View Full Version : Best Canadian Horror Film

01-26-2003, 10:12 AM
There have been some great Canadian horror flicks that have seen their fair share of praise...what will it be?

01-26-2003, 11:29 AM
Not a single Cronenberg on the list.............. I like Videodrome.

01-26-2003, 11:33 AM
Agh! No Cronenberg?

01-26-2003, 12:39 PM
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. :)

hell ya!
01-26-2003, 02:18 PM
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:

01-26-2003, 03:38 PM
My Bloody Valentine. No matter how many times I watch it, I can't get enough! One of my all-time favorite slashers.

01-26-2003, 04:25 PM
How about any of the videotaped Celine Dion concerts?:lol:

01-26-2003, 05:20 PM
I had to give the underdog a chance!

The Brood

01-26-2003, 06:00 PM
"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).

Eddie Quist
01-26-2003, 09:27 PM
When I think Canadian horror, I think Cronenberg, baby :evil:

VIDEODROME is, in my opinion, Cronenberg at his best.

01-26-2003, 09:35 PM
Rhett - I'm surprised you didn't include "Black Christmas"! Most of the financing was from the CFDC.

01-26-2003, 11:27 PM

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.

01-27-2003, 08:53 AM
Videodrome owns me!

01-28-2003, 03:16 AM
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?

01-28-2003, 08:29 AM
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...

01-28-2003, 09:54 AM
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:

01-28-2003, 04:13 PM
I voted other: Happy Birthday to Me.

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

01-28-2003, 05:47 PM
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).

01-28-2003, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by hell ya!
Brusier was also great but not on the list:confused:

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?

01-29-2003, 10:34 AM
Videodrome. I fuckin love that movie.

01-29-2003, 07:29 PM
It was a tough one between My Bloody Valentine or Ginger Snaps.
In the end I went with My Bloody Valentine.

02-02-2003, 07:06 PM
Black Xmas, though I like alot of Cronenberg too, especially the early one's.:)

02-02-2003, 09:29 PM
I have to go with Black Christmas

11-21-2003, 11:48 PM
Black Christmas! Those phone calls are so freakin scary.

R. I. P.
11-22-2003, 05:35 AM
Black Christmas - One of if not THE creepiest movie ever. The Canadians are to be commended! ;)

11-22-2003, 05:43 AM
I haven't seen most of these movies but I went with Ginger Snaps.

11-22-2003, 06:26 AM
I had to give the underdog a chance!

The Brood

Actually, THE BROOD was the film that got me hooked on Cronenberg.
That's why I chose it as my favorite.

06-09-2004, 01:39 AM
You are asking me to pick between three of my all time favorite movies : Black Christmas, My Bloody Valentine, and Terror Train. I think there is a legitimate arguement for each one. I can't do it. I can't pick one over the others.

Il Corvo
06-09-2004, 01:42 AM
Shivers has to be my favourite one, but Black Christmas is a very close second.

06-09-2004, 06:39 AM
My Bloody Valentine is the best slasher ever, not just Canadian. Hollis should be celebrated by the Canadians of the board and enshrined. I was thinking of making a statue of him in my backyard.

Deus Ex Machina
06-09-2004, 06:41 AM
There's alot of good movies on that list but my vote goes to Black Christmas...with Changling as a close second

06-13-2004, 07:59 PM
Rabid Easily The Best Canadian Horror Film 2nd Best Is Black Christmas And 3rd Nightbreed

06-14-2004, 05:05 AM
Wow I am Canadian and I had forgotten how many great horror films were made here. Anyway my vote was for the ultra-creepy and stylish Black Christmas, it really had that argento-ish quality that a lot of American films tried to get but failed too.

06-15-2004, 07:41 PM
My Bloody Valentine is the best slasher ever, not just Canadian. Hollis should be celebrated by the Canadians of the board and enshrined. I was thinking of making a statue of him in my backyard.

He's by far my favorite character in the movie. TJ and Axel suck by comparison. Hollis is the man.

06-16-2004, 11:16 PM
I've always thought Black Christmas was highly over rated. Cronenberg will always be the King of (Canadian) Horror Films and The Brood will probably remain his best Canadian film.

06-18-2004, 07:36 PM
I recently purchased a copy of Black Christmas that is a Canadian exclusive VHS from back in the day, I took the pics but my dumbass sister has lost the cord to connect the digital camera to the computer, but when I get it up (...) I'll post it here. I know how guys like Rhett and WesReviews are Black Christmas nuts :) Too bad they wouldn't have been selling this before, I could have sent it to Critical Mass for them to put on the DVD.

Curt Duncan
07-18-2004, 04:31 AM
As much as I wanted to go with Black Christmas, I went with The Changeling.

07-18-2004, 06:13 AM
My choice is not on the list: Peter Carter's creepy and effective Rituals (1977), a Deliverance-style shocker with Hal Holbrook and Lawrence Dane, shot in Northern Ontario. This is one film that desperately needs an uncut DVD release (the previous US VHS release was the cut-for-TV version, and the Canadian VHS release is now next-to-impossible to find).

07-18-2004, 06:15 AM
Scanners; The Brood; Rabid; Prom Night; My Bloody Valentine; Videodrome. Actually they are all pretty good.

07-18-2004, 02:34 PM
Ginger Snaps. Katherine Isabelle is the finest thing to come out of Canada since...well..ever.

