “I don’t think it’s ever been done right, in my opinion,” he said. “It’s always either cheesy funny or cheesy gory. I wondered what would happen if I made a serious movie about clowns and only let the laughs be organic instead of being forced. They’re fucked up killers who’s day job just so happens to be a clown.” He told me he was reading a book about serial killers and a quote by John Wayne Gacy caught his attention. Gacy, the “Killer Clown of Chicago,” was quoted about his dressing and performing as a clown, saying “You know… A clown can get away with murder.” This quote stuck with Pon, and he decided to make his film about clowns. Pon said, “Lots of people are afraid of clowns. Why? Got me. But maybe it’s their agenda hidden behind their make up.” The traveling circus arose naturally after, Pon saying it made sense as a cover and an explanation as to why they had been able to elude authorities up until this point.
As the script for CotD began to take shape, Pon started looking for an actor to play the lead: Papa Corn.
“When I started writing I started researching online and making a short list of actors I liked. Somewhere Bill [Oberst Jr.] popped up on top 10 indie actors to watch.” Pon said he reached out to Oberst via Facebook and sent him a script. Oberst expressed interest in the project, and came on board as the lead. Oberst is absolutely one of the film’s strongest points, portraying a truly evil character in Papa Corn. Oberst is able to pair the outright violence and disgusting nature of the character with the menacing whimsy one may expect from a remorseless, killer clown. Oberst’s performance plants us firmly in Papa Corn’s world, and keeps us wondering horrible things Papa will do next.
“I’ll say this about Bill,” Pon told me. “I couldn’t have found a better person in the world to bring Papa Corn to life. He’s the real deal. Great actor, great guy, and really, really hard on his talents. I like that in a person. He’ll give the best performance you’ve ever seen and afterward he’ll tell you he can do it better. Pure perfectionist. He’d never take any credit and all of us had an important role with the film being successful but I feel like we all just jumped on Bill’s back and let him show us the way.”
With the lead sorted and the script ready to go, Pon needed a place to film. Naturally, he chose West Texas. “Filming in West Texas is great as far as I’m concerned. I know everyone around town and they’re always willing to lend me a location. I’ve been here so long and made so many friends that everyone kind of knows everyone.”
It wasn’t all piggy back rides from Bill Oberst Jr. and high fives from the locals, however. Film shoots can be grueling as well, as Pon explained. “We filmed CotD in one month’s time. It was hell on Earth. No sleep, no rest and never enough time. But somehow in the midst of all that we made a great little movie with hardly any budget. It brought me, cast and crew very close as it felt we’ve been to war together.”
With CotD under his belt, I asked Pon if he had any advice for filmmakers out there who just getting started. “Quit making excuses and get out there and do it!” Pon said. As basic as that advice may sound, there’s more to it than that. Pon advises that instead of trying to raise money based on a script or an idea, show potential investors your work. Work on a short or trailer, get something out there with your name on it. Be open to criticism as well, and find some honesty among your crew. Your skills can always improve. Pon admits you need to know your weaknesses as well. “[F]ind the people that are better doing what you think you’re great at doing and let them do it. You’re not great at everything regardless to what your Mom says!” He doesn’t diminish the role of history in the process, either. The classic films are classic for a reason, and a novice filmmaker can learn a lot from studying the greats.
Speaking of the greats, I asked Pon what his favorites were. “My favorite horror movies would be Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘74, Halloween ‘78 and The Exorcist.” Hard to argue with. I also wanted to know his favorite sub-genre in horror. “I’m pretty open to any sub-category of horror as long as it’s a good movie,” he responded. “I think it just needs to be a fun and thrilling ride for me as a viewer.” As the writer and director of CotD, I had to know what his favorite clown movie was. “It’s nothing like CotD but I’d have to say Killer Klowns from Outer Space! Saw it as a kid and it’s something I always watch if it’s on.”
