Course Archives

  • THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Los Angeles)
    THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Nov. 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Join us for a scenic tour of Mexican genre cinema guided by Morbido Fest’s head programmer, Abraham Castillo Flores. Delving beyond luchadores and psychotronica, Abraham unearths the monsters that fomented a distinctive but barely acknowledged corner of our cinematic consciousness.

  • DESTRUCTIBLE MAN: THE DUMMY-DEATH AND CINEMATIC STORYTELLING LANGUAGE (NYC)
    DESTRUCTIBLE MAN: THE DUMMY-DEATH AND CINEMATIC STORYTELLING LANGUAGE (NYC)
    Thu. Nov. 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Prosthetic demise, or the “dummy death” as film historians Howard S. Berger and Kevin Marr refer to it, is a practical cinematic technique wherein an actor portraying a character is replaced by an articulated replica special-effects mannequin at a moment of extreme violence and/or death within a given film’s narrative. This device has been employed by filmmakers all over the world, at every level of production and in every genre since the dawn of the cinematic medium. When viewed in isolation, the dummy death effect can be characterized as the cinematic illusion in microcosm. The class will be illustrated by clips from such dummy-death emboldened films like STRAIT-JACKET, SCANNERS, DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, THE BIRDS, 2001 and THE FURY, and films by directors as disparate as Alfred Hitchcock and William Castle, Francois Truffaut and Al Adamson, Quentin Tarantino and Edwin S. Porter, Steven
    Spielberg and Shohei Imamura, within the same cinematic, storytelling continuum.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: GARY SHERMAN IN CONVERSATION (London)
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: GARY SHERMAN IN CONVERSATION (London)
    Mon. Nov. 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In association with the Abertoir Film Festival, we are pleased to welcome Gary Sherman to the Miskatonic Institute for an evening of history, anecdotes and practical tips from his 50-year career in filmmaking, including iconic genre films such as Death Line (1972), Dead & Buried (1981), Vice Squad (1982), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986), Poltergeist III (1988) and more.

  • SECRET POWERS OF ATTRACTION: FOLK HORROR IN ITS CULTURAL CONTEXT (Cardiff)
    SECRET POWERS OF ATTRACTION: FOLK HORROR IN ITS CULTURAL CONTEXT (Cardiff)
    Sun. Oct. 27, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Chapter Cinema

    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.

  • GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (Los Angeles)
    GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Oct. 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Tracing the earliest origins of humanity’s conception of an opposing force in the Eastern and Western worlds, Mitch Horowitz (author, Occult America) explores some of history’s most bracing and provocative interpretations of the Satanic—from the work of Milton and the Romantic poets (William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lord Byron’s Cain) to more recent fiction and nonfiction literary efforts (Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas; Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible; Michael Aquino’s The Diabolicon), and examines how even some of our most recognized supernatural films (Devil’s Advocate; Rosemary’s Baby; The Ninth Gate) enunciate Satanic themes with penetrating classical validity. In the process, Mitch strips away historical and cultural preconceptions, misunderstandings, and shibboleths to open an entirely fresh window on the intellectual and cultural idea of the Satanic in Western history and contemporary life. He shines a new light into ancient myths, canonical literature, legends, and pop culture to trace out an authentic outsider tradition of Satanic thought. Join us for a challenging and eye-opening evening. You will come away with an entirely new conception of a “familiar devil.”

  • CORRIDOR GOTHIC (London)
    CORRIDOR GOTHIC (London)
    Thu. Oct. 24, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class investigates the role of the corridor in Gothic fiction and horror film from the late 18th century to the present day. It seeks to establish this transitional place as a crucial locus, by tracing the rise of the corridor as a distinct mode of architectural distribution in domestic and public buildings since the 18th century. The lecture tracks pivotal appearances of the corridor in fiction and film, and argues that it has become associated with a specific emotional tenor, less to do with amplified fear and horror and more to do with emotions of Angst or dread.

