New Semester Starts 29 January!
Winter in Montreal has come on with a vengeance, and we're going to do our best to battle it with 10 weeks of horror studies for everyone.
We kick off the semester with a first: a course devoted entirely to a single Year in Horror: 1983, the year chosen randomly by your MMS coordinators. From 29 January to 5 March, six different instructors bring you lectures on as many different films from that year, including two from David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Dead Zone), one from John Carpenter (Christine), and a selection of films that just don't get their due in horror scholarship: Lucio Fulci's Conquest, Douglass Trumbull's Brainstorm, and the multi-director anthology film, Twilight Zone: The Movie. Course times are generally from 7-10pm.
Concordia PhD student Mark Barber follows our 12 March Spring Break with the three-week course, "'Mind saying that for the camera?': Variations on First-Person Horror," focusing on the perennially popular found-footage sub-genre, from the controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980) to the recent hit, Unfriended (2014/15) (19 March to 2 April, 7-10pm).
Rounding out the Winter 2019 semester is Volume 3 in our Monstrum Brood series, where we invite current and former MMS students to the podium to speak about topics that matter to them. This year, it's Anaïs Charbonneau-Poitras on Pedro Almodovar's allusive horror homage, The Skin I Live In (2011). 9 April, 7pm-10pm.
Courses are a suggested donation of $7 per class at the door, or a discounted rate of $50 for the semester. Hosted by Microcinema Être (6029A Avenue du Parc).
MMS co-coordinators Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter head to Romero country to present "Empire of the Dead: The Life of George A. Romero." The critical survey of the director's 16 films is part of a month-long celebration of the director's life and work. For more information on the celebration's many events, see the Romero Lives! website.
MMS is proud to announce its Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 curriculum.
We kick off the Fall 2018 semester on 2 October with "Women in Horror 3: New Perspectives." This five-week course opens with a roundtable discussion on the continued significance and influence of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein (1818) with panelists Rebecca Million, Ursula Misztal, and Shalon Noble. In the following weeks, new perspectives on women in horror continue with Jay Shea's recovery of Barbara in Night of the Living Dead, Karen Herland on the Black Dahlia murder, Anne Golden on Karen Kusama's The Invitation, and Rosanna Maule rounding out the course on 30 October with more on the legacy of Mary Shelley. Next up on 6 and 13 November, Dawson College instructors Chris Whittaker (Physics) and Yann Brouillette (Chemistry) present the two-week double-feature, "Monster Science: The Physics and Chemistry of Monsters," picking apart scientifically the monsters we love and love to hate. L'Université de Montréal's Alexandra Dagenais follows on 20 November with a different kind of monster in "Le Féminin et le diable," a three-week course examining women and possession films, présenté en Français. Dagenais: "L’objectif de ce cours est de démontrer comment la possession exprime la manifestation d’une sexualité féminine refoulée par la société patriarcale et comment le spectacle de l’exorcisme comme attraction cinématographique objectifie cette sexualité." The fall semester at MMS wraps up on Thursday, 13 December with a lecture by special guest Virginie Selavy on Horror and Surrealism.
Winter 2019 at MMS begins on 29 January with the first in a series of courses focused on a particular year in horror, titled, appropriately, "A Year in Horror: 1983." This six-week course kicks off with Kristopher Woofter's discussion of Stephen King's novel Christine, and John Carpenter's near-simultaneous adaptation. University of North Carolina, Greensboro's Will Dodson travels to chilly Montréal to tackle David Cronenberg's seminal Videodrome, and Dawson College's Mikaela Bobiy hits us with another dose of Cronenberg (and King) in her discussion of The Dead Zone. Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare treats us to Lucio Fulci's crazed sword-and-sorcery epic, Conquest, and Ellen Freeman goes nostalgic with Steven Spielberg's production, The Twilight Zone: The Movie. Next up, starting 19 March, Concordia University's Mark Barber joins us for the three-week course "'Mind Saying that for the Camera?': Variations on First-Person Horror" taking on a subject dear to our hearts with films including Cannibal Holocaust (1980), The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Unfriended (2014/15). And Anais Charbonneau-Poitras puts the nail in the coffin of MMS 2018-2019 in her 9 April talk for the Monstrum Brood, Vol. 3, where we invite current and former MMS students to lead a discussion of their own.
