Movie Madness University


Movie Madness University is an education program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness, featuring lectures and discussions hosted by film experts.

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International Cult Horror of the 1970's

The culture and turmoil of the 1970s made the decade a thriving time for cinema. While films like THE EXORCIST, CARRIE, and HALLOWEEN killed at the box office, the international films of the era are lesser known to American audiences.

From British Hammer films to Italian Giallo to Australian Ozploitation, this course will provide a deep dive into international horror films released in the ‘70s—cult films that would go on to inspire American classics.

There will be both an in-person and virtual option for this class, held every week in October.


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Past MMU Events

MMU has covered a wide range of films and topics, with instructors and special guests that run the gamut of film professions. Past instructors and guests include Hollywood programmers Dan Halsted and Anthony Hudson (Queer Horror), writer Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), author and film critic Shawn Levy, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante.

Find all past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)


What is MMU?
Movie Madness University is the Hollywood Theatre's education program, featuring lectures and interactive discussions about some of your favorite films. You can find past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)

Where are your in-person classes held?
In-person classes are held at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont), in our state-of-the-art Miniplex.

How do your virtual classes work?
Purchase a ticket. With your purchase, you will receive access to a pre-recorded lecture to watch on your own.

2) Find and watch the film. Please note that MMU is not offering direct access to any films. All MMU featured films are available to rent on major VOD services for under $5. Contact us if you have difficulty finding a title.

3) Submit questions in advance. Email us any questions you’d like the instructor to answer! You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the seminar, but giving us some advance notice helps us better prepare.

4) Join us for a virtual discussion, where our instructor will discuss the film in more detail and answer your questions. You will receive a link to the discussion when you buy a ticket.

Do you offer scholarships?
We are committed to making our education offerings as accessible as possible. If cost is a barrier, please fill out this form to receive a 50% off tuition waiver. For content considerations or information about age appropriateness, please email