  • Screening: Terror Tuesday: FRIGHT NIGHT (Los Angeles)
    Screening: Terror Tuesday: FRIGHT NIGHT (Los Angeles)
    Tue. Oct. 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – LA

    Off-site screening of Tom Holland’s 1985 classic at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Los Angeles as part of their weekly Terror Tuesday series, hosted by Amy Searles in conjunction with the Miskatonic class “Wanted: More Viewers Like…” Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television

  • HAUNTED MUSEUM: THE LORE AND LEGACY OF THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (Los Angeles)
    HAUNTED MUSEUM: THE LORE AND LEGACY OF THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (Los Angeles)
    Sun. Oct. 20, 2019 - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Natural History Museum

    What truly created the classic Universal monsters? The iconic figures of the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon were the not only the results of great performance, make-up and filmmaking skill, but a response to the events of the world around them. From the movie monsters birthed by the Great Depression to the creatures who emerged from the atomic age of the 1950s, director Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), author Mallory O’Meara (The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick) and special guest Sara Karloff will discuss these origins and more on a panel moderated by author and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: KAREN ARTHUR IN CONVERSATION (NYC)
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: KAREN ARTHUR IN CONVERSATION (NYC)
    Sat. Oct. 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    IFP Made in NY Media Center

    In collaboration with the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (which runs Oct 17-24), Miskatonic is proud to present a conversation with the pioneering director and producer Karen Arthur (THE MAFU CAGE, THE RAPE OF RICHARD BECK), who paved the way for women in genre filmmaking with her transgressive and socially challenging body of work.

  • WANTED! MORE VIEWERS LIKE… DEPICTIONS OF HORROR FANDOM IN FILM AND TELEVISION (Los Angeles)
    WANTED! MORE VIEWERS LIKE… DEPICTIONS OF HORROR FANDOM IN FILM AND TELEVISION (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Oct. 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    In the comparatively nascent academic field of fan studies, very little scholarship has been devoted to horror fandom. Yet, for a branch of study invested in an audience’s passionate participation, horror fans have much to offer. Weaned on a steady diet of horror hosted syndicated shockers, EC Comics contraband, and dog-eared copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland, the dedicated “Monster Kids” of the 1950s and 1960s became the vaunted creators for the next generation. Similarly, enterprising “Gorehounds” of the 1980s, inspired by their use-worn pages of Fangoria and liquid latex-flecked copies of Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook went on to become the notable effects wizards for the ensuing generation. And the slithering ouroboros that is horror fandom continues to both feed and eat itself into the present day. Using fan studies as a springboard, this interdisciplinary lecture will chart the historical events, technological advancements, and cultural anxieties toward media effects that have influenced both the horror fan and the portrayal of the horror fan in film and television over the years. Dean Cameron, who famously played “Chainsaw” in Carl Reiner’s Summer School – perhaps the most recognizable fictional horror fan for viewers outside of the horror community and beloved by those within it – will be joining us for this discussion of horror fanthropology.

  • THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Austin)
    THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Austin)
    Sun. Sep. 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar

    Join us for a scenic tour of Mexican genre cinema guided by Morbido Fest’s head programmer, Abraham Castillo Flores. Delving beyond luchadores and psychotronica, Abraham unearths the monsters that fomented a distinctive but barely acknowledged corner of our cinematic consciousness.

  • GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (NYC)
    GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (NYC)
    Thu. Sep. 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Tracing the earliest origins of humanity’s conception of an opposing force in the Eastern and Western worlds, Mitch Horowitz (author, Occult America) explores some of history’s most bracing and provocative interpretations of the Satanic—from the work of Milton and the Romantic poets (William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lord Byron’s Cain) to more recent fiction and nonfiction literary efforts (Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas; Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible; Michael Aquino’s The Diabolicon), and examines how even some of our most recognized supernatural films (Devil’s Advocate; Rosemary’s Baby; The Ninth Gate) enunciate Satanic themes with penetrating classical validity. In the process, Mitch strips away historical and cultural preconceptions, misunderstandings, and shibboleths to open an entirely fresh window on the intellectual and cultural idea of the Satanic in Western history and contemporary life. He shines a new light into ancient myths, canonical literature, legends, and pop culture to trace out an authentic outsider tradition of Satanic thought. Join us for a challenging and eye-opening evening. You will come away with an entirely new conception of a “familiar devil.”

