1

CanFilm Five: THINGS Director Andrew Jordan

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics, programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

For this edition of CanFilm Five, we asked Andrew Jordan, the director of THINGS (which hits DVD from Intervision Film Corp on July 13) to pick his five favourite “forgotten” Canadian horror films. But Andrew’s quite well versed in the horror genre, and we couldn’t contain him to just five selections!  So here are Andrew’s top 10 forgotten or obscure Canadian horror films, along with his suggestions for obtaining the most complete and uncensored VHS version possible.

1. DERANGED (1974) — Most people don’t know this movie, based on serial killer Ed Gein, was shot in Toronto. Make sure you get the uncut version with scenes of scooping out an eyeball scene and scooping the brains of a corpse with a spoon.  The DVD is censored.

2. POSSESSION OF VIRGINIA (1972) — Another difficult-to-find film that is even harder to find uncut.

3. HUMONGOUS (1982) — Features the unpolitically correct tagline: “Here are the monster’s little toys. Once they were little girls and boys.” Most versions of this are censored.

4. THE PYX (1973) –A heroin-addicted prostitute, a murderous devil cult and Karen Black. ‘Nuff Said!

5. RITUALS (1977) — The Embassy Video VHS tape is cut, so get the uncut, Astral Video version.

6. BELLS (1982) — Make sure you get the uncut version–the version released under the title MURDER BY PHONE is heavily cut.

7. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE (1976) – -This one is not usually thought of as a Canadian film but it was filmed in Canada.

8. DEATH SHIP (1980) – A Canadian/UK co-production — creepy!

9. DEATH WEEKEND (1976) — Another film that needs to be seen in an uncut version to be fully appreciated.

10. SEIZURE (1974) — Oliver Stone weirdness!

1

CanFilm Five: THINGS Star Barry J. Gillis

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics, programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

For this edition of CanFilm Five, we asked Barry J. Gillis, the star of THINGS (which hits DVD from Intervision Film Corp on July 13) and WICKED WORLD, for his five favourite Canadian films.

Barry: There are lots of films that could be a part of this list. For example, David Cronenberg is my favorite Canadian director and I love many of his films. It is difficult to remember every Canuxploitation movie I have ever watched, and there are so many Canuxploitation movies that I still have yet to see. Thanks to the Canuxploitation film review site, we can all rejoice in knowing that there are tons of Canadian movies worth checking out that we may not even heard of, and many more that are worth watching  for the 100th time!

… Continue Reading

0

The New Canadian Cult Vanguard? A Q&A with VAN GORE’s Keith Hodder

Grindhouse has gone mainstream and Canadian directors are reaping the blood-soaked rewards. First Jason Eisener caused a viral stir with HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, his winning entry from a contest sponsored by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 genre two-fer GRINDHOUSE. Now, with the release of a feature based on that trailer, Eisener has paid his good fortune forward to fledgling filmmakers Keith Hodder, Peter Strauss and Jerrad Pulham, who won  HOBO’s own trailer contest with their plasma-drenched entry VAN GORE, an authentic-looking  horror throwback to classic “killer artist” films of the 1960s like BLOOD BATH, H.G. Lewis’ COLOR ME BLOOD RED and even a homegrown effort, the Montreal-shot PLAYGIRL KILLER.

With their trailer landing a featured spot on the HOBO WITH A SHOGUN DVD and Blu-ray  discs released this week, the trio is hoping, like Eisener, to turn their two-minute success into a 90-minute blast of exploitation fun. Co-director and co-writer Keith Hodder explained their approach and the latest direction in Canadian cult film to in this one-on-one interview with Canuxploitation.com.

… Continue Reading

2

CanFilm Five: Rob Cotterill

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

For our very first edition of CanFilm Five, we asked Rob Cotterill, the producer of TREEVENGE and HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (which hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, July 5!) to pick his five favourite Canadian films. Well, six actually–he had to sneak one extra at the end!

… Continue Reading

0

The State of Canuxploitation

Now that Canuxploitation.com’s new redesign–our seventh(!)–is live and the new blog is up, I wanted to kick things off right with a look at the site’s long and not-so-sordid history. Only a handful of dedicated movie buffs were familiar with the site when it first appeared 12 long years ago and, as “canuxploitation” itself has since become a cultural notion apart from my usage, it seems like the perfect time to take stock of the evolution of the site and the idea since 1999.

Goin’ Up The Road

The word “canuxploitation” hit me out of the blue in 1999. Already a devoted fan of cult and offbeat films with a growing VHS collection, I was thinking one day about some of the Canadian B-movies I enjoyed–particularly THE MASK and CANNIBAL GIRLS–and how they were almost their own unique subgenre–like blaxploitation. And, just like that, the portmanteau formed in my mind. I thought it was kind of funny, but didn’t give it too much thought.

… Continue Reading

Pages ... 1 2