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JUST ANNOUNCED!

THE WALKING DEAD

MID-SEASON WATCH PARTY

Join us as we watch the mid-season premiere of Season 7 on the 25-foot screen of The North Door this Sunday, Feb. 12th. Once again we host another exciting premiere of our favorite zombie drama, The Walking Dead. This time Rick’s gang is tired of Negan’s crap and they decide to “Rise Up” to the occasion: a.k.a. time to TCB. Rick is over his breakdown, the gang’s back together and ready to kick some Savior butt — with some zombies along the way. At least we hope so.

Don’t stay hiding in your lair, it’s actually way more fun to watch with us other crazy TWD fans. The North Door will be offering themed drink specials and their new kitchen is up and running. You can’t go wrong with tacos and zombies.

Doors open at 7pm. The last episode — Ep. 8 “Hearts Still Beating” — will show at 8pm and then the premiere of Ep. 9 “Rock in the Road” at 9pm.

It’s FREEEEEEE! All ages. See you there!

— Bunny Voodoo

 

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BOT RADIO (EP. 022): “NIGHT OF THE DRUNKEN DEAD”

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EP. 022: “NIGHT OF THE DRUNKEN DEAD”

With Our Special Guests William Instone and Matt Rifley of Texas Indie Horror, Among The Dead

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Shelly’s Hammered Horror reviews the horror comedy, Grabbers, and Eric is subjected to a Double Dog Dare You challenge of the movie, Monster Brawl. Did he make it through the movie? He wasn’t happy about it. Our Name. That. Terror. game tests your knowledge of Horror Comedies and Mr. Tingles is his usual d*#k self in our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When the crazy clown laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“Creepy Crawly” by Zombie Girl  BUY THE SONGS

“Night Time Crawling” by Zombie Ghost Train“* (album: Glad Rags and Body Bags) 

*Unfortunately the album, Glad Rags and Body Bags, is out of stock and we couldn’t find anywhere to buy it or the songs. ZGT does have other great albums that are available. If you want this album, ask your favorite psychobilly friend for a hook up.

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SCREW THE SUPERBOWL, LET’S WATCH HORROR!

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THE NEXT B.O.T. EVENT IS ANNOUNCED!

SLASHER BOWL SUNDAY: FREDDY VS. JASON

Screening and watch party on Feb. 5th

Who cares about the Super Bowl. Let’s watch horror instead! Come watch the REAL battle on the big screen. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) puts the biggest slashers head-to-head for the ultimate horror matach. Are you a Freddy fan or a Jason fan? Wear your “team’s” horror shirt to the screening to show your suppport. Lots of Freddy and Jason antics* will happen before the screening, so get ready for eatin’ wings and pizza and watchin’ horror with your fellow horror friends at this anti-Super Bowl event.

Antics to be announced soon. Stay tuned to the FB INVITE for the most up to date info!

TICKETS: $8 (plus online fees = $9.43)
Buy tickets: www.botslasherbowl.eventbrite.com

This is not an official Drafthouse event so you won’t be albe to buy tickets on the Alamo Drafthouse site; therefore, we can not assign seats. Tickets are general admission so get there early to get a good seat.

See you horror fiends there!

— Bunny Voodoo

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BOT RADIO (EP.021): “BLOODY XMAS OFFICE PARTY 2”

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EP. 021 “BLOODY XMAS OFFICE PARTY 2” IS LIVE

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Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. crew — Shelly, Eric, Brian and Producer Bradley — as we do our annual Year In Review, slash, holiday debauchery episode. On our 21st episode, “Bloody Xmas Office Party 2”, we fill up on can cheese and drink extra glorious amounts of booze as we talk about our year in horror — which horror movies did we like? — and play some fun office games. Find out secrets of our crews’ past and get some nifty and useful holiday pick-up lines. Slaps for Xmas or will you get lucky? Or maybe both.

Eric gives out his holiday trash movie suggestion of Silent Night DEAD Night in his Double Dog Dare You film challenge. Since the holidays are all about kids, we play our Name That Terror game: Creepy Kid Edition and because we can’t wait to start 2017, we talk about next month’s horror movies coming out in our Coming Out Of The Grave segment. As usual, play along with our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When the crazy clown laughs, you drink. Good luck fiends and have a safe holiday!

Songs featured in this episode:

“Black Xmas” by Dr. Haze & The Circus of Horrors (album: Something Wicked This Way Comes) BUY ON AMAZONVISIT THE SITELIKE ‘EM ON FB

“Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” by Dokken (album: Monster Ballads Xmas) BUY ON AMAZON

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HORROR GIFT GUIDE 2016

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Here ‘ya go horror fans, your very own gift guide for this unholy season. Use it to buy yourself some goodies or buy the right thing for that horror friend of yours. In fact, it might be a good idea to go ahead and share it with your family members so they know what gifts you really want this year. Happy giving!