  • Miskatonic Presents: WITCHES, SLUTS, FEMINISTS (Huntington, NY)
    Miskatonic Presents: WITCHES, SLUTS, FEMINISTS (Huntington, NY)
    Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Cinema Arts Center

    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. Note this class is off-site at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, NY.

  • FOLK HORROR AND NEW FOLK HORROR: A CONVERSATION WITH ARI ASTER (Lisbon)
    FOLK HORROR AND NEW FOLK HORROR: A CONVERSATION WITH ARI ASTER (Lisbon)
    Sun. Sep. 15, 2019 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Motel X – Cinema Sao George

    The occult fields and forests of Folk Horror, which in the 1970s and 80s birthed “The Wicker Man”, “Witchfinder General”, “Blood on Satan’s Claw”, “The Company of Wolves”, and others, have been revisited with increasing frequency in recent years. Filmmakers such as Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”, “A Field in England”), Robert Eggers (“The Witch”, “The Lighthouse”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”, “Us”) and Ari Aster (“Hereditary”, “Midsommar”) have led a resurgence of New Folk Horror over the last decade.

    In this masterclass at Lisbon’s Motel X Festival, Ari Aster and writer Howard David Ingham (“We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror”) will discuss exactly what is so inspiring about the genre, why the time is right for it to find a new audience, and what the New Folk Horror brings to the field.

  • MURDER SEASON: CRIME-SOLVING PLANTS AND OTHER VEGETAL HORRORS (Los Angeles)
    MURDER SEASON: CRIME-SOLVING PLANTS AND OTHER VEGETAL HORRORS (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Sep. 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Like the human cadaver, every plant, tree, flower and fungus has a story to tell. But when it comes to how plants tell stories, there are essentially two schools of thought: In the 1970s it was a popular belief – aided by unorthodox experiments, the proliferation of New Age publications and the mass-marketing of Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird’s 1973 book The Secret Life of Plants – that, despite their lack of a nervous system, plants were sentient and emotional, and could communicate their feelings to humans with the help of electronic devices. Conversely, the scientific community found more practical ways of gleaning what plants had to tell us, through the examination of trace elements at crime scenes in the field of forensic botany.

    Expanded from an article commissioned for Nicolas Winding Refn’s website ByNWR.com, Murder Season takes a look at the ways that a disillusioned generation became obsessed with plants, not only in their homes and gardens as part of the burgeoning environmentalist and earth mysteries movements that summoned people back to their rural roots, but in laboratories and recording studios that aimed to document the ways plants experienced and witnessed the world around them and how they could communicate knowledge to us – whether imparting ancient wisdom or fingering a murderer.

  • THE BAD TRIP: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR CINEMA, 1967-1972 (London)
    THE BAD TRIP: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR CINEMA, 1967-1972 (London)
    Thu. Sep. 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Within psychedelic culture the threat of the bad trip hovers like an ominous presence. Psychedelic or ‘Mind-clearing’ drugs may promise wisdom, visionary insight or a fabulous holiday for the brain, but they can also release the horrors of the id, tear the veil of sanity and pull you into the void. This class will chart the emergence of psychedelia across the Sixties and will examine the incorporation of its visual language in horror cinema during the period 1966-1972. Rather than seeing the films in question as acts of exploitation, the talk will frame them as radical works of acid horror, a from which in the case of The Dunwich Horror is used to conjure the cosmic vertigo integral to H. P. Lovecraft’s writing. Further, the talk will also read back from the films to the wider drug culture to uncover a sense of horror underpinning the psychedelic experience as a whole.

