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CanFilm Five: Holiday Edition

“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.

It’s the holiday season, so what better time to give our regular contributors a break? While they rest up and catch up on their Canadian film classics, we’re filling in today to offer up Canuxploitation.com’s five favourite Christmas-themed scenes in Canadian exploitation cinema (and for another perspective, check out contributor Lauren Oostveen’s list of Canadian Christmas films for the Canadian Encyclopedia blog).

Joyeux Noel!

5. LE MARTIEN DE NOEL
Quebecois kiddies Cathy and Frankie are just about to get some holiday gifts from their dressed-as-Santa dad when all of a sudden Pooflower, the titular extraterrestial of this odd winter-themed movie appears in a bright red suit. Two Santa Clauses? How charmingly screwball! In the only Christmas scene in the film (despite the title), these kids are ecstatic to get… their dad sent to jail and a two foot wide replica of P.F.’s UFO?!

4. BLACK CHRISTMAS
Bob Clark plays on a variety of emotions out of viewers in his classic 1974 yuletide slasher, evoking laughs and chills in almost equal measure. But there’s few scenes that evoke holiday creepiness like the opening of the film, which sets the tone for the rest of the film, as quiet Christmas carols play and Billy approaches the sorority house, watching the party and looking for a way in.

3. COOPER’S CAMERA
There’s many hilarious moments from this 2008 comedy, and most involve Uncle Nick (Mike Beaver). But the drunken (and very Canadian) Christmas day tobogganing session remains the most memorable–speeding down the hill on flattened cardboard, tumbling shirtless out of a wheelchair while not crushing your smoke, and the pain of serious wipeouts numbed by an unholy amount of ingested rye.

2. FUBAR II
As Deaner launches into a little karaoke to wrap up another Christmas evening,  he suddenly realizes that what was turning out to be the worst holiday ever has been saved by one of those Christmas miracles you hear so much about. Now missing both of “boys” to cancer, Dean can finally hit those high notes as the lead singer of Nightseeker!

1. THE SILENT PARTNER
Christopher Plummer heads right down Santa Claus lane as the man with the bag is revealed to be a gun-toting bank-robber in this classic 1970s Canadian thriller!

BONUS!
Not a feature, but if you haven’t seen Jason Eisener’s Christmas horror short TREEVENGE, what are you waiting for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vaiv7kAXBzM

 

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