Well you guys, today is National Canadian Film Day and in celebration I thought I would share a list of my top 10 Canadian horror films! Please feel free to post your favourites in the comments below!
A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
The movie that started so many slasher tropes that we roll our eyes at today, Black Christmas is easily one of the best slasher flicks of all time, and of course, very much a Canadian one. You can give a read to my proper review if you want more on this one.
7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
I’ll kick things off with a proper review here, and tell you guys that this movie is a testament to what can be done with a small budget and a great idea. Watch this movie.
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
Another one on the list that I have a proper review for, so you can give that a read. If you don’t feel like doing that, then I’ll say that if you like ghost stories, haunted house movies, and dynamite acting, this is the movie for you.
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.
What’s not to fucking love about this movie? It’s violent, it’s funny, and it is kind of an interesting commentary on perceptions of menstruation and this fear we have as a culture of women, and even (perhaps) the fear women have of themselves. Check this movie out, it’s great.
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
This is a tough one, I have compared the motional effect that this one had on me to the one I get from the final 20 minutes of Requiem For A Dream. It’s raw, graphic, intense and in some really bizarre ways pretty beautiful. You’ll certainly be seeing a proper review for this one in the near future.
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.
This has a pretty great twist on the zombie-genre, and also MIGHT be pro-separation piece of propaganda, but that might be reading too much into it. Definitely worth giving this one a watch, and serious points for bothering to try something a little bit different in a hyper saturated market of zombie films.
Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.
Ahh Splice, the movie that will make you feel weird feelings towards a human/animal hybrid that might make you uncomfortable… or maybe just me. That’s also possible. Anyways, check out my proper review of this one for more about it.
A snobby musical theater camp is terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theater.
Not much to say on this one that wasn’t already said in my proper review. So, give that a read if you feel so inclined. A fun little slasher rock-opera starring Meatloaf. Give it a watch!
Trick R Treat
Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
Easily one of my favourite movies about Halloween with the exception of, well, Halloween. Plus, it fits in with the list, so that’s good too. Easily one of the coolest werewolf transformation scenes since An American Werewolf In London and so worth checking out.
The Wild Hunt
A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.
I would consider this one a much darker, grittier version of Knights Of Badassdom. I was lucky enough to see a screening of this during the Whistler Film Festival, and have to give it a really strong recommend. You can probably look forward to a proper review coming up soon.