Free Opening Vernissage! IF THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror – July 20, 5-7pm

We are pleased to invite you to the exclusive World Premiere launch of a unique national art exposition, presented by Rue Morgue Magazine, the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Cinémathèque québecoise:

IF THEY CAME FROM WITHIN
An Alternative History of Canadian Horror
Vernissage cocktail: Friday, July 20 from 5:00-7:00PM
At the Cinémathèque québecoise (335 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East)
Free Exhibition Dates: July 20-29

In attendance, filmmakers Rodrigo Gudino, Maurice Devereaux, Karim Hussain, Lee Demarbre, and Brett Kelly (TBC)

With artwork by: Beeforeo, Rupert Bottenberg, Angus Byers, Donald Caron, Jason Edmiston, Justin Erickson, Vince Marcone, Mathew Marigold, Richard Patmore, Martin Plante, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Paige Reynolds, Eric Robillard, Mathieu Verreault, Mark Unterberger, whatisadam and James White.
Please join us to mingle with numerous festival guests and organizers over a drink and a snack!

About the Exhibit:
Imagine an alternative universe of Canadian horror movies that didn’t get made, couldn’t get made and maybe even shouldn’t get made… but we’d still love to see. Rue Morgue Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander brings some of Canada and Quebec’s most celebrated genre filmmakers together with some of the country’s best designers and illustrators to create a gallery of poster art for Maple Syrup genre films that don’t exist.Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN) dreams up a post-apocalyptic, gangster, man-fish odyssey. Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE) offers his own cross- border version of BLUE SUNSHINE. Maurice Devereaux (END OF THE LINE) draws on Quebec folklore for a story of a supernatural child-killer named the Bonesetter. Bruce McDonald (HARDCORE LOGO) and author Tony Burgess (People Still Live In Cashtown Corners) imagine two sequels to PONTYPOOL (the first of which is actually a part of Fantasia’s new international co-produc- tion market!). Lee Demarbre (SMASH CUT) brings sex, cannibalism and espion- age to Parliament Hill in his hoser-happy EMANNUELLE movie. Plus more from filmmakers Eric Tessier (5150 ELM’S WAY), Karim Hussain (LA BELLE BETE, cinematographer of Brandon Cronenberg’s ANTIVIRAL), Astron-6 (FATHER’S DAY), Rodrigo Gudiño (THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW), George Mihalka (MY BLOODY VALENTINE), Brett Kelly (MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND), Donna Davis (NIGHTMARE FACTORY) and several from Alexander himself. The film- maker’s original concepts will appear on display in their own words, mounted on foamcore in both French and English.

Featuring original art created by: Beeforeo, Rupert Bottenberg, Angus Byers, Donald Caron, Jason Edmiston, Justin Erickson, Vince Marcone, Mathew Marigold, Richard Patmore, Martin Plante, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Paige Reynolds, Eric Robillard, Mathieu Verreault, Mark Unterberger, whatisadam and James White. Expect additional multimedia surprises, including original soundtrack recordings from Montreal musician Conrad Simon. Montrealers will get a special chance to see this first, with many of the creators present, before the show embarks on a nationwide gallery tour.

See more info and artwork on the film event page HERE.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. 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 (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She 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) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited (with Paul Corupe) and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She edited the book Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (forthcoming), and is currently co-authoring (with Amy Searles) the book ‘Unhealthy and Aberrant’: Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television and co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., as well as writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s and Sean Hogan’s We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea and her first film as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is due out from Severin Films in 2020.

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