Humongous: Canadian VHS Slasher Will Grow On You

If you’re old enough, Canadian slasher movie Humongous might look familiar. Even if you never saw the movie, you probably caught the VHS cover along the top shelf in the horror section. Yet even at the height of the slasher movie cycle, Humongous didn’t make much of an impression. Its director, Paul Lynch, fared much […]

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Violation: Disturbing, Tense … And An Important Canadian Horror Movie

For its U.S. audiences, Shudder released its latest original movie, Violation. After premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Violation generated some strong critical buzz. A subversion of the rape-revenge narrative, Violation has also elicited some conversation around its disturbing violence. Though it’s only been available for less than a week, audiences are […]

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Random Acts of Violence: Jay Baruchel Confronts the Consequences of Violent Art

Timing is everything. And Canadian slasher Random Acts of Violence perfectly situates itself to address a divisive issue. Last year some critics accused Joker of celebrating toxic male rage and violence. Following George Floyd’s tragic murder, debate quickly turned to movies and television shows that glorified police officers. Now Canadian actor and director Jay Baruchel’s […]

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Happy Birthday to Me: Canadian Slasher Wants To Have Its Cake and Eat It, Too

Happy Canada Day! To celebrate the nation’s birthday, we’re re-visiting The Great White North’s contribution to the ‘Golden Era’ of slasher horror. Most horror fans know the original My Bloody Valentine was a Canadian export. Shortly after My Bloody Valentine scared horror fans, another Canadian slasher made its way to theaters – Happy Birthday To […]

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Girl House: Better-Than-Expected Canadian Slasher

Canadian slasher movie, Girl House, made a “blink and you’ll miss it” debut at a small film festival. Afterwards, the Entertainment One slasher made a quiet transition to VOD platforms where it faded into obscurity. On one hand, Girl House was a relatively straightforward approach to the subgenre. Additionally, its “camera in every room” premise […]

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Blood Quantum: Indigenous Zombie Movie Finds Life in the Subgenre

If horror fans are getting tired of zombie movies, Hollywood and indie filmmakers haven’t noticed. Even with The Walking Dead declining in the ratings, we’ve still seen a steady influx of undead horror. Overlord and Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die are the most recent zombie theatrical releases. Meanwhile Netflix has streamed several recent zombie […]

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Extracurricular: High School Horror Falls Just Short of the Honour Roll

A close cousin to ‘Creepy Kids’ horror, high school horror movies have always enjoyed a small niche in the genre. After all, most people would agree that high school is generally pretty awful. And the angst, brooding, and narcissism that characterizes adolescence makes it fertile ground for horror. From the dark snark of Heathers and […]

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