Course Archives

  • Miskatonic at the Brooklyn Horror Festival: Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film (NYC)
    Miskatonic at the Brooklyn Horror Festival: Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film (NYC)
    Sat. Oct. 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Although rarely held in high regard by critics, the made for television horror film remains an intriguing artifact of network programming. Any subgenre was up for grabs, and the output was disparate, vast, and surprisingly subversive, often producing a collective memory (or trauma, depending) shared by millions of viewers. Join us for a retrospective on the golden age of the telefilm and beyond. This event will be hosted by Amanda Reyes, editor and co-author of Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999.

  • Live From Miskatonic: Stephen Volk in Conversation with Sean Hogan (London)
    Live From Miskatonic: Stephen Volk in Conversation with Sean Hogan (London)
    Thu. Oct. 11, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Screenwriter and author Stephen Volk is perhaps best known for writing the notorious BBC Halloween hoax Ghostwatch, which spooked the nation, hit newspaper headlines and prompted questions to be asked in Parliament. However, his many other notable screenplays include those for the films Gothic (directed by Ken Russell), The Guardian (directed by William Friedkin), the BAFTA award-winning The Deadness of Dad, and The Awakening, while his other TV credits range from Afterlife to the recent Midwinter of the Spirit. During this exclusive event, Stephen Volk will discuss his career and work with screenwriter & filmmaker Sean Hogan.

  • Ghouls to the Front: Rethinking Women's Horror Filmmaking (Austin)
    Ghouls to the Front: Rethinking Women's Horror Filmmaking (Austin)
    Tue. Sep. 25, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar

    While researching and writing her upcoming book 1000 Women in Horror, Australian film critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas was struck by the scope of women’s horror filmmaking. That scope lead to some important – and sometimes difficult – questions: are horror films made by women necessarily ‘feminist’? What do we mean when we talk about ‘feminism’ anyway? What can we learn from art history? Do women make necessarily different kinds of horror films to men and represent violence in different ways? And who has told us which women horror filmmakers’ matter – and, through their omission from popular memory, which ones don’t?

    Rather than presenting a singular alternate history of women’s horror filmmaking, Heller-Nicholas seeks to blow open the way we think about this subject more broadly, looking at a range of examples from around the world from 1898 to 2018 in order to think through ways we can collectively rethink the history of horror more broadly to be more inclusive, more representative, and more fun.

  • Live From Miskatonic: Don Coscarelli in Conversation (LA)
    Live From Miskatonic: Don Coscarelli in Conversation (LA)
    Thu. Sep. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is proud to open its LA branch with a career talk with one of the most important independent directors of American genre cinema, the man whose imagination brought us The Tall Man, whose KENNY & COMPANY and PHANTASM gave pre-teen genre fans an indelible image of empowerment in the form of actor Michael Baldwin, and who adapted the books BUBBA HO-TEP and JOHN DIES AT THE END into instant cult classics. With a new biography on the horizon – True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking, due out October 2 – Don Coscarelli has agreed to sit down with us at Miskatonic, and over the course of a three-hour illustrated discussion moderated by Dead Right Trivia’s Jared Rivet.

  • Drag Me to Hell: Representations of Drag and Transvestism in Horror Film and Television (London)
    Drag Me to Hell: Representations of Drag and Transvestism in Horror Film and Television (London)
    Thu. Sep. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    From Ed Wood’s Glen Or Glenda (1953) to the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (2017-), drag and transvestism have appeared as a recurring theme in genre cinema and television. Are there thematic links between drag and horror and what are the recurrent elements? The culture of subversion? Of extremity? The ‘fear of the other’ which is a recurrent narrative driver in genre cinema? In contemporary society where representations of drag are crossing into the mainstream (RuPaul’s Drag Race, 2009-) and cross-dressing represents less of an extreme counter-cultural revolt, what has been the impact on that relationship? And did some of the more progressive filmmakers representing drag reflect this in earlier representations?