Full course descriptions for all courses are coming soon on the MMS Courses page. Stay tuned!
The Schedule at a Glance:
MMS courses are held on Tuesdays* from 7pm to 10pm (9pm if no screening) at a suggested donation of $7. A discounted cost of $50 provides unlimited access to an entire semester. Join us!
*The exception is Virginie Selavy's Thursday, 13 December special guest lecture.
It's here! The Montreal Monstrum Society is proud to announce the inaugural issue of its new journal, MONSTRUM, edited by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter.
Issue #1 of MONSTRUM features a memorial retrospective on the films of George A. Romero, edited by Kristopher Woofter, and featuring contributions by Stacey Abbott, Simon Brown, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Clayton Dillard, Will Dodson, Lorna Jowett, Adam Lowenstein, R. Million, Christopher Sharrett, Carl Sederholm, J.A. Shea, Tony Williams, Annaëllle Winand, and Kristopher Woofter. The new issue also features five feature essays by Gary D. Rhodes, Virginie Selavy, Michael Wood, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, and Kristopher Woofter on topics ranging from the origins of the term "horror film," to Peeping Tom, British occult cinema, Lucio Fulci, and pseudo-documentary horror. Book reviews of Alanna Thain's Bodies in Suspense: Time and Affect in Cinema and Patricia Pender's I'm Buffy and You're History: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Contemporary Feminism, and an impressive essay in our student forum by student V. Samoylenko on defying STI stigma in It Follows, round out the issue.
Welcome to MONSTRUM, Issue #1!
Welcome to the new Montreal Monstrum Society website! News and info can be found on this page. We hope you'll enjoy exploring our new site, and do let us know what you think.
MMS co-coordinators, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter lead us into the Winter 2018 semester with our eyes wide shut, to focus on one of horror’s most important and least-discussed elements with The Music of Horror, an experimental "listening" course. Starts 23 January.
Ellen Freeman follows with three weeks of Shock Horror. Focusing on Tom Six’s three Human Centipede films (2009, 2011, 2015), Freeman explores the moral-emotional implications of moviegoers’ responses to these films as “disturbing.” Starts 13 February.
Next up is the Monstrum Brood, Vol. 2, the second in our series of lectures, where we invite past and current students to take on a class devoted to interests of their own. In this instalment, longtime MMS student and friend, Marianne Desautels discusses subway horror and Ryuhei Kitamura's 2008 film Midnight Meat Train. One evening: 20 March.
Wrapping up the year is University of Montréal professor Bernard Perron’s three-week French-language course, Bienvenue dans le monde des jeux vidéo d'épouvante (Welcome to the World of Scary Video Games), a short introduction to the history of horror video games from Haunted House (1981) to Resident Evil VII (2017). [Courte introduction de l'histoire des jeux vidéo d'épouvante de Haunted House (1981) à Resident Evil VII (2017). Analyse de quelques stratégies utilisées par les concepteurs de jeu pour faire peur au joueur.] Trois semaines: 27 Mars, 3 & 10 Avril.
All Miskatonic-Montréal courses are hosted by Microcinema Etre (6029a, ave du Parc). Course dates are Tuesday nights, from 7pm to 10pm. A suggested donation of $7 per lecture can be paid at the door. A significantly discounted rate of $50 for an entire semester can be paid at the door.
MMS courses are open to anyone interested, at a suggested donation of $7 per class. A significantly discounted one-time payment of $50 per semester is also available.
For detailed information on our courses and how to register, see the Registration page.
The Montréal Monstrum Society (or MMS) is a collective of horror scholars, researchers, and filmmakers, offering two ten-week semesters of courses in horror and related genres in cinema, television, literature, and other media.
Établi à Montréal, la Société Monstrum de Montréal est un collectif d’universitaires, de chercheurs et de cinéastes spécialisés dans le cinéma, la télévision et la littérature d’horreur.