HORROR IN AUSTIN

First off we’ll start with Texas’s belly of the beast, Austin. Since we live here, we know the best places for you horror fans to visit. We urge you to buy local and support small businesses when you can. So get that car revved up and get ready for a Austin shopping trip. (More businesses — that don’t have an actual walk-in store — are listed below)

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Cover yourself in horror with jewelry, accessories, horror shirts and cool clothes at Austin’s goth, alternative store, Secret Oktober. Murpho’s Boneyard Boutique also sells some cool rockabilly/psychobilly clothes and accessories. Have a comic book lover to buy for? Austin Books & ComicsTribe Comics & Games and Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy are just a few here in Austin. Museum of The Weird sells lots of unique gifts and horror shirts. Most fans of horror like to dress the part at some point, so a gift certificate from Lucy in Disguise or The Bazaar are great gifts since they can use it to buy FX makeup, blood, masks, costumes, wigs, etc.  Guzu Gallery and Mondo Gallery both sell horror-themed posters and artist prints — Guzu also sells many collectible toys and fun stuff . End Of An Ear and Encore Records sell plenty of horror movie soundtracks on vinyl. Many older movie soundtracks have been re-released as high quality re-mastered editions on vinyl — plus many new horror movies are now releasing their soundtracks on vinyl. All are are great for a horror fan’s collection. Gift certificates to your local video store will always be used. Stop into Vulcan Video or I Luv Video to pick some up. Looking for local handmade art and general horror merch? The vendors that were a part of our recent event, the 3rd annual Horror For The Holidays Art & Gift Bazaar, have too much good stuff to list here. We suggest you check out the past EVENT PAGE. There is a full list of the vendors in the “About” area and you can scroll through the posts in the “discussion” area to see examples of their items and links to their pages. We highly recommend you check them out. Many of them vend at local events and most of them can make arrangements to get you your gifts before the holidays.


GIFTS FOR THE HORROR FIEND

YEAR OF FEAR CALENDAR 2017 Presented by photographer Ama Lea, get a  year’s full of horror hotties. The calendar features your favorite horror icons in their element — with weapons and muscles for days. Even a little Leatherface boo-tay. $20. MEOW


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DARK BATHBOMBS Bath bombs are all the rage right now and this company offers many “horror-style” bombs. Black As Your Soul (shown), Red Bathory Blood (shown), Hell Fury, Samhain and Nightmare are some of the bombs to choose from. Offered from UK company, Bella Muerte Clothing and Accessories, you’ll need all of them to make your bathing experience complete. Gift sets available. Prices range and we’ll leave it to you to figure out the exchange rate. BOMB YOUR BATH


HELLRAISER: THE SCARLET BOX LIMITED EDITION UK distributor, Arrow Releasing, releases the US version this month. The set features re-mastered versions of the Hellraiser trilogy: Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 and Hellraiser 3. Arguably the best movies of the franchise, the set includes all three re-mastered movies, a 200-page hardback book , 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original concept art, exclusive art cards, posters, commentaries, documentaries, interviews, bonus short films from Clive Barker, soundtrack and more. The ultimate gift for the ultimate Hellraiser fan. Scheduled for a Dec. 20 2016 release. The site recommends pre-ordering on Amazon but the pre-orders seem to be filling up fast, so you might want to search different sellers. Prices range depending on source, but it’s about $100. AMAZONARROW


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HORROR ON VINYL: Remember those re-releases of horror soundtracks — and new movies —on vinyl we were talking about? You can buy them at several record stores and businesses that sell horror collectibles, but you can also go straight to the source. Death Waltz (now distributed and manufactured by Mondo Tees) and Wax Work Records offer some amazing and collectible vinyl. Including really purdy designs on the vinyl too. Prices range.  DEATH WALTZWAXWORK


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HANDMADE OUIJA BOARDS Get your very own — no two are alike — Ouija board offered by The Night of the Necrosuit. Made from wood, with several different styles, all come with a Grave Digger Union planchette. Talk to the dead or adorn your walls. $40. IS ANYONE THERE?


