Running a festival is not for the weak of mind or heart.

 

Kier-La Janisse single- handedly created and executed CineMuerte, Canada’s International Horror Film Festival, from the dark depths of the die-hard underground into a full on city cinematic experience. The festival lived a full, yet dark and desperate 7 year life supported simply on whatever Kier-La could provide working at the Black Dog neighborhood video store. 

 

This is the story of Kier-La’s fight to keep her baby alive. A fight against the British Columbia Censor board, the monster of technology required to bring it all together and the fight against her own demons and personal struggles. 

 

The world through Kier-La’s eyes is at times very similar to that seen through the lens of the horror genre and this unique incidence and insight is brought to the silver screen of CineMuerte. Kier-La has the ability to recognize moments of beauty amidst the challenge and extremity of horror. Celluloid Horror follows Kier-La’s tireless efforts and amasses the superlative moments of the little known films and directors that have gone on from CineMuerte to gain international acclaim and stardom.

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, featuring appearances by Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein), Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantic), Jeff Lieberman (Squirm), Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock) and Jean Rollin (Requiem for a Vampire) and a spattering of blood-soaked moments, courtesy of some the most infamous films of all time, including Cutting Moments (Douglas Buck), Pieces, Kim Ki-Deok’s The Isle, Who Could Kill a Child?, Mermaid in a Manhole, Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, Andrzej Zulwski’s Possession, (for which Isabelle Adjani was awarded the Best Actress at Cannes), and Cannibal Holocaust, a film that is still banned in over 30 countries.

 

Warning: People were caused emotional disturbance and high levels of unrest in the running of this festival.

Do not try this at home.

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