Dr Xavier Mendik

Xavier Mendik

arts research University of Brighton

Xavier Mendik is a researcher and lecturer in film and director of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival and DVD label. He has written extensively on representations of gender and sexuality in cult and horror cinema.

Some of Mendik's publications in this area include the books Peep Shows: Cult Film and the Cine-Erotic (Columbia University Press: 2012), 100 Cult Films ([with Ernest Mathijs], BFI/Palgrave: 2011), The Cult Film Reader (Open University Press: 2008), Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945 (Wallflower Press: 2004), Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon (Wallflower Press: 2002), Shocking Cinema of the Seventies (Noir Books: 2002) Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (Flicks Books: 2000) and Unruly Pleasures: The Cult Film and its Critics (FAB Press: 2000)

Beyond his academic writing, Mendik also has an established profile as a documentary filmmaker, and has produced and/ or/ directed five commercially commissioned documentaries on cult cinema, which have all been screened at leading film festivals around the world. Some of his recent commissions include Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria (which was released nationally on the 2010 UK Blu-ray release of the film), and The Long Road Back From Hell: Reclaiming Cannibal Holocaust which was released nationally on the 2011 UK Blu-ray release of the film.