Extensive Horror Film Programming & More Metal Acts Revealed
Guest appearance by cult favorite filmmaker, numerous screening sessions, special events, and additional metal bands
AUSTIN, Texas—Halloween is still seven months away, but the horror is already heating up in Austin as Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell’s inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival (HHFF) continues to release music and film event details for their three-day underground fan fest. Not for the faint of heart, the festival celebrates the best of the extreme and the wicked possibilities that arise when heavy metal and horror movie worlds collide. Today, HHFF announces a very special guest appearance by Brazilian cult horror actor and director Coffin Joe, a first look at some of the film festival screening categories, special events and other programming, and a second round of confirmed bands: Eyehategodand Warbeast.
Falling somewhere between brilliance and abomination, this horror movie and metal music festival created by famed heavy metal frontman Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell (Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead and Buried), will descend upon the entire Emo’s complex in East Austin, October 25-27. HHFF will offer fans a mix of live concerts from at least a dozen of heavy metal’s heaviest hitters, and more than 70 screenings of full-length and short horror films, documentaries, true crime and heavy metal films, music videos,and more. Special guest appearances by revered and controversial horror film directors and other notable figures in the metal and movie worlds will give festival-goers the extreme experience they’re craving.
FILM FEST PROGRAMMING – SLASHER, THRILLER, GORE AND MORE…
HHFF is thrilled to announce that Brazilian director and actor José Mojica Marins, better known to horror fans as Coffin Joe,will make a special appearance at the inaugural event, marking the filmmaker’s first visit to the United States in nearly 20 years. He will introduce his classic films At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul and At Midnight I’ll Possess Your Corpse, with a Q&A and autograph session to follow. He will also curate a museum-style exhibit of original artwork and posters never seen outside of Brazil.
Coffin Joe will be joining two other special guest directors —the notoriously controversial Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2, Schramm) and revered do-it-yourself guerrilla filmmaker Jim VanBebber (The Manson Family, Deadbeat at Dawn).
Working in conjunction with the late Sage Stallone’s (son of Sylvester Stallone and godson of Maniac’s Joe Spinell) film preservation company, Grindhouse Releasing, HHFF will present several original horror classics, the majority of which will be screened in 35mm. The Grindhouse Releasing Series includes:
-The Evil Dead (plus horror/exploitation reel)
-The Manson Family (Courtesy of Severin Films, with director Jim VanBebber in attendance)
-The Beyond (plus horror/exploitation reel)
-Scream Bloody Murder
-I Drink Your Blood
-Cat In The Brain
-Scum Of The Earth
Void ov Voices – Metal truly meets horror during the one-time special Void ov Voices screening of the silent horror film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with sonic manipulations performed live by renowned Hungarian extreme metal artist Attila Csihar, known best as the influential vocalist for notorious Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem, as well as his many other projects (Tormentor, Burial Chamber Trio, Sunn 0))), Aborym). Using his voice as an instrument, aided by effects and a loop station, Csihar is able to create a bizarre dark ambient soundscape for the legendary silent film.
Other HHFF film programming announced today:
Philip’s Grindhouse Selections – a large assortment of classic and/or underground horror films, many on 35mm, that have inspired Philip Anselmo throughout the years.
Corey’s Crime Scene – a collection of five true crime-based films that traffic in horror, brought to you by best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell.
Heavy Metal Hysteria – a small selection of heavy-metal based full-length films and shorts, from Sundance and SXSW-screened work, to live concert films and documentaries.
Vicious Viscous Videos – music videos with horror themes from any and every genre.
Interstitchials – a disturbingly hilarious and horrific collection of between-film entertainment curated from the dark inner recesses of Corey Mitchell’s depraved mind.
Festivalus Horriblus – the best horror films from the 2013 film festival circuit including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Fantasia, and more.
Fucking Remakes! – in an era of overblown and unnecessary Hollywood horror remakes, there’s no better time to honor the original frightmares including The Evil Dead, Maniac, and more.
Indie Horror – a large portion of the HHFF programming will remain unannounced until closer to the event, as it will be based on direct film submissions from indie filmmakers. HHFF has received over 100 film submissions to date, and fans can expect lots of talent from young and unheard of filmmakers who will be making their big screen debuts during the festival.
EVEN MORE METAL
Adding even more weight to the already top-tier metal lineup, HHFF today announces the second round of confirmed artists: New Orleans sludge metal masters, Eyehategod and Texas thrash metal hessians Warbeast.
Eyehategod frontman Mike IX says of HHFF, “As long time fans of old school and new school horror, disturbing documentaries, and the wonderful world of transgressive cinema, our band is truly honored to be a part of this brand new, mind blowing festival. It’s a perfect mix of heavy, messed up music and, an avalanche of twisted, terror-filled filmography, guaranteed to satisfy the most jaded fans of both genres…” He added, “For me personally, horror movies were a rite of passage growing up. Horror and heavy metal go hand in hand – exploring evil landscapes, the dark side of the human psyche and humanity’s deep seated roots of unlimited curiosity.”
