Ever Present: MOTHER EARTH’S PLANTASIA (Los Angeles)

Sat. Sep. 7, 2019

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.

FOLK HORROR AND NEW FOLK HORROR: A CONVERSATION WITH ARI ASTER (Lisbon)

Sun. Sep. 15, 2019

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.

TRAILER: Miskatonic London Fall 2019 Fall Lineup!

Sun. Sep. 15, 2019

Edited by Arif Khan | Music: “From Tokyo to Las Vegas” by Gerardo Iacoucci, available on the compilation CRIMINALE VOL 2: OSSESSIONE

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Announces Fall Lineup of Lectures and Events in Los Angeles, New York and London

Sun. Sep. 15, 2019

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, the world’s longest-running educational organization devoted to the study of horror history, theory and production, is pleased to announce its Fall 2019 lineup of classes, led by some of the genre world’s most renowned critical, literary and filmmaking luminaries at all three of our branches. In addition to Lisa […]

Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)

Sun. Aug. 25, 2019

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.