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CRYSTAL LAKE WINES Friday the 13th-inspired fine wines presented by Adrienne King (the ultimate “last girl standing,” Alice, from Friday the 13th 1 & 2) and Valley View Winery. Many varietals are available; such as, Chiller White, Midnight Merlot, Moonlight Chardonnay,  Cabin A Sauvignon and Survivor’s Syrah. $27-30 per bottle.  3-bottle minimum order, free shipping and no sales tax. A perfect gift for the wine and horror lover. GET YOUR SLASHER WINE


bgphb_1024x1024PENTAGRAM PURSE: For the horror girl that has everything. This vintage-inspired pentagram handle purse from Kreepsville 666 is bound to turn some bodies in their graves. Embossed skull design and detachable chain strap. Also available in red. $62. GET KREEPY


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SLASH CARDS Test your knowledge of horror with this fun card game. 1,375 questions that cover over 400 horror movies. A great gift for any horror fiend. Buy one for a friend, or get one for yourself and start up a horror game night. $29.99 (now on sale on Amazon) TEST YOUR HORROR KNOWLEDGE


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COZY HORROR SWEATERS from Middle of Beyond. Pretty much everything on this site you’ll want. Lots of horror sweaters, scarves, blankets, pillows, rugs, T-shirts and super cool Xmas ornaments. From experience, the sweaters are high-quality and heavy. Perfect for the cool temps. Make sure you pick up a Krampus or Baphomet ornament while you’re there. Prices range. GO BEYOND


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LUCILLE A foam version of Negan’s bat, Lucille, from the show The Walking Dead. Since it’s foam and not the real thing, this would be a good gift for a cosplayer who wants to “Negan it up” and creep around at a horror convention or for a Halloween costume. Maybe even a display above the fireplace? Comes is no blood and bloody versions. There’s even a cool foam axe in this Etsy store. Creepy Twists Productions. Prices range. GRAB YOUR WEAPON


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“GHOULISH” GARY PULLIN If you’re not a fan of “Ghoulish” Gary yet, you will be. A true lover of the genre, illustrator and artist “Ghoulish Gary Pullin, has a distinct artistic style that horror fans love. His takes on classic horror movie posters have graced many a wall and he has become a very sought after horror artist in the industry. Gary was the original art director for the great horror mag, Rue Morgue, and has also created many album covers for Wax Work and Death Waltz. Make some space on those walls for your new favorite poster. Prices range. GET GHOULISH


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SKULL AND CROSS-UTENSILS PLATES The Etsy store Folded Pig offers many cool designs, including several anatomical designs, that are perfect for that “Mortisha” Stewart person. “Repurposed restaurant ware;” such as, plates, cups, bowls, etc., re-fired with these ghoulish designs are all dishwasher and microwave safe. Prices range. EAT FANCY STYLE


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BLACK CRAFT CULT: If you’re feeling a little evil, Black Craft Cult, offers clothing for men and women, accessories and home decor. If 666 is your way of life, this place has you covered. Heck they even have coffee to start your evil day. 666


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BRAIN COASTERS These are not your usual coasters. Each coaster features a different slice of the brain, and when stacked, they form a whole brain. We’re pretty sure this will make your drink smarter. An exclusive from Think Geek, you can also find tons of sci-fi gifts for that freaky sci-fi geek that we all know you know. Or you. GET A BRAIN


GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

boxesBOX SUBSCRIPTIONS: A surprise of horror toys, mags, shirts, movies, etc. are packed into a box and shipped directly to you.  Also, for the goth lover, we added Black Box box of goth goodies. All of them cost around $20 a month and you can buy a month at a time or get 3-month, 6-month, and year subsciptions. Check each website for more details: BOX OF DREAD • HORROR BLOCK • BLACK BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS


magsHORROR MAGS: All stellar horror mags, here are a few select titles to sign up for. Fangoria has been slinging horror on their bloody pages since 1979, Gore Noir Magazine — based out of Austin, Texas — covers many aspects of the horror genre and Rue Morgue is a great mag out of Canada. Visit their sites for more info: FANGORIAGORE NOIRRUE MORGUE


NEEDFUL THINGS: AS SEEN IN THE NEWSLETTER

In case you didn’t know, our Evil Overlord gives our members a “needful thing” to buy every month in our monthly member newsletter. Here are a few of her personal evil picks from 2016. Find out how to be a member and get that newsletter HERE.

