I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity

Man from Deep River

Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London

Instructor: Mark Pilkington

Date: 12 February 2015

Time: 7-10pm

Venue: Horse Hospital

Address: Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

Prices: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs / £50 full season ticket

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With a screening of Man from Deep River (Umberto Lenzi, 1972)

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a proliferation of increasingly gruesome jungle-set horror thrillers emerge from Italy’s teeming pulp cinema studios. A postscript of sorts to the ever-popular, and equally ethically challenged, Mondo cycle, the cannibal genre was prematurely seeded by Man from Deep River, Lenzi’s gut-busting homage to the international hit A Man Called Horse (1970).

Although it would be another five years before the genre really took off (with Ruggero Deodato’s Last Cannibal World in 1977) Man from Deep River contains all the vital ingredients for a cannibal feast – racism and ethnic exploitation, animal abuse, nudity, sex and extreme violence, all presented in the guise of dispassionate ethnographic cinema.

On February 12, Miskatonic London will screen Lenzi’s rarely seen film followed by a series of classic cannibal film trailers to uncover the genre’s roots in the West’s growing interest in environmentalism, atavistic cultures, lost worlds and the perils of the green inferno. Bring a plate.

About the instructor:
Mark Pilkington is the author of the book and documentary film Mirage Men and Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge. He has written for The Guardian, The Wire, Sight and Sound, Electric Sheep, Fortean Times, Frieze and The Quietus amongst others. He founded and runs Strange Attractor Press and regularly speaks on esoteric and fringe culture topics.

About the Miskatonic Institute:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based organization that started in Canada, founded by Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010. The school currently has branches in Montreal and London, with Miskatonic London operating under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Electric Sheep Founder/Editor Virginie Sélavy.

All classes take place at the historic Horse Hospital, the heart of the city’s underground culture. Registration for the full season is £50 and available from WeGotTickets. Individual class tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concessions and will be available 30 days in advance of each class.

The next course dates are 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June. For the full details of the courses please check the Miskatonic website. For all enquiries, please email Miskatonic.london@gmail.com.

Black Movie 2015

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Black Movie 2015

Black Movie

16-25 January 2015

Geneva, Switzerland

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From January 16 to 25, the Black Movie Festival returns to Geneva with a focus on the human body and its misadventures, including films from South Korea, Russia, China, Brazil, Ukraine and Japan as well as an animation strand. Geneva’s pioneering independent film festival will present 112 films, including 51 Swiss premieres and 12 European premieres, with as its guest of honour acclaimed chronicler of disaffected China Wang Bing.

The selection includes the new films by Hong Sang-soo, Hill of Freedom, Takashi Miike, Over Your Dead Body, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s Fires on the Plain as well as Tetsua Nakashima’s visceral drama The World of Kanako, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s unique sign-language Ukrainian drama The Tribe, Kim Seong-hoon’s Hard Day and Aleksei German’s hallucinatory SF tale Hard To Be a God.

The Art Theatre Guild, the Japanese 60s underground production studio, is the subject of an exhibition of 40 film posters, which will be accompanied by screenings of Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses, Akio Jissoji’s This Passing Life and Susumu Hani’s Nanami: The Inferno of First Love.

‘Microbe: The Little Black Movie’ will showcase the best of international animation through 56 children’s films, with a focus on Brazil.

Other events include the Kino Kabaret, a three-day creative laboratory for artists and technicians, while artist Cetuss will decorate three spaces in homage to Twin Peaks, with the Grütli cinema playing host to the Black Lodge and the Great Northern Hotel.

To find out more about the programme please visit the Black Movie Festival website.