A Special Note:
Evil geniuses and festival Co-Founders Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell were incredibly proud of the phenomenal lineup of filmmakers and musicians featured at the festival this year. It is not an exaggeration to say that programming this festival was no small feat. It would be an exaggeration to say that it all went seamlessly, but that’s to be expected. If you attended, we hope you had an epic, unforgettable time. We do this for you.
We all know that the weekend ended on a devastating note for which there still aren’t suitable words. To say that our hearts are shattered by the loss of Corey Mitchell is an understatement. This festival was a labor of love for him. He poured everything he had into making his final opus a special experience for everyone who attended. We’re not sure if there will ever be words to express our gratitude for and awe over his tireless efforts and seemingly infinite dedication to this beautiful beast he created. He will be missed more than he can imagine. Farewell to a most loquacious, passionate and delightfully wicked friend and colleague.
It truly takes a team to pull off an event like this. Kate Richardson, Nic Brown, Susie Winfield, Justin Giallo, Shelly Dread, Amanda Hines and the rest of the HHFF team worked tirelessly to make this come together. To all the artists, venues, vendors, production and film crews, security teams, moderators – thank you for everything you did to make this event happen. And finally, to Audra, Emma and Sabrina: You are as much a part of our family as he was. Thank you for sharing him with us.
2014 Rot Scars
The 2nd Annual Rot Scars-Award Ceremony was the culmination of a weekend of epic film screenings and bands, and was a testament to some serious masterminding by Corey and Philip. Ten categories were selected this year, and the awards were hosted by the man behind the TXCM Reunion, Nic “Machine” Brown, and Chuck Loesch, of Austin 101X “No Control Radio.”
We’re not sure if there exists a better award show soundtrack than this one. Live scored by Author & Punisher, the ceremony also featured sets by KEN Mode, Eyehategod and Warbeast. Honorees downed Black Tooth Grins and the Co-Founders took the stage to thank the crowd and kick-off the festival grand finale of Danzig/Samhain. All in all, it was an unforgettable night.
And now, we’re pleased to announce the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival Rot-Scars Winners:
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“Common Nonsense” by Headcrusher – directed by Michael Panduro
BEST SPECIAL FX
Ryan Oliver for Restoration
BEST SHORT FILM
Directed by Martin Ahlin
Briana Rayner for Bruised
Bill Oberst Jr., for Circus of the Dead
Ryan Oliver for Restoration
Welcome To Your Funeral (The Story Of Rigor Mortis)
Directed by Bruce Corbitt
BEST MID-LENGTH FEATURE
Directed by Ryan Oliver
Circus of the Dead
Directed by Billy Pon
The art of metal and horror filmmaking is clearly alive and well. In fact, we’d say it’s downright thriving. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!
A fund has been established for Corey’s daughters. To contribute, please click here.