Good news for “THINGS-ites,” genre addicts and other fans of outré offerings–THINGS star and WICKED WORLD director Barry J. Gillis’ newest cinema experience will receive a midnight screening The Calgary International Film Festival on September 22, 2012. Fans of Gillis’ earlier films will definitely be excited to check out the world premiere of THE KILLING GAMES, which involves a would-be vigilante whose daughter is repeatedly attacked after she witnesses a murder. Gillis is no stranger to portraying brutality on film and this may be his most intense work yet, as the film was previously turned down by Edmonton International Film Festival for its excessive violence.
Tickets are already on sale, so check out the trailer:
By now, anyone keeping up with us on social media probably has heard of The Black Museum, a new Toronto-based lecture series that we are launching this fall with horror writer and zombie expert Andrea Subissati. Taking place at the Projection Booth – East, we have put together a program that features several lectures that should be of interest to Canadian horror film fans.
Two celebrated Toronto-based directors will be appearing. Our debut event on September 27 will feature CUBE and SPLICE director Vincenzo Natali discussing the use of architecture and space in horror films, while Astron-6 animator/director Steve Kostanski, a relatively fresh transplant from Winnipeg, is slated to talk on stop motion nightmares on October 25. In addition, I’m going to be delivering a modified version of a course I taught last year at the Miskatonic Institute in Montreal on how real-life medical atrocities in Canada have had a profound effect on the themes of Canadian horror films. November 22 will be the first time I will be presenting the course in Toronto.
Here’s a still-relevant trailer for last year’s event, created by Blue Sunshine:
And while not explicitly Canadian in content, you should also check out the rest of the series, including Andrea’s own presentation, “Unearthed: A Cultural History of the Zombie” on October 11 and Rue Morgue podcast guru Stuart Feedback Andrews’ look at WHITE ZOMBIE as the birth of zombie cinema, including a screening of the essential 1930s classic.
Tickets will be available at the door for $15 each, but you can also grab them online now for $12 apiece or just $50 for a ”membership” that gives you access to all five lectures.