- Part autobiography, part film book, "House of Psychotic Women" lands at the Brattle Theatre on Saturday night! Author Kier-La Janisse will sign copies as well as present Hitchock's MARNIE, one of the many films that she profiles in her book.
Not since "Go Ask Alice" have I read such an unprimed, bold statement of an adolescence lost. But Janisse's story -- which charts adoption, abuse, cutting, suicide attempts, parental neglect, juvenile lockdown, and even sleeping in a coffin -- is told in a matter-of-fact manner. You don't feel pity for Janisse so much as are interested in her intricate and difficult upbringing, and how cinema became her sole form of survival. Without an outlet into fantasy in which she identified with such woman-on-the-edge films as Sisters, All the Colors of the Dark, Marnie, Ms. 45, Carrie, and The Brood, she may not have lived to write "House of Psychotic Women" or "A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi", founded CineMuerte Horror Film Festival, or programmed for the world-famous Alamo Drafthouse and FanTasia international film festival.
If you want a unique cinematic experience and yearn for a fantastic genre book, don't miss this! Also makes a perfect holiday gift for the film fanatic.