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Housecore Horror Film Fest Reveals Full Band Schedule



The band lineup for the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival set to take place in Austin in October — and curated by MS writer Corey Mitchell and one Mr. Philip Anselmo — is beyond ridiculous: Down, Gwar, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Goatwhore, Repulsion, Whitechapel, Pig Destroyer, Pallbearer… those are but a few of the bands who will grace the stages of FOUR venues (!) over the course of FOUR days (!), not to mention all the horror films that will be showing throughout. Now the festival has unveiled the band schedule so you can start planning yours. The complete HHFF film schedule will be unveiled in late September. Here it is:

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Cavalcade        1:00am
Lord Dying      12:00am
White Widows Pact  11:00pm
The Black Moriah  10:00pm
blackQueen      9:00pm
Goatcraft          8:00pm

Doors:  8:00pm / Open registration 5:00pm


Down               11:00pm
Goblin             9:50pm
Warbeast          8:55pm
Ancient VVisdom 8:00pm
Doors: 7:00pm


Repulsion        4:10pm
Pallbearer         3:00pm
Child Bite        2:00pm
Head Crusher  1:00pm
Doors: 12:00pm


GWAR             11:00pm
Crowbar           9:55pm
Whitechapel     8:55pm
Goatwhore        8:00pm
Iron Reagan     7:35pm
Doors: 7:00pm


Honky                          7:00pm
Star & Dagger            6:00pm
School of Rock           4:30pm
Doors: 4:30pm


Hate Eternal                 4:10pm
Bloody Hammers        3:05pm
Death Will Tremble     2:05pm
A Band of Orcs             1:10pm
First Jason                   12:15pm
Doors: 12:00pm


Suspiria / Goblin             11:00pm
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals        9:25pm
Eyehategod                  8:15pm
Skrew                           7:15pm
Doors: 6:00pm


Pig Destroyer                 4:10pm
Primitive Weapons       3:00pm
Hymns                             2:00pm
Dead Earth Politics      1:00 pm
Doors: 12:00pm

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AUSTIN, Texas—It’s less than three months before horror and metal collide in Central Texas at the inaugural Housecore™ Horror Film Festival – the ultimate 4-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet. Today, festival creators – legendary metal frontman Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – are excited to announce more the daily schedule for 34 bands that will be playing the inaugural Housecore™ Horror Film Festival.

“For a cat like myself,” Philip Anselmo says, “bringing in all of these killer bands to play the Housecore Horror Film Festival is nothing but pure pleasure. I’d like to thank all of the bands from all over the globe that are on the bill.  I feel like we’ve compiled an extremely versatile line-up of established acts, as well as some killer up-and-comers.  I’d also like to give a huge “thumbs-up” to all of the Austin, Texas bands that will be a huge part of this crazy event, because it seems these bands fly way too far below the radar.  As for what bands I’m most excited about? I don’t need to call out specific bands…just look at the list yourself and get pumped!  I hope everyone who plans on attending the Housecore Horror Film Festival is digging on the band line-ups, as well as the films, like I am.  Let’s have a blast!”

In addition to the powerhouse roster of bands appearing at the festival, the organizers have announced that Italy’s Goblin will perform two sets at HHFF. The already announced North American premiere of the band live-scoring Dario Argento’s seminal horror classic, Suspiria, in addition to a second night concert performance featuring classics from such landmark horror films as Dawn Of The Dead, Tenebre, Deep Red, and more. The Suspiria live score and screening will close out HHFF on Sunday, October 27th.

Down, GWAR, Goblin, Hate Eternal, Repulsion, and Pig Destroyer will headline stages at two historic ATX venues, Emo’s and Antone’s. The entire event kicks off Thursday night, October 24th at the Dirty Dog bar, on fabled 6th Street in downtown Austin. That evening’s showcase of up-and-coming metal bands will serve as a badge and wristband pick-up event and will be open to the public as well.

