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About Us

Named after Scotland Yard’s infamous gallery of dark crime and murder, The Black Museum is a limited engagement of horror lectures and screenings based out of Toronto, Canada. Normally, we take over The Royal Cinema in Toronto’s West End every other month to talk about scary movies, and we have a lot of fun doing it. Lately, we’ve adapted our lectures to a virtual format to bring you monthly horror in the comfort of your own home.

The Black Museum debuted in Fall 2012 at the Big Picture Cinema. Co-founders Paul Corupe and Andrea Subissati, along with current curator Gina Freitag, continue to select a range of speakers and topics from film theory to genre studies to hands-on workshops by professionals in the biz. The Black Museum is a place for horror professionals of all kinds to share their experience, knowledge and love of the genre in a casual and interactive atmosphere.

Join us for an evening! No prerequisites necessary.

As you know, the horror genre is often about confronting difficult topics, challenging norms, and engaging critically with cultural, historical, and socio-political contexts. The Black Museum strives to create an inclusive, supportive environment for all people, regardless of difference, to participate in respectful discourse. As communicators, it is our responsibility to extend this spirit of inclusion to those special guests who present on behalf of or in association with our organization, and we expect our audiences to extend the same courtesy and respect.

Founders


Photo by Ashlea Wessel

ANDREA “LADY HELLBAT” SUBISSATI is a sociologist and writer on cultural studies and the horror film genre. In 2010, her first book on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. Since then, she has been published in The Undead and Theology (2012) and The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (2015). She joined the staff of Rue Morgue magazine in 2014 as a frequent contributor, and currently serves as Executive Editor. She is the co-host and producer of The Faculty of Horror podcast with writer Alexandra West, as well as the host of the horror YouTube channel THE BATCAVE.

PAUL CORUPE is a Toronto-based writer and editor, and the creator of Canuxploitation.com, where he has been exploring and documenting the secret history of Canadian genre movies for more than a decade. A regular columnist for Rue Morgue magazine, he has also written about B-film for The Toronto Star, Take One Film and Television in Canada, the Fantasia Festival’s Spectacular Optical online magazine and Cinema Sewer, among others. He has appeared in numerous DVD extras as well as the documentary Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film.

Curator


GINA FREITAG is a writer and horror enthusiast with an M.A. degree in Film Studies. As a cinephile and a fan especially of Canadian cinema, she has served in coordinator roles with Cellar Door Film Festival, Eve Film Festival, TIFF, and the NFB. Her horror musings have been published via the American Review of Canadian Studies, Anatomy of a Scream, Grim Magazine, and The Black Museum. She is co-editor and co-author of The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (2015), and a contributor to Cinema of Pain: On Quebec’s Nostalgic Screen (2019).

Our Support Team


The Black Museum runs with the additional support of:

+ Laura Hokstad (graphic design & merch)

+ Stephen Reese (e-newsletter)

+ Valeska Griffiths (programming support)

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