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13 Questions on The Death Rattle!

Just when I was starting to feel irrelevant, Aaron over at The Death Rattle validates my meagre existence with 13 interesting questions that I had to think about to answer!

Check out the interview here.

Thanks to Aaron for the fun questionnaire!

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Festival of Fear 2014!

There are lots of awesome panels and offsite events this year! Here’s where you’ll find me:

Remembering The Shining with the Grady Twins – Friday, 12:30pm

Grady TwinsI’m pretty chuffed to be moderating this panel! I find child actors fascinating enough on their own, and The Shining is one of my all-time faves. I can’t wait to interview Lisa and Louise Burns!

 

 

Why Horror? Sneak Peek – Friday, 2pm

whyhorrorTal Zimerman’s genre documentary Why Horror? is out this fall and in addition to appearing in the doc, Tal has invited me to participate in a roundtable panel discussion about the psychology of horror.

 

The Black Museum Presents: The History of Horror on Home Video – Saturday, 3:45pm

VHSPaul Corupe and I have invited Josh Johnson, director of the documentary Rewind This! for a mini-lecture on the history of the VHS format.

 

 

Spotlight on Canadian Horror Featuring Wolfcop – Sunday, 12:45pm

tumblr_n2lv1j7h4b1qh8smzo1_1280I’m going to chat with the Canadian brains behind the new indie Werewolf horror-comedy Wolfcop about moviemaking, marketing and howling at the moon.

 

 

In addition to the panels at Fanexpo, I’ll be at these awesome offsite events. See you there!

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Rue Morgue Library Vol 2: HORROR MOVIE HEROES

supplement2The follow-up to Rue Morgue’s hugely successful 200 Alternative Horror Films You Need To See, HORROR MOVIE HEROES spotlights some of our favourite personalities in genre cinema. Includes new and classic interviews with CHRISTOPHER LEE, TOBE HOOPER, ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY, STUART GORDON, ALEXANDRE AJA, DAVID CRONENBERG, VAMPIRA, RAY HARRYHAUSEN and many, many more! 

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Video Violence: The History of Horror on Home Video

Join the Black Museum at 2014 FanExpo Canada for this special free lecture presentation!

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The advent of home video completely altered the horror movie landscape forever. A cavalcade of celluloid nightmares slashed their way into mom n’ pop video shops across the globe, their lurid cover art exploding off the box. Join Josh Johnson, director of the VHS documentary Rewind This!, as he guides you on a brain-melting visual tour through the dark side of home video’s past.

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Bodies without Borders: Body Horror as Political Resistance

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Bodies without Borders investigates classical Hollywood cinema concerning the mutated and mutating body in the 1930s and 1940s to show how body horror allows us to confront and transcend the constraints of socially constructed notions of normalcy. This lecture focuses on Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931) and Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932), which depict very different representations of the mutating body, and explores the way these films encourage different kinds of identifications between the onscreen characters and the spectator. Specifically, Bodies without Borders examines the shifting relationship between the mutated body as symbolic, as performative, and as an actual confrontation with the body as Other.

Instructor: Kevin Chabot

Kevin Chabot is a Ph.D. student in the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies program. Kevin’s research interests include horror film, analogue and digital technologies, temporalities of the moving image, and film theory.

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Episode 18. Camp Blood: Friday the 13th (1980) and Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Pack your bag, say goodbye to Mom and Dad because it’s camp time. The annual tradition of camping has come to the Faculty of Horror and Andrea and Alex set off into the wilds to talk about nature, madmen/women and the politics of adolescence.

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Episode 17. Blood in the Water: Jaws (1975) and Piranha (1978)

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Alex and Andrea take the biggest boat they can find and go into the deep as summer dawns once again. Their bait is the examination of nature as vengeance, the strong hold of Americana and the new masculine hero. Hopefully they’ll be home in time for dinner.

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Episode 16. Toil and Trouble: Witches in Film

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Join Alex and Andrea as they call the corners and delve into the world of witchcraft. By examining The Craft (1996), Antichrist (2009) and The Lords of Salem (2013)  the role of the witch as protagonist/antagonist will emerge and will reveal that there is more to these women than meets the eye (of newt). 

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Episode 15. Life, Death and the Tall Man: Phantasm and Phantasm II

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Andrea and Alex dig up the bodies they have been burying around the city and discuss the business of death, dream logic, and some beloved character’s journeys through Don Coscarelli’s first two films in the Phantasm universe.

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Regalia Dentata is on Etsy!

Having sold a bunch of my handmade clay cameos on the merch table at The Black Museum, I decided to reopen my old Etsy store! What do you think?

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Episode 14. Join Us: The Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

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Alex and Andrea pack up their problems and head to a remote cabin in the woods to learn what lurks deep inside every man which leads to bloodshed and dismemberment. Hopefully, by utilizing hero and mythical analysis they’ll be able to get the safety deposit back.