  • Ever Present: MOTHER EARTH'S PLANTASIA (Los Angeles)
    Ever Present: MOTHER EARTH'S PLANTASIA (Los Angeles)
    Sat. Sep. 7, 2019 - 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Getty Center

    Celebrate California plant culture with a special program inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and Plantasia, the iconic album made for plants and the people who love them. Worldwide curiosities guide Atlas Obscura and Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones Records teams up with the Getty’s Ever Present series to delve into the plant-centric cultural movement behind Mort Garson’s 1976 cult-classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia. Join us for a day filled with music, workshops, and presentations that explore the influence of plants on art and culture in Los Angeles, including presentations by Miskatonic’s own Kier-La Janisse and Jacqueline Castel.

  • Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)
    Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)
    Sun. Aug. 25, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Velaslavasay Panorama

    Can spider plants sense pain? Is fern telepathy feasible? The empathic, ecophilic Laurie (Nancy Boykin) thinks so, most days eschewing human interactions in favor of quality time with her fiddle-leaf fig tree. After a sudden tragedy, her sister Rilla (Nancy Snyder), a photographer and the film’s narrator, subsumes Laurie’s plant obsession, believing that certain secrets lie within their leaves. Beautifully shot by João Fernandes (Bloodrage, 1980), The Kirlian Witness is a botanical thriller of dendritic proportions, and an essential entry in the tiny but rich horticultural horror canon.
    PLUS! Enjoy a pre-screening reception in the gardens of the Velaslavasay Panorama.

  • Screening: TENEMENT (Los Angeles)
    Screening: TENEMENT (Los Angeles)
    Tue. Aug. 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – LA

    In conjunction with its August 8th class GRAND DAMES OF THE GRINDHOUSE: THE FILMS OF ROBERTA FINDLAY AND DORIS WISHMAN, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is pleased to present this digital restoration of exploitation film pioneer Roberta Findlay’s action/horror masterpiece, Tenement – preceded by a brief introduction by Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse – as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s signature Terror Tuesday series.

  • GRAND DAMES OF THE GRINDHOUSE: THE FILMS OF ROBERTA FINDLAY AND DORIS WISHMAN (Los Angeles)
    GRAND DAMES OF THE GRINDHOUSE: THE FILMS OF ROBERTA FINDLAY AND DORIS WISHMAN (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Aug. 8, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird Video appears at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies with a lively illustrated lecture on the films of exploitation mavericks Roberta Findlay and Doris Wishman, looking at their historical contexts, their comparable trajectory from nudies and roughies to porn and horror, and seeking to reconcile their aversion to feminism with their status as pioneering women filmmakers.

  • HORROR EXPRESS BUS TOUR - FANTASIA EDITION (Montreal)
    HORROR EXPRESS BUS TOUR - FANTASIA EDITION (Montreal)
    Wed. Jul. 17, 2019 - 10:00 am

    Come join us for fun and photo ops as we navigate through the history of Montreal’s cinematic underbelly.

  • Industrial Terror: Sponsored Filmmaking and Regional Horror (NYC)
    Industrial Terror: Sponsored Filmmaking and Regional Horror (NYC)
    Tue. May. 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    From the late 1950s through the mid-1980s, many workaday directors tasked with exposing film for the workplace and classrooms moonlit in cemeteries, bayous, and basements lensing brilliant genre pieces and prurient trash for drive-ins and grindhouses. Archivist and programmer Jon Dieringer will present on some of the best known examples, including George Romero and Herk Harvey, along with more obscure figures, such as the Satantic sexploitation filmmaker who made piston-pumping films for oil companies; a duo from Detroit who parlayed an independently made anti-drug PSA into an opportunity to make a gory biker revenge flick; and more. We’ll consider how quasi-documentary tropes and regional myth were appropriated within lurid, fantastic, and terrifying narratives; and reciprocally, how wry bits of the macabre livened up training and educational films.

