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NO SENSE MAKES SENSE

May 17 @ 19:00 - 22:00

HELTER SKELTER

THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES – LONDON presents: NO SENSE MAKES SENSE: GURUS, CULTS, MURDER AND MOVIES

Instructor Ian Cooper will examine the rise of alternative religious movements/cults in California in the 1960s and 70s which spawned an ongoing sub-genre of the horror film. The focus will be on the Manson Family, not only the most notorious of these groups but also the one with the greatest cultural impact.

The Family story has been reworked in a dizzying variety of contexts, from true crime mini-series (HELTER SKELTER [1976]) to Claymation satire (LIVE FREAKY, DIE FREAKY [2006]) and even as hardcore porn (MANSON XXX [2015]) while Charlie himself has been variously cast as revolutionary, white supremacist, Satanist and vampire.

There will also be a consideration of the renewed fascination with cults in the 21st century. The events of 9/11, like the Tate/LaBianca murders, served as a reminder that terrifying violence can strike without warning and internet-inspired ´lone wolf`terror attacks have ensured that fears of brainwashing and mind control are again part of the zeitgeist.

You honestly have to wonder – what would low-rent exploitation producers have done in the early 70s without Charles Manson? – Trash Film Guru (2013)

Instructor: Ian Cooper