So what’s up next for CotD and “Bloody” Bill Pon? CotD has screened at festivals and conventions since its completion, and is awaiting distribution. Pon is excited for the film to reach a wider audience. “I can’t wait till the world gets hold of it and loves it as much as the fans we’ve made on the festival and convention circuit!” What’s next for Pon personally? “I’ve got something special up my sleeve. Something very near and dear to my heart movie wise. Stay tuned!”
Thanks for the insight Bloody Bill, and we will most assuredly stay tuned!
Join Bunny Voodoo and the entire B.O.T. team (Shelly, Fernie, Eric, Brian and Producer Bradley), on this bitchin’ episode that’s all about 80s horror. We talk about why the 80s is considered to be the heyday of horror and what’s up with the 80s-style creeping into today’s horror. We find a Austin tie in to the popular Stranger ThingsNetflix show, what everyone’s most embarrassing moment from the 80s is and we give major dibs to the new 80s throwback indie horror, The Barn, with an interview with the cast and a live Hammered Horror of this totally tubular movie. Watch the trailer below. And can you guess what some of your favorite horror stars from the 80s are up to today? Find out in our Where Are They Now segment. For total 80s terror, check out our B.O.T. Radio page on Facebook to see pics of the team from the 80s… if you dare. SHOW ME THE TERROR!
Also included are our usual features: Coming Out Of The Grave (a tease of horror movies coming out in August), Eric’s 80s-themed Double Dog Dare You Film Challenge of the movie Microwave Massacre, Shelly’s 3-minute drunk review of the movie, The Barn, and our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.
Songs featured in this episode:
“Atmosphere” (cover of Joy Division song) by Ola Podrida
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Eric, Brian and Producer Bradley), on this creature feature episode, as they discuss mysterious creatures called Cryptids with special guest, Cryptozoologist and author, Ken Gerhard. Ken is a co-host on the History channel’s Missing In Alaska and countless other TV shows about “monster-hunting.” He fills us in on the cryptids in Texas, which “monster” has the most evidence of being the real thing and how he got started in the field. We also talk about the flood of re-makes coming out — and then things get real crazy, when our talk turns to the topic of horror penises. Yup.
Also included are our usual segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (horror movies coming out in July), Eric gives us his cryptid-themed Double Dog Dare You Film Challenge movie and Shelly gives us a creature-inspired Hammered Horror with her 3-minute drunk review of the movie, Bite. 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:
“Chupacabra” by Groovie Ghoulies (album: Re-Animation Festival) • BUY THE ALBUM
Listen to our Evil Overlord, Bunny Voodoo, this Wednesday (June 15th) on the KLBJ FM (93.7) morning show. Bunny will be on the show to talk about Blood Over Texas and our upcoming event this Thursday the 16th, the Masque of Red Death Masquerade Party (see our Events page for info). Scheduled for a 10 minute spot at 8:30 a.m., make sure to listen on your radio or online. This is not only great news for B.O.T. but for our horror community. Long live horror!
We are getting very excited for our upcoming event, Masque Of Red Death, and we have some new updates to announce for our costume contest and silent auction. This upcoming event is our annual Membership Appreciation Party and a celebration of our 5th birthday. The free horror masquerade is open to B.O.T. members and all horror fans and will take place in Austin on June, 16th at The Madison.
The Madison. Our gore-geous venue for the night.
We feel the venue is straight out of a 70’s Italian giallo movie and that you fiends will feel right at home dancing your demon feet away, showing off your evil outfits in the costume contest, bidding on several great items in our silent auction and getting your pictures taken to remember this evil night. For more details, please see OUR EVENTS page.
UPDATE #1: We announced the three categories you can enter in our Costume Contest. The contest is sponsored by Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds(Austin) and all winners will receive a $25 gift certificate and the accolades of the Hell of the Ball. We know most of you have great imaginations so we’re looking forward to your devilish outfits: sexy, gothic, bloody, horrific, outlandish or even simple. Everything is welcome. And in case you need some outfits, masks, makeup, wigs, blood, etc., all attendees get 10% off products and one day rentals at Lucy’s. Let ’em know you’re coming to the Masque of Red Death to get your discount.