  • Live From Miskatonic: Pete Walker in Conversation (LA)
    Live From Miskatonic: Pete Walker in Conversation (LA)
    Thu. May. 9, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Miskatonic is proud to present an evening in conversation with the great British horror and sexploitation director Pete Walker. Starting out in softcore sex shorts in the 1960s before turning to features in 1968 with films like The Big Switch, School of Sex and his breakthrough, Cool it Carol! in 1969, Walker then self-financed a decade of brilliant horror and terror films including Die Screaming Marianne (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), House of Whipcord (1974), Frightmare (1974), The Confessional (1976), Schizo (1976), The Comeback (1978) and House of the Long Shadows (1983), with the odd sexploitation film still peppered in, such as Tiffany Jones (1973) and Home Before Midnight (1979). We’ll talk to Walker about being an upstart in an uptight industry, making a horror icon out of elderly Scottish actress Sheila Keith, turning communion wafers into weapons in The Confessional, working with horror giants Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and John Carradine on House of the Long Shadows, his ill-fated Sex Pistols documentary, and so much more.

  • Hellbound Hearts: The Dark Art of Clive Barker (London)
    Hellbound Hearts: The Dark Art of Clive Barker (London)
    Thu. May. 9, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will examine Barker’s uniquely abject and original artistry, beginning with the splatterpunk delights of Books of Blood (1984-5), The Damnation Game(1985), and The Hellbound Heart (1986) through to his fusions with the dark fantastic and YA fiction in Weaveworld (1987), The Great and Secret Show(1989), and Abarat series(2002 -), among other popular titles. Barker’s own films, as a writer and director, in the 1980s and 1990s will also be examined to analyse their familiar Barkerian elements (sex, death, religion, belonging, selling one’s soul) alongside themes and motifs on monstrosity, cultural rejection, secret desires and appetites, torment and the limits of excess and power. With the aid of clips, sketches, posters, and archive material, in this lecture I will trace and present core themes and ideas that run riot throughout his fiction and film, and invite you to (re)discover Barker’s enduring legacy and unique contribution to horror culture.

  • The Shadow Over Lovecraft: Interrogating H.P. Lovecraft's Racism (NYC)
    The Shadow Over Lovecraft: Interrogating H.P. Lovecraft's Racism (NYC)
    Tue. Apr. 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    There is no denying that H.P Lovecraft was a racist. These attitudes are directly apparent not only in an infamous 1912 poem denigrating those of African descent, but in journal entries and personal correspondences, as well as indirectly discernable through allegorical descriptions of non-human races in his fiction. The 2016 release of revisionist Lovecraftian tales The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff prompted renewed questioning into the legacy of Lovecraft’s fiction for a legion of fans and fellow writers who have found magic in his Mythos and Cosmic Horror, easily one of the most influential strands of horror in literary history. But does Lovecraft’s racism overshadow his incredible contributions to the field? Should Lovecraft be demoted in the pantheon of horror writers based on his personal ideologies? Can people of those races and ethnicities Lovecraft directed hate towards still find value his work? Come join us as we hash it out Town Hall-style, with special guest speakers Victor LaValle, Matt Ruff and more TBD.

  • Destructible Man: The Dummy-death and Cinematic Storytelling Language (LA)
    Destructible Man: The Dummy-death and Cinematic Storytelling Language (LA)
    Thu. Apr. 11, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Prosthetic demise, or the “dummy death” as film historians Howard S. Berger and Kevin Marr refer to it, is a practical cinematic technique wherein an actor portraying a character is replaced by an articulated replica special-effects mannequin at a moment of extreme violence and/or death within a given film’s narrative. This device has been employed by filmmakers all over the world, at every level of production and in every genre since the dawn of the cinematic medium. When viewed in isolation, the dummy death effect can be characterized as the cinematic illusion in microcosm. The class will be illustrated by clips from such dummy-death emboldened films like STRAIT-JACKET, SCANNERS, DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, THE BIRDS, 2001 and THE FURY, and films by directors as disparate as Alfred Hitchcock and William Castle, Francois Truffaut and Al Adamson, Quentin Tarantino and Edwin S. Porter, Steven
    Spielberg and Shohei Imamura, within the same cinematic, storytelling continuum.

