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Pics from Halloween!

The great thing about my Medusa costume was that the fangs forced me to lisssssssp in character all night. As for Dustin, his costume is only half accurate: he’s Canadian.

Thanks to Ashlea Wessel for the awesome shots!

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The Liquor Man!

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The Black Museum has wrapped up another successful year and we want to celebrate the lurid learnings with laughs and libations! Please join Paul and I for some drinks and great music!

Drink specials! No cover! Special Guest DJ: Miss Kitty LaPeur

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They Won’t Stay Dead: Best Horror Sequel Debate

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We’re back with another Black Museum Debate Club, in which we change up our lecture format to pit horror fans and professionals against each other feud and fuss on a particularly contentious area of horror filmmaking.

For the Debate Club’s second meeting, our four teams have largely returned to square off on another hot topic: What is the greatest horror sequel ever made? Each team will get a chance to defend their choice and show off convincing film clips to win over the judge and audience and take home the coveted Golden Tentacle trophy.

Buy advance tickets here!

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Interview with Toronto Film Scene

It’s that magical time of year where my weird special interest becomes mainstream for a whole month! Actually, I guess that time is over; stores have already started to pack up their Halloween wares in favour of Christmas paraphernalia (but not before I could take advantage of spooky housewares for 80% off!)

Anyhow, ’tis the season for more mainstream sites to take a look at the spooky side of life. Toronto Film Scene reached out to Alex West and I for an interview about gender and horror! Check it out here.

Thanks to Prerana Daz for a very thoughtful interview!

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Episode 20. “It’s Very Hard To Get Lost In America These Days”: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Andrea and Alex take a wrong turn down the horrored halls and discuss Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s groundbreaking film, The Blair Witch Project. By looking at the created mythology, unstable narrative and audience reaction they hope to find the map before it starts getting dark.

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Episode 19. Devoured: Eating Disorders in Black Swan (2010) and Drag Me To Hell (2009)

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Alex and Andrea explore the history, treatment and perception of eating disorders through Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar winning film Black Swan and Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre, Drag Me To Hell.

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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! 

Buy it here.

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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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