SCARY COOL BLANKETS There’s nothing better than snuggling under a soft blanket while watching horror movies on a cold night. Available from Sourpuss. $20 WRAP YOURSELF IN HORROR


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HOMEMADE HORROR PROPS The U.K. based store on Etsy, Rabid Weasel Studio: Mask and Prop Studio, makes some awesome replica movie props from your favorite horror movies. There are several items in the Etsy store and opportunities for custom items. Prices range. GET PROPS


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HORROR COLORING BOOKS The popular trend of “adult coloring books” that the horror fan can appreciate. Color fancy mandala designs within zombie images in  Zombie Mandala, by Kingfisher Press. Sold on Amazon for only $5.95. MANDALA YOUR ZOMBIEThe Beauty of Horror: A Goregeous Coloring Book features creepy horror images from Alan Robert. Sold on Amazon for $10.79. COLOR SOME BEAUTIFUL HORROR


BUY LOCAL! HORROR GIFTS ABOUND

Artists, businesses and handmade crafters who specialize in horror. It’s really hard to pick a few, because there are so many great businesses to choose from, but here are some you must check out. Most sell from their websites, some through local stores, some at local vending events and on Etsy stores. Make sure to tell ’em Blood Over Texas sent ‘ya.

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PALLBEARER PRESS: Unique and one-of-a-kind horror shirts, collectibles, records, pillows, patches, koozies, pins and more.

 

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HEARSE PURSE: A crazy cool purse for the hearse lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INBORN DESIGNS: T-shirts, tote bags, gifts, housewares, enamel pins and their special series, Terrier Cvlt — terriers have never been so terror-ific.

 

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LADYALCHEMY13: Original art (paintings & prints), photography (including abandoned spaces), accessories, coasters and more.

 

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KITTY KORVETTE presents PURR-FUME. Devilishly good scents for your horror body. With a huge selection of scents (with names like Dead & Buried, Cursed, and Vamp Tramp for example ). Purr-fume available in roller ball bottles and lotions. Custom blends available.

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GRIMSICAL: Spooky art in the form of original paintings, jewelry and hand sculpted creatures and dolls.

 

 

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DALE CARROLL ART: Original horror-inspired art.

 

 

 

 

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SINISTER GRIN PRESS: Local publisher offers books — “Horror That’ll Carve a Smile on Your Face.” Check out their list of authors and give the gift of literature.

 

 

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PUNK ROCK LOVE ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN: Original horror-inspired art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATOM AGE VAMP: Creepy and cute horror-inspired jewelry.

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FAST CUSTOM SHIRTS: Unique horror shirts and special metal cut art (their Michael Myers metal-cut  knife is a must).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE GLASS COFFIN: Taxidermy, oddities, curiosities, antiques, dark decor and macabre adornments.

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THE CURIOSITEER: Oddities, wet specimens, jewelry and curiosities for the discerning weirdo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GABRIELLE FAUST: Local author and best known for her Eternal Vigilance vampire series of novels. Check out all of her titles on her site.

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BOMBSHELL KITTY: Quirky and kitschy jewelry, accessories and special Xmas ornaments inspired by horror movies, monsters, zombies, the 80s, pinup girls and retro/vintage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday season. Long live horror! 

 

—Bunny Voodoo

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TEXAS HORROR FILM SPOTLIGHT: LAST GIRL STANDING

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AUSTIN-BASED INDIE GIVES A NEW TAKE ON SLASHER FILMS

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She survived a brutal massacre, but lost her life. What happens to the final girl after the credits roll?

This year at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas I got to check out Last Girl Standing, an interesting take on the slasher genre by local film making team Ben and Rachel Moody. I was immediately taken by the film and knew that the duo certainly had something on their hands. As first time feature film makers, I wanted to know what it was like getting something like this made, and I wanted to know a little about the two of them as well.

Ben and Rachel are married, and they divide up the film making duties as I am sure they divide up the other married people duties, or whatever it is that married people do. They also divided up the questions I asked of them as well, with Ben handling most of the directorial and writing aspects, while Rachel takes on more of the production elements.

I wanted to know first and foremost, I’d like to get some history about them as filmmakers, so I wondered what was the first thing they remembered watching and saying to yourself “I want to do THIS?” Ben answered, “As far as individual films I’d say seeing Tim Burton’s Batman opening night solidified my obsession with film at a young age. That was my first time in an actual movie theater and it blew my mind.” He started checking out the school’s VHS camcorder for projects, and then after seeing Soderberg’s Out of Sight, Ben was inspired to apply to film school, and follow his obsession.

Where I first became aware of Ben and Rachel was through their De-Pixilated shorts, which were live action video game vignettes. A friend of mine did stunt work on a few of these, and sent me links on YouTube, but it wasn’t until after I watched Last Girl Standing that I knew they were made by the same crew. I didn’t know a whole lot about where those shorts came from, so I asked Rachel to clear it up for me. “Ben had this idea for a video game-based series called BIT Parts that we started working on at the end of 2011.” She told me they had worked on a number of smaller projects in the past, but felt that this was where they started to gain steam. The cast and crew they met filming BIT Parts made such an impression on Ben and Rachel that they wanted to keep it going. “When we finished filming BIT Parts, we didn’t want another year to pass before working on something else and we wanted to keep working with these talented people.” They decided to make one short film a month with the same crew. “All said, we filmed for 15 months straight and really solidified most of the crew and cast that ended up working on Last Girl Standing.”

