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Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004)

Nightmare in Canada is a one-hour television documentary that tells the story of Canada's contribution to the horror film industry.


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Nightmare in Canada is a one-hour television documentary that tells the story of Canada's horror film industry. Canadian horror films not only have a distinct look and style but explore themes of fear and dread. To combat the stereotype of bland or aloof Canadian cinema, this documentary offers uncovered gems from film history. Canadian horror tends to be more story and character driven focusing on themes like man against nature and fighting the evil that comes from within as opposed to the Hollywood tradition and obsession with monsters and masked men. A wide range of interviews will examine the phenomenon of Canada's horror film legacy. Written by Anonymous

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Fairly well done documentary
5 May 2005 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TMN, Canada's movie specialty channel, so I don't know how prolific this is in reaching the masses. But overall, it is an enjoyable enough experience all though a little short for its subject matter. Some of the speakers can be a little less than insightful, but overall the film provides a good overview of the Canadian (independent) horror film flavour. Especially insightful was the section on David Cronenberg, in my opinion Canada's foremost auteur, who started out in horror, gained respect when he moved out of the genre, and sadly doesn't quite the same respect that he used to from the more and more commercially-minded Telefilm Canada. Black Christmas, is also given its due as the prototypical slasher pic, one that predates Halloween. Many of the more obscure (considered obscure by me) titles are also covered and the cult classics, making this doc informative for the beginner horror buff. Beware some of the film clips in this doc do give away some of the much beloved money shots for the films that are discussed. In conclusion, a good waste of an hour and a good advertisement for a selection of quintessentially Canadian horror movies to check out.

And if you're looking for recommendations, look for the Canadian horror movies, not any recent documentary that somehow deals with Canadian culture. I don't care if that documentary of Miss Canada has a user rating of 9.9. In particular, I want to check out Pin (1988).

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