The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international educational community through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.

The Dreyer Connection in Alan Clarke’s Penda’s Fen (1974)

By Martyn Conterio (Note: This content was created exclusively for the Miskatonic newsletter. Each newsletter will contain original writing adjacent to our classes and so we are sharing this here to let you know what kinds of treats are in store if you sign up! Sign up to the monthly newsletter HERE >>) It might […]

THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES UNVEILS SPRING 2018 LINEUP FOR LONDON AND NEW YORK BRANCHES, THE DIABOLIQUE SCHOLARSHIP AND NEW LONDON CO-DIRECTOR

  Following the successful conclusion of our 2017 winter semester with seasonal classes on Christmas Horror on Film and Television at both our London and New York branches, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is pleased to announce our spring curriculum and instructors, as well as exciting new developments. Coming up in 2018 we’ll guide […]

NO SENSE MAKES SENSE: GURUS, CULTS, MURDER AND MOVIES (London)

Thu. May. 17, 2018

This class 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 and lead on to an examination of other cults including The People’s Temple and the mass suicide at Jonestown as well as a consideration of the renewed fascination with cults in the 21st century.

PRESERVING GENRE FILM AT VINEGAR SYNDROME (NYC)

Tue. May. 8, 2018

This class will discuss the basic issues and challenges associated with film preservation, with a specific focus on issues most common to genre films. Topics shall include film decay and restorative processes, format specific preservation techniques, the role of home video (and specifically Vinegar Syndrome) in the preservation of genre films, viewer expectations in the digital age, as well as a general overview of the methodologies by which Vinegar Syndrome selects films for restoration and release.

A RESTORATION OF ‘NOSFERATU’ (1922) (London)

Thu. Apr. 19, 2018

This show-and-tell lecture will illustrate many of the issues encountered and (with varying degrees of success) resolved in a digital restoration of Murnau’s NOSFERATU. This talk will primarily explore the complex and subjective issues currently floating around in many analog-versus-digital discussions of film and how those opinions can influence the determination of what the restored version should look like if the goal is to replicate the original projected image at the time of first release. Can digital restorations generate valid preservation copies of photo-chemical materials? Let’s find out.