  • Live From Miskatonic: Joe Coleman - Stealing Fire: The Mastery of the Outsider (NYC)
    Live From Miskatonic: Joe Coleman - Stealing Fire: The Mastery of the Outsider (NYC)
    Tue. Sep. 11, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    There is an intersection, by accident or intent, where the Master and the Outsider create symbols and works that mirror. There are places where The Master is unsure to go but the Outsider without the boundaries of convention walks into dangerous territory where the soul is confronted and everything is changed and what is a dream and what is real is combined and elevated. In this unique live conversation moderated by film writer and producer Heather Buckley, Joe Coleman will investigate a series of films and the ways that concepts of high and low art intersect in and around them.

  • Getting the Fear: GHOST STORIES' Andy Nyman in Conversation with Stephen Thrower (Lisbon)
    Getting the Fear: GHOST STORIES' Andy Nyman in Conversation with Stephen Thrower (Lisbon)
    Sat. Sep. 8, 2018 - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Motel X – Cinema Sao George

    Andy Nyman , co-creator of the chilling new film Ghost Stories, talks to Stephen Thrower about the process of adapting the original stage play, ghost story traditions, and how to disturb the viewer. Pivotal to Ghost Stories is the notion of scepticism: why is the sceptic such an important figure in ghost stories? How can a film scare an audience who do not always believe in its premise? And how does one retain the ambiguity so important in the creation of uncanny moods?

  • 'Dissecting New French Extremity: Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier in Conversation (Lisbon)
    'Dissecting New French Extremity: Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier in Conversation (Lisbon)
    Wed. Sep. 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Motel X – Cinema Sao George

    Due to personal complications that came up last minute for for both the moderator and one of the speakers,  this event has been cancelled – however Xavier Gens will still be appearing in person at the Portuguese premiere of his film COLD SKIN at 9:15pm and will be participating in a Q+A following the film. Tickets for that event are HERE >>

    The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), The Divide, The ABCs of Death, The Crucifixion) and Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, The Tall Man) in person for this live onstage conversation at Lisbon’s Motel X International Horror Film Festival. They will discuss the history of French horror cinema, New French Extremity and its influence on the horror genre (including on their own recent films – Laugier’s Ghostland, screening at this year’s Motel X ) inside and outside of France. The discussion will be moderated by Miskatonic instructor Jon Towlson, Starburst critic and author of Subversive Horror.

  • Live From Miskatonic: Michael Ironside in Conversation (Montreal)
    Live From Miskatonic: Michael Ironside in Conversation (Montreal)
    Fri. Jul. 20, 2018 - 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Concordia University – EV Building York Ampitheatre

    A career talk with one of the most iconic character actors of our time, and a true legend of the genre film world, moderated by Heather Buckley.

  • No Sense Makes Sense: Gurus, Cults, Murder and Movies
    No Sense Makes Sense: Gurus, Cults, Murder and Movies
    Thu. May. 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will examine the rise of alternative religious movements/cults in California in the 1960s and 70s which spawned an ongoing sub-genre of the horror film. The focus will be on the Manson Family and lead on to an examination of other cults including The People’s Temple and the mass suicide at Jonestown as well as a consideration of the renewed fascination with cults in the 21st century.

  • Preserving Genre Cinema at Vinegar Syndrome (NYC)
    Preserving Genre Cinema at Vinegar Syndrome (NYC)
    Tue. May. 8, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Film Noir Cinema

    This class will discuss the basic issues and challenges associated with film preservation, with a specific focus on issues most common to genre films. Topics shall include film decay and restorative processes, format specific preservation techniques, the role of home video (and specifically Vinegar Syndrome) in the preservation of genre films, viewer expectations in the digital age, as well as a general overview of the methodologies by which Vinegar Syndrome selects films for restoration and release.

  • A Restoration of 'Nosferatu' (1922)
    A Restoration of 'Nosferatu' (1922)
    Thu. Apr. 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This show-and-tell lecture will illustrate many of the issues encountered and (with varying degrees of success) resolved in a digital restoration of Murnau’s NOSFERATU. This talk will primarily explore the complex and subjective issues currently floating around in many analog-versus-digital discussions of film and how those opinions can influence the determination of what the restored version should look like if the goal is to replicate the original projected image at the time of first release. Can digital restorations generate valid preservation copies of photo-chemical materials? Let’s find out.

