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rhett
01-26-2003, 11:12 AM
There have been some great Canadian horror flicks that have seen their fair share of praise...what will it be?

dwatts
01-26-2003, 12:29 PM
Not a single Cronenberg on the list.............. I like Videodrome.

Hellbilly
01-26-2003, 12:33 PM
Agh! No Cronenberg?

rhett
01-26-2003, 01:39 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, 03:18 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:

the.wicked.one
01-26-2003, 04:38 PM
My Bloody Valentine. No matter how many times I watch it, I can't get enough! One of my all-time favorite slashers.

Shannafey
01-26-2003, 05:25 PM
How about any of the videotaped Celine Dion concerts?:lol:

John
01-26-2003, 06:20 PM
I had to give the underdog a chance!

The Brood

marioscido
01-26-2003, 07:00 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, 10:27 PM
When I think Canadian horror, I think Cronenberg, baby :evil:

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

marioscido
01-26-2003, 10:35 PM
Rhett - I'm surprised you didn't include "Black Christmas"! Most of the financing was from the CFDC.

rhett
01-27-2003, 12:27 AM
:eek1:

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.

Mr.Vengance
01-27-2003, 09:53 AM
Videodrome owns me!

swr2777
01-28-2003, 04:16 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?

marioscido
01-28-2003, 09:29 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...

onebyone
01-28-2003, 10:54 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:

STREET TRASH
01-28-2003, 05:13 PM
I voted other: Happy Birthday to Me.

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

rhett
01-28-2003, 06:47 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).

marioscido
01-28-2003, 07:08 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?

KillerCannabis
01-29-2003, 11:34 AM
Videodrome. I fuckin love that movie.

Broken
01-29-2003, 08:29 PM
It was a tough one between My Bloody Valentine or Ginger Snaps.
In the end I went with My Bloody Valentine.

agentc
02-02-2003, 08:06 PM
Black Xmas, though I like alot of Cronenberg too, especially the early one's.:)

mcchrist
02-02-2003, 10:29 PM
I have to go with Black Christmas

geekcccp
11-22-2003, 12:48 AM
Black Christmas! Those phone calls are so freakin scary.

R. I. P.
11-22-2003, 06:35 AM
Black Christmas - One of if not THE creepiest movie ever. The Canadians are to be commended! ;)

thrashard76
11-22-2003, 06:43 AM
I haven't seen most of these movies but I went with Ginger Snaps.

etale
11-22-2003, 07:26 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.

Tuzotonic
06-09-2004, 02:39 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, 02:42 AM
Shivers has to be my favourite one, but Black Christmas is a very close second.

old-boo-radley
06-09-2004, 07:39 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, 07:41 AM
There's alot of good movies on that list but my vote goes to Black Christmas...with Changling as a close second

fceurich39
06-13-2004, 08:59 PM
Rabid Easily The Best Canadian Horror Film 2nd Best Is Black Christmas And 3rd Nightbreed

6thdoctor
06-14-2004, 06:05 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.

Tuzotonic
06-15-2004, 08:41 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.

/root_canal
06-17-2004, 12:16 AM
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.

old-boo-radley
06-18-2004, 08:36 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, 05:31 AM
As much as I wanted to go with Black Christmas, I went with The Changeling.

tim
07-18-2004, 07:13 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).

evildeadfan123
07-18-2004, 07:15 AM
Scanners; The Brood; Rabid; Prom Night; My Bloody Valentine; Videodrome. Actually they are all pretty good.

moogong
07-18-2004, 03:34 PM
Ginger Snaps. Katherine Isabelle is the finest thing to come out of Canada since...well..ever.

Tuzotonic
07-19-2004, 06:57 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, 03:13 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.

Ash28M
07-19-2004, 03:18 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.

Tuzotonic
07-19-2004, 07:11 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

BloodMan
07-20-2004, 09:08 PM
Black Christmas. Love this flick... felatio... hahaha. :)
Ginger Snaps right behind it though. :)

tobaccoman
06-01-2005, 04:51 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.

maskull
06-01-2005, 05:18 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)

Ash28M
06-01-2005, 05:21 PM
Hey retire this thread already dammit. I was going to make an updated verison of the best Canadian horror film.

STOP BLOWING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

maskull
06-01-2005, 05:24 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.

MorallySound
06-01-2005, 07:00 PM
I went with Rabid.

I really gotta see Black Chistmas sometime soon...

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

Deranged
Deathdream
The Pit
Pin
Rituals
Spasms
The Mask (1961)
The Gate
Visiting Hours

Have a go at 'er, Ash!

tobaccoman
06-02-2005, 12:17 AM
Oooh PIN, I haven't seen that forever...

4Gotten1
06-02-2005, 12:47 AM
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.

satans-sadists
09-14-2007, 12:36 AM
From this list, The Changeling.

RyanPC
09-14-2007, 12:44 AM
I originally voted for Black Christmas, but now I'd go with either The Brood or Videodrome.

fattyjoe37
09-14-2007, 02:23 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.

MrVess
09-14-2007, 02:44 AM
Rituals, out on DVD for a while.

othervoice1
09-14-2007, 04:36 AM
I love Ginger Snaps so it gets my vote

Erick H.
09-14-2007, 07:50 AM
I went with BLACK CHRISTMAS (the original,of course),though THE BROOD came close.

allmessedup
09-14-2007, 08:13 AM
Wait, DERANGED is Canadian? I like that better than any of the others listed.

bwana the clown
09-14-2007, 08:51 AM
Easy peasy. The Brood all the way!

allmessedup
09-14-2007, 08:53 AM
That's my favorite out of the Cronenbergs on the list....

Crazy Ralph
09-18-2007, 02:22 AM
My Bloody Valentine, with "Curtains" a close second, although it doesn't appear on the list....

Chad
09-19-2007, 07:05 PM
Of those films I've seen (everything but The Incubus & Death Ship), my overwhelming favorite is Videodrome.

DVD-fanatic-9
09-22-2007, 04:32 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.

soxfan666
09-22-2007, 05:42 PM
changeling for me. i get chills everytime i watch it.

blood vamp
04-20-2008, 07:48 AM
Shivers is on The Movie Channel this month.

evildeadfan123
04-20-2008, 08:23 PM
Too many to list: Scanners, Shivers, Curtains, etc.

old-boo-radley
04-21-2008, 12:15 AM
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!

rhett
04-21-2008, 12:17 AM
I got to see SHIVERS at a midnight 35mm screening in Calgary a couple years ago. Bliss!