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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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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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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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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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The Black Museum Presents: Carnival of Souls

Paul and I are so pleased to announce the launch of The Black Museum’s 2014 curriculum at our new home, the Royal Cinema!


We’re kicking off on February 12th with a free screening of Carnival of Souls, and Paul and I are going to be announcing our first few lectures!

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An incredible Faculty of Horror painting!

These incredible paintings were sent to the Faculty of Horror podcast by our friend and loyal listener, the Demon of Des Moines, Owen Garth!

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He painted elements from the movies Alex and I picked for episode 4: the episode where we talk about our personal scariest movie moments. Alex is terrified of Zelda from Pet Sematary, and I chose Stephen King’s IT (that opening scene still makes me crap my pants). Owen did an amazing job and Alex and I are thrilled to have such thoughtful and talented listeners!

Check out the episode here:

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The Black Museum Presents – Killer Portraits: Iconography of the Horror Film Poster

Horror film posters have provide viewers with some of the most iconic images of the genre to date and, over the years, many have become collectible art pieces in their own right. But since the earliest entries in the Universal horror cycle, the primary purpose of the film poster has been to sell a film to the public. Herein lies the paradox of the film poster: marketing for the sake of selling versus marketing material as art. While a new insurgence of contemporary artists are renegotiating the purpose of the film poster with reimagined artwork for special screenings and festivals, moviegoers are always kept in mind during the poster’s creation, suggesting a greater connection between audience and poster than between poster and film. Through an examination of poster art from some of horror’s most revered, and not so revered films, a more complete portrait of horror, madness, and violence is born, one that is inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the Hollywood star system, the dissolution of the Hays Code in the late 1960s, and the rise of the Hollywood independent filmmakers of the 1970s and ’80s.

Films and posters to be discussed include early works like Frankenstein, Cat People, and Psycho to later offerings such as Kingdom of the Spiders, Don’t Go in the Woods Alone, Carrie, and Maniac. Posters for horror films from contemporary artists such as Ken Taylor, Jason Edmiston, Olly Moss, Gary Pullin, Justin Erickson, and Daniel Danger will be discussed, alongside the film’s original key art and its international counterparts.

May 16, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door

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The Black Museum Presents – Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils


Based on historical fact, Ken Russell’s beautifully blasphemous film The Devils (1971) is about an oversexed priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France and the ensuing trials and exorcisms that followed. Detailing the production and the personalities of two of cinema’s great eccentrics, director Ken Russell and star Oliver Reed, film critic Richard Crouse delves deeper to explore the aftermath of The Devils, based on his recent book about the film. This lecture will ask how can a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, edited, and ignored by the company that owns it?

May 2, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door

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The Black Museum Presents – Ghosts in the Machine: The Evolution of Found Footage Horror

From literary beginnings to its current status as a pop culture mainstay, found footage horror continues to make money and gain fans while  bewildered critics look on. After an initial burst of popularity in 1999, it would be the influence of the Asian horror film boom of the early 2000s that helped the fledgling genre find a voice and purpose. By examining Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project, The Ring, REC, Paranormal Activity and The Last Exorcism, journalist and playwright Alexandra West will discuss how found footage horror grew from its grassroots origins to become a defining horror trope of a young millennium.

April 18, 2013 at 8pm Big Picture
1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door

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The Black Museum Presents – Tourism in the 4th Dimension: Parallel Realities and Time Loops in Cinema


The concept of time travel has been a staple in literary Science Fiction since H.G. Wells, and naturally this interest has carried over to cinema. For this lecture, different theories of time travel will be presented and we will discuss two seminal papers on time travel – namely, David Lewis’ The Paradoxes of Time Travel and Theodore Sider’s Time Travel, Coincidences and Counterfactuals. Using these theories of time travel, we will analyze its use in films like Back to The Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis), 12 Monkeys (1995, Terry Gilliam), Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly), Primer (2004, Shane Carruth), La Jetée (1962, Chris Marker) and, most recently, Looper (2012, Rian Johnson). In addition, we will discuss film and photography as a metaphor for time travel.

April 4, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 Advance, $15 at the door

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The Black Museum Presents – Primate Panic: Bigfoot on Film 1967 – 1980


Rumours about a giant, hairy wild beast living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and Canada have captured the imaginations of locals since the 1850s. However, it wasn’t until two outdoorsmen, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, made an infamous 16mm short film of a strange, shaggy creature in 1967 that Bigfoot became a familiar face of fear across North America. Though experts and eyewitnesses continue to dispute the existence of such a creature, no one can deny that it has left its oversized footprints on pop culture and the history of horror film. This lecture will look at Bigfoot’s evolution on screen throughout the 1970s as a creature of both mystery and fright in films including The Mysterious Monsters, Legend of Boggy Creek, The Capture of Bigfoot and Night of the Demon. This lecture accompanies a screening of creepy cryptozoological classic Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (1977).

March 21, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 Advance, $15 at the door

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Recap of Blood in the Snow

Check out my article on the Blood in the Snow Canadian Horror Film Festival at Planet Fury!

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Last Call of Cthulhu: The Black Museum’s Semester-End Party

Come celebrate the successful end of the Black Museum’s initial run by raising a glass or two with the curators.

Nocturne Nightclub (550 Queen st W)
$5 entry (VIPs free)
19+ valid ID
Special guest appearance by The Futureless
Catering, music, and prizes courtesy of our sponsors!

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Unearthed: A Cultural History of the Zombie

I’m happy to report that my lecture went very well last Thursday! I had the good fortune of a very bright and engaged audience, who stuck around after the talk for an excellent discussion. They laughed at my jokes and some even said they learned a thing or two (Beer helps, especially when it’s ice-cold and affordable!).

Check out Scare Tactic’s review of my lecture and be sure to come check out Steve Kostanksi’s talk on stop-motion animation, Thursday October 26th at The Black Museum!

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