Contest #1: THE GATE to the North

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  1. hellraiser40

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    there are many great ones (Black Christmas, My Bloody Valentine,...) but I choose something from (predictably) Cronenberg, but which one to choose?

    let's just take Videodrome, which remains one of the best, wildest movies i've ever seen
     
  2. Lone Wolf

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    I have to go with Black Christmas.
     
  3. spawningblue

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    Have to with Black Christmas. I agree with the poster who said it is a perfect film. My Bloody Valentine is up there as well, as is The Fly.
     
  4. evildeadfan123

    evildeadfan123 Sam & Dean Winchester

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    Have to go with Scanners. I saw it when it was originally in the movie theaters and the best scene in the movie was when Michael Ironside's character, Darryl Revok, uses his Scanner ability, and the doctor's head explode. There are several other David Cronenberg movies that were made in Canada that I also love, but Scanners, I will never get old.
     
  5. Richard Anthony

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    Wow, So many Great Horror Favorites to pick from!! I would have to say HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II!! I have always LOVED this Movie!! It's one of my all time Favorites and it has so many Great and Classic moments in the Film!! I LOVE Terri Hawkes as the Sexy Bad Girl Kelly Hennenlotter, She is Wonderful as the Bitchy Girl who would do alost anything to be Prom Queen!! Plus, I love the way they named almost every character after a famous Horror Film Director!!

    I also love HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, BLACK CHRISTMAS, THE PIT, and VIDEODROME!! It's hard to pick just one Favorite since I love all of these!!
     
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    hard to pick just one, I guess it would be Happy Birthday to Me

    also loved Black Christmas, the gate, visiting hours, the Brain, the mask, and tons others
     
  7. Spit

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    Ginger Snaps, cuz until I saw it I was oblivious to Canada's existence.
     
  8. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    Tough one, but I love me some Humongous!!!!! My Bloody Valentine, Black Christmas and Happy Birthday to Me are all excellent as well.
     
  9. CrazyFatEthel

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    Prom Night, its the perfect slasher in terms on excluding the classics, and the best Canadian Slasher Flick period. And I have to admit, it DOES have some good competition!!!
     
  10. halfdogjury

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    Actually The Gate was shot in both Canada and an American town 20 minutes from where I live: HELL, Michigan.

    My favorite Canadian Horror film is actually more psychological than gore. David Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers".

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    Jeremy Irons plays two twin brothers linked by emotional dependency. When one brother abandons the other in an ambitious career move. Beverly turns to prescription narcotics to fill the void. When his brother, Eliot returns to his side he decides that the only way to bring Beverly back is to go down into the rabbit hole to retrieve him. Pure Cronenberg madness, and I think his best.

    Dead Ringers Wiki

    I also liked PIN by Canadian director Sandor Stern.
     
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    I probably shouldn't admit this here, but I've never seen the original Black Christmas, only the remake. I'll get around to it one of these days.

    If it counts (it's not listed on Canuxploitation), I'll go with Cronenberg's The Fly. When I saw it in the theater back in the day, it was the first movie in a long time that not only made me jump, but gave me plenty of heebie-jeebies as well. Add to that the pathos of some well-developed characters, and great FX, and The Fly is one of the best horror films period, Canadian or otherwise.

    Special props to the so-ridiculous-it's-good Food of the Gods II. From a giant rat POV shot of a guy running away w/ his pants down (he was attacked while taking a pee), to a dude who grows to giant size while he's bopping some chick, that flick is great fun.
     
  12. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    BLACK CHRISTMAS... those phone calls are still pretty damn creepily disturbing! :)
     
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    Black Christmas takes the cake for me followed closely by MBV, Prom Night and Humongous!!
     
  14. KamuiX

    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    The Brood for sure. One of the best horror films ever made, period.

    Honorable mentions for Black Christmas, Ginger Snaps, Pin, and the new flick Pontypool.
     