  • What the Fest?! Screening: GHOST STORIES (NYC)
    What the Fest?! Screening: GHOST STORIES (NYC)
    Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:00 am
    IFC Center

    Already lauded as one of the best British horror films ever, writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s spooky, entertaining GHOST STORIES was adapted from a major stage hit into a seriously cinematic creep-out.

  • What the Fest?! Screening: BLUE MY MIND (NYC)
    What the Fest?! Screening: BLUE MY MIND (NYC)
    Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    IFC Center

    Samm Deighan will introduce the film with a discussion of female adolescence as a source of horror and the uncanny, from its origins in fairy tales and eighteenth century gothic literature to films about the terror of female sexual awakening like Cat People (1942), The White Reindeer (1952), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), and Company of the Wolves (1984).

  • The Legacy of Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'
    The Legacy of Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'
    Thu. Mar. 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Through an analysis of a selection of official and unofficial adaptations of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I AM LEGEND, this lecture by Stacey Abbott considers how this text marks a key transformative moment within the evolution of the horror genre on film, while also examining its long standing influence on the horror genre from the 1960s to the present.

  • Shirley Jackson's Weird (NYC)
    Shirley Jackson's Weird (NYC)
    Tue. Mar. 13, 2018 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    This class is devoted to the work of the reclusive Vermont author whose brutal short story, “The Lottery,” still holds the record for the most letters of protest sent to The New Yorker for publishing it. Come along with instructor Kristopher Woofter as we walk through the haunted spaces of Jackson’s four major works: THE LOTTERY AND OTHER STORIES (1949), and her “uncanny house trilogy,” THE SUNDIAL (1958), THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959), and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (1962). A bestseller in her time, and a major influence on authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, Jackson’s work has gone relatively unacknowledged by scholarship that relegates her to obscurity. Jackson’s body of work varied from domestic satire in her darkly humorous memoirs RAISING DEMONS and LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES), to young-adult fiction (THE WITCHCRAFT OF SALEM VILLAGE), to uncanny psychological studies (THE ROAD THROUGH THE WALL, THE BIRD’S NEST), to her most popular work in the realm of horror and the weird. This class brings Jackson back to acknowledge her place as one of America’s—and without question one of horror’s—greatest writers.

  • Live From Miskatonic: Ramsey Campbell in Conversation with Stephen Jones
    Live From Miskatonic: Ramsey Campbell in Conversation with Stephen Jones
    Thu. Feb. 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    For this exclusive event, Ramsey Campbell will discuss his life, his career and his ideology with his friend and colleague, award-winning editor and writer STEPHEN JONES, as well as giving advice to would-be writers on the current state of horror publishing. The evening will end with a Q&A session with the audience. This is an opportunity no horror fan can afford to miss—an informal discussion with one of the giants of the genre, with more than half-a-century of writing experience to draw upon, about the state of modern fiction and film. Don’t miss it!

  • Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze (NYC)
    Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze (NYC)
    Tue. Feb. 13, 2018 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    From Spencer Williams’ Son of Ingagi to Jordan Peele’s Get Out, the cinematic screen has consistently served as a site of subversion for filmmakers of the African diaspora. Through the camera’s lens, tales of hauntings, demonic possession, vampirism, and hoodoo rituals gone awry have become a celluloid metaphor for colonization and racism’s toll on the Black psyche. This multimedia presentation will offer an immersive thematic overview of Black horror narratives while highlighting noteworthy films within the genre spanning the early 1900s to modern day. Select films will be paired with excerpts of literary, sociological, and philosophical texts to enhance students understanding of the cinematic genre and its radical roots. Through visual, cultural, and historical exploration, this presentation aims to examine and foster dialogue about what happens when subjection is subverted and what stories can be told when the white gaze is decentered.

  • Secret Powers of Attraction: Folk Horror in its Cultural Context
    Secret Powers of Attraction: Folk Horror in its Cultural Context
    Thu. Jan. 18, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    British “folk horror” was in many ways a phenomenon of the 1970s, but it has seen a massive revival of popularity in the last decade. What caused it to grow in the fields, forests and furrows of the 1970s and early 1980s? And why has it come back with such a vengeance? In Secret Powers of Attraction, Howard David Ingham gives a broad overview of British folk horror in its time and space, and how popular interest in the occult creates the conditions for it to become a force in our collective imagination.

