On his way home from work, Christian bumps into an old friend, Wyatt, who he hasn’t seen in awhile. They do the small talk bit: Christian’s life is going well and he doesn’t hesitate to make it known; Wyatt’s life, not so much, so he does the whole “Oh, me? Oh, yeah, everything’s great. I’m GREAT. Why am I holding these two suitcases? Oh, well…” thing. Before you can say this never happens in real life, Wyatt is up in Christian’s apartment making himself cozy, but, y’know, not too cozy – he continually insists “Hey man, I’ll just grab my stuff and go…” (more)
Aloha, mutants! Another holiday in the planner notated with a question mark is upon us: Canada Day! As I sit here in my Vancouver, BC Days Inn motel room (truth, I’m really in Canada!), I thought I’d help celebrate Canada Day by taking a moment to honor some of the maple-flavored maniacs from up north!
Now this is not a list detailing the great and wonderful subgenre of “canuxploitation”, though you can find just about all the info you’d need to ever find on the subject at the awesomely extensive website, Canuxploitation! Nor is this a list detailing movies simply filmed in Canada. Y’see, some time in the 1970s, directors (American and otherwise) realized they could get some major tax breaks by filming in Canada, so there are lots of Canadian-filmed horror films that aren’t from Canadian directors. For a list of those movies, just check out the Wikipedia page for it.
This list is simply intended to shine a a light on a few Canuck-born crazies who’ve contributed great things to the genre of horror. So let’s take a look at a few of ’em, eh? Continue reading Killer Canadian Horror!
This movie is incredibly under-appreciated and too oft forgotten! It stars (the under-appreciated and oft forgotten) Jeff Fahey and was directed by Eric Red (who did The Hitcher and Near Dark). The premise is a great one: three people receive donor limbs from a recently ‘executed’ serial killer. But the killer isn’t really dead…and he wants his parts back. Super bloody, spooky score, and a great non-Chucky performance from Brad Dourif during his Child’s Play heyday. A must-see for any horror fan.
As far as I can remember, this is the first horror movie I ever saw. My mom and sister were watching it on TV, and it scared the shit out of me.
I’ve always preferred David Cronenberg to David Lynch when it came to “what-the-fuck-did-I-just-watch” cinema. In fact, it’s this point exactly that makes The Brood so scary: it’s so far out there…just the idea of what’s happening will give you goosebumps and freak you out. A description of the film from Wikipedia (since I really couldn’t put it into words any better):
“The film depicts a series of murders committed by what seems at first to be a group of children. These are in fact the psychosomatic offspring of a mentally disturbed woman, whose husband fights for custody, and finally the life, of their daughter.” Terrifying, right?
This movie has it all: body horror, killer kids, and even a statement about the topic-at-the-time, Women’s Lib.
Stuart Gordon (along with his partner in grime, Brian Yuzna) give Cronenberg a run-for-his-money when it comes to body horror. There’s no better example than the twisted, oozing, pulsating beast that is From Beyond. Gordon and Yuzna adapted this H.P. Lovecraft story, and it stars genre-staples Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Ken Foree — this movie is a win-win-win.
Two scientists (Combs and an ultra-sleazy Ted Sorel) tinker with a machine that is supposed to stimulate the pineal gland. Some shit goes down, and Sorel is sucked into a netherworld, gone without a trace. Combs hires a couple detectives to find out what’s going on, but all hell breaks loose when the machine is turned back on. Not only are Combs and the detectives now able to see (and be attacked by) strange creatures that exist in this alternate dimension, but Sorel returns — only he’s super deformed and even hornier than before.
This is one of those movies where the imagery is so utterly sweaty and slimy and weird…it just sticks with you. Once again, I saw this as a child and was scarred for life…but in a good way. One of the great horror films of the 80s.