The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based curriculum through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.

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SHOCK TILL YOU DROP interviews David Kerekes about “It’s Not Real, But It’s Reality”

Our friends over at US-based horror site Shock Till You Drop have talked to David Kerekes in advance of his class this Thursday. Here’s a tease: “If you look back to the ‘snuff’ film panic of the mid 1970s, the rumors followed a very specific model: ‘snuff’ films were said to be films that featured […]

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NEXT UP: “IT’S NOT REAL, BUT IT’S REALITY” with David Kerekes – May 12

In the 1990s, Wave Productions in New Jersey established itself as perhaps the leading distributor of shot-on-video horror movies. Its catalogue was expansive because of a very simple if ingenious marketing premise: Customers scripted and paid for their own movies. From the outset, customers wanted sexy girls in horrible situations. Yet, Wave had reservations about […]

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NEXT UP: HOLY TORTURE: Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema – April 14

The 1960s-70s saw copious amounts of on-screen self-flagellation, brutal witch-hunting, delirious possessions and sadistic exorcisms, culminating into the so-called ‘nunsploitation’ genre. Beyond the desire to shock and titillate, many of these films, most notably Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971), were part of the time’s questioning of all power structures, pitching repressive, corrupt and hypocritical religious […]

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CANCELLED – March 10: INHUMAN NOISE: SYNTHESIZED SOUND AS ANTAGONIST, WEAPON AND SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE IN HORROR CINEMA

WE ARE VERY SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE TALK IS CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. ALL TICKETS WILL BE REFUNDED. APOLOGIES FOR THE DISAPPOINTMENT AND INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.   Electronic music and sound started to appear on science fiction and horror soundtracks in the 1950s, and by the 1970s were increasingly commonplace, used to denote alien life-forms, […]

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Photos of John Hough live in Conversation

Photos of veteran director John Hough (The Legend of Hell House, The Watcher in the Woods, Escape to Witch Mountain etc) in conversation with Justin Harries at Miskatonic London on February 11, 2016.