Eagerly Anticipated Horror Anthology features 100+ Icons of Horror and Metal Coffin Joe, Ruggero Deodato, Tony Todd, cEvin Key, Laurence Harvey, Bai Ling, Chris Vrenna, Killjoy of Necrophagia, Mayhem, Clint Howard, and many more
AUSTIN, Texas—It’s less than six months before horror and metal collide in Central Texas at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival – the ultimate 3-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet. Today, festival creators – legendary metal frontman Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – announce that producers David Bond and Manda Manuel have personally selected to premiere thier eagerly anticipated international horror anthology, The Profane Exhibit, in the United States at the Housecore Horror Film Festival.
Set in a club deep within the underbelly of Paris, The Profane Exhibit explores the inner workings of a secret, wicked society. At first it resembles an ordinary fetish or Goth nightclub, but hidden within the cavernous building are many rooms, one of which is known as “The Room of Souls,” a private gathering place of the world’s richest and most evil people. Their host is the elegant, yet frightening, Madame Sabatier. As the film unfolds, each member takes a turn and spins a true tale of their depravity for the amusement of the group.
Horror icons from around the world have been assembled to create this truly unique film experience. From the minds that created Cannibal Holocaust, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, Philosophy of a Knife, Tokyo Gore Police, Hardware, Wax Mask, Cemetery Man, Theater Bizarre, The ABCs of Death, August Underground’s Mordem, Cannibal, Time Crimes, and Dread, come a collection of stories that serve as a mirror for looking deep inside our current world and inside ourselves.
HHFF co-founder and Lead Programmer Corey Mitchell says, “having the U.S. premiere of The Profane Exhibit at the Housecore Horror Film Festival makes perfect sense. TPE is the most extreme horror film to come down the pike in years and HHFF is the epitome of the extreme horror film festival. We are about expanding the boundaries of what a horror film festival can be and TPE does the same thing for horror anthologies.”
Mitchell also stated that The Profane Exhibit will receive the Blood Red Carpet treatment and that directors Coffin Joe and Ryan Nicholson, producers David Bond and Manda Manuel, and composer Maurizio Guarini of Goblin will all be in attendance. Former Austin Chronicle movie reviewer and horror fanatic Marc Savlov will also conduct a Q&A after the screening.
“We are amazed at how much talent we are able to bring in to support this amazing film, in this, our first year of existence,” declared Mitchell. “It is our commitment to the real fans of horror to expose them to new voices in the genre as well as the classic creators.”
The Profane Exhibit’s producers David Bond and Manda Manuel explained why they decided to hold the U.S. premiere of his film at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival. “We chose this event because we have always been a fan of Philip’s. We felt since this is his first time doing this festival, that it’s perfect for a film of this caliber to start his history of amazing films shown there first.”
The U.S. premiere of The Profane Exhibit joins an already heavy list of festival performances, screenings and special events that have been announced to date, including the North American premiere of Italian maestros of horror Goblin live-scoring Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece, Suspiria; concerts from Down, Crowbar, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, EyeHateGod, and Warbeast; special guest appearances by noted and notorious filmmakers Coffin Joe, Jörg Buttgereit, and Jim VanBebber; and Void ov Voices – another one time only, metal-meets-horror event with extreme metal vocalist Attila Csihar (best known from iconic black metal band Mayhem) using sonic manipulations to create a live soundtrack for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Many more bands, special guests, films, and special events to be announced over the next few months.
ABOUT THE PROFANE EXHIBIT
Producers David Bond and Manda Manuel are the architects of what is likely the most daring independent horror film project to date, both in concept and scope. Assembling an almost-surreal collection of over 100 horror icons (directors, writers, actors, musicians, etc.), Bond’s vision is to present the audience with a mirror that is a reflection of mankind; a reflection of greed, lust, and revenge that embodies corruption at its core. Each segment, though an integral part of The Profane Exhibit, was directed and scored by titans within horror and music. The entire project was scripted by Scott Swan of Masters of Horror fame and is being edited by Jeremy Kasten (The Wizard of Gore, The Thirst, HBO’s First Look documentary series).
The Profane Exhibit will be unlike anything that horror fans have ever seen. It is horror with a message – terror with something to say.
THE PROFANE EXHIBIT: THE STORIES, THE DIRECTORS, THE MUSICIANS
22 Rue des Martyrs – wrap-around segment (Paris, France)
Actors – Tony Todd (Candyman), Bai Ling (The Crow), Laurence Harvey (The Human Centipede II), Christina Lindberg (Thriller: A Cruel Picture AKA They Call Her One-Eye)
Writer – Ray Garton
Corruption of Power: What is left to attain when money and power have been conquered? Meet a group of societal elite who only derive pleasure from two things -forcing humans into acts of unspeakable depravity and bragging about their conquests. A secret room deep in the underbelly of Paris, The Room of Souls, serves as axis mundi – the center of the world – for those who feed on the corruption of human nature.
