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October 18, 2018

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8 New Canadian Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

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Our country, best known for being overly polite and saying “sorry” too often, also creates some of the most innovative, terrifying, gruesome films out there. Since classics like Prom Night, The Changeling, Black Christmas and Cube, Canadian filmmakers have been at the forefront of the genre. Before you watch your go-to Halloween movie for the hundredth time, consider one of these recent Canadian-made fright flicks.

Trench 11 (2018)

During the last days of WWI, allied soldiers explore an underground tunnel system that has been abandoned by the German army. What they discover is the horrifying aftermath of a biological experiment involving a parasitic disease. The film won several awards at the 2017 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, including Best Feature Film.

Summer of ’84 (2018)

That 80’s nostalgia trend is still very much alive in this Canadian-horror mystery that premiered earlier this year at Sundance. The Cape May Slayer is responsible for the disappearances of thirteen teenage boys. Fifteen-year-old Davey Armstrong suspects his neighbour, a local cop, and enlists his friends to investigate the truth.

I’ll Take Your Dead (2018)

William is in the business of making dead bodies disappear. Gang members deliver another corpse for him to dispose of, but he discovers that the intended victim is still alive. The gang returns to finish the job and he decides to save her at the risk of his home, daughter, and life. This film stars one of our favourite up-and-coming Canadian actresses and 2018 TIFF Rising Star, Jess Salguiero, who we had the pleasure of working with during the festival this year.

Knuckleball (2018)

When his grandfather dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Henry is alone and isolated on his family’s farm. His nearest neighbour becomes a dangerous threat and Henry must use his resourcefulness to defend himself. Audiences are affectionately referring to this film as the horror-thriller version of Home Alone.

Pyewacket (2017)

Leah develops a morbid fascination with the occult and dark magic after the death of her father. Her new friends and hobbies strain her relationship with her mother to the point that Leah places a death curse on her. Pyewacket is writer-director Adam MacDonald’s follow-up to his 2014 cult favourite, Backcountry.

The Ravenous (Les Affames) (2018)

The Ravenous follows residents of a small town in rural Quebec during a zombie outbreak. As they come to terms with finding fewer and fewer survivors, they also must prepare their home and refuge for an oncoming zombie horde. This film won Best Canadian Film at TIFF in 2017 and critics praised it for the social and philosophical themes that are rare in the genre.

What Keeps You Alive (2018)

While celebrating their anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods, Jules discovers a new, darker side to her wife’s personality. As her wife unveils her true self, the trip becomes a bloody fight for survival. This film might have you second guessing your next trip to the cottages in Muskoka, where it was filmed.

Mandy (2018)

Nicolas Cage goes all out in this American-Canadian co-production. A couple, Red and Mandy live a quiet life together. When a cult leader takes Mandy away from him, Red begins a violent, rampaging journey of revenge driven by rage, alcohol, and LSD. Audiences were divided at the Sundance premiere this year, where they were either entirely enthralled by the experience, or walked out of the theatre.

Canadian Film, Halloween