Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming. This class is expected to be presented in person at the SIFF Film Center. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to virtual ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.
MORE ABOUT THE CLASS:
John Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy" (THE THING - 1982, PRINCE OF DARKNESS - 1987, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS - 1995) was not conceived as a trilogy, but Carpenter later dubbed these three films as such because of their thematically connections and their “bleak endings.” Carpenter scholar Robert C. Cumbow brings his enthusiasm for Carpenter's filmography to SIFF with a focus on how PRINCE OF DARKNESS merges theoretical physics and modern technology with the gothic supernatural, and how Carpenter wades hip-deep into the maddening, creature-haunted world of H. P. Lovecraft with IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. But that’s not all: Cumbow also illuminates CIGARETTE BURNS and PRO-LIFE, the two underseen hour-long films Carpenter contributed to Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, and shows how both of them extend the themes and vision of the “Apocalypse Trilogy.”
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Seattle lawyer, teacher, and writer Robert C. Cumbow has been writing about film for close to 50 years. For SIFF he's dissected PSYCHO, VERTIGO, THE THING, and KING KONG, and has taught a series of seminars on the films of Douglas Sirk. He's the author of THE FILMS OF SERGIO LEONE and ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE: THE FILMS OF JOHN CARPENTER. He has taught courses in westerns, horror films, vampire films, taboo films, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Kathryn Bigelow, Stanley Kubrick, and David Lynch. Much of his work, new and old, can be found on the Parallax View blog. He practices with the Seattle firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and has been legal advisor on several locally-made independent films. In addition to SIFF, Bob has taught film courses at University of Washington, Seattle University, Northwest Film Forum, and the Women's University Club.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
SIFF, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, United States