San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
and Loud Mouth Theatre Company's Dark Nights
Talk and Clip Show with Kier-La Janisse
SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
In the 1980s, everywhere you turned there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, Saturday morning cartoons and TV talk shows.
Relive the era with the book's co-editor Kier-La Janisse, who will present a talk and clip show based on Spectacular Optical’s new book Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. The event also doubles as the Hobart launch of the book and a limited number of copies will be available to purchase.
Date: 1 December 2015
Time: 8 pm – 9.30 pm (doors open at 7.30 pm)
Cost: $10 at the door or online
Venue: Pop-Up Theatre No. 5, Macquarie Point
About Kier-La Janisse:
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver (1999-2005) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Shindig!, Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011) and Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington Books, 2015) and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited Kid Power! and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s with Paul Corupe, and is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time, about children’s programming from 1965-1985.
When & Where
Stranger With My Face International Film Festival
Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival is based in Hobart, Tasmania. Deriving its name from the young adult novel by Lois Duncan, it explores the idea of ‘the horror within’ and promotes discussion around genre and gender, from ghost stories to gore, from art house to exploitation. SWMF has a particular focus on female directors working in horror and related genres and highlights bold new work by independent filmmakers.
Voted in the Top 5 Coolest Women's Film Festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine 2013.
"Nothing short of magical. It was transformative for me. I think what is being done there, and celebrated there and made possible as a result, is the best I have seen at any fest… I want to be there every year."—Jennifer Lynch, guest filmmaker
"This event fills a gap that has been largely ignored by other film festivals....” —Screen Hub