Last year, when we talked to Shivers Film Society co-director Vince D’Amato, he noted his plans to bring Shivers’ U.K.-based Canadian cult film screening series back to his Vancouver hometown. Well, he’s made good on his word and Shivers’ new series, Canadadrome, a monthly spotlight on Canadian genre shorts and features, is set to debut at the Pacific Cinematheque on January 27, 2012. This all-day event will feature beer and wine for sale and local filmmakers in attendance for Q&As, providing some much-needed Canuxploitation love on the west coast.
So far two Canadadrome programs have been announced:
January 27, 2013 @ 1pm:
- The Familiar (short, D: Kody Zimmermann)
- Hike (short, D: Jennifer Campbell)
- Bong of the Dead (D: Thomas Newman)
- Cube (D: Vincenzo Natali)
February 24, 2013 @ 1pm:
- Jack (short, D: Krishan Randel)
- Madame Soliel’s Tea Party (short, D: Nadine L’Esperancel)
- The Hard Cut Double/Feature (D: Creepy Six Films)
- Pontypool (D: Bruce McDonald)
The classic Canadian shockers continue to hit DVD, with several very big rumoured releases planned for 2013. Until then, there’s still a few notable releases hitting shelves in the first quarter of 2013.
Originally released by Elite Entertainment, Scorpion has grabbed the rights to this icky demonic rape thriller by John Hough. Apparently it’s the same transfer and Hough declined to participate, but if you don’t have the old disc now’s a great time to pick up this intriguing Canadian horror entry.
THE JITTERS (Retromedia)
Release Date: March 19
Here’s one we haven’t seen yet–after director John Fasano made ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE and ROCK N ROLL NIGHTMARE he went an entirely different route with this variation on the Chinese hopping vampire films, shot up north.
Here we are in 2013, which means that its time to look back at some of our favourite films and releases from 2012. We saw a lot more love for Canadian cult classics on DVD this year, with lots of indie filmmakers scrambling to cook up the next sensation like HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.
Things were happening here at Canuxploitation.com too–we delivered our “Echoes from the Sleep Room” course again at the The Black Museum, began publishing an exclusive Canadian film edition of the Motion Picture Purgatory comic strip and a TV column. We also help rediscover some “lost” Canadian films–the pioneering X-rated SEXCULA and cottage cult classic PSYCHO PIKE, along with some 1980s VHS obscurities during our “Summer of VHS” series. And beyond the site some related events popped up too from the Blood in the Snow Canadian horror film festival and the If They Came From Within speculative art show. All in all, It’s been a good year to be a Canuxploitation fan, so let’s take an entirely unscientific look back at the year that was.
BEST FEATURE OF 2012
Have we arrived in the post-grindhouse revival period? Probably not, but this year Brandon Cronenberg gave us a glimpse of where Canadian horror might be headed with this surprisingly accomplished sci-fi horror movie that draws on the imagery and mutated biology of his famous father’s films while still carving out a unique feel all its own. More than almost all recent genre films, it feels the most like a real tax shelter throwback with visiting Hollywood guest stars, high concept storytelling and that undeniable, gritty Canuck atmosphere that we love, far exceeding our expectations. Flawed? Perhaps, but its still our pick and for favourite film of the year.
Happy new year from Rick Trembles, who returns with another exclusive Motion Picture Purgatory review of the notably odd anatomical dummy horror film PIN: A PLASTIC NIGHTMARE (1988). Made at the very end of the tax shelter era, it’s a disturbing, low-key tale of mental illness that continues to remain one of Canuxploitation’s brightest (and creepiest) jewels.