Sunday, October 4

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Satanic Panic Book Launch featuring The ‘Burbs

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SATANIC PANIC Book Launch featuring THE 'BURBS

Editor/Author Kier-la Janisse in Person!



SATANIC PANIC, edited by Kier-la Janisse & Paul Corupe(1989) dir Joe Dante w/Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore [101 min; DCP]
Our friend Kier-la Janisse (author of the acclaimed House of Psychotic Women and editor of Kid Power) returns to the Brattle to celebrate the launch of the next book from her Spectacular Optical imprint – SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980S. Accompanying the book launch will be a screening of the Reagan-era classic THE ‘BURBS (which enjoys an entire chapter all to itself in the book) in which Tom Hanks’ bored suburbanite is convinced by his paranoid neighbor that the new family in town just might be a cannibalistic cult.

“An electrifying descent into ’80s-era cultural terror.”
– Mike McPadden, Author of Heavy Metal Movies

Check out Kier-La’s website, Big Smash
Read the intro to SATANIC PANIC on Birth. Movies. Death.

About the Author

Kier-La Janisse is a  film writer and programmer, the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications. 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 in Vancouver (1999-2005) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) and Destroy All Movies!! A Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She is the co-editor (with Paul Corupe) of Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! and is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming in the counterculture era.

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  • Sunday 10/4 at 9:00 PM

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