  • Sacred Disobedience: on ‘Penda’s Fen’ (NYC)
    Sacred Disobedience: on ‘Penda’s Fen’ (NYC)
    Tue. Jan. 9, 2018 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Only recently exhumed after having been out of circulation for forty years, Alan Clarke and David Rudkin’s Penda’s Fen has lost none of its power to bewitch and ensorcel. This illustrated talk by Sukhdev Sandhu will explore its topographies and febrile contexts – experimental public broadcasting, avant-garde arcadias, the rural uncanny, a mid-70s Britain that teetered on the brink of civil war, the rise of eldritch England.

  • YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION
    YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION
    Thu. Dec. 14, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    To celebrate the release of Spectacular Optical’s new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, contributors Stephen Thrower and Derek Johnston will delve into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.

  • YULETIDE TERROR: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (NYC)
    YULETIDE TERROR: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (NYC)
    Tue. Dec. 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    To celebrate the release of Spectacular Optical’s new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, contributors Michael Gingold and Kier-La Janisse will delve into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.

  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Exploring The Demon Feminine In Film (NYC)
    Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Exploring The Demon Feminine In Film (NYC)
    Tue. Nov. 21, 2017 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    In this illustrated talk, New School faculty member and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Kristen J. Sollée will trace the witch in visual media from the early modern era through the present, examining her legacy as an icon of female power and persecution, and as a potent feminist symbol.

  • INTO THE DARK: THE MONSTERS AND NIGHTMARES OF HORROR ANIMATION
    INTO THE DARK: THE MONSTERS AND NIGHTMARES OF HORROR ANIMATION
    Thu. Nov. 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this illustrated talk, Nag Vladermersky, Director of the London International Animation Festival, will look at the specific forms that horror takes in animation, digging deep into the bowels of the extensive LIAF archive to unearth some of the darkest, weirdest and hellish gems that have screened at the festival over the last 14 years.

  • VIDEO DUNGEON: HOW TO TALK ABOUT ‘PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA’
    VIDEO DUNGEON: HOW TO TALK ABOUT ‘PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA’
    Thu. Oct. 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    To launch his new book VIDEO DUNGEON, Kim will be talking about critiquing films some reckon beyond or beneath or outside criticism, illustrated with clips from the weirdest and rarest films. He will consider critical approaches to what Michael Weldon calls ‘Psychotronic Cinema’ and less perceptive souls write off as ‘junk’.

  • PAPERBACKS FROM HELL – with Grady Hendrix and Special Guests! (NYC)
    PAPERBACKS FROM HELL – with Grady Hendrix and Special Guests! (NYC)
    Tue. Sep. 19, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Film Noir Cinema

    Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of the wild and woolly world of 70s horror pulps, featuring Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of… the Paperbacks from Hell!

  • VIRGINS & VAMPIRES: GOTHIC DAMSELS AND FINAL GIRLS IN THE CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN
    VIRGINS & VAMPIRES: GOTHIC DAMSELS AND FINAL GIRLS IN THE CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN
    Thu. Sep. 14, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Mixing art cinema, fantastique and exploitation, Jean Rollin created a unique cinematic world, transgressive and oneiric, and dominated by the feminine. His films, steeped in the roman noir of the 18th and 19th century via his love for Surrealism, are peopled by damsels in distress who reveal themselves much less vulnerable than they initially appear.

  • Chimerical Optics: Haiti, Colonialism and Voodoo Terror
    Chimerical Optics: Haiti, Colonialism and Voodoo Terror
    Thu. May. 18, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Haiti has held a special place in colonial imaginings of all that is macabre, sinister and maniacally savage, a land of irredeemable barbarism and “Voodoo Terror”. This class will trace a history of such representations, discussing how they continue to shape xenophobic and neo-colonial imaginings of Haiti as a country mired in superstition and incapable of enlightened self-governance, and the importance of the zombie figure for these “chimerical optics”.