  • African Horror: Shades of Superstition (London)
    African Horror: Shades of Superstition (London)
    Thu. Apr. 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture will introduce students to the Africa horror literary genre. We shall examine the term “African Horror”, and how it is portrayed by the popular media before discussing its place as a bona-fide literary genre, similar to other regional horror genres and its classification by distributors. We shall also examine the mythos of African Horror, the lore, the superstitions that surround death, burial rites and the afterlife in African communities and the role colonialism, Christianity, politics, poverty and globalisation have played in creating situations that give rise to evils such as the harvesting of Albino body parts, the killing of child witches and the kidnapping of humans for witchcraft or political motives. These true-life horrors have all been bred by superstition, and these superstitions form the ethos behind most African Horror literature.

  • What the Fest NYC 2019: DARLIN' Screening with Jack Ketchum Tribute
    What the Fest NYC 2019: DARLIN' Screening with Jack Ketchum Tribute
    Thu. Mar. 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    IFC Center

    For this Special Screening at the IFC’s Center’s 2nd annual genre film festival What the Fest!? NYC, the Miskatonic Institute will be presenting a short tribute to author Jack Ketchum before the East Coast premiere of DARLIN’, which expands on the world created by Ketchum and Lucky McKee with THE WOMAN – and which will also be followed by a Q+A with the film’s director (and ‘The Woman’ herself!) Pollyanna McIntosh.

  • Enchanting Technology: Making, Hacking, and the Occult Imagination (NYC)
    Enchanting Technology: Making, Hacking, and the Occult Imagination (NYC)
    Tue. Mar. 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Magic and technology share a deeply intimate relationship to the human experience as they are both methods that use tools to gain control over nature and ourselves. The magician and the both attempt to break open conventional ways of working with the forces that shape our lives. Magic is, indeed, a kind of spiritual hacking: They are opening the machine of the universe to understand how it works and bend it towards a new purpose. And when magicians and artists use technology to explore the occult imagination they reveal new ways of enchanting our lives. Based on the research from Peter Bebergal’s Strange Frequencies, this multi-media presentation will take participants through the history of how human beings have attempted to interact with the otherworldly using technology.

  • In Your Face Till Your Face Comes Off: John Skipp on The History of Splatterpunk, and the Triumph of the Overt (LA)
    In Your Face Till Your Face Comes Off: John Skipp on The History of Splatterpunk, and the Triumph of the Overt (LA)
    Thu. Mar. 14, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    In the 1980s, a handful of writers — Clive Barker, David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, and John Skipp & Craig Spector — inadvertently kicked off a seismic shift in literary horror. Less a conscious revolution than a spontaneous eruption of the arts, these restless artists bucked against the constraints of conventional horror, serving up whopping doses of wildly explicit sex, visionary violence, and really loud rock ‘n’ roll, underlying an even more subversive layer of fierce cultural critique. Best-selling novelist, award-winning book editor and filmmaker John Skipp conducts a crazy three-hour tour through a history of horror’s most hilariously-named subgenre. The forces that shaped it. And the forces it has shaped, as we enter the fresh horrors of the 21st century.

  • The Paranoid Woman's Film (London)
    The Paranoid Woman's Film (London)
    Thu. Mar. 7, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will introduce students to the horror films of the 1940s through those films often described as examples of the paranoid (or Gothic) woman’s film. These films, which emerged in response to the phenomenal success of Hitchcock’s Rebecca, feature a woman in love with a potential murderous lover. Although the cycle begins before the war, its key period of productivity was during the war years, and it can therefore also be seen as a key genre associated with changes in the audience during this period. With many men away fighting the war, women were encouraged to disassociate with domesticity in favour of war work and this changed the nature of the cinematic audience. Rather than simply going to the cinema as part of a couple or a family, Hollywood was overwhelmed by the new audience of women that were going to the cinema in groups or alone, and these changed circumstances encouraged these female audiences to play with new forms of femininity. The films therefore exhibit these ambivalent relationship to both the home and the world beyond in both of which require their female leads to turn detective.

