“I’m bursting at the seams here! There are so many films that I want to share,” laughs Philip Anselmo from his New Orleans home.
He’s not kidding either.
The voice of Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem and more, as well as founder of House Core Records (http://www.thehousecorerecords.com), is the closest thing that heavy metal, scratch that, music, has to a true “horror historian.” His encyclopedic knowledge of horror films and culture is inspiring, and he WILL turn you on to some amazing horror films. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Phillip will be gracing us with a column highlighting one of his favorite horror films on a monthly basis. Phillip’s going to share why he digs the film he chose, when he saw it and, most importantly, why you NEED to see it.
Right now, Philip’s hard at work on all things House Core Records. The label has a phenomenal slate of new artists with releases in the works—Arson Anthem, haarp, Warbeast and more—you NEED to check all of them out as well!
He goes on, “I’m looking at probably 5500 box copy cassettes, all original box copies right in front of my eyes right now. There are probably 3000 DVDs over there in the corner, and this is one room [Laughs].”
Bloody-Disgusting.com is proud to announce that Phillip is going to be doing this column, and we’re all excited to learn about new flicks through metal’s greatest vocalist.
For now, in no particular order, Philip shared a few picks with Bloody-Disgusting.com contributor and Dolor author Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) in this exclusive interview. Check them out below and be on the lookout for the first installment of his column soon!
This morning, I watched The Spiral Staircase with Elsa Lanchester and a bunch of old greats—too many to even think of [Laughs]. I love old black and white films.
Growing up in the days of the slasher films and the gore films, Evil Dead, which I know now was a fluke, has to be one of the best flukes in the history of film. I adore that record, just kidding, movie [Laughs]. I say “record” because it was like Slayer’s Hell Awaits. It’s like they were one and the same. It’s not like Hell Awaits was a concept record based around Evil Dead, but the continuity was there within groin, you know what I’m saying? [Laughs] It all made sense. There were visuals there. Evil Dead was a hallmark film in my life.
The Old Dark House was also a hallmark film for me with Charles Laughton and Melvyn Douglas, not to mention Boris Karloff playing Morgan. As a matter of fact, if I’m not mistaken, that was Karloff’s very next role after he’d done the original Frankenstein. That movie was fantastic.
Recently, I’ve rediscovered The Tombs of the Blind Dead films. It took me a long time to get into those movies because I guess I missed them the first go-around. It’s not Italian; it’s a Spanish production. The first two are great. The Ghost Galleon is fair.
At the time of Tombs of the Blind Dead, I was really into Lucio Fulci and what he was doing with the absurd, almost nonsensical scripts, but the over-the-top gore. Case in point would be House By the Cemetary. You don’t really know what the hell is going on or what he’s trying to really say, but there’s such a cool feel to the movie and a cool atmosphere that it doesn’t matter. Fulci was doing bizarre, really colorful, really interesting to look at films that packed a lot more wallop. Argento might be perhaps more visual. It depends on what you’re looking for.
This is fucking brilliant. It’s one of the better zombie films out there—hardcore with gore. There are so many sub genre movies like that which are just over the fucking top man. I’m looking at my wall right now. I could go down a list that’s endless [Laughs].
I remember seeing Don’t Go in the House in the theater. That was a fucking mindblower—very Psycho-themed. In a time where slasher films were very big, this was not a slasher film. The guy burns people to death; he’s some sort of necro-arsonist. It’s a really fucking intense film. The soundtrack is absolutely great, nothing good happens and it just keeps getting worse [Laughs]. I love shit like that, man.
One film that pops into my mind that not a lot of people have seen would be House with the Laughing Windows. It’s a fucking great movie—bizarre and fantastic.
Don’t Look Now with Donald Sutherland is great!
They just released Horror Hotel under a new title—City of the Dead. Horror Hotel is a fantastic movie with Christopher Lee. There’s a great atmosphere—sexy little girl in the movie. The re-release has a lot of unreleased footage that is fantastic. To see this film in its entirety is great.
I’m back and forth with Dario Argento. I do like Bird with the Crystal Plumage. I think that’s a fine film.