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10-01-2009, 05:16 AM
Lionsgate is serving up a packed special edition of THE GATE due October 6th, and we're proud to offer up three copies as part of our first contest for OCTOBER MADNESS. All you have to do to win is tell us: What's your favorite Canadian horror film, and why?

Long after THE MASK (1961) and long before GINGER SNAPS, the Canadian horror film had a massive resurgence in the seventies and eighties thanks to the tax shelter. It gave birth to the films of David Cronenberg, many of the slashers we know and love, and some more off-beat creepers like THE PIT and 1987's surprise-hit, Tibor Takacs' THE GATE.


Featuring some crazy stop-motion effects, a young Stephen Dorff and some satanic records played backwards THE GATE remains one of Canada's most enduring horror films. It had a sequel in 1991, but has largely been out of print and hard to find on DVD...until now.

Lionsgate is serving up a packed special edition of THE GATE due October 6th, and we're proud to offer up three copies as part of our first contest for OCTOBER MADNESS.

All you have to do to win is tell us: What's your favorite Canadian horror film, and why?

Post a single response in this thread only, and enter to win one of three copies of THE GATE on DVD. Winners will be randomly selected a week from today on Wednesday, October 7th.

Let's kick off October with a bang, tell us your favorite Canadian horror flick!

10-01-2009, 05:22 AM
I have to say The Pit. It was part of my Halloween activities last year and it's a true crowd pleaser. To me it's even more fucked up than Troll 2, but it's also more inventive. \it's got everything I want in a horror film. Well, okay...it's not really scary. But fucking hell is that film a blast! I also give a nod out to Bob Clark's films Dead of Night and Black Christmas. :glasses:

10-01-2009, 05:28 AM
Black Christmas is probably in my top 5 favorite horror movies in general, and being that it's Canadian, I'll say that's my favorite Canadian horror film. It's frightening, has the most menacing phone calls I've ever heard, and it stars one John Saxon.

Although after a quick glance at the horror films listed at Canuxploitation, there have been several excellent horror films from Canada. The Brood, Deathdream, Scanners, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night II, III and IV... lots of quality stuff coming from the Canadians.

10-01-2009, 05:41 AM

Though Cube, the Fly, and Ginger Snaps 2 (and even Ginger Snaps) are close seconds.

10-01-2009, 05:57 AM
Easily Black Christmas. Even today, it's an extremely tense and well-executed film. It was definitely ahead of its time and a lot of slashers probably owe a great deal to this movie.

Second would be My Bloody Valentine. It's a quintessential 80s slasher, I can watch it over and over again... plus I have a soft spot for it because they filmed about 10 minutes from where I grew up. I may have been -2 years old when it was released, but there still aren't too many (any?) horror movies you can associate with Nova Scotia.

10-01-2009, 05:59 AM
Black Christmas.

Amazing atmosphere, creepiness, and John Saxon...that is all.

10-01-2009, 06:05 AM
My Bloody Valentine was the first Canadian horror I can recall seeing, and defintly left the longest lasting impression on me.

10-01-2009, 06:06 AM
Black Christmas is pretty much the perfect.

10-01-2009, 06:08 AM
I don't know if people categorize it as horror but Videodrome is my favorite: Fucked up awesome story, amazing imagery, James Woods as the quintessential sleazeball (only Anthony Wong can compete), Brian O'Blivion, and LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH.

10-01-2009, 06:10 AM
As much as I love The Gate (I even own a 35mm film print of it), my favorite Canadian horror film is David Cronenberg's The Brood.

It's absolutely horrifying! Plus it has phenomenal performances from Art Hindle, Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, and Cindy Hinds, and Cronenberg's direction is outstanding and the fact that he draws from his own relationship with his ex-wife amplifies the terror this film delivers all the way to the top. Not only that, but I personally think it's Cronenberg's best film.

Erick H.
10-01-2009, 06:13 AM
THE BROOD has always gotten under my skin.It is my favorite of Cronenberg's early films largely because it plumbs subject matter that is more often the realm of intense dramas and winds them into a horror scenario that is deep,dark,disturbing and fascinating.Cronenberg grafts his obsession with ''body horror" onto a tale that involves divorce,psychotherapy,child abuse and hidden rage.The acting is dead on with terrific turns by Art Hindle,Samantha Eggar and the great Oliver Reed.The moody,bleak score is the perfect companion to the stark,chilly photography.The story gives you plenty to think about but when it shocks it really SHOCKS ! An early gem from a great director.