• IN MOURNING category: Best gothic, victorian and traditional masquerade costume.
• OUT OF NIGHTMARES category: Best horror, grotesque, bloody and scary costume.
• DREADFUL DUO category: Best couple or friend costumes that go well together. This category is for two people and both winners will win a prize. This category can be anything: gothic, horror, funny, creative, etc. Just make sure you match — i.e. look like you go together.
The categories and a few ideas for some fun and fiendish costumes:
UPDATE #2:Our Silent Auction items are coming in and here’s an up-to-date list of all of the items. We expect a few more to make it here before the ball so keep an eye on our FB Invite page and the aforementioned Our Events page.
• TWO TICKETS TO SEE JOHN CARPENTER LIVE RETROSPECTIVE (MEZZANINE): Two tickets to see the legendary composer, director and writer, John Carpenter at ACL-Moody Theater on June 23rd. “John Carpenter: Live Retrospective” is a musical journey through his work and he will be performing themes from his classic films and new compositions. These great seats are situated on the center mezzanine, Row A. This is a must-see event for any fan of horror, but especially you fans of horror soundtracks Value: $130.00.
• TWO TICKETS TO SEE JOHN CARPENTER LIVE RETROSPECTIVE (KICK ASS 3rd ROW): Two tickets to see John Carpenter at ACL-Moody Theater June 23rd as discussed above, but this item is for two “rockstar-style” tickets — 3rd row. These great seats are situated on the floor, Row C (that’s 3rd row from the stage). Value: $300.00 apprx.
• GABRIELLE FAUST’S REVENGE: DEMONS AND DEVILS PACKAGE: The package from Texas horror writer, Gabrielle Faust, includes her novel. Revenge, a “What’s your sin?” T-shirt, beer stein, coffee mug and bag. Value: $89.
• JON ZIG ART: Airbrush art on canvas by artist Jon Zig. The canvas is 14” x 18″ and is presented in a frame with glass (frame size is 16” x 20”). Jon calls it “Fun With An Airbrush” but we think that’s code for “Demogorgon Feasts With Tentacled Eyes”. Or something like that. Value: $300.00
• NATHAN THOMAS MILLINER POSTER: “Hellraiser” poster print from artist Nathan Thomas Milliner. Milliner is an artist for Scream Factory and HorrorHound Magazine just to name a few. The poster is 11”x14”, presented in a frame and is signed by the artist. Value is suggested at $15 but we think it’s worth WAY more so get your bidding fingers ready.
• COLLEEN HANSON ART: Mixed media painting from artist Colleen Hanson. This outsider art/one of a kind painting is titled “Broken From Day One #fuckcancer” and is 2ft w x 3ft h. Value: $100.00
If you are interested in donating anything in honor of horror, please send us an email at info@bloodovertexas.
Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Fernie, Eric and Producer Bradley) as they recap Texas’s biggest horror convention, Texas Frightmare Weekend 2016, in Dallas, TX. We talk to Texas horror fans, get Hammered and interview scream queen and “final girl,” Adrienne King, from the classic horror movie, Friday the 13th. And more!
We creep the convention floor seeking out horror fans to answer fun questions. What did they say?! Gotta listen. We also do a short interview with “Tar Man,” Allan Trautman from Return of the Living Dead and talk with a few other featured TFW guests such as ScFy’s FaceOff Season 9 winner, Nora Hewitt, Circus of the Dead director, Billy Pon, and Kenny Johnson from the awesome TV show, Bates Motel. And for the 2nd year in a row, Shelly does a live Hammered Horror. This time we hammer the crap out of the movie, Getting Schooled with the director, cast members and audience in attendance. Yikes! It all turned out great. No boomboxes were harmed. We also stole some Friday the 13th wine from some random serial killers who were defeated by our special kung fu powers. Crystal Lake Wines is killer!
Also included are our usual segments: Coming Out Of The Grave (movies coming out in June), Fernie spotlights a TFW artist in Terror Visions and Eric watches and recommends a good movie for once calledLast Girl Standing. Play along with us on our podcast’s drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.
