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House of Psychotic Women

Renowned writer, curator and director Kier-La Janisse is joining Matchbox Cine for a UK tour in support of a 10th anniversary expanded edition of her seminal book, House of Psychotic Women, subtitled an ‘autobiographical topography of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films’.

At the Filmhouse on Monday 31st October, the discussion will be followed by a short book signing in the cinema and then a screening of the film The Brood, introduced by Kier-La Janisse.

Janisse’s ground-breaking mix of keen critical analysis and clear-eyed, thoroughly compelling memoir inspired a generation of critics, programmers and film-makers. The influential tome has also played no small role in canonising a range of obscure, fringe and forgotten genre titles, many now considered essential.

The House of Psychotic Women UK Tour is presented by Matchbox Cine as part of In Dreams Are Monsters: A Season of Horror Films, a UK-wide film season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.


About the author

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer, programmer, producer and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.

She is the author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (2012), A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (2007), and has been an editor on numerous books including Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (2021), Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017) and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015).

She was a producer on David Gregory’s Tales of the Uncanny (2020) and wrote, directed and produced the award-winning  documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) for Severin Films, where she is a producer and editor of supplemental features.

She is currently at work on several books including a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter.
Kier-La Janisse