Course Archives

  • School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film
    School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film
    Thu. Jan. 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    We kick off the pilot season of Miskatonic London with Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse’s class on the history of the shocking classroom safety film.

  • I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity
    I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity
    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Mark Pilkington talks about the development of the Italo jungle thriller with a screening of Lenzi’s MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972) followed by a series of classic cannibal film trailers to uncover the genre’s roots in the West’s growing interest in environmentalism, atavistic cultures, lost worlds and the perils of the green inferno.

  • The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-masochism in 1960s-70s cinema
    The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-masochism in 1960s-70s cinema
    Thu. Mar. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In the 1960s-70s, the relaxation of censorship, together with women’s greater social assertiveness, led to the appearance of a substantial number of art and/or exploitative films that explored male/female relationships through sexual power games. This lecture will examine the various ramifications of the period’s unfettered sado-masochistic fantasies.

  • London Underground: Death Line
    London Underground: Death Line
    Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Kim Newman will talk about Gary Sherman’s 1972 British horror film, Death Line (aka Raw Meat), highlighting the film’s political subtext, transgressive use of cannibalism as metaphor and for shock value, black humour, performance styles, relationship with American and other British films on similar subjects, and exploration of London lore and locations.

  • Engulfed by Nature: Psychological and Supernatural Landscapes
    Engulfed by Nature: Psychological and Supernatural Landscapes
    Thu. May. 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture and screening by Jasper Sharp will look at how landscape and elemental conditions can be evoked to express dangerous forces existing beyond man’s perceptual and belief systems, but also, in contrast, how heightened psychological states can be given visual form through use of such timeless spaces, taking the viewer out of their comfort zones and back into nature at its most wild, mysterious and untamed.

  • Jesús Franco: Shooting at the speed of life
    Jesús Franco: Shooting at the speed of life
    Thu. Jun. 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this evening’s discussion, acclaimed author Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA) will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.

  • Miskatonic Graduation at the Masonic Temple with "DEAD EYES OF LONDON"
    Miskatonic Graduation at the Masonic Temple with "DEAD EYES OF LONDON"
    Sat. Jul. 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel

    The Miskatonic London 2015 pilot semester has now wrapped, but we would like to invite all our graduates (those who were with us for the whole semester) to a screening of The Dead Eyes of London at the fantastic Masonic Temple in Liverpool Street on Saturday 4 July at 1pm (part of the East End Film Festival). This will be followed by a panel discussion on krimi films with Kim Newman, Jim Harper and Alex Fitch, after which the graduates will receive their Miskatonic diplomas from the hands of Kim Newman.

  • FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
    FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
    Thu. Sep. 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    As part of Scalarama 2015, our first class of the fall semester features William Fowler talking about Antony Balch, an extraordinary figure of 1960s-70s British film, best known for directing Secrets of Sex (1970) and Horror Hospital (1973), and for his collaborations with William Burroughs.

  • SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
    SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
    Thu. Oct. 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, this lecture – based on the instructors’ book of the same name – aims to capture the untold story of the how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved.

  • SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
    SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
    Thu. Nov. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Jim Harper explores the background and history of the Wallace krimi, from their beginnings to their long-term influence in Germany and beyond, discussing the charm and appeal of these quintessential European cult favourites.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
    Thu. Dec. 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    To mark the launch of WE ARE THE MARTIANS, a new book of essays about Kneale and his work from Spectral Press, The Miskatonic Institute presents a unique celebration of the work of Nigel Kneale. A rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama THE ROAD (featuring Jonathan Rigby and others), will be followed by an in depth discussion of Kneale’s work and influence by some of the book’s authors

  • J.G. Ballard: Crash, The Atrocity Exhibition and Moving Beyond Literature
    J.G. Ballard: Crash, The Atrocity Exhibition and Moving Beyond Literature
    Thu. Jan. 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This talk by visiting instructor Jack Sargeant offers an exploration of Ballard’s radical experimental work, and traces its influence into the subcultural mise en scène of the era and beyond.

  • Live From Miskatonic: JOHN HOUGH IN CONVERSATION
    Live From Miskatonic: JOHN HOUGH IN CONVERSATION
    Thu. Feb. 11, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this special instalment of LIVE FROM MISKATONIC, Hough will participate in a lengthy on-stage conversation with our guest interviewer Justin Harries, the curator of London’s popular FILMBAR70.

