Nathan Opposition of Ancient VVisdom Picks the Top Five Cults of Death
Co-founded by metal lifer Phil Anselmo and true-crime author Corey Mitchell, the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival goes down in Austin, Texas, October 25 – 27. Brazilian horror legend Coffin Joe will be there, Nekromantik director Jörg Buttgereit will be there, The Manson Family director Jim VanBebber, Goblin will be there live-scoring a screening of Susperia while Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar will provide a live score to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in his Void ov Voices alter ego. Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod, and Warbeast will play, as will Anselmo’s solo project, Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. All in all, it will be a sick, twisted, and terrifying experience for all who attend. In anticipation of the event, various members of the HHFF staff and bands will be providing weekly lists on a variety of ghoulish topics; here, Nathan Opposition–the frontman of one of the other performing bands, Ancient VVisdom–picks the Top Five Cults of Death.
5. The Chicago Rippers
"The sick fucks called The Chicago Rippers were involved in one of the gnarliest masturbatory mutilations of all the documented Satanic Ritual Abuse cases (SRA). They ceremonially chopped up their victims' titties, then jerked off while one whacko read verses from a favorite book of mine, the Satanic Bible. They must not have read the chapter on Satanic Sex."
4. The Heaven's Gate
"Any weirdo who is dumb enough to believe something like the ideals of the Heaven's Gate cult deserves the fate of their own feeble mind, which in this case is death. Although there is nothing more enticing than the idea of giving up everything I own (including my life) to hop on a UFO following the Hale-Bop comet, the Heaven's Gate ultimately were unsuccessful in convincing all of their members to take their own lives. Cheers to the Heaven's Gate Away Team who did, wherever you are."
3. Order of the Solar Templar
"Following the indoctrination of such classic figures as Jesus Christ and Aleister Crowley, the Order of the Solar Templar sacrificed infants, reenacted the Last Supper with a surprise 'Your food is poisoned!' ending, and were connected with countless other suicides and fatalities. They believed that death is an illusion we must pass through with fire in order to see new worlds and unknown realms. Good luck with that..."
2. The People's Temple
"An unbelievable embodiment of evil, Reverend Jim Jones designed a world of his own within the confines of his own political, socialist, and religious agenda. He had hundreds of his followers commit to suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape Flavor-Aid. If it weren't mixed with such a tasty beverage, I don't think he would have had as many people follow, though..."
1. The Family
"With Charles Manson as its leader, The Family had quite a long laundry list of nefarious characters in its tree, with crimes including breaking into homes, theft, murder, and infant dismemberment. The Family left their mark on the '60s in human blood. Tripping balls on acid, brutally slaying at will, smearing 'Helter Skelter' and 'Death to Pigs' in blood on the walls of their victims home, The Family had California paralyzed with fear in a time of peace, love, and war."