Yesterday we had the great news that there will be a second volume of The ABCs of Death. Now Austin's getting the US premiere of another heavily anticipated horror anthology, The Profane Exhibit. The gore-drenched collection will be opening at the first Housecore Horror Film Festival.
Housecore co-founder Corey Mitchell called the picture "the most extreme horror film to come down the pike in years," and we'd say that's a bold claim if it wasn't for the directors involved. The dishonor roll features festival guest of honor, Coffin Joe, the creator of Brazilian horror, and his name sits alongside that of Ruggero Deodato, the mastermind behind Italy's cannibal genre. No, the producers are not fucking around.
The duo are joined by honorary Austinites and Fantastic Fest veterans Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial, Timecrimes) and Yoshihiro Nishimura (Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl, Tokyo Gore Police), plus some more names recognizable to mainstream horror fans, like Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), the ever-controversial Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, the BloodRayne trilogy), Marian Dora (Cannibal), Sergio Stivaletti (Do You Like Hitchcock?, Cemetery Man) and Anthony Diblasi (The Midnight Meat Train.) You can also expect your horror horizons to be expanded with some new and truly subversive talents, including visual effects expert and indie gore auter Ryan Nicholson, Michael Todd Schneider (August Underground’s Mordum, And Then I Helped) and Andrey Iskanov (Philosophy of a Knife, Nails.)
The soundtrack promises to be as heavy as the visuals will be grotesque. Contributors include industrial icons like Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), Scott Mitchell (aka Marilyn Manson original collaborator Daisy Berkowitz), cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy), and Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil, Zombie Girl) plus metallers Rune Eriksen and Sven of Mayhem (Hmm. With Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar providing a live soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, is it too much to hope for that there'll be a Mayhem performance on the cards?), plus Vivian Fuzz-Kristiansen (Gallhammer) and Killjoy (Necrophagia). Throw in a couple of experimental legends as well: Steve Severin of Souixsie and the Banshees, and Maurizio Guarini, who will be in Austin performing with Italian rock legends Goblin.
Here's the full details of each bloody tale:22 Rue des Martyrs
Bridge D: Ruggero Deodato, music by Killjoy
Corruption of Innocence: Deodato explains, "I wanted to explore the evilness of children and used, I guess, (Stanley) Kubick's The Shining, as a reference. I got into this project thanks to (producers) David Bond and Manda Manuel and in this way I could play with the curiosity of the kids and with psychosis in general. From the meeting of these two things, came an open ending. I think that people need to face reality and get used to the precariousness of the human mind."
Manna D: Michael Todd Schneider, music by Sebastian Komor
Corruption of Dominance: Consuming your mate makes you stronger. Ridiculous? Ask the Praying Mantis, the scorpion, the black widow. A cult of women, under the banner of the Latrodectus black widow, practice the ultimate form of Vorarephilia in an attempt to claim the highest form of female dominance.
Tochka D: Andrey Iskanov, music by Scott Mitchell
Corruption of Drugs: Young Anna is sold by her father into an underground brothel filled with sadists, addicts, and sexual perverts. She tries to run away, however, her attempts only result in punishment that eventually leads to heroin addiction. Her third escape attempt results in a spectacle of torture and violence.
GoodWife D: Ryan Nicholson, music by cEvin Key
Corruption of Family: John has the perfect life, the perfect marriage, but there’s something he isn’t telling his lovely wife. When she finds out exactly what her husband is up to most nights, the tables turn and things get extremely bloody. Stars Playboy favorite Monique Parent and ruler of straight-to-video gore star Tina Krause (Penny Dreadful, An Erotic Vampire in Paris.)
Mors in Tabula D: Marian Dora, music by Rune Eriksen
Corruption of Trust: A woman places her life in the hands of a doctor who offers her a chance for life. But, in the hands of a monster, this level of trust presents an opportunity for gratification reserved only for God.
Tophet Quorom D: Sergio Stivaletti, music by Maurizio Guarini
Corruption of the Pure: A pious nun is abducted off the streets of Rome. Her purity eroded through weeks of torture and depravity. Her existence is rendered down to a primal, feral creature whose essence is blood and violence.
Viral D: José Mojica Marins (AKA Coffin Joe), music by Chris Vrenna
Corruption of Fame: Character, integrity, self-esteem, and honor - while these are noble traits, they become expendable in the face of the enticement of fame. For one young woman, the journey to fame will lead her down a path of degradation, ruination, defilement, and debasement. Is the pay-off worth the price?
Coltan D: Richard Stanley, music by Simon Boswell
Corruption of Wealth: The value of a rare metal causes unspeakable atrocities against men, women, and even children. A documentarian goes deep into Africa to give us a glimpse into the mining of coltan, the most common metal in all portable electronic devices. How many cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, etc. are in your home? How many innocent lives are you directly responsible for (based on U.N. reports of alleged crimes at African coltan mines)?
Jigoku No Chorishi (The Hell-Chef) D: Yoshihiro Nishimura, music by Sven and Vivian Fuzz-Kristiansen
Corruption of Curiosity: A mysterious parasol-carrying woman witnesses a young girl seducing a man back to her apartment to murder him. But when the young girl is unable to complete her task, the woman instructs the girl on the finer points of killing and the arts of culinary cannibalism. And yet, even that does not go as planned in this tale of fetish and food.
Sins of the Father D: Nacho Vigalondo
Corruption of Revenge: When a son forces his father to answer for his sexual deviancy, cameras are rolling and an audience waits. However, which is more entertaining, justice or defilement? Will a son’s hunger for revenge lead him back to hell?
Basement D: Uwe Boll
Corruption of Home: A man's life in the upstairs of his house is very different from his life in the basement. Stars the amazing Clint Howard, Caroline Williams, and Tara Cardinal.
Mother May I D: Anthony Diblasi, music by Steven Severin
Corruption of Hope: Tomorrow is worse than today.
Housecore Horror runs Oct. 25-27. www.housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com for more info.
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