Cine-Excess X kicks off its tenth year with the UK premiere of Tax Shelter Terrors (UK, 2016), a new hour-long documentary in which leading filmmakers and scholars consider the social and historical significance of a generation of Canadian cult films that launched the careers of David Cronenberg and kickstarted the 1970s slasher film craze. The rising popularity of horror TV shows and issues around genre film distribution also form centrepiece panel discussions, in addition to a whole host of daytime seminars and evening screenings. The annual international celebration of cult cinema takes place in Birmingham 10 – 12 November.

Tax Shelter Terrors investigates the controversial Tax Shelter scheme, which was launched by the Canadian government in 1974 as an incentive to fund and develop a new era of ‘quality’ national cinema. Politicians and cultural commentators were dismayed to discover that the scheme was actually used to create a rush of mad scientist movies, backwoods horror films, home invasion narratives and urban siege dramas, all of which were roundly condemned at the time. Directed by Xavier Mendik, Professor of Cult Cinema Studies at Birmingham City University, the documentary is part of a wider international research project that will explore the cultural importance of Cinepix Films, the most prolific creator of Tax Shelter cinema productions.

Other films include the UK premiere of Agoraphobia director Lou Simon’s latest thriller All Girls Weekend (US, 2016), where a high-school reunion weekend goes horribly wrong. Mexico comes under focus with Sherzo Diabolico (2015), whilst Argentinian director Luciano Onetti finds two detectives chasing a serial killer linked with an unresolved missing girl case from 15 years earlier in Francesca (2015).

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