Phil Anselmo Talks Pointless Horror Remakes and Three Reasons Pantera Succeeded

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The performance lineup for the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin (October 24-27) includes Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Down, Gwar, Goblin, Crowbar, Warbeast, Eyehategod, Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Whitechapel, Pallbearer, Skrew, Iron Reagan, Ancient Vvisdom, Bloody Hammers, Star & Dagger, Primitive Weapons, Child Bite, Hymns, Death Will Tremble, a Band of Orcs, Headcrusher, and many more.

"And I'm not even going to mention fucking the word 'annual' until we see how it goes," he says vehemently. "I just want everyone to have an amazing time."

The weekend will also provide fans the opportunity to screen a number of top horror films, including Dario Argento's Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebre, Deep Red, and more.

"From short-length or full-length films, there are some directors out there that are unknown that are really trying to do something worthwhile in the horror genre," says Anselmo. "I can't wait to share that with people and also the classic films I love. I love turning people onto my passions, whether it's music or horror films or something else."

Up on the Sun talked with Anselmo about why his horror film fest is unique, how Pantera defeated the club scene, and his thoughts on old-school versus modern recording techniques.

Lately you said you've been feeling mentally and physically stronger now more then you've ever before. What mood were you in while writing "Battalion of Zero" and "Bedroom Destroyer," which are two of my personal favorites on the record? With "Battalion of Zero" -- today, I see a lot of heads down. Meaning that everyone is so fucking busy texting with their phones, it's almost like the powers that be, the eyeball in the sky, big brother or whatever you wanna call it -- it's like they got us right where they want us: distracted. And the world goes on all around us, everybody is too busy typing on these little telephones.

For me, I think eventually that's going to prove itself a detriment to society in a strange way. Or at least create a different type of relationship between people, because you're reading black and white and you can't see or feel emotion with black-and-white sentences. It's a strange form of communication, you know?

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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