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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 –   

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Reading List – Quelle Horreur!

Alexandra West’s March 12 lecture, “Quelle Horreur! The Films of New French Extremity” included references to the following books: Artaud, Antonin. Theatre and Its Double. Trans. Mary Caroline Richards. New York: Grove Press, 1958. Clover, Carol J. Men,   

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Vive la Terreur!

France has made a name for itself as home to some of the most brutal films of the last decade, but the country also played host to a wider variety of classic (and less than classic) horror movies   

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The Theatre of Mortality

The French made execution an art. Achieving political statement alongside gory spectacle, they created the audience – and the technology – for horror as performance New French Extremity, a movement in recent horror film, isn’t the first French