  • Tele-terrors: The Real and Imagined Horrors Inside the Made for Television Movie
    Tele-terrors: The Real and Imagined Horrors Inside the Made for Television Movie
    Thu. Apr. 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Often considered the bastard step-child of the theatrical motion picture, TV movies have long been relegated to the dusty corners of our childhood memories. However, despite its scorned status, telefilms could be thoughtful and, at times, subversive. This lecture offers an exploration into several facets of the made for television movie, surveying its cultural touchstones and analyzing the influence the telefilm had on Americans during the run of the network made for television movie produced between 1964 – 1999.

  • Synthetic Flesh/Rotten Blood: The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936
    Synthetic Flesh/Rotten Blood: The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936
    Thu. Mar. 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Taking a fresh look at the genre from 1931 through 1936, this class examines ‘happy ending’ horror in relation to industry practices and censorship. Early works like Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Raven (1935) may be more akin to the modern Grand Guignol of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Hostel (2005) than many critics believe. Tracing the development of classic horror to the deployment — and subsequent censorship — of on-screen ‘gruesomeness’, Jon Towlson will illustrate the discussion with memos, letters and censorship reports from the studio archives and other research conducted for his new book, The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936.

  • Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking
    Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking
    Thu. Feb. 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this illustrated talk Jasper Sharp will explore the out reaches of Japanese fantasy cinema, from the embryonic trick films of “The Father of Japanese Film” Shozo Makino through oddball homegrown sub-genres such as the prewar “ghost cat” (bakeneko or kaibyô) films and the ama cycle of sexy pearl diver films, some long-lost Japanese takes on the movie monsters of Universal Studios, the pink film-horror of directors like Tetsuji Takechi and Kinya Ogawa and much, much more, all peppered with a liberal amount of clips of some truly bizarre titles that remain either unseen or unseeable to modern audiences outside of the country.

  • "Nature Found Them Guilty": Revenge in Australian Exploitation Cinema
    "Nature Found Them Guilty": Revenge in Australian Exploitation Cinema
    Thu. Jan. 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture will explore how Australian horror cinema of this period incorporates a subversive streak that critiques Australian history and culture through the theme of revenge. This lecture will explore how Australian horror cinema of the 1970s and 80s incorporates a subversive streak that critiques Australian history and culture through the theme of revenge.

  • Working the Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me'
    Working the Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me'
    Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992, directed by David Lynch and co-written with Robert Engels) was created to address unanswered questions in the seminal TV series TWIN PEAKS (1990-91), but instead it offered more puzzles and dream narratives to confound viewers. Its premiere in Cannes was met with boos and jeers from the audience, but over the years critical opinion of this challenging film has matured and developed. Maura McHugh will explore the symbols and themes that underpin FIRE WALK WITH ME and TWIN PEAKS, and will offer you a refresher course in its characters and strange happenings in advance of the new series of TWIN PEAKS which will materialise in 2017.

     

  • The New York State of Horror (NYC)
    The New York State of Horror (NYC)
    Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold leads you on a travelogue through New York City horror, discussing resident auteurs such as Larry Cohen, Abel Ferrara, Frank Henenlotter and William Lustig as well as the ways in which New York City-set scare flicks reflected the changes in the city itself over the years.

  • Monsters in the Closet: Gay Pulp Horror in the 1970s (NYC)
    Monsters in the Closet: Gay Pulp Horror in the 1970s (NYC)
    Thu. Nov. 17, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Monsters in the Closet examines the intersection between horror and gay erotic novels of the 1970s, when adults-only publishers mined the conventions of genre fiction formulas that lent themselves to sexually explicit variations.

  • Little Terrors: Children's Horror on Film and Television
    Little Terrors: Children's Horror on Film and Television
    Thu. Nov. 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will explore in detail the area of horror films and television programmes created specifically for children in the UK and the US.

  • Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Master Class with Dennis Paoli (NYC)
    Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Master Class with Dennis Paoli (NYC)
    Thu. Oct. 20, 2016 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Dennis Paoli, screenwriter for director Stuart Gordon’s film adaptations of the works of H. P. Lovecraft (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, and for the cable television series “Masters of Horror,” Dreams in the Witch House), will lead a two-hour master class on adapting Lovecraft for the screen—the challenges, techniques, and insights into the works gained in the process.

