Happy Canada day to all of our Canadian readers. We are an international site but as the day-to-day news contributor who happens to live in Canada I figured I would take a minute and share some of my all time favorite Canadian Horror Movies.
I have deliberately picked films from a wide cross-section of styles and time but every horror film on this list is outstanding in my humble opinion. The fact that they are all Canadian horror films is just an added bonus since regardless of that fact they are great films on their own.
I encourage you to enjoy Canada Day with a deliciously terrifying Canadian Horror Movie
Yes Mama is a Canadian horror movie believe it or not. The film was a Canadian / Spanish co production by legendary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and was one of the best horror films of 2013.
Guillermo del Toro’s Mama is a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Watch the short film that inspired the feature film below.
Splice is a 2009 French Canadian horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring two very talented actors Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody. Sarah Polley is as Canadian as maple syrup and is also an incredibly talented and overlooked actress.
The story of SPLICE explores a dark vision of the world of genetic engineering in which two young scientists (Polley and Brody) become superstars by splicing different animal DNA to create fantastical new creatures. True to form it has catastrophic results.
Tucker & Dale Vs Evil
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is hands down one of the funniest horror comedies of all time. Its a bloody Canadian / American co-production which features lots of laughs, plenty of insane kill sequences and a truly outstanding cast.
Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.
There are a few movies that stand out for me as monumental sci-fi horror films. Terminator is one of them, Hardware is another and Screamers is as well. The 1995 horror film to this day still holds up and holds the high bar on what sci-fi horror movies should look like.
Screamers is the story of a group of soldiers on Sirius 6B who are waging a war against the Alliance. One of their weapons is the Screamers which are tiny robotic killing machines that hunt anyone who is not wearing a badge that marks that person as ‘friend’. With both sides exhausted from the war they setup a meeting only to discover that the SCREAMERS are much more than mindless robotic sentries.
David Cronenberg is a legend to genre fans and Shivers is one of his fines films. Shot in 1975 this French Canadian horror film won Best Director distinction at the ’75 Sitges Film Festival and went on to become a classic with genre fans. Shivers is the story of a scientist who inadvertently releases the kind of sexually transmitted disease that true nightmares are made of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Cronenberg makes our list for a second time with his 1981 Canadian Sci-Fi horror film that starred Stephen Lack and Jennifer O’Neill. Scanners is the story of a group of people who are psychics who have the power to not only control people but also inflict unbelievable pain on others.
Black Christmas 1974
Bob Clark directed the 70’s classic Black Christmas which is considered by many to be the first slasher film and happens to be based around a true story. The film was inspired by a slew of murders at Christmas time that were happening in Quebec Canada. Clark went on to produce a remake in 2006 which was a pretty solid retelling.
Jack Brooks Monster Slayer
Canadian horror comedy Jack Brooks Monster Slayer is one of the truly great monster movies. The film which stars Robert Englund and is the story of a plumber who takes on the things that go bump in the night.
Cube is one of the few truly terrifying sci-fi horror films I have seen. If you have a fear of confined spaces and are not a fan of mind bending puzzles that result in dismemberment and death then CUBE will terrify you. Directed by Vincenzo Natali it was the first successful film released by the Canadian Film Centre.
Dawn of the Dead 2004
George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is one of the greatest zombie films of all time. It is secondly only to his other master piece Night of the living Dead. As much as we love to hate on remakes you simply can not deny that Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead which shot in Toronto Canada and starred Canadian sweet heart Sarah Polley is a truly fantastic re-imagining of the original classic.
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