10-01-2009, 06:18 AM
I love The Gate, but never realized it was made in Canada. I watched part 2 not even a week ago. I grew up on movies like that, and it was the PG-13 ones that gave me my first taste of horror.

10-01-2009, 06:47 AM
So many to pick from but probably a toss up between The Brood and Black Christmas. I love the abrupt outbursts of violence in The Brood which creates tension even in the calm scenes. Also love the tense ending in Black Christmas and those creepy phone calls.

10-01-2009, 06:55 AM
Man, I have to go with The Gate because it scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. I don't know how I watched a copy of it, but for countless summers I'd explore my backyard (which connected with the woods) for portals to Hell out of a morbid curiosity.

10-01-2009, 07:15 AM
Favorite "Canadian" horror film? Well... THE GATE!

And no, I'm not just saying that! I've loved this film ever since I originally caught it in the theater on its original release. I own three versions of the film right now, and soon a fourth. Hopefully Lionsgate will release a Blu-ray later on.

I love the overall atmosphere of the film, the characters, the music, stop-motion effects, etc.

In fact if you asked me about 20 years ago what my absolute favorite Horror movie was, I'd answer with The Gate. It's still in my top 5 and I try to watch it every few months still. I've seen it untold times over the years now.

Zombie Dude
10-01-2009, 07:40 AM
I'd have to say My Bloody Valentine. It's atmosphere and claustrophobic feel really add a depth to it that not a lot of films can master.
Not to mention the notorious kills that we were lucky to see in the recent edition of the film. Great film, great killer. That's my pick.

10-01-2009, 07:50 AM
My bloody valentine.

I've always found it to be a fun slasher.

10-01-2009, 07:51 AM
There are so many great Canadian horror films, most of which I didn't know was made there. Some great choices, but I will go with Happy Birthday To Me.

I first watched it on Starz Mystery channel about eight years ago. I thought it was a well-made slasher film with some nice murder sequences, a great twist near the end, and an awesome soundtrack (I prefer the original score, though the disco score at the beginning is good too).

I still have the Starz Mystery airing of the film on VHS, the laserdisc and the 2004 Columbia DVD, and will pick up Anchor Bay's new DVD.

Runners up include Ginger Snaps, Black Christmas, The Brood and Scanners.

10-01-2009, 08:17 AM
Black Christmas easily wins for me. The prototypical slasher not only did great things that others ripped off (POV shots), but some things that few others did (the lack of backstory for the killer, the killer talking and his horrifying babbling).

bwana the clown
10-01-2009, 09:08 AM
The Brood for me. Not only one of my favourite Canadian films, but one of my favourite horror films, period. Genuinely scary, and highly original (like most of Cronenberg's stuff).

Non-Cronenberg runners up for me would include The Pit, The Incubus and of course My Bloody Valentine.

10-01-2009, 09:51 AM
As much as I want to say My Bloody Valentine because I lived in Nova Scotia for six years and one of my favorite restaurants is in Sydney Mines, the town this was shot in, I have to go with Black Christmas.

Such a great atmosphere, great acting (particularly Margot Kidder, who I've had a crush on since I was little), great scares, everything about it is great. Definitely something I'll watch every year at Christmastime, probably until I'm too old to watch.

Conal Cochran
10-01-2009, 11:37 AM
My bloody valentine is for me the best cnanadian horror film. Can't go wrong with a mine, a hollyday and a crazy maniac and the fact that it is now in his uncut glory...wow

10-01-2009, 11:45 AM
This is a hard choice. There are so many great Canadian horror films out there. I suppose I've gotta go with Black Christmas. In my opinion, it's one of the best slashers ever, and I constantly go back and forth between it and Halloween when choosing my favorite slasher of all time. It has great atmosphere, a very creepy killer, and John Saxon, what more could you ask for?

I'm also a huge Cronenberg fan, so The Fly, Videodrome, The Brood, Rabid, They Came From Within and Scanners are up there on my list of favorite Canadian horror as well.

10-01-2009, 12:20 PM
It's original, has very odd characters that I really enjoyed following, the story is incredibly strange but well thought out, the direction the movie starts to point through towards the end is great, it's entertaining and rewatchable

10-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Canadian shot I'd have to say Dawn of the Dead 2004. Canadian produced I'd have to say the original My Bloody Valentine.

10-01-2009, 01:23 PM
SCANNERS, THE BROOD, VIDEODROME...David Cronenberg can do no wrong!

10-01-2009, 01:46 PM
BLACK CHRISTMAS, mainly because it is so damned creepy. It demonstrates that a slasher film can be made with style and can scare just as much through suspense and storytelling rather than just making people jump with "shock" moments.