Bridge (Umbria, Italy)
Director – Ruggero Deodato
Music – Killjoy (Necrophagia)
Corruption of Innocence: “I wanted to explore the evilness of children and used, I guess, (Stanley) Kubick’s The Shining, as a reference. I got into this project thanks to David Bond and Manda Manuel and in this way I could play with the curiosity of the kids and with psychosis in general. From the meeting of these two things, came an open ending. I think that people need to face reality and get used to the precariousness of the human mind.” – R. Deodato
The undisputed King of Cannibals, Ruggero Deodato is best known for his 1980 release Cannibal Holocaust. It followed his 1977 jungle adventure, Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, or The Last Cannibal World, wherein he revitalized the Mondo/Cannibal genre started years earlier by Italian director Umberto Lenzi. Throughout his career, Deodato has directed two dozen films and television productions. Ruggero was given a nod with a cameo in Eli Roth’s Hostel II as a cannibal.
Manna (Edmonton, Canada)
Director – Michael Todd Schneider
Music – Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil, Zombie Girl)
Corruption of Dominance: Consuming your mate makes you stronger. Ridiculous? Ask the Praying Mantis, the scorpion, the black widow. A cult of women, under the banner of the Latrodectus black widow, practice the ultimate form of Vorarephilia in an attempt to claim the highest form of female dominance.
Michael Todd Schneider (AKA MikeymagGot) is behind some of the most surreal, bizarre, and disturbing films in the horror genre. First gaining notoriety with August Underground’s Mordum, Michael then went on to establish MagGot Films releasing Our Devil’s Own Night and …And Then I Helped, to name just a few.
Tochka (Khabarovsk, Russia)
Director: Andrey Iskanov
Music: Scott Mitchell (Marilyn Manson)
Corruption of Drugs: Young Anna is sold by her father into an underground brothel filled with sadists, addicts, and sexual perverts. She tries to run away, however, her attempts only result in punishment that eventually leads to heroin addiction. Her third escape attempt results in a spectacle of torture and violence.
Andrey Iskanov is a unique filmmaker from Russia who uses surrealism and industrially-tinged gory violence, a la Tetsuo, as well as a bizarre, colorful imagery in his experimental horror films. His most notable films to date are Philosophy of a Knife, Nails, and Visions of Suffering.
GoodWife (Vancouver, Canada)
Director – Ryan Nicholson
Music – cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy)
Corruption of Family: John has the perfect life, the perfect marriage, but there’s something he isn’t telling his lovely wife. When she finds out exactly what her husband is up to most nights, the tables turn and things get extremely bloody. Stars Playboy favorite Monique Parent and B-movie star Tina Krause.
“The project is so dark in nature that it makes most extreme horror cinema look tame. It was a challenge to bring up the levels of depravity and craft to something that I hadn’t done before. Most of my stuff has humor in it. This was a chance at doing something very unfunny and unsettling. Humans are animalistic in nature. Technology has actually made us worse than animals in the wild. The means to kill on a greater scale is something that the human race works towards.” – R. Nicholson
Ryan Nicholson is one the most established special effects artists in the industry. His credits include Ghostrider, Supernatural, The Chronicles of Riddick, Andromeda, Dreamcatcher, Replicant, Scary Movie, Final Destination, The 13th Warrior, and The X-Files, to name just a few. His directorial credits include the splatter-fest Gutterballs, Torched (Hell Hath no Fury), Star Vehicle, and Necrophagia.
Mors in Tabula (Berlin, Germany)
Director – Marian Dora
Music – Rune Eriksen (Mayhem)
Corruption of Trust: A woman places her life in the hands of a doctor who offers her a chance for life. But, in the hands of a monster, this level of trust presents an opportunity for gratification reserved only for God.
“Whenever there is a situation that one person has the power over someone, you can find abuse of this power. And a surgeon has the maximum power over the patient; you will find no constellation with more mismatch of power than this one.” – M. Dora
Marian Dora is gaining a reputation as one of the most brutal filmmakers in indie horror. His film Cannibal won him acclaim among ultra-gorehounds. Cannibal is the story of a cannibalistic man who seeks, and finds, a willing “meal” (based on actual events). Dora’s fearless approach to horror has placed him among the pantheon of Gore Gods.
Tophet Quorom (Rome, Italy)
Director: Sergio Stivaletti
Music: Maurizio Guarini (Goblin)
Corruption of the Pure: A pious nun is abducted off the streets of Rome. Her purity eroded through weeks of torture and depravity. Her existence is rendered down to a primal, feral creature whose essence is blood and violence.