  • Vulgar Structures; or Andrzej Zulawski's Love Triangles
    Vulgar Structures; or Andrzej Zulawski's Love Triangles
    Thu. Oct. 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Writer and filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski, who passed away earlier this year, worked in different genres: war films (The Third Part of the Night), gothic horror (The Devil, Possession), melodrama (The Most Important Thing is to Love, My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days, La Fidelite), thrillers (La Femme publique, Cosmos), science fiction (On the Silver Globe), costume dramas (La Note bleue),crime films (L’Amour braque), erotic dramas (Szamanka) – even musicals (Boris Godunov). However, all of Zulawski’s films share the same fundamentally vulgar structure: the love triangle. This class looks at the love triangle fundamental to all of Zulawski’s films and squares it with this remarkable director’s life and loves.

     

  • Rituals in the Dark: Evoking Magic on Film
    Rituals in the Dark: Evoking Magic on Film
    Thu. Sep. 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Step into the safety of the magic circle as Mark Pilkington explores how the myriad Western esoteric magical practices and traditions have been represented, enacted and portrayed on film.

  • Live From Miskatonic: In Conversation with Jack Ketchum (NYC)
    Live From Miskatonic: In Conversation with Jack Ketchum (NYC)
    Wed. Sep. 21, 2016 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Stephen King called him “the scariest guy in America.” And so we kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST, RED) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen, moderated by film writer, programmer and Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse.

  • IT’S NOT REAL, BUT IT’S REALITY: The Story of Custom-Made Sex and Horror
    IT’S NOT REAL, BUT IT’S REALITY: The Story of Custom-Made Sex and Horror
    Thu. May. 12, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture traces the history of the custom shoot – from its clumsy beginnings in video horror to the present facsimile death scenes – which occupies a unique space in the collective mind-set, one created and never occupied by the ‘reality’ of snuff films.

  • HOLY TORTURE: Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema
    HOLY TORTURE: Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema
    Thu. Apr. 14, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    The 1960s-70s saw copious amounts of on-screen self-flagellation, brutal witch-hunting, delirious possessions and sadistic exorcisms, culminating into the so-called ‘nunsploitation’ genre. This lecture by Miskatonic London co-director Virginie Selavy will explore the various ways in which desire, cruelty, power and religion are configured in the cinema of the period.

  • CANCELLED - INHUMAN NOISE: Synthesized Sound as Weapon, Antagonist and Supernatural Presence in Horror Cinema
    CANCELLED - INHUMAN NOISE: Synthesized Sound as Weapon, Antagonist and Supernatural Presence in Horror Cinema
    Thu. Mar. 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This talk looks beyond the soundtrack at the role of composers, instruments, computers and other sound-making devices in horror films, revealing that the relationship between alien sounds and inhuman activity is not always as straightforward as one might expect.

  • Live From Miskatonic: JOHN HOUGH IN CONVERSATION
    Live From Miskatonic: JOHN HOUGH IN CONVERSATION
    Thu. Feb. 11, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this special instalment of LIVE FROM MISKATONIC, Hough will participate in a lengthy on-stage conversation with our guest interviewer Justin Harries, the curator of London’s popular FILMBAR70.

  • J.G. Ballard: Crash, The Atrocity Exhibition and Moving Beyond Literature
    J.G. Ballard: Crash, The Atrocity Exhibition and Moving Beyond Literature
    Thu. Jan. 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This talk by visiting instructor Jack Sargeant offers an exploration of Ballard’s radical experimental work, and traces its influence into the subcultural mise en scène of the era and beyond.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
    Thu. Dec. 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    To mark the launch of WE ARE THE MARTIANS, a new book of essays about Kneale and his work from Spectral Press, The Miskatonic Institute presents a unique celebration of the work of Nigel Kneale. A rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama THE ROAD (featuring Jonathan Rigby and others), will be followed by an in depth discussion of Kneale’s work and influence by some of the book’s authors

  • SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
    SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
    Thu. Nov. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Jim Harper explores the background and history of the Wallace krimi, from their beginnings to their long-term influence in Germany and beyond, discussing the charm and appeal of these quintessential European cult favourites.

  • SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
    SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
    Thu. Oct. 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, this lecture – based on the instructors’ book of the same name – aims to capture the untold story of the how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved.

  • FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
    FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
    Thu. Sep. 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    As part of Scalarama 2015, our first class of the fall semester features William Fowler talking about Antony Balch, an extraordinary figure of 1960s-70s British film, best known for directing Secrets of Sex (1970) and Horror Hospital (1973), and for his collaborations with William Burroughs.

  • Miskatonic Graduation at the Masonic Temple with "DEAD EYES OF LONDON"
    Miskatonic Graduation at the Masonic Temple with "DEAD EYES OF LONDON"
    Sat. Jul. 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel

    The Miskatonic London 2015 pilot semester has now wrapped, but we would like to invite all our graduates (those who were with us for the whole semester) to a screening of The Dead Eyes of London at the fantastic Masonic Temple in Liverpool Street on Saturday 4 July at 1pm (part of the East End Film Festival). This will be followed by a panel discussion on krimi films with Kim Newman, Jim Harper and Alex Fitch, after which the graduates will receive their Miskatonic diplomas from the hands of Kim Newman.

  • Jesús Franco: Shooting at the speed of life
    Jesús Franco: Shooting at the speed of life
    Thu. Jun. 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this evening’s discussion, acclaimed author Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA) will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.

  • Engulfed by Nature: Psychological and Supernatural Landscapes
    Engulfed by Nature: Psychological and Supernatural Landscapes
    Thu. May. 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture and screening by Jasper Sharp will look at how landscape and elemental conditions can be evoked to express dangerous forces existing beyond man’s perceptual and belief systems, but also, in contrast, how heightened psychological states can be given visual form through use of such timeless spaces, taking the viewer out of their comfort zones and back into nature at its most wild, mysterious and untamed.

  • London Underground: Death Line
    London Underground: Death Line
    Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Kim Newman will talk about Gary Sherman’s 1972 British horror film, Death Line (aka Raw Meat), highlighting the film’s political subtext, transgressive use of cannibalism as metaphor and for shock value, black humour, performance styles, relationship with American and other British films on similar subjects, and exploration of London lore and locations.

  • The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-masochism in 1960s-70s cinema
    The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-masochism in 1960s-70s cinema
    Thu. Mar. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In the 1960s-70s, the relaxation of censorship, together with women’s greater social assertiveness, led to the appearance of a substantial number of art and/or exploitative films that explored male/female relationships through sexual power games. This lecture will examine the various ramifications of the period’s unfettered sado-masochistic fantasies.

  • I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity
    I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity
    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Mark Pilkington talks about the development of the Italo jungle thriller with a screening of Lenzi’s MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972) followed by a series of classic cannibal film trailers to uncover the genre’s roots in the West’s growing interest in environmentalism, atavistic cultures, lost worlds and the perils of the green inferno.

  • School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film
    School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film
    Thu. Jan. 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    We kick off the pilot season of Miskatonic London with Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse’s class on the history of the shocking classroom safety film.

  • A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS: A BRITISH HOLIDAY HORROR TRADITION
    A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS: A BRITISH HOLIDAY HORROR TRADITION
    Mon. Dec. 10, 2012 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

    To kick off the holiday break, we’ll say farewell to the Fall 2012 semester with a one-off class celebrating the British holiday horror tradition of the BBC’s seminal ‘A Ghost Story for Christmas’ series that ran from 1971 to 1978.

  • FRAGMENTS OF THE MONSTER: RECOVERING FORTIES HORROR
    FRAGMENTS OF THE MONSTER: RECOVERING FORTIES HORROR
    Mon. Oct. 29, 2012 - Mon. Dec. 3, 2012 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

    This six-week course will attempt to revise and reframe persistent claims in scholarly discourse that 1940s horror is somehow inferior to a “classical” or “canonical” mode of horror in the 1930s. Within this framework, the creepers, chillers and thrillers of the 1940s become lost—the result of favoring monolithic binaries, or strict divisions within genre classifications, between high art and low art, auteurs and craftsman, and major studios and poverty row. Expect to see films you may not have ever heard of before in this class!

