Episode 34. The Assessment III: Season of the Faculty

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Andrea and Alex dive back into the virtual mailbag to reassess everything covered in 2015, from the highs to the lows and everything in between.

EXTRA CREDIT

Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity. Alex’s book is now available for pre-order!

The Neo-Gothic Horror of James Wan. Alex’s piece on horror impresario James Wan.

Split Lip. Sam Costello’s anthology of short horror comics – we recommend!

The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul. Many great essays on Canuck horror, including Andrea’s chapter on Pontypool.

The Whorer: Episode 81. The Whorer podcast had a slightly different reading of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser films.

Based on True Case Files: Ed and Lorraine Warren in Film. Alex’s overview of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s life on film.

Remembering Notorious British TV Shocker, Ghostwatch. Alex’s article on the prolific BBC production.

The Witches: Salem, 1962. Stacy Schiff’s excellent book is a great companion to our witches episodes.

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. A recommendation from a listener for another perspective on Arthur Miller’s character from The Crucible.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 33. All Work and No Play: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)

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Alex and Andrea take a tour of the Overlook Hotel examining Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film, the spectre of Stephen King’s book and the complexities of family life under the American dream.

REQUIRED READING

The Shining. Dir Stanley Kubrick, 1980

EXTRA CREDIT

Kubrick Goes Gothic. A preview piece from American Film anticipating the release and impact of The Shining.

The Overlook Hotel. This comprehensive Tumblr has all your Shining-related needs covered.

The Making of The Shining. Vivian Kubrick’s candid behind-the-scenes documentary should really be required reading!

Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, edited by Danel Olson. Essays, artwork and interviews that deliver the goods that other books might have, ahem… overlooked.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 32. I Want Your Sex: David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975)

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Alex and Andrea are joined by Paul “Canuxploitation” Corupe to deconstruct the architecture and isolation of David Cronenberg’s first feature, SHIVERS, within the context of the Canadian film industry. So grab your favourite parasite, check on your neighbours and listen in.

To enter the HORRORWOOD NORTH giveaway – use #Horrorwood and tag us (@FacultyofHorror) with your favourite Canadian horror film (contest open internationally).

To enter the SATANIC PANIC giveaway – use #SatanicPanic and tag us (@FacultyofHorror) with your favourite Satanic film (contest open internationally).

REQUIRED READING

Shivers. Dir David Cronenberg, 1975.

EXTRA CREDIT

From Cinépix to Cineplex: The Studios that Dripped Maple Syrup. From Paul Corupe’s excellent Canuxploitation website, a look at the studios that helped shaped Canadian genre films.

Language Conflict in Quebec. An overview of Quebec’s political and social turbulence from the late 1960s to 1980s.

FEAR ON FILM: Landis, Carpenter, Cronenberg! An excellent interview with Cronenberg and other horror auteurs.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 31. The Power of Christ Compels You: The Exorcist (1973)

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Keep a crucifix close and put some pea soup on the stove because Alex and Andrea are confronting their demons to talk about The Exorcist and why the scariest things are sometimes the most personal.

REQUIRED READING

The Exorcist. Dir William Friedkin, 1973.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

The 1949 Washington Post piece on an exorcism in Mt. Rainier. The news article that inspired Blatty to write the best-selling novel.

History Today article on The Exorcist. Nick Cull explores how the smash-hit horror film exploited all the issues that most worried Americans in the early 1970s.

Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine: An Imaginary Abjection by Barbara Creed. Creed’s seminal paper which explores the female body as a site of trauma and terror.

I Was There Too – The Exorcist with Eileen Dietz. Matt Gourley’s fun and informative podcast focuses on interviews with actors who were there for the great moments of cinema history. In this episode he interviews Linda Blair’s body and stunt double who was also the face of Captain Howdy, Eileen Dietz, who gives a personal account of the shooting of the film.

Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman. The New York Times writer describes playwright Harold Pinter’s influence on The Exorcist’s original theatrical cut.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Tal Zimerman & Why Horror?

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Why do we watch horror movies? The aptly named documentary Why Horror? poses that very question to scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers and fans. The film follows comedian, horror journalist and our guest Tal Zimerman as he ventures around the world in an attempt to figure out why we love the grotesque and the terrifying.

Why Horror? will receive its American television premiere Friday October 30th, on Showtime.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Why Horror? Facebook Page

LISTEN

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Filmmaker Spotlight. Dreamweaver: Wes Craven (1939-2015)

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A mini-episode sharing our memories of Craven’s films and their impact.

EXTRA CREDIT

Never Sleep Again: The Nightmare on Elm Street Legacy (2010). The only Nightmare on Elm Street documentary you need to see.

Post Mortem: the Mick Garris Interview series. A wonderful four-part interview with Craven covering the highlights of his career.

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