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Happy Canada Day: 15 Must See Canadian Horror Films

Herner Klenthur 16 Comments

American Mary

The Soska Twins spark controversy with their sexuality but that does not change that they are the master minds behind one of the best modern Canadian horror films.

American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele.

End of the Line

If you are not afraid of religious zealots then End of the Line will change that. This 2007 Canadian horror movie puts the religious extremes into the spotlight. A doomsday cult in End of the Line has not only predicted the end of the world but somehow unleashed it on humanity with catastrophic results.

FIDO

I have always had a soft spot for quirky horror movies and the zombie comedy FIDO directed by Andrew Currie and starring the gorgeous Carrie-Anne Moss is one of the best.

Fido is set after the great war where civilization fought the undead. The zombies are now trained pets who do the housekeeping, cut the lawns and keep the world going. This is basically the story of a boy and his dog but replace the dog with a zombie on  a leash called FIDO.  True to form when you keep zombies nothing good will happen in the end.

Pontypool

Low budget horror faces many challenges and few can overcome a variety of obstacles that are thrown at them. Limited budget, distribution issues and simple things like finding a good cast can all hamper an indie film. Pontypool managed to overcome almost all of these and is one of the 20 Best indie horror films I have seen!

Pontypool  is the story of a radio DJ who stays on the air as the world collapses around him in some sort of apocalyptic event. Do not confuse this one with Dead Air. End of the Line is a truly polished and well-rounded film that takes the apocalyptic movie genre and turns it on its ear.

Ginger Snaps

Anyone who puts together  a list of the greatest horror films and does not include Ginger Snaps needs to take a step back and rethink their position. So it goes without saying that this Canadian production lands on our Best Canadian Horror Films list.

Ginger Snaps is the story of a girl named Ginger who is 16 and going through the changes that most women do when they hit that age. Added to her complications however is the fact she has been bitten by a Werewolf.

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      1. kXnPunk July 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        Where the freaking H3LL is SMASH CUT a brilliant Gore Fest featuring sexy Sasha Grey. I’m offended. :lol:
        But seriously, thank for the list, I’m gonna watch some of them to celebrate my white country. You can be sure of that.

        • kXnPunk July 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

          Ohhh AMERICAN MARY baby, one of the greatest Horror ones I’ve seen in all my life. Masterpiece. :)

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur July 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

          Never seen it unfortunately.

      2. Tiago July 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        Very nice list, different one… no Wolf Creek, no Long Weekend…. and some I haven’t seen.
        puts a few on my watchlist, thanx.

        • Paul January 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

          Wolf Creek and Long Weekend are Australian movies

      3. Cate July 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Tiago… Those movies aren’t on the list because they are Australian. Different climate, accents, and beer!

        There are a few there I haven’t seen yet, but the rest are excellent! Except Pontypool. I didn’t like the movie or the book, but the town has seemed okay whenever I’ve gone there.

        I would also recommend Pin: A Plastic Nightmare, which I saw recently and really loved!

        • Tiago July 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

          You re so right.. Different continent as well… Hehehee sorry.

      4. Maxwell Dean July 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        What about Stakeland or Hobo With A Shotgun. Two among my favourite horrors of the last few years.

        • Aunt Mimi July 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm

          They’re not Canadian.

        • Vasquez July 2, 2013 at 12:07 am

          Both Stakeland and Hobo are by Canadian directors if im not mistaken.

        • Aunt Mimi July 21, 2013 at 1:17 am

          You know what? You’re absolutely right. I double-checked and went “Well damn…” My apologies!

        • Vasquez July 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

          No problem. I make similar mistakes all the time.

      5. LR July 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        My Bloody Valentine? The original one from the 80′s

      6. sue papais August 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        Oh yeah!!!!! Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil. Best Movie Ever.

      7. Rick September 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        How about Pontypool. I know it was shot in Canada so does that make it “Canadian”?
        It was a pretty good flick.

      8. idleprimate October 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        I’m glad pontypool gets its due on this site