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Happy Birthday, Canadian Horror!

Canadian horror cinema hits a major landmark this month. It was exactly 50 years ago that the first feature-length Canadian horror film first hit theaters, kicking off a wave of brutal, bloody and brilliant genre film from north of the 49th. When Julian Roffman concieved the 3-D spookshow THE MASK, it’s doubtful that he could realize the influence and longevity his film would have–he simply wanted to show that a film shot in Canada could achieve U.S. distribution and compete with American films. And it did–THE MASK made it’s U.S. debut on October 27, 1961 in New York City, unnerving Halloween moviegoers with bizarre Freudian visions of ritual sacrifice (as witnessed in the following dream sequence).

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