  • Blood Born: The Horror of AIDS (NYC)
    Blood Born: The Horror of AIDS (NYC)
    Tue. Feb. 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    In the early years of the pandemic, bodies fatally transformed by infection and marked by Kaposi’s Sarcoma, easily allowed representations of AIDS to borrow from classic horror texts. Bringing up old eugenicist notions of protecting bodies and borders from seductive ruin, vampires were quickly reread through the lens of HIV. Blood Born traces the spectre of infected bodies, and their cultural resonance with AIDS – in sexual, racial and border-defying terms. How was HIV/AIDS represented in mass media? How did popular culture express (or reflect) the anxieties of those who feared their private lives would be marked publicly on their bodies, or who imagined that their potential infection would identify them as deviant? Understanding how horror tropes serve to complicate and recast public health concerns, we will compare news, PSAs and other representations of AIDS with works as diverse as The Fly, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Pontypool and more recent films such as It Follows.

  • Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film (LA)
    Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film (LA)
    Thu. Feb. 7, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    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.

  • Horror and Hilarity: The Legacy of the Grand-Guignol (London)
    Horror and Hilarity: The Legacy of the Grand-Guignol (London)
    Thu. Feb. 7, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Hidden at the end of cobblestoned alley in Pigalle lurked a little theatre which was home to the smallest stage in Paris. This was the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (1897-1962), the legendary ‘Theatre of Horror’. In a district famous for its brothels, streetwalkers and gangsters, the unique Grand-Guignol had a loyal local fanbase and drew in many nervous visitors from further afield. Originally, its repertoire was slice-of-life realism, but it soon discovered what its audience really wanted: a little slice-of-death and a delirious mixture of sang, sperme et sueur (blood, sperm and sweat). In this talk, the academic and theatre director Richard Hand will take you on an intimate journey into a night at the Grand-Guignol, recounting the shocking stories, vivid personalities and ingenious tricks of the original theatre before exploring the theatre’s profound legacy and abiding influence over subsequent horror culture.

  • Andy Milligan: Artist, Auteur or Asshole? (NYC) - CANCELLED
    Andy Milligan: Artist, Auteur or Asshole? (NYC) - CANCELLED
    Tue. Jan. 15, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Between 1965 and 1988, Andy Milligan produced, wrote and directed 29 films. He also photographed, edited and provided costumes, make-ups and set design. He is the embodiment of the fierce self-reliant filmmaker, a literal one-man powerhouse taking on the jobs of several people. Even more fascinating was that Milligan also ran an off Broadway theater, producing and writing plays as well as staging the works of other writers. Yet, despite all the energy and productivity, Milligan was long regarded as a pariah in cult film circles. Milligan laid bare his soul in just about every film he made. Wallowing in a sea of self-hatred, Milligan willingly shared his misanthropy and laid it out for all to see on the screens of some of the scummiest grind houses and drive-ins this side of 42nd Street. Through a combination of clips of his work and stills of his life, we’ll put together an understanding of the man who made such exploitation masterpieces as Bloodthirsty Butchers, Torture Dungeon, The Ghastly Ones, Vapors, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and so many more.

  • International Remakesploitation: The Horror Meme from The Turkish Exorcist to Dracula in Pakistan (London)
    International Remakesploitation: The Horror Meme from The Turkish Exorcist to Dracula in Pakistan (London)
    Thu. Jan. 10, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture will introduce students to the world of horror ‘remakesploitation’ – international exploitation remakes of successful horror films that were often unlicensed and aimed primarily at the domestic market. Surveying a range of examples of horror remakesploitation from around the world, this lecture uses Richard Dawkins’ concept of the ‘meme’ – a cultural equivalent of the biological gene that spreads and mutates in a manner analogous to evolution – to explore what these films can tell us about processes of cultural globalization.

  • Roads to Hell: The Highway Horror Film (London) - CANCELLED
    Roads to Hell: The Highway Horror Film (London) - CANCELLED
    Thu. Dec. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will introduce students to the ‘Highway Horror Film,’ an overlooked sub-genre of the wider American horror tradition which articulates profound unease about the transitory nature of modern American life, as well as the wider impact of mass automobility. We begin with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), focusing on the relationship between the film and the emergence in the 1930s of the motel as a new kind of roadside business, and move through the ‘highway nemesis’ narrative and purgatorial tales such as Carnival of Souls (1962) and Dead End (2003).

