In a few short days, the Drunk in a Graveyard crew will be meeting up down in Austin, TX for the 2nd Annual Housecore Horror Film Festival. Here is a list of 10 things I’m looking forward to seeing in between alcohol related blackouts. This list is in a completely arbitrary order, so don’t get upset thinking this is a ranking. It’s just a bunch of crap I want to see while I’m down there.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 & 2 being screened with the original casts.
I’m going to list this one first, as it’s the main selling point of the festival. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has always been one of my favorite movies, and to get a chance to see it on a big screen alongside the people who were responsible for making it is pretty much a dream come true. As far as I’m concerned, this alone is worth the price of admission. Now, my relationship with Part 2 is nowhere near as deep, and to be honest, it’s been at least a full decade since I’ve seen it. I can’t think of a better way to get reintroduced to a movie, though.
I like to go in to things like this as cold as possible. I saw the trailer for this, and it definitely had me intrigued. It looks like a vibrant, maniacally paced mind fuck about addiction, which should at the very least, be pretty interesting. Since I don’t know anything else about this other than the trailer, there’s really not a whole lot I can say, but it’s definitely a movie that caught my attention.
- The Witch Who Came From The Sea
What I love about Housecore Horror Fest is that there really is something for everybody… Even those of us who like whackadoo 70s exploitation movies where a woman murders dudes through handjobs. There’s a whole ham fisted narrative about the mental strain of dealing with abuse, but it’s really an odd blood and boobs flick with a healthy dose of dick ripping. Good times.
I’m not the most metal person in the world, so naturally, I’m more excited about the film side of things, but a couple of musical acts have me pretty stoked. How can you not love GWAR? I’m really curious how they’re going to look and sound after the passing of Oderus, but it’s pretty much a given that it’s gonna be a good show. I can’t wait to be washing fake blood out of my hair in a motel shower at 2:00AM.
This short film has actually been on my radar for a while now. I know the horror press tends to use every chamber of the hyperbole gun when reviewing stuff, so I always take superlatives with a grain of salt. However, the praise surrounding this film has been pretty universal. It’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to the considerable level of hype surrounding it. Either way, it’s something that looks to be worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to watch, so I’m excited to see it.
- The Linnea Quigley Horror Workout
Really. No joke. Look this shit up. Not only is it a thing in the world that exists, but it looks goddamn amazing. I’m not sure if the novelty will last through the whole thing, but when am I ever going to get another chance to watch something this weird again?
- Pieces of Talent
This is another feature I know nothing about other than what I saw in the trailer. While it wasn’t very helpful as far as the plot goes (it kind of looks like SAW meets American Beauty?), the visuals alone make this a must see. The trailer really knocked it out of the park, because it made me really want to see this movie, but told me just about nothing in regards to what happens. I guess that’s a pretty perfect trailer. Anyway, this film has been making the festival rounds, and has been getting a pretty ridiculous level of praise. It’s kicking off the festival, so I guess I’ll find out pretty quickly what it’s all about.
Yeah, whatever. Danzig might be a moody little midget coasting on shit he did like 3 decades ago, but c’mon… it’s still Danzig. He’s so spoopy, you guys. I’m mostly just curious to see exactly how small he is in real life, or hoping he throws another embarrassing temper tantrum because someone gave him the wrong flavor of jelly beans, or some shit. I’ll put this one equal parts anticipation of a train wreck, irony, and actual earnest enjoyment.
- Circus of the Dead
It’s a crazy ass movie about cannibal clowns. I really don’t need to say any more. This movie looks super fun. Not all horror has to be all gloomy and brooding. Sometimes you need a movie about evil clowns getting into some nasty as fuck shenanigans. Of all the new movies playing at Housecore, this is definitely the one I’m looking forward to the most.
Just Elves. I actually yelled out loud, and did an awkward little dance when I saw this on the list. Notoriously bad 80s and 90s horror movies are kind of my favorite thing in the world (after free sandwiches, of course), and this one certainly qualifies. I have actually never seen this one before, but it’s been on my to do list for a while. I’m sure there are more artistically significant or chronologically relevant attractions at this festival, but for me, this is a major must see.
Gah! I would luuurrrrrvvvvve to go a festival like this. Not that we don’t have festivals here …
We went last year and it was just mind blowing. Everyone, from the bands to the directors to the attendees, were all on the same level of just being fans of metal and horror. Pretty crazy to look over during a screening of one of your favorite movies to see one of your favorite singers (ok, screamers who am i kidding?) sitting a few seats down digging the same film.