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THE MASK Restoration Hits TIFF this October

Essential Canuxploitation 3-D classic THE MASK (1961) rarely gets pulled out the vault for a theatrical screening, but lucky Torontonians will get the chance to “put their masks on now” once again this Halloween during a run of screenings starting October 23, 2015 (tickets available here). Even better, TIFF and the 3-D Film Archive have given the film a much-needed digital restoration, and this is one of the first opportunities audiences will have to experience Canada’s earliest genre success the way it was meant to be seen on the big screen.

Julian Roffman’s THE MASK is the tale of a psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with an ancient tribal mask that, when worn, sends him to a nightmare world of snakes, fireballs and ritualistic sacrifices. What’s worse, the mask starts to drive the good doctor insane who starts to violently attack people in the real world. Canuxplotiation highly recommends that you catch THE MASK’s eye-popping 3-D effects in a theatrical setting before the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release coming in November.

The TIFF screening screening series sponsored by Rue Morgue magazine and coincides with the debut of this incredible poster deign by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

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Upcoming Screenings: February 2014

While many of us discovered Canuxploitation films through late night TV screenings and VHS rentals, there’s still something special about catching a locally produced B-movie classic in the theatre alongside other Canadian film fans. Here’s our monthly update featuring upcoming classic Canadian cinema screenings. Want your screening listed? Contact us.

SEXCULA
February 8, 2014, 10:45pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa

That sexy succubus from Canada’s west coast is set to hit the big screen again. The big Canadian film discovery of 2013 heads back to Ottawa, screening not far from where a 16mm print of ther XXX curio was hidden away for more than three decades. More info here.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE
February 14, 2014, 11:30pm
Royal Theatre, Toronto

Cuddle up with someone you love for George Mihalka’s gleefully gory East coast Canadian slasher flick. Special Valentine’s Day screening!

SHIVERS
February 25, 2014, 9:30pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa

The Canadian Cult Revue is back with TIFF’s remaster of David Cronenberg’s nightmarish 1975 classic of body horror paranoia. More info here.

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SEXCULA Returns Home October 25, 2013

She’s baacck! As a special pre-Halloween treat, that sexy succubus from Canada’s west coast is set to hit the big screen again, this time in 16mm. That’s right, the big Canadian film discovery of 2013, the adult horror comedy SEXCULA is screening at the Vancity Theatre on October 25, 2013. After digital projections in both Edmonton and Toronto, this marks the first time that audiences will get a chance to experience the film’s rape ape, sex cell stealing and debauched wedding in 16mm!

To celebrate the upcoming West coast screening, here’s three rare behind the scenes photos from the production of the film. Even more will be on display October 25, so make sure you make a date with the Countess Sexcula!

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YETI: GIANT OF THE 20th CENTURY Screening June 27

He’s big, he’s hairy, and he’s remarkably Canadian. Rue Morgue magazine presents a 16mm screening of YETI: GIANT OF THE 20th CENTURY as part of their monthly Cinemacabre series on June 27 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This bizarre Italian/Canadian co-production about an unfrozen cryptid rampaging through downtown Toronto shouldn’t be missed by any fans of homegrown horrors or ’70s Bigfoot films.

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And the best part? I’ll be doing a short introduction for the film based on a talk I delivered this past March for our lecture series the Black Museum! Hope to see you there.

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SEXCULA Hits the Big Screen in Toronto on April 6!

In advance of the Impulse Pictures’ DVD release of the “lost” Canadian XXX horror spoof SEXCULA on April 9, 2013, Canuxploitation and Vancouver adult film archaeologists Return to Porno Chic! are teaming up to present the world premiere of the virtually unseen film in Toronto at the Big Picture Cinema – Gerrard on April 6, 2013 with special pre-show entertainment provided by The Canadian Romantic.

Sealed away in a dingy government basement for 40 years, SEXCULA makes its big screen debut not only as Canada’s only contribution to the porno chic film boom of the 1970s, but also one of earliest monster movies made north of the border (see our review of the film). Return to Porno Chic’s Dimitrios Otis and Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe, who rediscovered and resurrected the film, will also be on hand to conduct a Q&A about the all-Canadian story of the film’s legend and reveal why SEXCULA said to suck more than just your blood.

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This is may be your only chance to SEXCULA on a big screen, so get your raincoats on and come on down for what promises to be one of the most unique screening events in all of Canadian film history! But don’t just take our word for it–reviews of the DVD have started to trickle in already:

Mondo Digital
Rock! Shock! Pop!
The Manchester Morgue
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