I would have to say GINGER SNAPS is a close second (at least I *think* GINGER SNAPS is Canadian). As well as anything by David Crononberg.

10-01-2009, 02:18 PM
Favourite Canadian Horror Film: THE BROOD.
It really captures the feeling of winter in Canada and is far more ahead of it's time than any other movie. Cronenberg is the beset.

10-01-2009, 02:35 PM
Nothing can touch Black Christmas. I've seen it a dozen times and still get freaked out whenever I hear those phone calls. One of the few "truly scary" horror films out there!

10-01-2009, 02:38 PM
Gotta agree with a lot of others on...BLACK CHRISTMAS

Body Boy
10-01-2009, 03:19 PM
Choosing just one? But I love Humongous...and Ginger Snaps is superb...Curtains/Happy Birthday to Me are more slasher greats.

And god, Black Christmas is near perfection (certainly better than HalloweeN; bahaha, it's time to start a riot here in HorrorDVDs-town)

Uh, but my absolute favorite?...

My Bloody Valentine. I mean, how can I not love a flick that was filmed in the mine across the street from where the hospital "borned" me. :D I'll always be proud to be a Cape Bretoner as long as I have MBV to love for it. But once MBV wears this...there's not much else for Cape Breton. XD

10-01-2009, 03:22 PM
im gonna agree with a lot of people here, and go with pretty much anything by Cronenberg. easily one of my top 5 directors. if i had to pick a particular film? id go with The Fly. its a fantastic movie, and i love recognizing Toronto landmarks in it. that's always been one of my favorite things about him: the fact that his early movies shot in Canada took place....in Canada! quite a rare thing.

10-01-2009, 03:37 PM
Put me down for The Gate as well. The stop motion animation is awesome and the story is nice and simple, but delivered very well. I love part when Stephen Dorff has the dream about his parents coming home and yelling "YOU'VE BEEN BAAAAAAD!!!" I still quote that to this day :p

10-01-2009, 04:07 PM
Easy answer: Black Christmas

10-01-2009, 04:34 PM
I love Cronenberg, but I have to go with Black Christmas.

It gets better each time I see it. I have a hell of a lot of respect for that film.

10-01-2009, 05:04 PM
Wow, what a loaded question that one is ! I love a Canadian take on Horror, most of the time sparking change in the world of Horror ie Cronenberg and most recently John Fawcett. BLACK CHRISTMAS has to be the winner here for me because of the arduous journey it took Bob Clark on; and who can complain when it influenced John Carpenter in making a genre classic. There are many honorable mentions though including THE CHANGELING, GINGER SNAPS and that little creepy gem VISITING HOURS.

10-01-2009, 05:05 PM
There are so many great Canadian horror films, but one director stands out above all Canadian horror directors... David Cronenberg. And his greatest achievement in horror is Videdrome. One of my all time favorite films.

10-01-2009, 05:11 PM
Fido is one of my favorite films--period--in this decade and one of the most refreshing Horror films I've seen.

That said, Ginger Snaps (only the first one) was a rental-on-a-lark for my sister and me, and it made me laugh and squirm so much, that I went out and purchased it the next day. Great performances and a fine installment in the werewolf genre--so it gets my pick.

"I can't have a hairy chest. That's fucked, B."

10-01-2009, 05:26 PM
My Bloody Valentine.. Black christmas is close though

10-01-2009, 05:37 PM
My Bloody Valentine is in my all time top 20. One of the better "who is the killer" slasher films out there.

10-01-2009, 05:37 PM
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

Lone Wolf
10-01-2009, 05:40 PM
I have to go with Black Christmas.

10-01-2009, 05:42 PM
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.

10-01-2009, 05:54 PM
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.

Richard Anthony
10-01-2009, 06:01 PM
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!!

10-01-2009, 06:23 PM
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

10-01-2009, 07:11 PM
Ginger Snaps, cuz until I saw it I was oblivious to Canada's existence.

Mutilated Prey
10-01-2009, 07:30 PM
Tough one, but I love me some Humongous!!!!! My Bloody Valentine, Black Christmas and Happy Birthday to Me are all excellent as well.

10-01-2009, 07:49 PM
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!!!

10-01-2009, 07:56 PM
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".


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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Ringers_%28film%29)

I also liked PIN by Canadian director Sandor Stern.

10-01-2009, 08:15 PM
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.

10-01-2009, 09:45 PM
BLACK CHRISTMAS... those phone calls are still pretty damn creepily disturbing! :)

10-01-2009, 09:52 PM
Black Christmas takes the cake for me followed closely by MBV, Prom Night and Humongous!!

