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[Fantasia ’12] ‘House Of Psychotic Women’ Book Launch And Screenings

Fantasia International Film Festival is set to kick off later this week in Montreal. While everyone is prepping to dive headfirst into the crazy load of horror films they have this year, Fantasia is also hosting a special book launch event for Kier-La Janisse’s House Of Psychotic Women. The book, published by FAB Press, is described as “An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films”, and it will debut at Fantasia along with the screening of several topical horror films. Check out the official press release below with more details about the book and the screenings.

EXTENT: 360 pages, illustrated in b/w, with a 32-page full colour section
RELEASE: July 22nd

Official Book-launch at Fantasia Film Festival, July 22

Since launching with its seminal publication Flesh And Blood (the source of the FAB acronym) in 1993, FAB Press, publishers of books for cult connoisseurs, has gained respect among its loyal customers and knowledgeable members of the book publishing industry alike. The FAB Press logo is your guarantee of quality.

OFFICIAL BOOK-LAUNCH AT FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, with a screening of FULL CIRCLE (aka The Haunting of Julia) July 22 at 3.15PM @ J.A. De Seve Theatre

Further supporting screenings at Cinematheque Quebecoise as follows:

POSSESSION – July 22 at 8.30PM
CHRISTIANE F. – July 27 at 8.30PM DR.
JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES – July 28 at 6.30PM

“God, this woman can write, with a voice and intellect that’s so new. The truth in the most deadly unique way I’ve ever read.” – Ralph Bakshi, director of ‘Fritz the Cat’, ‘Heavy Traffic’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, etc.

Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart – ‘the eccentric’ – the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play.

HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN is an examination of these characters through a daringly personal autobiographical lens. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and a celebration of female madness, both onscreen and off.

This sharply-designed book is packed with rare stills, posters, pressbooks and artwork that combine with family photos and artifacts to form a titillating sensory overload, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure in equal measure.

“Fascinating, engaging and lucidly written: an extraordinary blend of deeply researched academic analysis and revealing memoir.” – Iain Banks, author of ‘The Wasp Factory’

The Author
Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer who co-founded the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in Montreal, where she also edits the Fantasia Film Festival’s online magazine, Spectacular Optical. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival and the Big Smash! Music-on-Film Festival (both in Vancouver) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror. She has written for Filmmaker, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) and Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2010), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi, published by FAB Press in 2007.



  • djblack1313

    POSSESSION is fucking awesome & disturbing as all hell! i just watched the uncut (the only one you should watch) last week and it left me a bit stunned. the subway scene made me an Isabelle Adjani fan for life. i wish i could go to this screening. anyone who hasn’t seen it, you must. it’s that fucked up!

    • Lonmonster

      I actually haven’t seen it, looking forward to the screening now though.

  • djblack1313

    Lonmonster, you HAVE to write a review (if you want of course!) once you see it. i’m dying to know what you and other think. the subway scene alone is so fucking bizarre and unsettling that it made it an instant classic for me! you’ll have a new found love/respect for Adjani!

    • Lonmonster

      After Fantasia, I will write one up!

  • Alabama-Sharp

    Possession is godlike

  • j.c

    Turner Classic Movies has ran the uncut Posession on Turner Underground twice now. They may re-air again so keep an eye on the scedule for those who havent seen this yet. The old Anchor Bay dvd ir very hard to find.I saw the bastardized American version back in theaters under the title The Night the Screaming Stopped back on its limited mid-80’s run and was amazed at what was cut. They took a 2hr film and trimmed it down to 86 min. It barely made any sense in that form.

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