PrintA VIOLENT PROFESSIONAL: The Films of Luciano Rossi and House of Psychotic Women author, Kier-La Janisse, is at it again, this time with co-editor Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation for Spectacular Optical’s first book, Kid Power! This latest tome focuses entirely on kids in cinema. Now, you may ask yourself, why would I want that? Janisse and Corupe explore children’s cinematic roles in the mainstream (After School specials!!), the beloved (The Peanut Butter Solution, The Little Vampire TV series), and the obscure—at least to the US—Seven Little Australians, Kes).

You’ll get to read Janisse’s interview with an After School special producer in the “Knowing is Half the Battle” chapter, as well as Corupe’s “After School Shootout: The Lowry Brothers’ Hawk Jones interview, which explores an 80s film that starred children as cops and criminals. Juicy reads, no doubt. Other contributions include an interview with father and son directors John and Paul Hough (“The Dark Side of Disney” focusing on films like Escape To Witch Mountain and The Watcher In The Woods); “Motherless Child: The Power and the Poetry of the Ugly Little Boy” by Fangoria editor Chris Alexander; and chapters by film programmer glitterati Zack Carlson (formerly of Alamo Drafthouse) and Briony Kidd (Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival), among others.

There’s also an investigation into Italian genre films, as in Who Saw Her Die?, Deep Red, and Bay Of Blood—Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin’s chapter “Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Horror’s Imp Ascendent,” delves into Elmi’s career as a child actor who starred in those famous films. That’s one chapter I’m really looking forward to.

Fantasia festival attendees and Montreal residents can get the jump on the regular public before anyone else by attending the book launch, which is paired with the seminal dark carnival film Something Wicked This Way Comes—as well as a free cereal buffet.

The book launch and film are scheduled for this Sunday, July 20, at 1:30 pm in Concordia’s De Seve Theatre. Read more here: https://fantasiafestival.com/2014/en/films-schedule/134/something-wicked-this-way-comes-kid-power-book-lau
 
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