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May 14, 2014

One of Us: The Transcendent Rise of Religious Cults in Horror

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 (THE WICKER MAN, 1973) and lesser-known (TICKET TO HEAVEN, 1981), to see how they hold up against accounts from actual cults of the 21st century. We’ll argue that cult imagery and content in popular media serve as reflection or commentary on wider moral, sexual and religious politics at the time of their release. We’ll RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975) and go HELTER SKELTER (1976, 2004) in our quest for the truth, also internalizing screeds such as Tim Guest’s MY LIFE IN ORANGE. By session’s end, we’re confident you’ll have come to share our point of view, and espouse the correct belief: cult is forever.

May 14, 2014 at 9pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance / $15 at the door

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Instructor: Alison Lang

Our esteemed speaker appropriated a dog-eared copy of HELTER SKELTER from her parents’ bookshelf at 16 – the same tender age of fellow Torontonian and Manson Family member Ruth Ann Moorehouse when she met Charlie in 1967. A practitioner of arts journalism in Halifax and Toronto, Alison is assistant editor at Broken Pencil magazine, co-editor of Weird Canada’s Ephemera section, and a regular contributor to Rue Morgue. She’s also written for more ‘fringe’ publications such as The Huffington Post.

One response

  1. Here’s to hoping that this lecture is informed by good social scientific and other scholarship on “cults” or new religious movements and not the pop media sensationalism and stereotypes.

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