Final Girls Berlin Film Festival June '17 Edition - Page 13

14:00 Talk: From Hollywood Heaven to Hagsploitation Hell: The Making of the Horror Hag Sunday, 11 June 2017 Jill & Sara Neidorf While roles for women in mainstream cinema are highly limited, the pickings are especially slim for middle-aged and older women… well, unless they’re willing to adjust their standards. In this talk, we’ll take a closer look at the “horror hag” / “psycho-biddy” / “hagsploitation” phenomenon of the 60s and 70s, in which notable Hollywood stars (e.g. Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Shelley Winters…), having aged out of the glamorous and high-profile roles they were once known for, appeared in B-horror movies in order to keep their faces on the big screens. These films capitalized on society’s fear of aging, and posited the aging women as a site of grotesque spectacle and diabolical danger. But before you go pitying these performers’ ‘falls from grace,’ you have to behold their unforgettable performances. We’ll lead you through some of the most notorious horror hag films, from Baby Jane to Aunt Alice, looking at their tropes, their potential for subversion, and why these grand dames are such compelling and formidable figures of horror and enduring cult figures today. 16:00 Shorts Program 6 - Dying of Laughter Here’s a program for those of you who like some laughs with your scares. If you were afraid this fest would be too damn horrific for you, then this is a program to ease you into things, never taking itself too seriously, and lavishing you with a mix of camp, wit, absurdism, and dark humor. A reformed party girl looks towards the nuns for help- what s he finds is HELL. A Tricky Treat (3:07) Directed by Patricia Chica, Canada & US, 2015 A man is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids. (German Premiere) Monja Satanica (aka Sister Satan) Trailer (1:07) Directed by Viva Ruiz, US, 2007