Anticipation is mounting in the crossover worlds of horror and heavy metal for what is being hailed as a momentous event. Mitchell summed up the excitement when he added, “The line-up we have pulled together for our inaugural HHFF brings it all full circle for me. It’s been 25 years since I was booking some of the earliest underground metal shows when I booked Deadhorse, Agony Column, and Insecticide as the Riverside Dollar Cinema as an alternative to a well-established music festival that would not book metal bands back in the day. Now we’re bringing in bands on the level of Down and Gwar, and also introducing something wholly unique to the United States like Goblin — it’s mind-blowing and rewarding all at the same time. And literally right across the street from the dollar movie gig a quarter century earlier.”

“Also, the ability to showcase newer talent like Bloody Hammers, Pallbearer, and Ancient VVisdom is why I love metal — there’s always something new and exciting waiting to kick your ass. Our partner and Creative Director, Tammy Moore, who’s been promoting this genre of music in Austin for over a decade, refers to the current state of metal as ‘the redheaded step-child of the Austin music scene.’ She has turned us on to the cream of the local crop and we’re incredibly stoked to be showcasing some of the coolest metal bands from Austin for the world to finally see and appreciate.

The only thing that would make me happier would to be able to screen around 100 horror films alongside all of this amazing music. Oh wait, we’re doing that too!!”




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In addition to film screenings and nightly concerts, HHFF will also host several “Side Show” attractions – from zombie makeovers to suspension exhibitions to exclusive horror- and metal-centric artisans and vendors.

Filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and actors in attendance will introduce their works and hold Q&A sessions after their screenings and will be available to the public at an outdoor celebrity signing and chat booth. Several notable authors of horror, mystery, true crime, and heavy metal will also be signing books throughout the weekend.


HHFF co-founder and lead programmer Corey Mitchell is a Los Angeles Times, Amazon, and Borders International Group bestselling author of several true crime books including Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead and Buried, and Pure Murder. He was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog; former editor for the Discovery Channel’s Hollywood on Crime blog; a five-year contributor to the #1 heavy metal blog, MetalSucks, and the former horror film festival blogger for the #1 horror film website, Bloody Disgusting. Mitchell recently completed his eighth true crime book, Teach Me To Kill (Kensington, 2014), about the murder of a Texas teacher. He is currently working with Philip Anselmo on the frontman’s upcoming autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

Mitchell’s love for horror was cemented in the back of his parents’ Thunderbird station wagon at the age of five at the Telephone Road Drive-In in Houston, Texas, when he peered over their shoulders to watch CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. He has never lost his love for all things dark and mysterious.



Known globally as the over-the-top, drill sergeant-like frontman for heavy metal titans Pantera, Philip H. Anselmo is one of the most charismatic, polarizing, and mesmerizing personalities in the world of music. He is also one of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of horror films and has a collection of 10,000 films to prove it.

Anselmo’s musical past with Pantera is well-known: brought into the Texas band’s fold at the young age of only 17, his insistence on playing a heavier style of metal led to the success of the band’s 1990 release, Cowboys From Hell, which helped to create a strong buzz with metalheads worldwide. With a combination of constant touring, an inimitable stage presence, and a controversial voice in the metal circles, Anselmo helped Pantera reach the top of the metal mountain with 1992’s classic release, Vulgar Display of Power. That album was followed by 1994’s Far Beyond Driven — the first extreme metal album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. Not content to have the #1 album in the country, Anselmo began to release albums with a plethora of side projects such as Necrophagia, Viking Crown, Superjoint Ritual, Christ Inversion, Eibon, and his other huge successful band, Down. Anselmo, with his numerous projects, has sold around 25 million albums.

Anselmo currently spends his time with Down, and his punk band Arson Anthem, running his own independent record label, Housecore Records, and touring with his solo project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, who will be making their only Texas appearance at HHFF.

Anselmo’s love of horror began as a young boy when he would watch the terrifying anthology television series, Night Gallery, with his mother. He has been exposed to horror films worldwide and wants to share his passion for them with everyone.

Horror film director and rock star Rob Zombie said of Philip Anselmo and the Housecore Horror Film Festival: “Philip’s done lots of great things for heavy metal. I believe the Housecore Horror Film Festival will be great for horror!”

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