The Housecore Horor Film Fest wrapped up four days of horror movies and heavy metal bands in fine fashion Sunday October 27th.
There were enough sub-genres of horror cinema to appeal to variety of horror fans. Those with strong stomachs headed to see original found footage classic 'Cannibal Holocaust' and disturbing German serial killer movie 'Schramm' (both director's Ruggero Deodato and Jorg Buttgereit were in attendance.)
And old-school horror fans checked out 'Carrie', 'The Evil Dead', and 'This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse.'
I had a chance to interview Buttgereit who was in the process of promoting his upcoming project 'German Angst'. He discussed how after making controversial movies like 'Nekromantic' (which was banned in his native Germany) he had turned to play directing, including such varied pieces as a Ramones musical and 'The Elephant Man.'
When asked why he had such pushback against horror movies in Germany, he theorized that due to Germany's dark past that German culture shies away from such material. As far as his own take on his dark, violent work he made no apologies; 'The first 'Nekromantic' was a protest against censorship...I was trying to make a point by doing this film without any limits...not applying to a censorship board...it was hard but I think necessary. Because I made an example to get it labeled as art...so that a horror movie could have artistic value.'
There were also several horror shorts and music videos screened at the festival, including 'In My Blood', a humorous 'Shining' homage from rock band Star and Dagger (click here for my interview with bassist Sean Yseult.)
Fans of 80's cult horror film 'Demons' had an extra treat. Actress Geretta Gerreta introduced the film and took a Q&A afterwards. And Goblin musician Claudio Simonetti popped in to discuss the process for scoring the film.
Speaking of Goblin; the most anticipated event of the festival culminated in their live scoring of Dario Argento's garish Italian classic 'Suspiria.' It was a truly mesmerizing hypnotic experience.
Festival founders Phil Anselmo and Corey Mitchell thanked the crowd and the rumors are floating around that a second festival may be coming next year. After the fun that was had this weekend, they certainly have a recipe for continued success.