Chalk another one up for homegrown Texas horror.
The big news comes out today from Fangoria.com, that Houston-based director Mel House has scored a deal with Lionsgate to distribute his latest film, “Walking Distance”.
If you’re one of the innumerable masses that has ever lived in an apartment, you are familiar with that twinge of anxiety that comes with knowing some stranger has gotten into your place while you’ve been away. No, it’s not a criminal of any type, it’s one of the apartment’s personnel. Maybe they’re there to fix something or spray for bugs or do some other kind of routine maintenance, but the whisper of fear is still there. After all, some person who you don’t know has just gotten into where you call home. Quite honestly, I didn’t really experience this feeling until I moved into my most recent place. The first time I had an apartment was when I used to carry a gun for a living and I almost shot the only person I ever found in there.
But that’s a story for another time.
We dive off the deep end this week’s “What Do Horror Fans Want?” with That Ghoul Ava of Horror Extreme.
with permission from Twisted Central
“Kodie” was the final film shown on opening night at the 2nd annual DOA Blood Bath Film Festival so there was a lot of build up. As we were walking around we overheard most of the crowd saying this was the film they were anticipating the most. Of course with all the buzz, we began to get more and more jazzed about it. It’s a hard thing being a reviewer sometimes. Especially when it comes to Indie films because you know that these people are probably the hardest working filmmakers out there. They literally dump their heart and soul into each and every project.
For any local horror fans who missed out on this – quite simply – you missed a lot. Blood Bath 2 featured roughly 16 hours of horror goodness. Opening the program was a set of shorts from the Splatterfest Film festival. For those of you not in the know – as I was – Houston’s Splatterfest Film Festival features shorts from teams of filmmakers who have two days to write, shoot and edit their film. To add an element of “horror improv” to it, the teams are assigned a murder weapon, a character to include and a line of dialogue that each short must have. It made for some very interesting and creative films. Of that first set, “Award-Winning Masterpiece” was particularly memorable as perhaps the funniest and most twisted take on exorcisms that I have ever seen.
It’s time for another episode of “TerrorScribe Confessions.”
If you missed the previous episode, we won’t recap the horrible and embarrassing events of that night. Suffice it to say that powdered lime works exactly how they say it does and that I will never look at a Jello pudding pop the same way again.
This week’s confession: it’s taken me three tries to watch this movie.
Time for another installment of “What Do Horror Fans Want?” This time, we take a return trip across the pond and pick the brain of Pazuzu Iscariot of Horror Extreme.
If you’re long past your puberty years, you’re probably tired of the glut of shiny happy vampires that we’ve had for the last few years. Personally, I’m even kind of tired of the other varieties that have popped up lately where we have vampires as fairly normal folks who just happen to drink blood and vampires who are completely alien monsters. More than once I’ve said wouldn’t it be nice to get something that wasn’t any of these? Something new?
Apparently, someone was listening.
Indie horror fans rejoice! Blood Bath 2: The Film Festival is coming to the Texas Theater, November 13-14. The festival, called “a celebration of independent horror cinema” will feature numerous shorts from around the world and will showcase six films, including two made here in Texas.
The Series continues. This week, we feature author Elyse Draper. She is one of the authors in “Voices of Autism: Stories of Courage”, “Comfort and Strength”; “Ladies of Horror 2009”; has illustrated several others, and has three novels in the process of finding a home: “Free Will”, “Consequences”, and “Vindication”, a fourth in progress “The Takers”, and a fifth on the drawing board “Mirrorscape”.
You can visit her site here.