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    There are a few that fall into my fave category including MBV, Ginger Snaps and Black Christmas. It is especially hard for me to vote against MBV or Gingers Snaps - but I will give the slightest edge to - dang this is hard- okay for this moment I will give the edge to the UNCUT version of MBV. But this choice could change daily for me cuz I love them both. Happy B-day to me I liked a lot too, almost forgot about that one!
     
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  16. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    I almost said Videodrome, but that was too much of a Hollywood movie shot in Canada.

    So I'm going to go way deep with Things staring Amber Lynn. Horror and porn stars just seem a good mix to Canada, and I salute them for that. :D
     
  17. Whoa, great contest, as I LOVE me some Canadian-shot genre films. :D I always had a lot of respect for Canada since visiting there and loving it, and I wanna go back to the Francophobic province of Quebec one of these days, as it really interests me, and to at least stay for two whole weeks (preferably in the summer time or early Fall before it gets too cold).

    Well now, speaking of which, as well as pertaining to this very contest, I would say my favorite Canadian horror film would have to be the slightly obscure film released years ago (which I still have two copies of, by the way) from FANGORIA Presents label, it's Montreal's very own Maurice Deveraux's $la$her$ (spelled as such in it's original Fango articale, however, and on the DVD title screen). It's a shot in 2001 and released in '02 film that was shot entirely in a Montreal suburb paintball course/field. And oddly enough, many things about this low budget charmer work.

    Seriously, I REALLY love it a lot ever since I first got it, however, I feel it plays best as a genre fanatic watches it alone instead of with a group, who may laugh that it's shot on HD Video and has some only 'soap opera level' performances from the cast (although their all game, and they do try at least). However, it has a REALLY awesome ideal, fine low budget charm, and shows Mr. Deveraux has a real voice and palpable sense of talent in his cinematic abilities, and I believe last October, he combiled a list of fine Halloween-seasonal horror treats that wasn't a bad list at all, and too cool that he e-mailed the staff here and got somethin' posted! I would even say that he should try to, in this day & age, first make something original next, and then try to fund a 35mm remake of his own, but re-work it and at least have 3-to-5 million dollars on hand, cause it would be AWESOME with a proper budget! Seriously.

    It's actually a mostly original take on traditional, royally fucked up (I'm sorry; this Westerner means nothing at all mean-spirited or ignorant at my comment; just means what it means) in the head Japanese game show programming (such as the infamous Endurance as he mentions in the special features), and the then about to start booming in North America (and completely ruin television programming even one step further) Reality TV bullshit. Lots of fine little plot points and "rules" of the game and characters that standard issue Slasher & Giallo fanatics and collectors like myself have to see to believe.

    Also the special features on my FANGORIA Presents DVD are pretty damn cool! Particularly a fine commentary track with the director and he is joined by his composer, and a damn fine feature length "Making Of" bonus feature, that is always well worth watching! It covers pre-production on Maurice's then latest low budget production, to the paintball field location scouting, to casting and rough days on the shoot, to scoring it and finally releasing it (with his lucky parents & cast in tow) at the '01 FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal.

    So two thumbs up for me! By the way, and don't no one take this too much to heart, but c'mon and REALLY play the latest contest, now! The rules are to list your personal favorite Canadian genre film and why; not to just simply name it to enter the contest. So please, no more of this one sentence shit. ;) Just a thought & suggestion to whoever thinks up & runs these monthly contests. :)
     
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    Black Christmas is my fav Canadian horror film. Great pacing and direction that always maintained a sense of suspense and dread.
     
  19. Harry Warden

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    There can only be one response. Black Christmas is my all-time favorite Canadian horror film..hands down!! I love everything about it. The acting and he casting is superb, the camerawork is incredible, the musical score(what there is of it) is simply creepy, as is the lighting and the location of the shoot. The house was old and always gave me a cold feeling when watching the film. The direction was outstanding and it was amazingly funny in spots. All of these elments together, along with a well written script, makes this film damn near flawless. It's the Canadian "diamond in the rough".
     
  20. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister The Schlock King

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    My favorite is the original My Bloody Valentine. Love the killer, the kills (extended cut baby!) and the mine was uber-creepy.
     

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