[Editor's note: In light of the release of Jason Eisner's Hobo with a Shotgun, we thought we'd ask the world's leading expert on Canadian exploitation cinema and Managing Editor of Canuxploitation, Paul Corupe, to share his five favourite and most outrageous Canadian expoitation films]
The Canadian film industry has a dirty little secret. For every critically lauded drama by celebrated auteurs, dozens of unacknowledged low-budget horror, science fiction, sexploitation, action and lowbrow comedy films lurk just below the surface. Although many of these “Canuxploitation” films appeared during the 1970s and '80s, when generous tax laws helped nurture the budding careers of directors like David Cronenberg
, Bob Clark
and Ivan Reitman
, Canada's rich history of exploitation films stretches from almost the very beginning of moving pictures.
Our most recent entry, Jason Eisner's Hobo with a Shotgun
, has been earning positive reviews due to its gleeful devotion to exploitation carnage, it's only the tip of the ice floe when it comes to the dark side of Canada's film industry. In more than a decade of hunting down obscure Canadian B-movies, the five films below are some of the wildest examples of Canuxploitation, a legacy created