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CanFilm Five: Horror Film Columnist Lauren Oostveen

“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.

An professional history geek with an special interest in her province’s past, Halifax-based Lauren Oostveen writes “Smash Cut,” a biweekly film column focusing on cult and horror titles for the Chronicle Herald that often has an East Coast bent. When she’s not busy to digitizing and preserving some of Canada’s oldest films, Lauren blogs for Spacing Atlantic and her own site, Zombies Ate Lauren!. For this CanFilm Five, Lauren offers her five favourite Canadian low-budget masterpieces.

Lauren: I have a lot of love for this great country of ours. And despite all of the Tim Horton’s donuts I can eat and free healthcare to counter the donut situation, there’s nothing I love more about Canada than its films. I respect and enjoy Canadian films, even the cheesy, silly ones, because people here put just a little bit more effort into their work. A little more love. A lot more gore.

Choosing a top five is very hard, but I certainly do have a handful of films that I go to when people ask me for my Canadian favourites. I’ve already written about David Cronenberg, Bruce McDonald, Jason Eisener, and the PROM NIGHT series for my column, so this time I’m taking a step away from the usual suspects. I’ve selected five lesser-known movies that are weird, endearing and made for far less money than their American counterparts. … Continue Reading