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The Faculty of Horror: Episode 13. Monster Brides.

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With Valentine’s Day upon us again, Alex and Andrea examine the mates of classic monsters. What is their role? How big is their ring? And will it last past the wedding night?

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One of Us: The Transcendent Rise of Religious Cults in Horror

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From Satanists to Scientologists, from the Moonies to the Manson Family, our society’s collective fascination with the 21st century cult continues to swirl unabated. But how do the cinematic portrayals of cults measure up to the real thing? This lecture will examine depictions of cults in films both infamous (The Wicker Man) and lesser-known (Ticket to Heaven (1981), based on the book Moonwebs: Journey Into the Mind of a Cult) to see how they measure up against accounts from actual cults that existed in the 21st century. The presentation will examine how the use of cults and cult imagery in these films often served as a reflection or commentary on the wider moral, sexual and religious politics of North Americans at the time of their release. Aside from The Wicker Man and Ticket to Heaven, scenes will be referenced from films including Helter Skelter (the 1976 TV movie and the 2004 remake) and Race with the Devil (1975), which purportedly featured actual hippie Satanists playing themselves, as well as books including Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson and Tim Guest’s My Life in Orange, among others.

Instructor: Alison Lang

Cults have been an endless source of fascination for Alison since she first picked up a dog-eared copy of Helter Skelteroff her parent’s bookshelf at the tender age of 16 – the same age that fellow Torontonian and Manson Family member Ruth Ann Moorehouse was when she met Charlie Manson in 1967. An arts writer and editor in Halifax and Toronto, Alison is the Assistant Editor at Broken Pencil Magazine, the co-editor of Weird Canada’s Ephemera section and a regular contributor to Rue Morgue‘s books section. She’s also written for the Quill and Quire, Spinner, the Huffington Post, THIS Magazine and many others.

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Where Life is Cheap! Snuff Movies and the Evolution of Genre

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In 1991, partygoers were treated to a screening of an odd film from Japan. One man was convinced he’d just witnessed a murder, and he phoned the authorities. That man was Charlie Sheen and the film was Flowers of Flesh and Blood. An FBI investigation led to a misdemeanour charge, and the filmmakers released a making-of detailing how they produced such realistic gore effects. Luckily for Charlie Sheen, society seems to have largely forgotten about his premature whistle blowing, but the notion of snuff persists despite the FBI’s claim that no such thing exists.

Since 1976, the idea of filmed murder for profit has outraged, disgusted, and fascinated audiences. Born from a sleazy marketing campaign, snuff provided traction for feminist and anti-pornography movements, and gave birth to one of our most enduring and contentious urban legends, one that’s transmitted by and through the media. This lecture will discuss the history of snuff movies, tracing its roots through earlier film and theatre genres. Beginning with Slaughter(1971, re-released as Snuff 1976), we will examine the use of snuff as a narrative device in such films as Hardcore(1979), Tesis (1996), 8mm (1999), and find its influence in later found footage and torture porn movies. Other films likely to be mentioned include Great American Snuff Film (2003), Hostel (2005), and The Butcher (2007).

Instructor: Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz writes the blog, Zombots!, and co-hosts TheAvod, a weekly genre podcast. Her work has appeared inParacinema magazine and she’s been a guest on the Natsukashi, Conversations in the Dark, and Horror Roundtable podcasts. Rachel has juried the Beneath the Earth Film Festival and loves telling people about that one time she walked into Liam Neeson

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Quelle Horreur! The Films of New French Extremity

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The turn of the millennium saw many cultural and social changes. While “torture porn” emerged as a leading sub-genre in horror at the time, something much more sinister and twisted surfaced in France. Labelled “New French Extremity” by Art Forum critic James Quandt, these films were graphic and shocking, yet also strangely artful. They have gone on to inhabit their own subset of horror and changed the direction of new millennial horror. No longer were horror films cheap gory money grabs, they could be artistically expressive and delve into complicated philosophical discussions. These films directly challenged the whitewashed, tourist attraction images of France portrayed in such films as An American in Paris, Amelie and Before Sunset and delve into the deeper subconscious of a country that has known few times of peace or acceptance. By examining the cultural and artistic history of France including the Grand Guignol, the Theatre of Cruelty and riots which have dominated the political landscape of the last thirty years we will see how the trajectory of New French Extremity has pushed the boundaries of conformity, taste and horror . This lecture will examine all those influences on Irreversible (2002), Trouble Every Day (2001), High Tension (2003), Them (2006) and Martyrs (2008) among others.

Lecturer: Alexandra West

Alexandra West is a freelance horror journalist and playwright who lives, works and survives in Toronto. Her work has appeared in the Toronto StarRue Morgue and Post City Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Famous Monsters of Filmland and a columnist for Diabolique with “The Devil Made Us Watch It”. In December 2012, West co-founded the Faculty of Horror podcast with fellow writer Andrea Subissati which explores the analytical side of horror films and the darkest recesses of academia.

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