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April 18, 2013

Ghosts in the Machine: The Evolution of Found Footage Horror

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

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

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Instructor: Alexandra West

Alexandra West is a freelance horror journalist and playwright who lives, works and survives in Toronto. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, Rue Morgue and Post City Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Famous Monsters of Filmland and a staff writer at Planet Fury. Premiering in Montreal in October 2012 her play Final Girl utilizes slasher film structure to explore the nature of the killers and victims within it. In December 2012 West co-founded the Faculty of Horror podcast with fellow writer and academic Andrea Subissati which built on her love of using horror films to analyze and dissect human nature.

3 Responses

  1. Parris Sander says:

    I cannot wait to attend this lecture. It is is sure to be fantastic!

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