October 26th, 2013 marked day three of Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, which was overstuffed with an impressive selection of horror movies and metal bands.
I began my day by checking out the 1980 serial killer classic 'Maniac' and it still holds a grisly charm (I recently reviewed the 2012 remake)
I also took in a bizarre, so-bad-its-great slasher movie called 'Pieces' which was so over the top that it had the crowd in hysterics. And I was impressively disturbed by 'Patrick,' an eerie movie from late 'Psycho II' director Richard Benjamin.
I also checked out several short films from aspiring filmmakers; the best of which was 'Mr Bear' which had a Quentin Tarantino-style humor to offset its dark subject matter.
The evening also marked a red carpet movie premiere of 'Zombex', a zombie film set in New Orleans starring Malcolm McDowell. It was shown in Antone's accompanied by some of the cast and crew.
And controversial Italian director Rugerro Deodato introduced his disturbing film 'The House At The Edge Of The Park.'
Other special guests included festival creator and Down (and former Pantera) vocalist Phil Anselmo and former White Zombie Bassist Sean Yseult who appeared with her new band Star And Dagger (click here for my previous interview with Yseult, and here for my interview with Anselmo where they both discuss the festival).
If one thing comes to mind when discussing the relationship between metal and horror fans and their musical and filmmaking heroes, it's a reciprocal respect; both sides need each other to flourish and there was a general feel good vibe to the whole event (this was the entire subject of 'Fantasm', a whimsical documentary about horror conventions which I saw Friday at Housecore).
There were several vendors offering a variety of horror film T-shirts and artwork. And brothers Matt Valentine & Michael Faust; two former contestants from Syfy reality show 'Face Off' displayed their special effects wares (both run a special effects lab in Austin).
Not everything went off without a hitch however; South American cult filmmaker Coffin Joe who was scheduled to appear at the festival was sidelined by malaria.
After a steady diet of horror movies I headed to Emo's for some music (the festival is held by both Emo's and Antone's). This began with a brutal set by grunge progenitors The Melvin's and concluded with cult metal band Gwar.
If there was ever a band perfectly suited for playing at a horror convention, Gwar is it; Dressed in cartoonish monster suits and offering a macabre comedy routine amidst metal bombast, they showered the crowd with fake blood and infectious energy.
While it was sad to see the evening come to an end, I have a busy day ahead, as Sunday promises more horror and more music, culminating with a live scoring of 'Suspiria' by prog-rock band Goblin. So check back Monday when I'll have a recap of day four.