With the a crew in place, all they needed was an idea to get rolling on their first feature. Having just brought their first born screaming and crying into the world in October, they were mostly home bound to care for their spawn. Being Halloween season, they were doing what any of us would be doing: watching horror movies. They clicked on the television to just catch the end of an old school slasher, with the lone surviving girl escaping the killer, and Ben said to Rachel “I want to see what happens to her next.” Ben started outlining ideas, and had a basic story within about an hour. Rachel said “it felt right and being slasher fans, we also knew it was territory rarely covered, so we felt we could bring something new to the table with this movie.”images

One of the overall themes of Last Girl Standing is how one copes with PTSD. I asked Ben if he had any personal experience with PTSD, either his own or with friends and loved ones. “It felt like a natural area to explore with this character,” he said. “I don’t have any direct connections to PTSD itself, but I guess what inspired me to tackle it was how prevalent it is in our society now.” He also expressed frustration at how although it is widespread, we tend to downplay or outright ignore how it affects and continue to affect victims of trauma. “ When the dust settles, we as a culture leave the victims to put their lives back together alone.”

washPTSD can affect every aspect of a person’s life, and this is evident in the film’s main character, Camyrn. After she survives the brutal murder of her friends at the hands of a maniac, she is shoved back into the real world and expected to just “get over it” and slide back into everyday life as if it had never happened. “The great tragedy is that Camryn survived a massacre, but she’s barely living,” Rachel explained. Camryn’s job needed to be as solitary and mindless as possible, so she works at a dry cleaners. She works in the back, cleaning and folding, does not deal with customers and speaks very little to her coworkers. She drifts from her spartan, impersonal apartment to her solitary job, existing in the world rather than engaging with it. Her horrifying experience dominates every aspect of her life. Even when she meets new people and starts to just creep out into the world, her trauma shoves itself back into her life.

last-girl-standing_140702-19I like to know not only about the film itself, but about the filming as well. Especially when it comes to making movies on a small budget right here in Austin, I like to hear different experiences directors and actors have navigating a film shoot. “We love filming in Austin,” Rachel said. “Doing the shorts was really helpful because we had one month to do everything: script, location-scouting, cast, film, edit, etc. Every month, we’d have to find a new location to film and through that, I discovered just how helpful and open people in Austin are.” She went on to express how much she appreciated the network of friends and acquaintances that were willing to help even on little more than a few hours notice. Austin has always been a haven for artists and creators, and even business owners they had never met were willing to help out.

It’s not all hugs and high fives, film shoots always have their share of hardships, big and small. Ben told me they had to content with a tornado, dealt with being eaten alive by chiggers, but what made the biggest impression on him was an incident that involved another cuddle creature. “One actress on set was attacked by an opossum when going to the bathroom in the woods,” he said. “They tried to keep it from me that night so I wouldn’t freak out but I quickly found out what the commotion was and sent her to the hospital.” It all ended up okay, though. “She was fine and thankfully she is the most bad-ass person on the set. If that had happened to me I would have died on the spot.”

I am always so impressed when I see an aspiring filmmaker get something written, shot, edited, scored and finally put out there in the world, I like to know how they get it done. This question is asked mostly of veteran filmmakers, but I am of the opinion that there are lessons to be learned from someone who has just gotten it done. Ben was of course modest when I asked. “There’s so many more qualified people to get film making advice from,” he said. “The most tiresome advice, but still most valid for today’s generation, is just fucking do it. I personally know how annoying that is to hear, but it’s the truth.” However the ease with which a film can be made also comes with its drawbacks. If anybody can make movies, how do you get yours to stand out? “You do what you love and you do something original. You need to find your voice. That can take years, I know it did for me,” Ben told me. “But finding your voice is what will make you standout from the crowd.”maxresdefault

A horror filmmaker is a horror fan first, and Ben and Rachel are no exceptions. So I wanted to know, what were a few of their favorites. Ben answered, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Descent, The Thing, Friday the 13th Part 6, American Werewolf in London, Q, Sleepaway Camp… How many do you want? I just saw and loved The Autopsy of Jane Doe!” I also wanted to know what is his sub genre? ie. Slasher, vampire, werewolf, haunting, etc. “If I had to pick a favorite I’d probably say creature features. I like monsters,” he said. And for no reason, I asked him who would win in a fight between a Bigfoot and a Yeti? “Yeti? For some reason they seem wilder to me in my head.” And while I was in no-reason land, I also asked them what was their favorite Halloween costume was, and Rachel answered that they usually do tandem costumes. “One year, we decided to do Sin City costumes where I was Miho and Ben was Elijah Wood’s character,” she said. “We painted our skin gray and did the whole black-and-white character thing. It was great, but the funniest thing was the no one recognized me… friends who had known me for years kept going up to Ben at the party and asking where I was. I’d call that a true success!”

