Best Canadian Horror Film

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What is the best Canadian horror film?

  1. Prom Night

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Terror Train

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  3. My Bloody Valentine

    4 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. Black Christmas

    27 vote(s)
    32.5%
  5. The Changeling

    9 vote(s)
    10.8%
  6. Ginger Snaps

    10 vote(s)
    12.0%
  7. The Incubus (1981)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Videodrome

    15 vote(s)
    18.1%
  9. Scanners

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  10. The Brood

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  11. Shivers

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  12. Rabid

    5 vote(s)
    6.0%
  13. Death Ship

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Other

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  1. rhett

    rhett Administrator

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    There have been some great Canadian horror flicks that have seen their fair share of praise...what will it be?
     
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    Not a single Cronenberg on the list.............. I like Videodrome.
     
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    Agh! No Cronenberg?
     
  4. rhett

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    Sorry guys, I had to do some last minute checks to see which Cronenberg films were both funded and filmed in Canada. Rest assured, there is plenty of Canadian Cronenberg films to go around though. :)
     
  5. hell ya!

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    i went with The Changeling, i remember seeing that as a little kid and it really freaked me out. Brusier was also great but not on the list:confused: :banana:
     
  6. My Bloody Valentine. No matter how many times I watch it, I can't get enough! One of my all-time favorite slashers.
     
  7. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    How about any of the videotaped Celine Dion concerts?:lol:
     
  8. John

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    I had to give the underdog a chance!

    The Brood
     
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    "Rabid" for me. I love early Cronenberg, and it was shot in my home city.

    More recently, however, I'd have to go with Guy Maddin's "Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary" (2001).
     
  10. Eddie Quist

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    When I think Canadian horror, I think Cronenberg, baby :evil:

    VIDEODROME is, in my opinion, Cronenberg at his best.
     
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    Rhett - I'm surprised you didn't include "Black Christmas"! Most of the financing was from the CFDC.
     
  12. rhett

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    Geez, can I go roll up in a corner and die now? ;) I can't believe I forgot it! I spent so long trying to remember all the Canadian films I could, and thisone just sliped right under the radar! Black Christmas is awesome, I will add it to the list right now.
     
  13. Mr.Vengance

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    Videodrome owns me!
     
  14. swr2777

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    What a great thread! Thanks for starting this one up, Rhett!

    Like many of you all, I also went with VIDEODROME. Cronenberg in top form, that's for sure, what with BROOD, RABID, et al, following a close second. Nice to see such other genre favorites as BLACK CHRISTMAS and CHANGELING on the roster, too.

    Just out of curiosity, anyone here a fan of the Canadian slasher CURTAINS? Samantha Eggar in yet another scenery-chewing role, a killer on ice skates sporting a scicle and a creepy hag mask, an early 80's scream queen's head in the toilet (won't spoil it by saying who), chilling orchestral score by Paul Zaza, BLACK CHRISTMAS' Lynne Griffin as a bawdy trash-talkin' commedienne... Despite the film's rather infamous behind-the-scenes "production problems," it still delivers the goods and then some.

    Any of you folks like this one as well?
     
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  15. marioscido

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    I never saw "Curtains" (1983), and I don't remember it either...

    I'm surprised that Rhett did not mention any films by his homey from Lethbridge, Alberta: William Fruet. He made,
    "Death Weekend" (1976) A "Straw Dogs"- type movie with Brenda Vaccaro. A good politicized film;
    "Funeral Home" (1980);
    "Spasms" (1983) - I also remember the issue of Fangoria with Al Waxman's face exploding - make-up effects by Dick Smith!

    During the slasher craze, I saw my share of bad Canadian horror. To add to some of the titles above, there is also,
    "Happy Birthday to Me" (1981);
    "Visiting Hours" (1982) - also shot in Mtl with Michael Ironside.

    There are several more films to mention here, such as "Tales from the Gimli Hospital" and "Dead Ringers, both brilliant and both from 1988. "DR" was partly financed by Téléfilm Canada (I won't argue about whether or not these films should be considered horror).

    Denis Héroux' "The Uncanny" (1977), with Peter Cushing. I can go on...
     
  16. onebyone

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    Tough tough tough. I voted for Black Christmas, but I really love Scanners too. To have to choose between the two is just cruel. :mad:
     
  17. STREET TRASH

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    I voted other: Happy Birthday to Me.

    And yeah, I've seen Curtains. Awesome slasher flick.
     
  18. rhett

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    You know Mario, I was going to rent "Funeral Home" on a whim the other day, but now knowing it is Canadian I should definitely check it out.

    There is only so many Canadian slashers I could have included, and I thought HBtM was the worst of the bunch (although I still really like it).
     
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    How one defines national cinema these days is a contested issue, however, it is worth mentioning here that while "Bruiser" was shot in Toronto (and Waterloo) it was financed with money from France - Canal+. So, "Bruiser" is the product of a globalized context, not so much a national one. Romero, as we all know, has had a hard time financing his films in the US., and like other American artists, has turned to Europe, where the arts continue to be publicly funded (although this is changing as we speak).

    How do we classify "Bruiser" with its Canadian/US cast and crew, its Canadian locations, and its European money? Maybe the question of what constitutes national cinema should be revisited?
     
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  20. KillerCannabis

    KillerCannabis Slow, Deep & Hard

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    Videodrome. I fuckin love that movie.
     

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