Course Archives

  • Live From Miskatonic: In Conversation with Jack Ketchum
    Wed. Sep. 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    We kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST, RED) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen.

  • Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Master Class with Dennis Paoli
    Thu. Oct. 20, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Dennis Paoli, screenwriter for director Stuart Gordon’s film adaptations of the works of H. P. Lovecraft (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, and for the cable television series “Masters of Horror,” Dreams in the Witch House), will lead a two-hour master class on adapting Lovecraft for the screen—the challenges, techniques, and insights into the works gained in the process.

  • Monsters in the Closet: Gay Pulp Horror in the 1970s
    Thu. Nov. 17, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Monsters in the Closet examines the intersection between horror and gay erotic novels of the 1970s, when adults-only publishers mined the conventions of genre fiction formulas that lent themselves to sexually explicit variations.

  • The New York State of Horror
    Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold leads you on a travelogue through New York City horror, discussing resident auteurs such as Larry Cohen, Abel Ferrara, Frank Henenlotter and William Lustig as well as the ways in which New York City-set scare flicks reflected the changes in the city itself over the years.

  • PAPERBACKS FROM HELL - with Grady Hendrix and Special Guests!
    Tue. Sep. 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of the wild and woolly world of 70s horror pulps, featuring Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of… the Paperbacks from Hell!

  • THE TIME HAS COME TO TELL THE TALE: PETER STRAUB IN CONVERSATION - Cancelled
    Sun. Oct. 15, 2017 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Wythe Hotel Cinema

    Join us for this special off-site collaboration with The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, a rare on-stage conversation between one of the world’s foremost horror authors, Peter Straub – who gave us JULIA, GHOST STORY, MR. X, KOKO and more, as well as collaborating with Stephen King on THE TALISMAN and BLACK HOUSE – as he talks about his writing career and the films that sprung from it with famed horror biographer and critic Douglas E. Winter.

  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Exploring The Demon Feminine In Film
    Tue. Nov. 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    In this illustrated talk, New School faculty member and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Kristen J. Sollée will trace the witch in visual media from the early modern era through the present, examining her legacy as an icon of female power and persecution, and as a potent feminist symbol.

  • YULETIDE TERROR: Christmas Horror on Film and Television
    Tue. Dec. 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    To celebrate the release of Spectacular Optical’s new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, contributors Michael Gingold and Kier-La Janisse will delve into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.

  • Sacred Disobedience: on 'Penda’s Fen'
    Tue. Jan. 9, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Only recently exhumed after having been out of circulation for forty years, Alan Clarke and David Rudkin’s Penda’s Fen has lost none of its power to bewitch and ensorcel. This illustrated talk by Sukhdev Sandhu will explore its topographies and febrile contexts – experimental public broadcasting, avant-garde arcadias, the rural uncanny, a mid-70s Britain that teetered on the brink of civil war, the rise of eldritch England.

  • Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze
    Tue. Feb. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    From Spencer Williams’ Son of Ingagi to Jordan Peele’s Get Out, the cinematic screen has consistently served as a site of subversion for filmmakers of the African diaspora. Through the camera’s lens, tales of hauntings, demonic possession, vampirism, and hoodoo rituals gone awry have become a celluloid metaphor for colonization and racism’s toll on the Black psyche. This multimedia presentation will offer an immersive thematic overview of Black horror narratives while highlighting noteworthy films within the genre spanning the early 1900s to modern day. hrough visual, cultural, and historical exploration, this presentation aims to examine and foster dialogue about what happens when subjection is subverted and what stories can be told when the white gaze is decentered.

  • Shirley Jackson's Weird
    Tue. Mar. 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    This class is devoted to the work of the reclusive Vermont author whose brutal short story, “The Lottery,” still holds the record for the most letters of protest sent to The New Yorker for publishing it. Come along with instructor Kristopher Woofter as we walk through the haunted spaces of Jackson’s four major works: THE LOTTERY AND OTHER STORIES (1949), and her “uncanny house trilogy,” THE SUNDIAL (1958), THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959), and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (1962). A bestseller in her time, and a major influence on authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, Jackson’s work has gone relatively unacknowledged by scholarship that relegates her to obscurity. Jackson’s body of work varied from domestic satire in her darkly humorous memoirs RAISING DEMONS and LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES), to young-adult fiction (THE WITCHCRAFT OF SALEM VILLAGE), to uncanny psychological studies (THE ROAD THROUGH THE WALL, THE BIRD’S NEST), to her most popular work in the realm of horror and the weird. This class brings Jackson back to acknowledge her place as one of America’s—and without question one of horror’s—greatest writers.

  • What the Fest?! Screening: BLUE MY MIND
    Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 - 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
    IFC Center

    Samm Deighan will introduce the film with a discussion of female adolescence as a source of horror and the uncanny, from its origins in fairy tales and eighteenth century gothic literature to films about the terror of female sexual awakening like Cat People (1942), The White Reindeer (1952), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), and Company of the Wolves (1984).

  • What the Fest?! Screening: GHOST STORIES
    Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    IFC Center

    Already lauded as one of the best British horror films ever, writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s spooky, entertaining GHOST STORIES was adapted from a major stage hit into a seriously cinematic creep-out.

  • LA Despair: Chasing Death with John Gilmore
    Tue. Apr. 10, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    LA Despair: Chasing Death with John Gilmore is a multimedia presentation exploring the life and work of the late Noir and true crime writer John Gilmore that is a meditation on the relationship between pop cultural crime landmarks in the past century and celebrity iconography viewed amidst the landscape of the tragedies he chronicled.

  • Preserving Genre Cinema at Vinegar Syndrome
    Tue. May. 8, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    This class will discuss the basic issues and challenges associated with film preservation, with a specific focus on issues most common to genre films. Topics shall include film decay and restorative processes, format specific preservation techniques, the role of home video (and specifically Vinegar Syndrome) in the preservation of genre films, viewer expectations in the digital age, as well as a general overview of the methodologies by which Vinegar Syndrome selects films for restoration and release.

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