Larry Kent’s “SHE WHO MUST BURN” heats up on Indiegogo


Back in April we announced that Canadian indie film vet Larry Kent was going into pre-production on his first horror film SHE WHO MUST BURN, with our own Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander signed on as composer (see David Bertrand’s article HERE). Now with SHE WHO MUST BURN appearing in the Off-Frontières section of the Fantasia Film Festival’s International Film Market and 33 days to go on an Indiegogo campaign that could use some love, we wanted to share our enthusiasm for Kent’s oeuvre again.

Kent is one of Canada’s earliest independent film directors; SHE WHO MUST BURN will mark his 15th film over a 50-year career that began with 1963’s beat classic THE BITTER ASH and includes absurdist drug romps (HIGH, 1967), Quebecois separatist heist flicks (THE APPRENTICE, 1970), women’s rights films (WHEN TOMORROW DIES, 1965), partner-swapping tax-shelter comedies (KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY, 1973), darkly dysfunctional family dramas (THE HAMSTER CAGE, 2005) and Kafka-esque descents into hell (EXLEY, 2011). His films are always contemporary and confrontational, reflecting a keen sense of the key issues that color his environment – in this case, the battle for legislation over women’s bodies that is raging in the US right now and the horrid antics of organizations like the Westboro Baptist Church.

Kent’s proposed horror feature – in which a woman who refuses to leave her planned-parenthood clinic after the state shuts it down is targeted for extermination by fanatical Christians – promises to be a surreal and violent exploration of very real issues that indicate the frightening return of unapologetic misogyny in our culture. Horror cinema is one of those ‘safe places’ where we get to play out worst-case-scenarios as self-admonitions, and so I personally am anticipating the nightmares Kent will give us to work through. And yes, I did put my money where my mouth is – you should too. Follow the link below to support Kent’s Indiegogo campaign:

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Kier-La Janisse
Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal, Canada. She is the Founding Director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and a film programmer for Fantastic Fest, POP Montreal and SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver and co-founded Montreal's Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012).
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