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September 9, 2017

Eccentric Exhibits: Horrors of the Black Museum

From curiosity cabinets to dime museums, houses of wax, and carnival sideshows, the rich tradition of collecting, curating and exhibiting strange objects from around the world has played an important part in shaping North American popular culture since the late 19th century. While ostensibly intended as palaces of enlightenment, these institutions often frightened audiences with unusual and sometimes grotesque exhibits—many beyond rational belief, including the implements of death and depravity housed in Scotland Yard’s infamous Crime Museum (colloquially known as The Black Museum).

Toronto’s Black Museum lecture series returns to the Royal with a screening of the mid-century shocker Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), in which a private exhibition of savage souvenirs are put into contemporary use for what has been called the “most gory, gruesome and shocking film made in the 1950s.” Before the screening, join us for an extended introduction with series co-founder Paul Corupe on the history of such bizarre collections and their role in horror cinema.

September 9, 2017 at 8:30pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto

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Guest lecturer: Paul Corupe

The creator of Canuxploitation.com, Toronto-based writer and editor Paul Corupe has been exploring and documenting the secret history of Canadian genre movies for more than 15 years. A regular contributor to Rue Morgue magazine, he has also written about film for The Toronto Star, Take One Film and Television in Canada and Cinema Sewer, among others.

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