FANGORIA and The Toronto Jewish Film Festival Screen Polanski, Cohen Classics


Now in its 22nd year, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival runs May 1 – 11, 2014. For this round of fascinating international features reflecting Jewish identity, the fest has teamed up with FANGORIA to present a pair of bona fide genre film classics.

First up, on May 3rd at 9:30 p.m. is maverick horror and exploitation film legend Larry Cohen’s ambitious and fascinating 1976 sci-fi shocker GOD TOLD ME TO, a bizarre picture that blends urban cop thriller with theology and metaphysics to disarming effect. Cohen will be appearing via Skype for an audience Q&A conducted by Professor, author and well-respected horror intellect, Dr. Mikel Koven.

Then, on May 10th at 9:15 p.m.  join us for one of the greats in Roman Polanski’s uproarious Judaism-informed take on vampirism, 1967 ‘s THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (aka DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES). In the film, Polanski himself stars as a nebbish running afoul of a coven of bloodsuckers. Once more, the picture will be introduced by Dr. Koven.

Other genre content at the fest includes a rare screening of the 1960 TV production of THE DYBBUK (directed by a young Sidney Lumet) and the Golem-themed X-FILES episode, Kaddish. There will also be a free talk by Dr. Koven, who will explore Jewish representation in horror movies.

For tickets and venue information visit the TJFF official site. Check back next week here at FANGORIA.com for a chance to win tickets to the screenings, as well as an exclusive, edifying interview with Dr. Koven.

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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