By popular demand, after a successful chartered bus tour of iconic cult and horror film locations in Toronto last summer, Spectacular Optical and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies invite you to the first-ever Horror Express-Montreal on Wednesday July 17th! This 6-hour bus tour hosted by longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold (Fangoria, Rue Morgue) and House of Psychotic Women author Kier-La Janisse will stop at 10 iconic horror locations from Canada’s infamous tax shelter era. Come join us for fun and photo ops as we navigate through the history of Montreal’s cinematic underbelly.

The tour will begin with a 9:30am registration in central Montreal (location to be disclosed to registrants in an email, but it will be close to Fantasia headquarters at Concordia’s Hall Building) and departure at 10am, and will run until approximately 4:00pm, including a stop for lunch along the route (cost of lunch not included).

PLUS! The luxury bus has AV so we can watch clips of the films in advance of arriving at each location! But act fast because there are only 30 seats!

TICKETS $50.00 CAD – available in our webstore HERE >>

This tour is being organized in conjunction with Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, which runs July 11-Aug 1, 2019.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of 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 and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


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