They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema

Vatnsdal, Caelum
Arbeiter Ring Publishing 2004
ISBN 1-894037-21-9
Date finished: 2006-02-18

A horror buff's history of the horror film in Canada. Films began with B-movie efforts in the 1950s and 60s such as The Mask and The Bloody Brood. In the 1970s there were a few dreary-sounding titles such as The Pyx; Canada shouldn't feel too bad, however. because lots of movies were drearily long and boring in the 1970s. Canadian films also suffered from needing government funding, apportioned by the Canadian Film Development Corporation; the CFDC was always reluctant to fund genre pictures, preferring slice-of-life dramas and nervous about the blood and sex of horror. A true film boom began in the 1980s when tax regulations made film investment the perfect tax shelter. The resulting deluge of films was mostly pretty awful, and went away when the tax law was changed a few years later. The 1990s were mostly quiet, with a resurgence near the end of the decade thanks to movies such as Ginger Snaps.

Vatnsdal has a fannish affection for the genre, but doesn't hesitate to make fun of the many, many lame titles.

Tagged: canada, film


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%S A History of Canadian Horror Cinema
%I Arbeiter Ring Publishing
%P 256pp
%* *
%A Vatnsdal, Caelum
%@ 2006-02-18
%K film, canada
%D 2004
%G ISBN 1-894037-21-9

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