DISCOUNTED HHFF BADGES AVAILABLE
A limited number of discounted three-day All-Access badges for only $175 are now available for purchase on the HHFF website and also through Eventbrite:
After June 6, badge prices will go up to $199.
Whether it’s a classic horror film, a big budget blockbuster, an underground gore-fest, an experimental flick, or a quiet chiller, it will be screening at HHFF. Filmmaker submissions are open now, with a regular submission deadline of June 6. The absolute final deadline will be September 11.Feature length or short films, big budget or shot on a cell phone—if it’s well made, compelling, and chilling, Anselmo and Mitchell are ready to select it. HHFF is an IMDb qualifying festival, which means that all films in consideration will receive an invitation to create a title page on the Internet Movie Database website.
Films can be submitted here:
HHFF accepts all films under any of the following categories:
-Horror (any and all types of horror are welcome)
-Based on True Crime
HHFF also accepts short films, mid-length films, documentaries, music videos, and trailers (faux and real).
MORE ABOUT HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
In addition to film screenings and nightly concerts, HHFF will also host several “Side Show” attractions – from “gore-lesque” routines to suspension exhibitions to rare horror memorabilia displays. In addition, there will be dozens of horror- and metal-centric vendors dispersed throughout the complex plying their scare wares for the public to check out.
Filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and actors in attendance will introduce their works and hold Q&A sessions after their screenings and will be available to the public at an outdoor celebrity signing and chat booth. Several notable authors of horror, mystery, true crime, and heavy metal will also be signing books throughout the weekend.
And since no horror fest would be complete without creating some terror of its own, festival-goers can take a walk through the Haunted Corridorand get scared all weekend long. The Haunted Corridor will be constructed by a Texas haunted house team with creative design help from Anselmo, who is one of the original co-founders of the internationally beloved House of Shock haunted house experience from New Orleans, Louisiana.
ABOUT BANDS ANNOUNCED TO DATE
Down. Philip Anselmo’s Louisiana heavy metal super group doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. Regardless of trends, popular opinions, and changing tides, they’re uncompromising, unparalleled, and undeniable. With a collective pedigree spanning Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, andEyehategod, there’s untainted mystique and magic when Philip Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein, Jimmy Bower, and Patrick Bruders come together. On the group’s most recent release, DOWN IV Part I, staggering riffs, thunderous drums, and Anselmo’s inimitable delivery crush and captivate over the course of the collection’s six songs. It’s dark. It’s dangerous. It’s decisive. It’s Down at their best. DOWN IV Part I debuted at #35 on the Billboard charts last September.
Crowbar. Fueled by the down-tuned sludge of the Melvins and the over-the-top aggression of the late, great Peter Steele’s Carnivore, Kirk Windstein (Down) created his own beast of a band in the early ‘90s and Crowbar was born. The band’s sound was labeled “Doomcore” by the European press shortly after their debut release, Obedience Thru Suffering. Crowbar has released eight full length LPs, and sold hundreds of thousands of records worldwide. Crowbar is comprised of Windstein on guitar and vocals, Matt Brunson on guitars, Patrick Bruders (Down) on bass, and Tommy Buckley on drums.
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. One of the biggest treats for fans of Philip Anselmo, and heavy metal in general, will be the Texas premiere of his first extreme metal solo project. Anselmo is responsible for some of the most beloved metal records ever released with his main bands Pantera and Down, but also with his numerous notable side projects ranging from the hardcore metallic intensity of Superjoint Ritual, to the black metal stylings of Viking Crown, to the early ‘80s inspired hardcore of Arson Anthem.
Anselmo gave the world a sample of what to expect from his new endeavor on the January release of the split EP War Of The Gargantuas, along with two tracks from Dallas old-school thrashers, Warbeast, who are signed to Anselmo’s Housecore Records. The music press has been overwhelming in their enthusiastic praise of Anselmo’s contributions, which only portends to even greater songs from his soon-to-be released solo album, Walk Through Exits Only.
Eyehategod. Formed in 1988 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eyehategod are revered as the originators of American sludge metal. Known for their dark, doom-filled riffs combined with equally ominous lyrics. Eyehategod have noted the Melvins, Black Flag, Saint Vitus, Swans, Flipper, and Black Sabbath as key influences to their sound, in which heavy, downtuned, bluesy riffs dominate, and, combined with walls of feedback and distinctive tortured vocals, create a truly misanthropic vibe.
Warbeast. On their second full-length album for Housecore Records, Destroy (OUT TOMORROW!!), Warbeast unleashes an uncompromising and unbridled thrash assault. Living up to its moniker, the record sees the Texas outfit sharpen their claws and bare their teeth even more than before. Now, the band—Bruce Corbitt [vocals], Scott Shelby [lead guitar], Joe Gonzalez [drums], Bobby Tillotson Jr. [lead guitar], and Dré Karst [bass]—stands primed to engage full-on musical destruction.
Formed in 2006 and counting Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, and Demonseed among their sonic genealogy, the members have been respectively doling out crushing music for over two decades. That’s precisely why Warbeast sound so alive on Destroy. In addition to pulverizing riffs, pummeling double bass, and powerful leads, lead singer Bruce Corbitt delivers rhetorical wit via razor sharp hooks.
