You just never know what Joseph Gervasi of Exhumed Films is going to dig up next. This Wednesday he’s hosting a screening and conversation with Kier-La Janisse, horror-film writer, author, former programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse, co-founder of Montreal’s Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror. Janisse will host a rare screening of the ’70s Spanish giallo horror movie Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll and talk a about her new book, House of Psychotic Women, which takes its name from the more grindhouse American-release title of the film. In Blue Eyes, the arrival of a drifter at the house of three sisters — one scarred by a mysterious accident, one crippled by it and the last one a frequently nude nymphomaniac — coincides with a string of gruesome murders (somebody’s plucking their eyes out). Janisse chose House of Psychotic Women as the title of her book — which she calls “an autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films” — because of the “co-dependent yet antagonistic relationship between the three sisters at its core. [The drifter] may be the male interloper that comes in and shakes things up in the story, but that relationship is already toxic, and they are complicit in each other’s failures, neuroses and their self-imposed imprisonment.”
Wed., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., $8, Phila-MOCA, 531 N. 12th St., philamoca.org.