Join us tomorrow at Elysium in Austin, for a celebration of half-way-till Halloween. Our friends have been doing this event for 5 years and it brings out a ton of people. Blood Over Texas is officially sponsoring Half-O-Ween 5 and we will be there with our B.O.T. booth. Stop by to sign up to be a member, buy merch and show us your costumes. In fact, because this is half-way, feel free to half-ass it with your costume. It’s all about keeping it simple and fun without the stresses of the Halloween crowds. Whether you go all the way or just a little on your costume, just show up fiends! We’ll also be helping with decorations so come check out the party atmosphere. Bunny has plans for a giant creature that will eat up the stage.
Now that’s a lot of spooky things to enjoy and perfect for you Halloweenies that can’t wait until October. Tickets at the door are only $8. Follow the insanity on the B.O.T. Instagram page and Half-O-Ween’sTwitter, Instagram and Tumblr pages.
We are very excited to announce our next official Blood Over Texas event! As always, we strive to conjure up unique horror events and take our horror followers to new places and this one will not disappoint. A masquerade of the undead, the Masque of Red Death Masquerade Party. The party will take place from 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Thursday, June 16th in Austin, Texas.
The Madison dance floor
In celebration of our 5th birthday and a gift to our members for their undying support, this year’s free membership appreciation party is open to B.O.T. members and all horror fans. The masquerade will take place in a beautiful venue, The Madison, located in downtown Austin. With deep red velvet, chandeliers and staring faces on the walls, this venue is straight out of a 70s Italian horror film. At least through our eyes. It is a delight to the senses and is the perfect background for this exciting horror event.
We encourage everyone to dress to impress and drape yourself in the costumes of the dead. There will be a costume contest, a silent auction, a photo booth, birthday cake, drink specials and dancing. Read on for details.
The Dance Party: We are proud to present our special guest, DJ Mighty Iris, from San Antonio. DJ Mighty Iris not only DJs at several S.A. events, but is a Dj on S.A’s alternative radio station, 103.3. She will be playing a variety of music (alternative and way beyond) to make the demon inside of you dance the night away.
Our Silent Auction: We will be having a silent auction to benefit Blood Over Texas. Your support will help us pay for operation costs and future events. We plan on offering up many amazing items, so get ready to bid on these devious prizes:
We are very excited to announce our next official Blood Over Texas event! As always, we strive to conjure up unique horror events and take our horror followers to new places and this one will not disappoint. A masquerade of the undead, the Masque of Red Death Masquerade Party.
In celebration of our 5th birthday and a gift to our members for their undying support, this year’s free membership appreciation party is open to B.O.T. members and all horror fans. The masquerade will take place in a beautiful venue, The Madison, located in downtown Austin. With deep red velvet, chandeliers and faces on the walls, this venue is straight out of a 70s Italian horror film. At least through our eyes. It is a delight to the senses and is the perfect background for this exciting horror event.
We encourage everyone to dress to impress and drape yourself in the costumes of the dead. There will be a costume contest, a silent auction, a photo booth, drink specials and dancing. Read on for details.
DANCE PARTY: We are proud to present our special guest, DJ Mighty Iris, from San Antonio. DJ MIghty Iris not only DJs at several S.A. events, but is a Dj on S.A’s alternative radio station, 103.3. She will be playing a variety of music (alternative and way beyond) to make the demon inside of you dance the night away.
SILENT AUCTION: We will be having a silent auction to benefit Blood Over Texas. Your support will help us pay for operation costs and future events. We plan on offering up many amazing items, so get ready to bid on these devious prizes:
• Win two tickets to see John Carpenter at ACL Moody Theater on June 23rd!
COSTUME CONTEST: Do you think you can be the bell of the ball? Dress your best and win a special prize. More details to come.
CAKE!: A birthday celebration isn’t complete without cake so we proclaim…Let them Eat Cake!
More info to come as the night of death nears. Bring out the dead fiends!