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CanFilm Five: Black Museum Curator Andrea Subissati

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Along with Canuxploitation.com founder Paul Corupe,  Andrea “ Lady Hellbat” Subissati is a curator for The Black Museum, a limited engagement of horror lectures and screenings based out of Toronto’s Projection Booth East theatre. Taking place throughout the fall, this event offers the chance for horror professionals of all kinds to share their experience, knowledge and love of the genre in a casual and interactive atmosphere.

Andrea is also a sociologist and writer on cultural studies and the horror film genre. In 2010, her first book on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. The book has been reviewed in Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, and Lady Hellbat has become a voice in horror journalism thanks to her well-received guest spots on the Rue Morgue podcast. She has also appeared on Lianne Spiderbaby‘s Fright Bytes webcast series, as featured on the Fangoria site.

In preparation for her  upcoming Black Museum lecture, “Unearthed: A Cultural History of the Zombie,” (get tickets now!) Andrea offers something a little different from our usual CanFilm Five lists — the top five reasons Toronto is a great place to live for horror fans.

Filming destination
Toronto is now home to horror royalty George A. Romero, and sightings of genre directors Eli Roth, Paul WS Anderson and Guillermo Del Toro are not uncommon. In fact, Mr. Del Toro has such a soft spot for the big smoke that he treated the city to a four-course master class on a selection of Hitchcock films last year and he even hinted that he’d love to do it again. Lucky us!

The Toronto Zombie Walk
Toronto did it first, and 2012 marks the TZW’s 10th anniversary. With special guests John A. Russo and Russ Streiner in attendance, this year’s march of the undead is sure to be the biggest and the best one yet.

Rue Morgue Magazine
The home office of the most established and respected genre publication is located in the West end of the city. Formerly a funeral home, the office kept the chapel to use as a screening room and the whole place is so cool they should really charge admission for tours… but they do it for free. Another perk of Rue Morgue being in the ‘hood is Cinemacabre (the Rue’s monthly horror screenings) and the best Halloween party around.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival
TAD is only seven years old but you wouldn’t know it to see the lineups encircling local cinemas every October. What started as four days of screenings has since expanded to “Nine Nights of Cinematic Mayhem”, where the indie and international horror, sci-fi and cult films receive red carpet treatment, with an added emphasis on integrating the local horror community. Great movies, guaranteed.

The Black Museum
OK, so we’re not as big as Rue Morgue or TAD (yet) and, if you’ve been paying close attention, maybe the writer of this list is a wee bit biased. But you’ve got to admit, The Black Museum is a worthy addition to the pantheon of horror events and institutions listed above. For the price of a night at the movies, Black Museum guests take a tour into the blood and guts of movies with courses led by some of the biggest names in the biz.

  1. Hi!
    FRIGHT BYTES doesn’t belong to Fangoria, it’s completely my production, but my episodes are posted on Fangoria each month. It might be Fangoria’s one day, but for now, it’s just Lianne Spiderbaby’s ! Sorry! 🙂

    • Canuxploitation! says:

      Hey Lianne–my apologies, I’ve made the correction and given you a linkback. I pulled Andrea’s bio from somewhere else and though I knew Fright Bytes was yours, had assumed that, based on that description, it was perhaps a “Fangoria presents” kind of thing now. Sorry about that!