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Vintage Scare Posters

Before classroom and workplace safety filmstrips became the norm, an important medium for warning employees and kids about danger was the poster. While safety films are the main topic for our upcoming August 13 lecture “School of Shock”,   

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Canada’s Creepiest PSAs?

While we’ll be focusing on disturbing classroom safety films at The Black Museum’s upcoming August 13 lecture “School of Shock”, many youngsters were equally traumatized by short television ads for safety councils that used upsetting imagery to make   

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Our Fave Post-Mortem Photo Albums

Despite taboo connotations, photographing the dead has long been part of our culture for both practical purposes and as keepsake for posterity. The Black Museum’s upcoming June 11 lecture on evolving attitudes toward death takes a special look   

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Reading List – One of Us

Alison Lang’s May 14 lecture, “One of Us: The Transcendent Rise of Religious Cults in Horror” included references to the following works: Bartholomew, David. “The Wicker Man.” Cinefantastique, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1977. Bugliosi, Vincent with Gentry, Curt.   

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Announcing… summer events at the Black Museum!

The Black Museum is thrilled to announce our 20th event! On June 11th, Rue Morgue magazine’s editor-in-chief Dave Alexander takes the stage for a talk on Death: Our Evolving Relationship with Mortality On Screen! Check out the event page for   

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Cult Chic: Fashions for the Indoctrinated

Sure, worshiping obscure deities under the tyrannical eye of a self-proclaimed messiah is reward in itself, but it’s *fun* as well as fulfilling if we do it in style. As prep for our May 14 cult horror lecture, let’s   

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Follow the Leader! Five Fictional Cults in Horror Film

The depiction of strange religious cults and their charismatic leaders has a long history in Hollywood, often drawing inspiration from real life. Our upcoming May 14 lecture on religious cults in horror examines how cinematic portrayals of cults reflect   

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Reading List – Where Life is Cheap!

Rachel Katz’s April 9 lecture, “Where Life Is Cheap! Snuff Movies and the Evolution of Genre” included references to the following works: Brunvand, Jan Harold (1981). The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and their Meanings. New York: Norton.   

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Reel Murder – Art Mistaken for Snuff

Love or hate it, you can’t deny the impact of ‘snuff’ film on the horror genre. As filmmakers compete to create the most shocking faux-kill, claims that the violence depicted by these films is genuine always serve as   

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Fatal Frames – Five Movies About Snuff Movies

Real or fake, snuff films have provided filmmakers with inspiration of ‘ultimate-taboo’ caliber, becoming perhaps the ideal plot device for pushing characters into the moral and ethical backwater. In advance of our upcoming snuff lecture April 9 –