Mario teaches courses in genre cinema, grotesque traditions, cinematic embodiment, and monster ethics in the Humanities department at John Abbott College in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is also an independent filmmaker and the co-director of the Montréal Monstrum Society. Born in Montréal, Mario is a “monster kid” who teaches courses on genre cinema, grotesque traditions, cinematic embodiment, and monster ethics in the Humanities department of John Abbott College. He is the co-director of the Montréal Monstrum Society and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Monstrum. He is also an independent filmmaker and programmer at the Montreal Underground Film Festival (MUFF). He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, and has published articles on the Grand-Guignol and cinema in the journal Horror Studies (5.1), and in the book, Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade (2015), for which he is a co-editor. He has recently published articles on Jean Rollin, Joe D'Amato, Lucio Fulci, and Tobe Hooper.
Forthcoming Book: 2021-2022
Grand-Guignol Cinema: Sinister Tableaux of the Horror Genre, Embodiment, and the Senses
London: Anthem Press
Grand-Gugignol Cinema traces important contributions of the Parisian Grand-Guignol theatre’s Golden Age as theoretical considerations of embodiment and affect in the development of horror cinema in the twentieth century. This study traces key components of the Grand-Guignol stage as a means to explore the immersive and corporeal aspects of horror cinema from the sound period to today. “Grand-Guignol cinema” is a means to explore the Grand-Guignol not only as a historical place and genre, but theoretically, as a conceptual framework that opens up an affective mapping of Grand-Guignol attractions in cinema.