MICHAEL IRONSIDE: Miskatonic University and Spectacular Optical Present A Career Retrospective

As a genre fan, you hate to love him, you love to hate him or you just love him, period.  You may feel some kind of way, but regardless, nobody can deny that MICHAEL IRONSIDE is a living legend.  And if you’ve ever wanted to be present for an in-depth Q&A with a master of on-camera mayhem, here’s your ‘bucket list-worthy’ chance.  Sister organizations MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY and SPECTACULAR OPTICAL, in association with the Fantasia International Film Festival is presenting an evening with Mr. Ironside, moderated by genre film author and producer HEATHER BUCKLEY.

The discussion/Q&A will be taking place in the York Ampitheater at Concordia University in Montreal, on Friday, July 20th, from 5:15 to 6:15 PM.

And if that weren’t enough excitement to make your head explode like a compromised Scanner, you can bop on over to Toronto on August 5th for the “HORROR EXPRESS”, a charter bus tour, guided for 6 hours by no less than filmmaker and horror Renaissance man CHRIS ALEXANDER.  The tour is comprised of stops at all the great locations where iconic Canadian genre films such as BLACK CHRISTMAS, THE BROOD and RABID were shot.

Conceived by Spectacular Optical artistic director Kier-La Janisse, the tour will end at the ROYAL CINEMA, for a 35mm screening of the Mark Lester cult classic, CLASS OF 1984! One of the stars, LISA LANGLOIS, will be attending!

If you live in Canada or will be up there during the events, the Ironside talk is free.  The bus tour tickets are $70, and the screening is $12 for advance tickets, $14 at the door of the Royal Cinema.  Links for tickets and more information are below.


For the CLASS OF 1984 Screening:

About the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international scholarly organization that was founded by film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010 and now has branches in London, New York and soon-to-be Los Angeles (Fall 2018).

About Spectacular Optical:
Named after the sinister institution in David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME, Spectacular Optical is a small-press publisher of collectible film and pop culture books owned and operated by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse. In addition to our print books, throughout the year Spectacular Optical produces and curates film events and brings you articles, essays and interviews with established and emerging genre filmmakers, artists, curators and exhibitors on our website. Through our film production arm, we support the creation of genre-related short, feature-length and episodic media.

Author: Samuel Glass Jr

From the first time, at age eight, when he saw little Rhoda Penmark’s evil ass get taken out by a lightning bolt, Sam Glass Jr. has been freaked out by lightning…and completely captivated by horror. The son of an Air Force communications specialist and a government worker, he’s been a writer and sometime actor, and his biggest claim to fame is getting to appear in a John Waters movie, CECIL B. DEMENTED, in 2000. His biggest passion is reviewing horror films and attending conventions, and overall favorite movie is PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. Currently, he resides in the city of Las Vegas with his partner of twenty-two years.

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