Industrial Terror examines a body of low-budget, oftentimes pruriently grotesque horror films created by workaday directors in the late 1950s through the mid-80s in Middle America. Tasked with exposing film for the workplace and classrooms, these directors livened up training and educational films with wry macabre in settings characterized by moonlit basements, cemeteries, and bayous. These filmmakers were enabled to earn their livelihood whilst experimenting stylistically within a commercial framework. Industrial Terror displays films by directors associated with storied industrial firms like Centron, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Wexler Films, and Jam Handy, as well as, self-employed commercial mavericks. This series marks the first time that many of these industrial/educational films will be screened in a cinematic context. It will also be the premiere New York screening of Zoltan G. Spencer’s The Satanist, a lost film recently recovered in 35mm. Stop by Anthology October 24-31 to view one of these gems.
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