Canada Eh?

Happy Canada Day!

We know how to celebrate Canada's Birthday here in the Capital - well except maybe last year, which from all accounts was a horror experience of its own.

So, without further ado, here is my list (in no particular order) of my 5 Favourite Canadian Horror Films.

1. Black Christmas (1974)

Christmas and Horror had never been slammed together before this film. Director Bob Clark liked the irony of something dark occurring during such a festive holiday. Ironically, Clark's other famous film is "A Christmas Story"

2. Scanners (1981)
You know there had to be at least one Cronenberg film on this. While the movie may not have been his best, it's here because Louis Del Grande's exploding head freaked out my 13-year old mind for years. I could probably just make this list his films, but this was my introduction to him.
3. Cube (1997)

A riff on the Twilight Zone classic "Five Characters In Search of an Exit", "Cube" tells us the story of a group of strangers who wake up in a mysterious cube and need to get out. The catch? Many of the rooms are rigged with lethal traps. A brilliant study in how to make a great movie without a giant budget, the majority of the set was one room with different coloured lights. Tense, psychological and occasionally gory, this still hits all the right notes.

4. American Mary(2012)

The Soska Sisters. These two amazing ladies are shaking up the old boy's club of horror films in the best possible way. This tale of a medical student drawn into some dark dealings in the world of body modification showed the world these two women are not to be taken lightly. Two other things I love about this movie - Katherine Isabelle, my favourite new scream queen, and the fact that it's an ironic title for a Canadian Movie.

5. Ginger Snaps(2002)

Saving the best to last(?) is this little gem. Those who know me, know that my favourite movie monster is the Werewolf, and this is my favourite werewolf movie. Drawing parallels between lycanthropy and adolescence this film is one of the best werewolf films to grace the screen since "An American Werewolf in London". One of it's best compliments? "That didn't look like a Canadian Film". And Katherine Isabelle.