I personally really enjoyed Last Girl Standing, so I am excited to see what Ben and Rachel have in store for down the line. Ben told me “I just finished a martial arts horror script I’m really jazzed about but I don’t know who the hell will fund that!” He also has another horror film with some tonal similarities to Last Girl Standing, but with more of a body horror aspect. Ben isn’t exclusively a horror filmmaker, though. “I also have a sci-fi horror chase movie that’s been in the pipeline for a few years now.”

Ben and Rachel have created something that I think is worth your while, and they are doing their part to continue the Texas horror tradition. So here you go. Right here. Click one of these links and check out Last Girl Standing! I couldn’t have possibly made this easier!

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Check out the trailer below and LIKE ’em on Facebook.

— Eric Harrelson (Contributor, Blood Over Texas)

Eric also writes for The Movie Press and Other Worlds Austin. Contact him via email at Eric (at) bloodovertexas.com.

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BOT RADIO (EP. 020): “IT’S A HORROR ELECTION”

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EP: 020: IT’S A HORROR ELECTION

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Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. dis-membered cabinet — Shelly, Eric and Producer Bradley — on this post-election slump as we turn things horrific with our own horror election. We pick “ballots” during the show to determine how the show will flow. It’s our way of getting a little bit of choice back into our decrepit hands. We cast our votes on horror icons, themes and movies, appoint horror characters to the heads of our horror government and take a quick look at what goes wrong when you don’t treat people right. It just might turn out to be a horror show.

Guess the movie title in our “Scientists Gone Wild” episode of Name That Terror Game. Eric gives out a challenge in his Double Dog Dare You film challenge. Can you watch Hard Rock Zombies? Shelly’s Hammered Horror — a 3-minute drunk review of the horror movie, Night School, proves some head’s are gonna roll. Mr. Tingles is relentless in our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“Fight For Your Right To Party” by Richard Cheese (re-make of Beastie Boys song) BUY

“Still Ballin’” by Tupac BUY

Buy these songs and albums on Amazon (links given above) or other fine retailers near you!

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BOT RADIO (Ep.019): “I REMEMBER HALLOWEEN”

The October episode of Blood Over Texas Radio is live now! LISTEN ABOVE

Ep.019: “I REMEMBER HALLOWEEN”

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Join Bunny Voodoo and the B.O.T. team (Shelly, Eric, Brian and Producer Bradley) on our spooky good Halloween episode, “I Remember Halloween.” We look back at our childhoods and talk about why Halloween was better then than now. Mr. Tingles makes an appearance on prime time news, we pick our sexy costumes, review the new House of Torment and get sloshed as usual while geeking out about horror.

Think you are a true “fred head?” Play our Freddy Krueger edition of Name That Terror Game, get challenged with Eric’s, Double Dog Dare You film challenge of Gingerdead Man 2, party with Shelly on Hammered Horror — a 3-minute drunk review of the horror comedy, Murder Party, and drink with us on our podcast drinking game, Mr. Tingles Is A D*#@khead. When he laughs, you drink.

Songs featured in this episode:

“The Hearse Song” by Brillig       BUY THE SONG  •  VISIT BRILLIG

“Halloween Dance” by Reverend Horton Heat (album: Halloween Hootenanny)  BUY THE ALBUM • VISIT THE REVEREND

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF TERROR

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HOUSE OF TORMENT MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION AND KILLS IT

HALLOWEEN YOU GUYS!!!! October is the best time of the year. It is not up for debate. Halloween stores open, people decorate their houses with ghouls and guts, cable channels run horror marathons, and I can finally eat Boo Berry for breakfast. If you live in Austin there is something even cooler to celebrate, it’s time for House of Torment! We at Blood Over Texas had the privilege of getting to attend a press night at House of Torment at their brand spanking new location and were blown away. House of Torment is one of the premiere haunts in the world, and was just ranked number one by Haunt World Magazine, Haunted Houses.com and featured on Discovery/Travel, HuffPro and Buzzfeed. Not bad for a haunted house that started in a garage. Creators and Austinites, Jon Austin Love and Daniel McCullough, have come a long way (since 2003) to arrive at this new 40,000 sq. ft. location — that’s double the indoor space of the previous spot. Not far from the original Highland Mall location, the new House of Torment is located at 2632 Ridgepoint Drive in Austin (near the intersection of 183 and 290). HOT is officially bigger and better than ever.

