2011 Halloween Round-Up

Boris Karloff often quipped that October was his “busy season,” and seeing how horror looms large over genre filmmaking, we’ve been busy behind the scenes too, contributing some other interesting material around the web this month. Just in case you missed it, here are some of the other things I’ve been up to lately:

First, I was more than pleased to be asked to contribute to The Terror Trap‘s annual Halloween feature, “Reflections on… Fear! 2,” in which actors and writers reflect on their own personal memories of horror films. I decided to write up a personal anecdote about the first time I watched CANNIBAL GIRLS. You can also check out a piece on PROPHECY by They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema author and occasional Canuxploitation.com contributor Caelum Vatnsdal. Also offering anecdotes are fellow Canucks Art Hindle, Paul Zaza, Lesleh Donaldson and Lisa Langlois!

It’s the 50th anniversary of THE MASK this year (but you already knew that)! To help celebrate, I wrote an entry for fellow RUE MORGUE scribe Jason Pichonsky’s Depthsploitation 3-D blog on the film’s experimental music soundtrack by Louis Applebaum and Myron Schaeffer. And be sure to check out the blog’s other recent in-depth pieces on THE MASK, including rare video, storyboard comparisons and other fascinating material.

Also: I was also interviewed for this piece on the THE MASK and Toronto-shot horror films for the THE GLOBE AND MAIL to coincide with the film’s screening a few days ago. Which, by the way, was awesome.

My most recent instalment of PSYCHOTRONIC NFB on THE SNIFFING BEAR? Picked up by the NFB blog itself! Huzzah!

I’ll be talking about this more in the coming weeks, but on November 19 and 20, 2011, I’ll be offering a class at the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre in Montreal entitled “Echoes from the Sleep Room: Medical Terror in Canadian Horror Cinema.”, as part of their Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. I’ve been working hard preparing slides and movie clips for what promises to be a unique look at Canadian B-film, so you should probably come.

And finally, a little something for your Halloween loot bags! No specific Canadian horror connection with this one, but every year I put together a free downloadable Halloween compilation of classic monster rock obscurities from the 1950s and ’60s. 27 tracks of vintage oddities with not one mashing monster in sight! Available until the 31st only.

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