10-01-2009, 10:35 PM
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.

10-01-2009, 11:38 PM
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!

10-01-2009, 11:55 PM
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

10-02-2009, 12:31 AM
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. :)

10-02-2009, 12:39 AM
Black Christmas is my fav Canadian horror film. Great pacing and direction that always maintained a sense of suspense and dread.

Harry Warden
10-02-2009, 12:47 AM
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".

10-02-2009, 01:01 AM
My favorite is the original My Bloody Valentine. Love the killer, the kills (extended cut baby!) and the mine was uber-creepy.

10-02-2009, 02:22 AM
My fav canadian horror flick has to be the mask. its just trippy and odd and out there.

10-02-2009, 04:03 AM
Hate to be obvious but my favourite is Black Christmas. Tons of scenes that can still creep me out, some decent humour, and the voice on the phone is pure perfection. Easily in my top 5 movies of all time, not just horror movies.

10-02-2009, 04:16 AM
Black Christmas - one of the few horror movies that gets under my skin every time I see it. I think it's a combination of the phone calls and never seeing the killer.

10-02-2009, 05:48 AM
Black Christmas is my favorite Canadian horror flick as it set the standard for holiday slashers. Cronenberg's The Brood would rank second for me.

10-02-2009, 06:12 AM
My favorite Canadian horror film? Ginger Snaps. It's got great acting, great cinematography, and awesome music. And it's a lot of fun too, which is a big plus.

10-02-2009, 03:26 PM
I'd like to be different, but Black Christmas is definitely my favorite. It's suspenseful, creepy, and funny with its humor not distracting from the horror.

10-02-2009, 03:44 PM
I'd have to say at the moment that it's CANNIBAL GIRLS because it's a pretty effective horror movie made all the more surprising by the fact that it stars future SCTV comedians Andrea Martin and Eugene Levy. I'd love to know when this will be released on DVD.

10-02-2009, 05:03 PM
Black Christmas

The one other movie, besides a Christmas Story, that I have no problem watching every time Christmas comes along. Ironic that they were both directed by Bob Clark.

10-02-2009, 05:50 PM
It's a toss up...
The Mask I love because it has so many connotations for me. I love the 3d of it (It Works!) and also because I saw it midnight on a new years eye many years ago when I left my Aunt Viv's smoke filled party at the age of 12 and met my best friend who was watching it on tv next door and we became best friends for over 20 years. God bless wxxa 23 albany and theater bizarre!!!

The Brood was the other favorite as I watched it on VHS during a snowstorm out in the country and I think it may be the chilliest movie I have ever seen, perhaps even more so than The Thing, etc. because it isn't overtly cold, and reflects many of the character's chilly repressions that are having so many deleterious aftereffects.

What's interesting about both films is that they both represent physical manifestations of psychological issues, with even the title The Brood having a double meaning in the context of what happens in the film. The mask could also be the first canadian film to covertly talk about drug addiction and its behaviors...

10-02-2009, 06:27 PM
I haven't seen many Canadian horrors yet... but I would have to go with Ginger Snaps.

10-02-2009, 07:06 PM
Hmmm, this is a really tough one but I might have to go with Rabid 'cause I am nuts for Marilyn Chambers. But, I will say that Black Christmas is the best.

Kodiac Jack
10-02-2009, 07:44 PM
Its definitely My Bloody Valentine. In my opinion, its the perfect slasher movie.

10-02-2009, 08:06 PM
I'd have to say My Bloody Valentine - great kills and plenty of Moosehead beer...mmm!

10-03-2009, 02:45 AM
Easily Ginger Snaps...restored my faith in werewolf films.

10-03-2009, 03:31 AM
My favorite Canadian horror flick is definitely Ginger Snaps. It's an almost perfect movie in my book.

10-03-2009, 03:32 AM
Iím saying Shivers. I enjoy it for it's surrealism. Best Canadian horror had to be a Cronenberg film, right?

10-03-2009, 05:42 PM
Toss up between The Gate and Severed : Forest Of The Dead for me, with The Gate inching ahead due to the fact I am a nut for stop motion and the effects in this movie are still amazing to me to this day.

**Jack Brooks Monster Slayer also get's in the mix

10-03-2009, 08:29 PM
Lots of great choices out there. I give my vote to Prom Night. The scene where the severed head launches out onto the dance floor, scaring the crowd out of the gym, is a true classic.