07-19-2004, 05:57 AM
Ginger Snaps. Katherine Isabelle is the finest thing to come out of Canada since...well..ever.

I am completely with you on this one. It's a Freaks and Geeks thread just waiting to happen if there is not one already. I don't think there is.

Gothic Queen
07-19-2004, 02:13 PM
This list is sadly incomplete...but I voted for Ginger snaps anyway...Have to give it to the special effects men at work...as well as the great casting of Ginger and whoever the F#*% the other girl was. Lately the gorier the better, and black christmas doesn't come close to this film regarding gore factor.

07-19-2004, 02:18 PM
This list is sadly incomplete...but I voted for Ginger snaps anyway...Have to give it to the special effects men at work...as well as the great casting of Ginger and whoever the F#*% the other girl was. Lately the gorier the better, and black christmas doesn't come close to this film regarding gore factor.

What do you mean "whoever the F#*% the other girl was" Emily Perkins stole the show in Ginger snaps IMHO. I would even put her up with Angela Bettis as the top two genre actresses around right now.

07-19-2004, 06:11 PM
I would agree with that, Emily Perkins was clearly the best actor in the Ginger Snaps movies. I hope she stays with horror movies in the same way that Anglea Bettis seems to be doing. So that way Gothic Queen can know exactly who the F*ck the other girl is. :D

07-20-2004, 08:08 PM
Black Christmas. Love this flick... felatio... hahaha. :)
Ginger Snaps right behind it though. :)

06-01-2005, 03:51 PM
Just bought the Changling and will be giving that a watch today, so I'll be casting my vote tonight. It's between that and Videodrome which is my current favorite.

06-01-2005, 04:18 PM
Voted for 1. Black Christmas (DUH!). It's my favourite horror film of all time so this was easy.
2. Ginger Snaps Trilogy (or I'd have to list them all separately and two of the other movies on this list would get knocked off)
3. My Bloody Valentine
4. Shivers
5. Rituals
6. Scanners
7. Rabid
8. Happy Birthday To Me
9. Pin
10. Nightbreed (If this is considered Canadian)

06-01-2005, 04:21 PM
Hey retire this thread already dammit. I was going to make an updated verison of the best Canadian horror film.

STOP BLOWING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06-01-2005, 04:24 PM
Too bad. We really do need an updated one. I mean Rituals isn't even on the list!!
Of course, I'd still be voting for Black Chirstmas anyway.

06-01-2005, 06:00 PM
I went with Rabid.

I really gotta see Black Chistmas sometime soon...

06-01-2005, 06:07 PM
Yeah, we definitely need to do a new one. If I were to do this again I would definitely add:

The Pit
The Mask (1961)
The Gate
Visiting Hours

Have a go at 'er, Ash!

06-01-2005, 11:17 PM
Oooh PIN, I haven't seen that forever...

06-01-2005, 11:47 PM
Rabid. And The Changling a close second. Is Death Dream Canadian? If so, honorable mention to that as it's one of my favorites, and a great horror movie that I feel often gets over-shadowed by Black Christmas, which is great in its own right. Just thought I'd mention that.

09-13-2007, 11:36 PM
From this list, The Changeling.

09-13-2007, 11:44 PM
I originally voted for Black Christmas, but now I'd go with either The Brood or Videodrome.

09-14-2007, 01:23 AM
Black Christmas (1974)

Another good one that isn't on the list is Death Weekend. It's a Deliverance style film that Ivan Reitman produced before turning into a comedy director.

09-14-2007, 01:44 AM
Rituals, out on DVD for a while.

09-14-2007, 03:36 AM
I love Ginger Snaps so it gets my vote

Erick H.
09-14-2007, 06:50 AM
I went with BLACK CHRISTMAS (the original,of course),though THE BROOD came close.

09-14-2007, 07:13 AM
Wait, DERANGED is Canadian? I like that better than any of the others listed.

bwana the clown
09-14-2007, 07:51 AM
Easy peasy. The Brood all the way!

09-14-2007, 07:53 AM
That's my favorite out of the Cronenbergs on the list....

Crazy Ralph
09-18-2007, 01:22 AM
My Bloody Valentine, with "Curtains" a close second, although it doesn't appear on the list....

09-19-2007, 06:05 PM
Of those films I've seen (everything but The Incubus & Death Ship), my overwhelming favorite is Videodrome.

09-22-2007, 03:32 PM
Black Christmas was pretty good for what it was. Alright, it was a classic.

Videodrome was better, in my opinion. But I'm obsessed with it and love it to pieces. So it looks suspicious for me to say it.

But I think Ginger Snaps was the best on that list. Because it's an incredible story and it's impeccably acted. It's a much more moving story than any of the others. Even if some would say it appeals more to teens than adults.

09-22-2007, 04:42 PM
changeling for me. i get chills everytime i watch it.

blood vamp
04-20-2008, 06:48 AM
Shivers is on The Movie Channel this month.

04-20-2008, 07:23 PM
Too many to list: Scanners, Shivers, Curtains, etc.

04-20-2008, 11:15 PM
Shivers is on The Movie Channel this month.

Fuck, I wish I had this channel. We have Movie Central and all that crap. I need Shivers, dammit!

04-20-2008, 11:17 PM
I got to see SHIVERS at a midnight 35mm screening in Calgary a couple years ago. Bliss!