More killer bands will be announced as the festival nears!
ABOUT SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED TO DATE
Coffin Joe,bornJosé Mojica Marins,is a filmmaker and actor from São Paulo, Brazil, who directed the first Brazilian horror film, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, in 1963. The film is also the introduction to Marins’ trademark Coffin Joe character, complete with black suit, top hat, cape, and long fingernails. The character gained cult status in the US when Something Weird Video began releasing his films on VHS in the 1990s. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul is the first installment in Marins’ trilogy where Coffin Joe is incessantly searching for the perfect woman to give birth to his child, and antagonizing everyone who stands in his way. This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse, the second film in the trilogy, was released in 1967, and Marins completed the third film, The Embodiment of Evil, in 2009.
Marins has been active in Brazilian cinema for over fifty years, as a filmmaker and pop culture icon. In the 1980s he directed a number of pornochanchada films, which are softcore sex comedies that were produced in what is known as the “Boca do Lixo” (Garbage Mouth) district of São Paulo. Other films that feature Coffin Joe are Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind, Awakening of the Beast, and The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe. He presently hosts a television show entitled The Strange World of José Mojica Marins, and is working, as always, toward another feature-length film.
Jörg Buttgereit is best known for his shocking 1987 no-budget underground feature, Nekromantik, an uncompromisingly grim and savagely appalling study of an Autobahn worker whose progressive mental collapse leads to grave robbing, necrophilia, and a final ghastly act of suicidal masturbation, which became the genre’s most talked-about gross-out scene for nearly a decade. Buttgereit successfully followed up his debut with an even bloodier sequel,Nekromantik 2, the black-and-white Der Todesking, and the critically revered Schramm. Buttgereit will travel to Austin from Berlin bringing several of his films in tow, in 35mm, no less.
Jim VanBebber is the underground do-it-yourself master of gore, sex, and martial arts. Instead of using a bank loan to pay for a second year of college, VanBebber used the money to finance his debut feature film, Deadbeat at Dawn. His second feature, Charlie’s Family, later The Manson Family—took nearly 15 years to complete. VanBebber has been a non-compromising vigilante outside of the Hollywood system his entire career and has earned endless accolades from hardcore horror fans. Anselmo admired his work so much he helped complete funding for The Manson Family, lent music to that film’s soundtrack, and hired VanBebber to shoot a Pantera video and a Superjoint Ritual video. VanBebber will also bring his films on 35 mm to share with the next generation of horror fanatics.
ABOUT COREY MITCHELL
HHFF co-founder and lead programmer Corey Mitchell is a Los Angeles Times, Amazon, and Borders International Group bestselling author of several true crime books including Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead and Buried, and Pure Murder. He was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog; former editor for the Discovery Channel’s Hollywood on Crime blog; a five-year contributor to the #1 heavy metal blog, MetalSucks, and the horror film festival blogger for the #1 horror film website, Bloody Disgusting. Mitchell recently completed his eighth true crime book, Teach Me To Kill (Kensington, 2014), about the murder of a Texas teacher. He is currently working with Philip Anselmo on the frontman’s upcoming autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 2014).
Mitchell’s love for horror was cemented in the back of his parents’ Thunderbird station wagon at the age of five at the Telephone Road Drive-In in Houston, Texas, when he peered over their shoulders to watch Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things. He has never lost his love for all things dark and mysterious.
ABOUT PHILIP H. ANSELMO
Known globally as the over-the-top, drill sergeant-like frontman for heavy metal titans Pantera, Philip H. Anselmo is one of the most charismatic, polarizing, and mesmerizing personalities in the world of music. He is also one of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of horror films and has a collection of 10,000 films to prove it.
Anselmo’s musical past with Pantera is well-known: brought into the Texas band’s fold at the young age of only 17, his insistence on playing a heavier style of metal led to the success of the band’s 1990 release, Cowboys From Hell, which helped to create a strong buzz with metalheads worldwide. With a combination of constant touring, an inimitable stage presence, and a controversial voice in the metal circles, Anselmo helped Pantera reach the top of the metal mountain with 1992′s classic release, Vulgar Display of Power. That album was followed by 1994′s Far Beyond Driven—the first extreme metal album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. Not content to have the #1 album in the country, Anselmo began to release albums with a plethora of side projects such as Necrophagia, Viking Crown, Superjoint Ritual, Christ Inversion, Eibon, and his other huge successful band, Down. Anselmo, with his numerous projects, has sold around 25 million albums.
Anselmocurrently spends his time with Down, and his punk band Arson Anthem, running his own independent record label, Housecore Records, and rehearsing for a few select solo shows, including his performance at HHFF.
Anselmo’s love of horror began as a young boy when he would watch the terrifying anthology television series, Night Gallery, with his mother. He has been exposed to horror films worldwide and wants to share his passion for them with everyone.
Horror film director and rock star Rob Zombie said of Philip Anselmo and the Housecore Horror Film Festival: “Philip’s done lots of great things for heavy metal. I believe the Housecore Horror Film Festival will be great for horror!”