Philip H. Anselmo is bringing his Housecore Horror Film Festival back for a third year in San Antonio, TX at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.
The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.
“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”
Philip H. Anselmo issued a statement in regards to the sudden passing of his Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder and best selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell, who suffered a deadly heart attack early Monday morning (October 27, 2014) at Emo’s in Austin, Texas, the venue home of the event. This follows the second edition of the fest’s successful weekend of metal and horror.
Said partner/Housecore Records head, Philip H. Anselmo, in an official statement:
“This is stunning. After a weekend of incredible bands, awesome horror films and masses of fantastic people, tragically, unexpectedly, and with heart-crushing reality, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, Corey Mitchell, passed away Monday, October 27th 2014, after the event ended. This is devastating on so many levels, I can’t and won’t go into how tremendous a loss Corey’s untimely death truly is. I was introduced to Corey first and foremost as a best-selling crime author, and shortly after that meeting I agreed to have him as my co-writer of an unfinished novel I’d been working on. It was his idea to create a horror and film festival that would became The Housecore Horror Festival. He had a vision, and no one worked harder than him to see the event through. But forget festivals. Forget books. We lost a great friend. From all of us here at Housecore Records, we extend our utmost condolences to his wife, Audra, and his two beautiful young daughters. This is devastating on countless personal levels, and I’m finding it difficult to type these lines. We lost a brother. We lost a great man with a passion for everything that we love. He will be unfathomably missed… RIP Corey. His legacy will never be forgotten, nor will his friendship. With supremely heavy hearts, we mourn. Sincerely – Philip H. Anselmo”
Mitchell was a Los Angeles Times and Borders International Group bestselling author of several true crime books including Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead And Buried, Murdered Innocents, Evil Eyes, Strangler, Pure Murder, and Savage Son. He was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog; a former blogger for the Discovery Channel’s Hollywood on Crime blog; contributor to Metalsucks; and the horror film festival blogger for Bloody Disgusting. His forthcoming eighth true crime book, Teach Me To Kill (about the murder of Diane Tilly), out in the coming weeks. Details on a fund to assist his wife Audra and his two daughters will be announced soon.