  • CANCELLED - INHUMAN NOISE: Synthesized Sound as Weapon, Antagonist and Supernatural Presence in Horror Cinema
    CANCELLED - INHUMAN NOISE: Synthesized Sound as Weapon, Antagonist and Supernatural Presence in Horror Cinema
    Thu. Mar. 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This talk looks beyond the soundtrack at the role of composers, instruments, computers and other sound-making devices in horror films, revealing that the relationship between alien sounds and inhuman activity is not always as straightforward as one might expect.

  • HOLY TORTURE: Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema
    HOLY TORTURE: Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema
    Thu. Apr. 14, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    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. This lecture by Miskatonic London co-director Virginie Selavy will explore the various ways in which desire, cruelty, power and religion are configured in the cinema of the period.

  • IT’S NOT REAL, BUT IT’S REALITY: The Story of Custom-Made Sex and Horror
    IT’S NOT REAL, BUT IT’S REALITY: The Story of Custom-Made Sex and Horror
    Thu. May. 12, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture traces the history of the custom shoot – from its clumsy beginnings in video horror to the present facsimile death scenes – which occupies a unique space in the collective mind-set, one created and never occupied by the ‘reality’ of snuff films.

  • Rituals in the Dark: Evoking Magic on Film
    Rituals in the Dark: Evoking Magic on Film
    Thu. Sep. 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Step into the safety of the magic circle as Mark Pilkington explores how the myriad Western esoteric magical practices and traditions have been represented, enacted and portrayed on film.

  • Vulgar Structures; or Andrzej Zulawski's Love Triangles
    Vulgar Structures; or Andrzej Zulawski's Love Triangles
    Thu. Oct. 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    Writer and filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski, who passed away earlier this year, worked in different genres: war films (The Third Part of the Night), gothic horror (The Devil, Possession), melodrama (The Most Important Thing is to Love, My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days, La Fidelite), thrillers (La Femme publique, Cosmos), science fiction (On the Silver Globe), costume dramas (La Note bleue),crime films (L’Amour braque), erotic dramas (Szamanka) – even musicals (Boris Godunov). However, all of Zulawski’s films share the same fundamentally vulgar structure: the love triangle. This class looks at the love triangle fundamental to all of Zulawski’s films and squares it with this remarkable director’s life and loves.

     

  • Little Terrors: Children's Horror on Film and Television
    Little Terrors: Children's Horror on Film and Television
    Thu. Nov. 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class will explore in detail the area of horror films and television programmes created specifically for children in the UK and the US.

  • Working the Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me'
    Working the Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me'
    Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992, directed by David Lynch and co-written with Robert Engels) was created to address unanswered questions in the seminal TV series TWIN PEAKS (1990-91), but instead it offered more puzzles and dream narratives to confound viewers. Its premiere in Cannes was met with boos and jeers from the audience, but over the years critical opinion of this challenging film has matured and developed. Maura McHugh will explore the symbols and themes that underpin FIRE WALK WITH ME and TWIN PEAKS, and will offer you a refresher course in its characters and strange happenings in advance of the new series of TWIN PEAKS which will materialise in 2017.

     

  • "Nature Found Them Guilty": Revenge in Australian Exploitation Cinema
    "Nature Found Them Guilty": Revenge in Australian Exploitation Cinema
    Thu. Jan. 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture will explore how Australian horror cinema of this period incorporates a subversive streak that critiques Australian history and culture through the theme of revenge. This lecture will explore how Australian horror cinema of the 1970s and 80s incorporates a subversive streak that critiques Australian history and culture through the theme of revenge.

  • Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking
    Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking
    Thu. Feb. 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In this illustrated talk Jasper Sharp will explore the out reaches of Japanese fantasy cinema, from the embryonic trick films of “The Father of Japanese Film” Shozo Makino through oddball homegrown sub-genres such as the prewar “ghost cat” (bakeneko or kaibyô) films and the ama cycle of sexy pearl diver films, some long-lost Japanese takes on the movie monsters of Universal Studios, the pink film-horror of directors like Tetsuji Takechi and Kinya Ogawa and much, much more, all peppered with a liberal amount of clips of some truly bizarre titles that remain either unseen or unseeable to modern audiences outside of the country.

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