Miss a lecture? Don’t live in Toronto? Due to popular demand, selected Black Museum lectures are now available on DVD or for download as DRM-free MP4 files. Click the associated image for full details about each lecture.
By popular demand, we’ve assembled a selection of our most popular lectures from our 2012-2014 seasons on a professionally authored DVD-R with a special introduction:
• Primate Panic: Bigfoot on Film 1967 – 1980 with Paul Corupe
• Woeful Wombs: Pregnancy and the Horror Film with Kiva Reardon
• Quelle Horreur: the Films of the New French Extremity with Alexandra West
• One of Us: the Transcendent Rise of Religious Cults in Horror with Alison Lang
Instructor: Alison Lang
From Satanists to Scientologists, Moonies to the Manson Family, a collective fascination with cult ephemera persists. But how do cinematic portrayals compare to the real thing? We’ll examine depictions in flicks both infamous and lesser-known, to see how they hold up against accounts from actual cults of the 21st century.
Instructor: Alexandra West “New French Extremity” films are graphic and shocking, yet also strangely artful. By examining the cultural and artistic history of France, we see how films like Irreversible (2002), High Tension (2003), Them (2006) and Martyrs (2008) pushed the boundaries of conformity and taste and changed the direction of new millennial horror. buy
In the first Black Museum debate, four teams square off on a question that’s hounded horror buffs for years: Which is the best horror film based on a story or novel by prolific horror writer Stephen King? Profiling four of the most well-known King adaptations, each team will get a chance to defend their choices, show off convincing film clips, and engage in a little Stephen King trivia to take home the coveted Golden Tentacle trophy. buy
Instructor: Paul Corupe
Bigfoot has left its oversized footprints on pop culture and the history of horror film. This lecture looks at Bigfoot’s evolution on screen throughout the 1970s as a creature of both mystery and fright. This video includes a 30-minute lecture and the full 90-minute film Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (1977).
Instructor: Kiva Reardon Many horror films are read as having a reactionary view of women, reducing them to monstrous mothers or abject incubators for terrifying beings. This lecture looks at how this “horrific” body has morphed on screen in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Fly (1986), A l’interieur (2007), and yes, Twilight (2011). buy
Instructor: Clint Enns
The concept of time travel has been a staple in literary Science Fiction since H.G. Wells, and naturally this interest has carried over to cinema. Different theories of time travel will be presented and we analyze their use in films like Back to The Future (1985), 12 Monkeys (1995), Donnie Darko (2001),La Jetée (1962) and Looper (2012).