Episode 9: Kier-La Janisse

Bill speaks to writer/film programmer Kier-La Janisse about her many contributions to film culture, from her Cannibal Culture fanzine and Cinemuerte film festival to co-founding venues like the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre, schools like The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies and her small-press publishing company with fellow writer Paul Corupe, Spectacular Optical Publications. We talk about the origins of her books A VIOLENT PROFESSIONAL - THE FILMS OF LUCIANO ROSSI and the acclaimed HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN, and her experiences in documentary film, whether as a co-producer, an interviewee or as the subject. Other topics covered include movie parties, bootleg collecting, the peculiar boasts of Rico Boido, programming for the Alamo Drafthouse, objectifying Richard Stanley (and subsequently apologizing for it), “elevated horror”, the Bloodshots 48-hour horror movie challenge, the economic realities of a life in film culture and details about some of her upcoming projects. It’s likely the time you’ll hear the names Manny Farber, Jorg Buttgereit AND David Cassidy mentioned within the same conversation.


Buy the Kier-La Janisse books House Of Psychotic Women and A Violent Professional:

Visit the official site for Spectacular Optical:  http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/

Watch Bloody Breasts Presents: Women In Horror Panel, where Kier-La Janisse joins Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD, former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine), Izabel Grondin (FANTASME), and Elza Kephart (GRAVEYARD ALIVE: A ZOMBIE NURSE IN LOVE) and Maude Michaud (HOLLYWOOD SKIN).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrzvglwMiDY

Buy CELLULOID HORROR, the documentary about Kier-La Janisse’s Cinemuerte Film Festival:

Read Kier-La Janisse’s SHINDIG article about the career of cult film actress Joy Bang:

See a slideshow of various Toronto Film Cult Film Locations taken by Kier-La Janisse and Bill Ackerman: http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/2014/07/canuxploitation-toronto-film-location-tour-slideshow/

Visit the official site for the Monsterthon Film Festival:

Visit the official site of The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies:  http://www.miskatonicinstitute.com/

Hear Kier-La Janisse on The Projection Booth discussing THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (aka FULL CIRCLE): http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/2012/09/episode-81-haunting-of-julia.html

Order the FAB Press re-issue of Satanic Panic:

Buy the first Spectacular Optical book Kid Power!

Read Samm Deighan’s 2012 interview with Kier-La Janisse:
Satanic Pandemonium: House of Psychotic Women: Interview with Kier-La Janisse

James Laczkowski