Everything is under control in the control room

Everything is under control in the control room

While we were attending press night, we got a behind-the-scenes tour by HOT General Manager, Glenn Lenard. The glimpse behind the scenes was one of the coolest things I have ever done. The work that the crew has put in on this new location is incredible, and it really shows in the quality of the experience. House of Torment is three separate haunts, each with it’s own theme and feel. There is Dawn of Evil, wherein you must navigate a zombie infested derelict hospital. It makes you feel like you’re in an episode of The Walking Dead. Frenzy is a nightmarish experience, featuring huge creatures, evil clowns and my favorite gag, the Laser Swamp. It really is an amazing effect, and getting to see how they pull it off was one of my favorite parts of the tour. Finally there is Graveside Manor, which is kind of like if Disney’s Haunted Mansion were smashed together with Evil Dead 2 and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I kind of just wanted to move in.

Us posing with Taylor.. and a random psycho nurse

Us posing with Taylor.. and a very nice psycho nurse

The painstaking detail of each set is truly incredible, from the distressed wallpaper in Graveside Manor to the flickering light effects on X-Ray trays in Dawn of Evil. Each room in each set is beautifully rendered, but what really brings everything to terrifying life are the actors. Blood Over Texas long time friend and accomplice Taylor Haggard is one of the make-up artists at House of Torment, and she let us have a peak into the costume rooms and the make-up process. While walking through we also had a rare spotting of our other fiendish friend, Michael Faust, haunting around in the costume room and wranglin’ creatures. You know Michael Faust — he’s one of the bad-asses that competed on SyFy’s FaceOff. Yeah. That’s how HOT roles. Great talent is key. Seeing just a small sample of what goes into creating just one of the creatures that inhabit these worlds gave me a whole new level of respect for the time and dedication that at House of Torment puts in to create a truly fantastic experience.

Shelly makin' friends

Shelly makin’ friends

In addition to the haunts themselves, House of Torment does their best to make even the experience of waiting in line fun and terrifying. There are zombie nurse dancers, elaborate horror “icons” prowling the lines, and even a food truck in case you’d like to fill your belly with something other than anxiety and horror. From the moment you enter the grounds to the moment you leave, House of Torment envelopes you in their world.

House of Torment’s new location also contains a separate attraction: Mindspark Adventure Games (a.k.a. Great Room Escape). Mindspark is an extension of House of Torment, featuring four different “escape the room” challenges. Mindspark’s general manager Alex Burgraff was on hand to give us the details. If you — like a few of us were — unfamiliar with an escape the room game, it is ostensibly a series of complicated puzzles and challenges that your group must complete in order to eventually unlock the door to escape the room, naturally. Mindspark has, as I mentioned, four separate games for your team to tackle. There is Zombie, wherein you are trapped in a room with a chained Zombie and a mysterious butler, and you are given one hour to solve the puzzles and escape, but every 10 minutes the Zombie’s chain gets longer, and if you are tagged, you become temporarily dead and have to take a time out. Bad player! Terminal is another game which takes place in a “moving” subway car, where you and your team have an hour to solve a series of puzzles to uncover the conspiracy and escape with your lives. The third game is Houdini, wherein you are trying to assist Houdini’s widow in making contact with her husband’s spirit. Finally there is a virtual reality experience, which you have to solve alone. You are trapped in the most haunted room of Geist Manor, and you must solve puzzles and find clues to escape, but you only have 10 minutes to do so. A complete virtual experience and one of the few of its kind in the entire world that uses this burgeoning technology.

Where the zombie lives

Where the zombie lives

The Blood Over Texas team took on the Zombie escape room, and with only a scant 4 players, we managed to escape with 6 minutes to spare! I may have gamed the game, though, because evidently my ingenuity broke one of the puzzles. I didn’t smash anything, so get that out of your head. I am just entirely too clever to be trapped by mere mortals. Or eaten by Zombies, I guess. We all had such a great time with the game, and I can say without hyperbole that this was the most exciting and amazing experience that has ever or will occur in the history of the entire universe from Big Bang to the eventual fade out of all physical existence.

