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In honor of the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween, DePaul Pop Culture Conference presented "A Celebration of Slashers" in 2018. The conference raised over $850 for the ACLU and the Full Flood Endowment Fund.
Film and television director Rachel Talalay was the keynote speaker and recipient of the 6th Annual Distinguished Contributions to Pop Culture Award.
Rachel Talalay is a celebrated and successful writer, producer, and director who made her film directorial debut in 1991 with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth film in the popular A Nightmare on Elm Street series.
In addition to directing films such as Tank Girl and Ghost in the Machine, Rachel has become a prolific television director as well, including becoming Doctor Who’s first female director in four years, helming multiple episodes (including the 2017 Christmas episode). She’s also directed episodes of Sherlock, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, Reign, Legends of Tomorrow, Kyle XY, Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Haven, Cold Case and The Dead Zone, and teaches film studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Wickham Clayton, PhD, is a lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. He is editor of Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Screening Twilight: Critical Approaches to a Cinematic Phenomenon (2014, I. B. Tauris). Wickham’s work focuses on film form and aesthetics, film genre (with some specialisation in horror), cult, adaptation, and the Biblical Epic.