  • Focus on: The Murder Set Piece (LA)
    Focus on: The Murder Set Piece (LA)
    Thu. Dec. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Director Rodman Flender breaks down visual storytelling to its most basic narrative requirements. Often the centerpiece of horror and thriller films, the murder set piece is its own three-act “mini movie,” with beginning, middle and climax. With close-read examinations and comparisons of murder set pieces from the silent era through contemporary releases, students will gain an understanding of the essential tools needed to create tension and suspense on a visceral and psychological level.

  • The Frequency of Fear: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack (NYC)
    The Frequency of Fear: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack (NYC)
    Tue. Dec. 11, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Cinema has long tapped into the fundamental devices of fear in its employment of sound. Journeying through concepts of cymatics, standing wave levitation, musical tunings, as well as film examples, demonstrations, and dissections of modern mix sessions, Twin Peaks: The Return supervising sound editor Dean Hurley will guide participants through an awakening in understanding the spiritual power of sound both onscreen and beyond.

  • School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film (LA)
    School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film (LA)
    Thu. Nov. 29, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Just added! Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse gives this class on the history of the shocking classroom safety film

  • Ha! Aaah! The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror (NYC)
    Ha! Aaah! The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror (NYC)
    Tue. Nov. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Veteran comedy writer David Misch (Mork & Mindy, Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live) explores how both humor and horror share a mordant view of our relationship to pain – an obsession with the human body and its multifarious fluids, and a subtext of death and transcendence underlying the eviscerated flesh and fart jokes. What could be more blood-curdlingly fun?

  • Rotten Bodies, Rotten Blood: Medical Crises and Controversies as Reflected through Horror Cinema (LA) - CANCELLED
    Rotten Bodies, Rotten Blood: Medical Crises and Controversies as Reflected through Horror Cinema (LA) - CANCELLED
    Thu. Nov. 8, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    The horror genre has always been informed by bottomless displaced anxieties about the body, disease, and medicine. In this lecture, the author of THE MONSTER SHOW and HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC explores the pop culture underpinnings of modern horror in real-life crises like the thalidomide disaster, the AIDS epidemic, poisoned Tylenol and plastic surgery/body modification.

  • Cabinet of Curiosities: the strange case of the Scala cinema (London)
    Cabinet of Curiosities: the strange case of the Scala cinema (London)
    Thu. Nov. 8, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    A cache of rare archival documents, architects’ plans, drawings, photographs and other ephemera will form the visual backdrop to a guided tour of the notorious Scala Cinema by its former programmer and biographer Jane Giles.

  • Dan Curtis: Old School/New School (NYC)
    Dan Curtis: Old School/New School (NYC)
    Thu. Oct. 25, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    The Paley Centre for Media

    In the early 1970s, just before Hollywood auteurs like Wes Craven and John Carpenter invented the modern horror film, eschewing old-school, fantastical monsters for gritty, politically edged stories aimed at excavating our deepest anxieties, producer/director Dan Curtis dominated television horror with a series of programs reinterpreting traditional genre tropes. Join us as we explore Curtis’s horror oeuvre, exploring his thematic and aesthetic preoccupations, his evocation of the times, his own influences, and his influence on the men and women who have followed in his footsteps by finding the terror place inside us and squeezing it with a cold hand.

  • I Dream of Deep Water: An Exploration of the History and Psychology of Aquatic Horror (LA)
    I Dream of Deep Water: An Exploration of the History and Psychology of Aquatic Horror (LA)
    Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    From unknown ghosts of the deep to sharks, mermaids, gators and the Great Old Ones of Lovecraftian lore, This lecture by Rebekah McKendry will examine not only the history of aquatic horror, focusing on film, but also touching on earlier texts and visual arts. McKendry will also explore the psychology behind our fascination with unknown fathoms, exploring the mental intersections of fear and fascination, the symbolism of submergence, and the subconscious primordial elements of the deep.

  • 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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