Mindspark does require a bit of planning, as you have to get your team together and book the room in advance, but trust me, it is worth it in every sense of the term. And even better news is that Mindspark is available year round. It isn’t just a Halloween season attraction, you can book whenever you like. And I invite you to try, JUST TRY and beat the Blood Over Texas team and break out of the Zombie room with 6 minutes to spare. You won’t. And if you think you can COME AT ME IN THE COMMENTS!

This guy

This guy

We all had an incredible time with House of Torment, and we really hope you all get your horror loving butts to one of the many things that makes everyone want to live in our town. What’s the point of living here if you don’t take advantage? Do yourself a favor and book a game at Mindspark as well, you will not be disappointed.

The current HOT haunts, as described, are open through the rest of October and the 1st weekend of November. After that, HOT is putting on their special Black Out event and an upcoming TBA xmas holiday event. HOT is open though out the year with various special events so check their SITE for more info and LIKE ’em on FB. Sign up for an escape room at Mindspark on their SITE and LIKE ’em too.

JUST ANNOUNCED! We are giving away HOT tickets at our upcoming events! You can win tix to HOT in our Walking Dead Premiere Party‘s Zombie Costume Contest and at Helloween: Dance Of The Dead‘s Costume Contest. TWD is this Sunday the 23rd at North Door and Helloween is next Friday the 28th at Elysium. Get more info on these events, right here on OUR EVENTS page and our FB EVENTS page. Keep Things Bloody, Austin!

— Eric Harrelson 

 

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VISIT YOUR LOCAL HORROR HOUSE

TEXAS HAUNTS

It’s that time again fiends. Time to pack up your family and friends and keep the Halloween tradition alive with a visit to your local seasonal haunted attraction. These hard working and passionate folks work all year to create the creepiest and scariest haunted attractions to terrify the masses. So show your support by seeing what they have to offer. We dare you!

Here is your list of Texas Haunts. Visit one near you, or consider a fun trip to visit them all. Texas is a big state, but we believe in you. 

Note: Please visit their websites for dates, tickets and descriptions. You might also want to bookmark these sites, because some of them put on special attractions all year long. 

AustinHOUSE OF TORMENT  (Sept. – Nov.): WEBSITE

AustinSCARE FOR A CURE (Oct.): WEBSITE

Smithville (outside Austin)SCREAM HOLLOW (Sept. – Nov. ): WEBSITE

Bedford (Dallas area): MOXLEY MANOR

Midlothian (outside of Dallas)TAYMAN GRAVEYARD THEME PARK (Sept. – Oct.): WEBSITE (Sept. – Oct.): WEBSITE

Red Oak (Dallas area): REINDEER MANOR HALLOWEEN PARK (Sept. -Nov.): WEBSITE

Lake Dallas: DAN’S HAUNTED HOUSE (Sept. – Nov. ): WEBSITE

Waxahachie (Dallas area)SCREAMS HALLOWEEN PARK (Sept. – Oct.): WEBSITE

DentonDARK PATH HAUNT (Oct.): WEBSITE

DentonTHE PARKER HOUSE (Sept. – Oct.): WEBSITE

Ft. Worth/Dallas: CUTTING EDGE HAUNTED HOUSE (Sept. – Nov.): WEBSITE

GalvestonHAUNTED MAYFIELD MANOR (Oct. – Nov.): WEBSITE

HoustonHOUSTON TERROR DOME (Oct.): WEBSITE

HoustonSCREAMWORLD (Sept. -Nov.): WEBSITE

HoustonPHOBIA HAUNTED HOUSES (Sept. – Oct.) WEBSITE

HoustonNIGHTMARE ON THE BAYOU (Oct.): WEBSITE

Rosharon (Houston area): CREEPY HOLLOW HAUNTED HOUSE (Sept.  – Nov.): WEBSITE

Shepard (Houston area)3HAUNTS HAUNTED HOUSE : WEBSITE

PlanoDARK HOUR HAUNTED HOUSE (Oct.): WEBSITE 

San Antonio: 13th FLOOR (Sept. – Nov.): WEBSITE

San AntonioGREAT ROOM ESCAPE: ZOMBIE Seasonal horror-themed rooms. Located at 13th FLOORWEBSITE

Terrell: THRILLVANIA HAUNTED HOUSE PARK (Oct.): WEBSITE

Tyler: TERROR NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE (Sept. – Oct.): WEBSITE

WacoDEAD ZONE/CHAINSAW NIGHTMARE (Oct.): WEBSITE

Did we miss some? Please let us know of any other Texas haunted attractions by emailing us at: info (at) blood over texas (dot) com. (pic: Cutting Edge Haunted Houses)

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