Sergio Stivaletti has established himself as a titan of horror in not only effects (special, visual, and make-up), but also as a director, writer, and producer. His myriad of film credits include Do You Like Hitchcock?, The Three Faces of Terror, The Wax Mask, The Last House in the Woods, Cemetery Man, Demons 1 and 2, and Opera.
Viral (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Director: José Mojica Marins (AKA Coffin Joe)
Music: Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson)
Corruption of Fame: Character, integrity, self-esteem, and honor – while these are noble traits, they become expendable in the face of the enticement of fame. For one young woman, the journey to fame will lead her down a path of degradation, ruination, defilement, and debasement. Is the pay-off worth the price?
Perhaps the most prolific Brazilian filmmaker ever, Marins is best known for his horror films (At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse, Embodiment of Evil, etc.). The Coffin Joe character was created for At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul and carried through as a horror icon into other films, television, music videos, and comics. In the 1980s he became a prominent exploitation film director, specializing in the pornochanchada genre, which were softcore sex comedies popular in Brazil at that time.
Coltan (Cape Town, South Africa)
Director: Richard Stanley
Music: Simon Boswell (scoring credits – Lord of Illusions, Hardware, The Crying Game)
Corruption of Wealth: The value of a rare metal causes unspeakable atrocities against men, women, and even children. A documentarian goes deep into Africa to give us a glimpse into the mining of coltan, the most common metal in all portable electronic devices. How many cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, etc. are in your home? How many innocent lives are you directly responsible for (based on U.N. reports of alleged crimes at African coltan mines)?
As a filmmaker and documentarian, Richard Stanley’s career has been immersed in the dark and the bizarre. With feature films that include the post-apocalyptic Hardware, the supernatural horror Dust Devil, and H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, and documentaries that cover everything from Nazis to Haitian voodoo, Stanley’s eye for the morbid and horrific is unequalled.
Jigoku No Chorishi (The Hell-Chef) (Toyko, Japan)
Director – Yoshihiro Nishimura
Music – Sven (Mayhem), Vivian Fuzz-Kristiansen (Gallhammer)
Corruption of Curiosity: A mysterious parasol-carrying woman witnesses a young girl seducing a man back to her apartment to murder him. But when the young girl is unable to complete her task, the woman instructs the girl on the finer points of killing and the arts of culinary cannibalism. And yet, even that does not go as planned in this tale of fetish and food.
Proclaimed by New York Magazine (2009) as “a legendary director and effect artist,” Yoshihiro has made his mark in both SFX (Suicide Club, Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl, Meatball Machine) and directing (Tokyo Gore Police, Helldriver). He has been credited with establishing a new type of visual film presentation, the “gore effect.”
Sins of the Father (Getxo, Spain)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Corruption of Revenge: When a son forces his father to answer for his sexual deviancy, cameras are rolling and an audience waits. However, which is more entertaining, justice or defilement? Will a son’s hunger for revenge lead him back to hell?
Nacho Vigalondo honed his craft with years of critically acclaimed short films, including an Academy Award nomination in 2003. His most recent contributions have included Texas favorites such as Extraterrestrial, Timecrimes, and The ABCs of Death.
Basement (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Director: Uwe Boll
Corruption of Home: A man’s life in the upstairs of his house is very different from his life in the basement. Stars the amazing Clint Howard, Caroline Williams, and Tara Cardinal.
“It is dark, but why not. I’ve done a lot of very hard and dark subject matters like Stoic, Seed, and Rampage and I liked the concept of having so many directors.” – U. Boll
Boll is best known for adapting video games into movies, having directed and produced a number of such adaptations, including House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Alone in the Dark II, BloodRayne, BloodRayne II: Deliverance, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Postal, and Far Cry.
Mother May I (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Director – Anthony Diblasi
Music – Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Corruption of Religion: In a Catholic halfway house for wayward girls, Mabel is doing her best to please the Head Mother. Repeated acts of violent discipline against the other girls have Mabel terrified and willing to do whatever to avoid such pain. But, when a seemingly minor indiscretion brings the Head Mother’s attention to Mabel, will she be willing to do what it takes to appease the nun’s aggression?
As a producer, director, editor, and writer, Diblasi has made his distinct mark on horror with such films as The Midnight Meat Train, The Plague, Cassadaga, Book of Blood, Dread, and Missionary.
Epilogue – Paris, France
Corruption of Hope: Tomorrow is worse than today.
MORE ABOUT HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
In addition to film screenings and nightly concerts, HHFF will also host several “Side Show” attractions – from zombie makeovers to suspension exhibitions to exclusive horror- and metal-centric artisans and vendors.
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.
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 former 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.
Anselmo currently 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!”