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Jesse Dayton Walks With a 'Zombex'
First trailer for musician's directorial debut
DAILY Screens  May 20, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It seems like we've been waiting for years for the first footage from Zombex, the undead horror from local rockabilly transplant Jesse Dayton. Actually, it has been years, but now it's time for some flesh-rending fun...."

More Gore From Housecore Horror
New film fest adds more classics plus a locally lensed premiere
DAILY Screens  September 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...With NoLa metal master Phil Anselmo and Texas true crime writer Corey Mitchell cracking the whip at the new Housecore Horror Film Festival, it's no shocker that the Louisiana-set, Austin-filmed debut from Jesse Dayton, post-Katrina revanant mutilator Zombex, is part of today's new list of features for the new fest...."

Full-Gore Press
Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding
Screens Story  December 23, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...While Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly's much-discussed seriocomic vampire opus Destroy continues to wait on financing (Michael Stephenson, of Best Worst Movie, is slated to helm), other current or forthcoming Austin horror productions include Lindsey Alloway's Postmodern Undead, now in preproduction; Ain't It Cool News alum and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill's already-wrapped Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio and slated for an August 2012 release from Summit Entertainment; Jesse Dayton's directorial debut, Zombex, featuring Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig; a big-screen adaptation of author/Masters of Horror screenwriter Stephen Romano's new novel, Black Light, to be produced and/or directed by co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of Saw infamy, as well as producer Michael De Luna; the locally shot comic-book adaptation Bad Kids Go to Hell from Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick; a potential 13-episode series based on Brian McGreevy's buzzed-about forthcoming genre novel Hemlock Grove, to be adapted by McGreevy and longtime writing partner Lee Shipman for Netflix and Gaumont International Television (with Eli Roth set to direct and produce, no less); and a series of horror scripts from Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission producer Brady Dial, progenitor of Were-Bot Productions..."

Jesse Dayton Bloodies Up for Housecore Horror
Austin rocker-turned-director talks 'Zombex,' Zombie, and Corman
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Flash forward, and Dayton's debut directorial effort Zombex gets its world premiere tonight at the Housecore Horror Film Festival. Not that Dayton sees much of a leap from the spit-and-sawdust stage to the silver screen..."

Off the Record
White Denim powers up on the road, Chaos in Tejas keeps home fires burning, and more
Music Column  June 3, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...OTR walked on the set of Zombex, Jesse Dayton's debut film, last Tuesday at just the right moment: a burlesque sequence to the tune of the Sonics' version of "Have Love, Will Travel" on the Mohawk indoor stage. X guitarist John Doe helped set the scene..."

John Doe Moves to Austin
X’s “man of the world” contemplates life in Big Boys country
DAILY Music  February 9, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...JD: Yeah I did a piece in his movie Zombex, which is a great premise to a movie...."

Friday SXSW Picks
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...Jesse Dayton12mid, Continental Club Single-handedly keeping outlaw country alive at a time when Shooter Jennings was still in high school, Jesse Dayton spent part of the past year subbing for Billy Zoom in X as he battled cancer. Both actor and soundtracker for Rob Zombie (Halloween II), Dayton wrote and directed 2013's gory Zombex..."

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb
Music Story  March 19, 2015
"...Jesse Dayton 12:15am, Holy Mountain Backyard Fresh off writing/directing his indie horror film debut Zombex and playing guitar on X bassist John Doe's latest solo turn – not to mention winning the Ameripolitan Outlaw Male of the Year award for 2015 – Beaumont-born Dayton pauses from his upcoming "outlaw country record, with a classic Townes Van Zandt songwriting approach" to demonstrate to this SXSW audience what country music really sounds like. – Tim Stegall..."

Friday Picks & Sleepers
TGIFriday of SXSW, blurb by blurb
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...12:30am, Saxon Pub Willie Nelson/Kinky Friedman smoking buddy Dayton spent the last year concentrating on Zombex, his feature film debut. Blame his other musical conspirator Rob Zombie for that gory diversion..."

Housecore Horror Hands Out the Rot-Scars
"Thanatomorphose", "Found." and "Motivational Growth" win big
DAILY Screens  November 2, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Best Makeup: Susan A. Benson et al, Zombex..."

In the Red Corner: Housecore Horror Film Festival
The new kids on the block possess the whole Emo's / Antone's complex
Screens Story  October 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...7) Zombex: Local rocker Jesse Dayton follows his friend Rob Zombie behind the lens with a locally shot tale of antidepressants and the undead. (Saturday, 7pm, Antone's)..."

Trailers From Hell
Local horror stars start building their buzz
DAILY Screens  December 26, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Back in the summer, Off the Record caught up with Jesse Dayton on the set of his upcoming fresh ripper Zombex. It was a sweaty afternoon at Mohawk, with X guitarist John Doe on set as local burlesque star Cardinal Cyn and friends did their thing on the indoor stage..."

Off the Record
All the fun fun fun that fits
Music Column  November 4, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...• As mentioned here last week, Slayer's Tom Araya guests in Jesse Dayton's forthcoming horror film, Zombex. "He's pretty much the only one that survives," slips Dayton. Random Play..."

Off the Record
Johnny Depp hits the Continental Club; Eric Johnson crashes the Texas Music Hall of Fame
Music Column  October 28, 2011, by Austin Powell
"..."Stay tuned for the release of the most disturbing R-rated zombie movie since 28 Days Later," writes local honky-tonk stalwart Jesse Dayton from Los Angeles, where he's editing Zombex, his debut feature film, with horror legend Ed Marx. The pharmaceutical horror romp stars Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, and Corey Feldman, with cameos from John Doe and Fun Fun Fun Fest headliner Tom Araya of Slayer..."

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