Black Gloves and Red Lights is a tour of Giallo, the gruesome psychosexual whodunit thriller genre that arose in midcentury Italian cinemas. Inspired by the giallo (Italian for “yellow”) pulp paperback crime novels of the era, giallo cinema is a violent and surreal, and often nihilistic romp that challenges the audience to stay one step ahead of the black-gloved killer’s tracks.
This series explores both famous and lesser-known films of the genre and introduces Metro guests to some of its most iconic directors, including Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, and — of course — Dario Argento.
About the guest programmer:
Mike Kendrick is an Edmonton-based artist, designer, and kitsch culture enthusiast. In 2019, he co-created Spirits of Horror, a multimedia series that critically analyzes scary movies and teaches craft cocktail recipes inspired by his favourite cinematic scares. A lifelong lover of the weird and macabre, Mike has long dabbled in horror as a creative outlet and loves making the genre accessible to newcomers — eager rookies and scaredy cats alike.