  • SCHOOL OF SHOCK: PAIN AND PLEASURE IN THE CLASSROOM SAFETY FILM
    SCHOOL OF SHOCK: PAIN AND PLEASURE IN THE CLASSROOM SAFETY FILM
    Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 - Mon. Oct. 22, 2012 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Peut-être Vintage Microcinema

    For many genre fans, a love affair with horror and the grotesque began early on, sometimes fuelled by unlikely sources. One of these was the classroom safety film, which for many kids was their first time seeing other children threatened by true danger, being confronted with a combination of gore effects and actual accident footage, and being offered a pictorial glimpse at things their parents didn’t want to talk about.

  • GETTING EVEN: A HISTORY OF THE RAPE REVENGE FILM
    GETTING EVEN: A HISTORY OF THE RAPE REVENGE FILM
    Mon. Jun. 6, 2011 - Mon. Jun. 13, 2011 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Blue Sunshine

    No genre gets a worse rap that the rape-revenge film. Cited as unrelentingly misogynistic, and viewed as perpetuating real-life violence against women, rape-revenge films are considered the bottom-of-the-barrel even among exploitation fans. Alternately (and often facetiously) referred to as the “women’s revenge picture”, I maintain that rape-revenge is just that: a cathartic and empowering vehicle for female cinematic rage.

  • ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK: THE ITALIAN GIALLO FILM
    ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK: THE ITALIAN GIALLO FILM
    Tue. Feb. 15, 2011 - Tue. Mar. 1, 2011 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Blue Sunshine

    This course looks at the peak period of the Italian giallo film (1963 – 1982) and discusses the historical development of the genre as well as its predominant themes and motifs, placing it contextually within the changing landscape of Italian and European popular cinema. Issues covered include misogyny, paranoia, xenophobia, the sexual revolution, alcoholism and self-medication, and the giallo’s fantasy microcosm of leisure and independent wealth. Key giallo figures whose work will be discussed include Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Sergio Martino, Luciano Ercoli, Umberto Lenzi, Lucio Fulci, Massimo Dallamano, Ernesto Gastaldi and others. The course will also look at the giallo’s influence on contemporary cinema, pop culture, and the curious legacy of J&B Whiskey.

  • REALITY HORROR
    REALITY HORROR
    Tue. Oct. 19, 2010 - Tue. Nov. 2, 2010 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Blue Sunshine

    This course looks at a popular sub-genre of horror films that blend a documentary aesthetic with traditional horror conventions to produce a hybrid form of horror cinema. Characterized by such films as The Blair Witch Project (1999), George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead (2007), Cloverfield (2008) and Paranormal Activity (2009), ‘reality horror’ films seem particularly suited to expressing millennial and/or post-9/11 anxieties regarding not only individual and social security, but also ambivalent attitudes towards technology, new media and online databases such as YouTube and Google Video.

  • INTRODUCTION TO HORROR FILM CRITICISM FOR TEENS
    INTRODUCTION TO HORROR FILM CRITICISM FOR TEENS
    Tue. Oct. 5, 2010 - Tue. Oct. 12, 2010 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Blue Sunshine

    Miskatonic director and longtime horror writer/film programmer Kier-La Janisse kicks off the Miskatonic season with this 2-evening course on horror film criticism for teens aged 14+. The course will focus on developing an aptitude for critical interpretation, using Jack Smight’s 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story as a focal point. Examples of various historical schools of writing and interpretation will accompany open discussion in class, as well as individual review assignments.

  • ADAPTING LOVECRAFT FOR THE SCREEN: A MASTER CLASS WITH STUART GORDON AND DENNIS PAOLI
    ADAPTING LOVECRAFT FOR THE SCREEN: A MASTER CLASS WITH STUART GORDON AND DENNIS PAOLI
    Sun. Jul. 18, 2010 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Blue Sunshine

    Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli ( Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon) will be the inaugural instructors at Miskatonic’s new home, and will be delivering a two-hour masterclass on adapting Lovecraft to the screen – the challenges, the techniques and some insight as to why their films stand out amidst a sea of historically troubled counterparts.

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