10-03-2009, 09:32 PM
While I love stuff like The Brood, Shivers, Ginger Snaps, Rabid,and Cannibal Girls, my favorite hands down is Black Christmas. That movie defines skin crawling terror.Bob Clark didn't make enough horror films as far as I'm concerned. He was a true master of the genre.

10-03-2009, 11:36 PM
Black Christmas (1974)

10-04-2009, 01:24 AM
Easiest answer ever: Black Christmas, is my fav. movie, so didn't have to think much about it.

10-04-2009, 02:22 AM
The Gate! Actually it is one of my childhood favorites. From the metal record to the sweet stop motion animation this film is great. Plus the fact that the leads were all kids put it over the top for me as a kid.

10-04-2009, 03:15 AM
Totally has to be My Bloody Valentine! I know that's probably a popular answer but I LOVE that movie! Everything about it is Canadian AND 1981, two of my favorite slasher ingredients!

Curtains comes close though...

10-04-2009, 04:25 AM
I would have to say My Bloody Valentine, since it is one of my favorite slashers and a film I've always loved!

10-04-2009, 08:45 AM
As much as I love both Black Christmas and My Bloody Valentine, I'm gonna go with David Cronenberg's The Brood on this one. It's the only movie out of those three that I've owned on VHS, LD and DVD (and BD, if they ever release it). It's probably my favorite Cronenberg movie.

10-04-2009, 03:49 PM
I've got to go with Ginger Snaps. Something about that movie has made me revisit it time and time again.

10-05-2009, 03:57 AM
I have to say The Gate just for the memories it brings... It's one of the first movies that truly got me into the genre. I remember being 11 or 12 watching it many times while babysitting my sister late in the evening. And I could totally relate to the main caracter, mainly because we were pretty much the same age.

10-05-2009, 04:57 AM
Lmao, this film brings back such fun memories. I was around 5 or 7 when this came on tv one night. And everyone one in the house wound up watching it. I watched it with my mom in the living room, and my dad and sister watched it in my dads bedroom. It scared the hell out of me at the time, my mom was laughing through out the whole thing, and my dad thought it was retarted. My sister kept falling asleep throughout the whole thing. But we watch it all the time during Halloween or when it comes on Encore. Now we can watch it anytime!!!!:banana:

Body Boy
10-05-2009, 05:49 AM
Seem to recall catching this on Scream TV about 2 months ago. Sort of silly, the parts I saw (caught the beginning of Part II as well) reminded me of kid horror, but I still soooo want this.

Note: I will win! :D

10-05-2009, 10:09 PM
I can't decide which Cronenberg to go with so I'm going to pick Black Christmas instead. Those phone calls make it. I've been working on my "It's me, Billy" telephone voice a lot lately to annoy my girlfriend.

10-05-2009, 10:23 PM

My favorite would have to be Black Christmas. From the creepy phone calls to the great underrated and understated sound effects. Children singing innocent Christmas carols, the subtle sounds of clocks and piano strings all serve to amplify a chilling atmosphere. Not to mention a wonderfully perfect ambiguous ending. It's in the top ten horror flicks ever made as far as i'm concerned.

10-06-2009, 01:21 AM
Black Christmas: My favorite slasher

My bloody Valentine: Awesome atmosphere, and now with the DC; gore as well.

Rituals: Super creepy antagonist...

Those are my top three :) Couldn't pick just one.

10-07-2009, 06:36 AM
Thanks for all the submissions, it was nice to hear everyone's picks from my homeland. Random.org tells me that the winners are:

Kodiac Jack

Congrats, and please send me a message with your contact information and I'll get these out to you once they arrive.

The 2nd of our 4 OCTOBER MADNESS contests starts up tomorrow...

10-07-2009, 06:45 AM
The 2nd of our 4 OCTOBER MADNESS contests starts up tomorrow...

Horay! Means three more chances for little ole' moi. :D The month of October, especially here at this site, totally fuckin' rocks.

And conrats to all three winners! Unless there is an announcement for a Blu-Ray release in HD, I'll probably have to break down and order The gate special edition from Amazon now.

Again congrads to all winners, and to me and my fellow losers: Better luck next time, boys & ghouls. ;)

10-07-2009, 03:43 PM
Congrats winners!

10-07-2009, 04:40 PM
Congrats guys!

10-07-2009, 06:03 PM
Congrats to the winners!

10-07-2009, 06:14 PM
Congrats Winners! :)

10-07-2009, 06:54 PM
Congrats to the winners.

Harry Warden
10-07-2009, 11:46 PM
Congrats to all.

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10-09-2009, 03:13 AM
congrats, good contest.