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Housecore fest to be hosted by Lamb of God's Blythe with 40th 'Chainsaw' reunion

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe will be the special host of the 2nd annual Housecore Horror Film Festival from Oct. 23-26 at Emo's East in Austin.
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The 2nd annual Housecore Horror Film Festival announced today its band lineup with a pair of bonus treats tossed in for fans attending the Oct. 23-26 extravaganza at Emo's East in Austin.

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe (left) will be the special guest host while the remaining living cast members of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" will be celebrating a 40th anniversary reunion.

“I am looking forward to coming to Austin in October for the Housecore Horror Film Festival," film star Gunnar Hansen said in a statement. "It is always exciting to watch 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' in a theatre with an enthusiastic audience. But this time will be extra special – it will be the first time that all of us in the cast will see the movie together.”

Added fellow cast member Marilyn Burns in the same statement: “I am looking forward to the 40th-year reunion in Austin where it all began! Who would have ever imagined TXCM is still going strong?”

The festival is the brainchild of Down and ex-Pantera singer Philip H. Anselmo and his autobiographer Corey Mitchell.

“ 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is such an incredibly important film, not just horror film," Anselmo said in the statement, "and to have all of these amazing people come to Housecore Horror and share this incredible anniversary with me and all of our friends is simply mind-blowing!”

The list of bands announced thus far include Satyricon, Eyehategod, Macabre, Unearth, Warbeast, KEN Mode, Acid Witch and more. Evil United – featuring San Antonio and Austin mainstays Jason McMaster on vocals, Don Van Stavern on bass and drummer Jason "Shakes" West – is also slated to perform. More bands, guests and films will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The TXCM cast is scheduled to be on hand throughout the weekend participating in panels, a Q&A, and autograph and picture-taking sessions with fans.

"It’s a real honor that the cast has chosen the HHFF as the location for their historic reunion to celebrate such an iconic horror film," co-promoter Tammy Moore said. "We’re thrilled!”

For more information, visit the festival's website here. A limited number of badges can be purchased here.

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