CanFilm Five: Reader 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.

Last week we announced the winners of our holiday giveaway, in which we offered the chance for a reader to get his or her top five favourite Canadian films listed on the blog, in addition to some great prizes from the NFB and Retro Films Entertainment. Well, that winner was Alberta’s Josh Marler, who know graces us with his top five picks.

Easily Cronenberg’s most Canadian film and, truthfully, this is one of the only things that elevates RABID above a tie with all Cronenberg’s other genre films. That, and I love this idea just a bit more than his other work, though it is still very Cronenberg. Who else could take a concept like armpit vagina penis stinger and make it actually work? Nobody except this creative genius.


Gotta love this little slasher from Nova Scotia. Some of the best special effects from the Great White North ever, even if most of it was cut out. The plot is great, the acting, the atmosphere, cinematography, and of course the gore, Personally I say it’s Novy’s best film–really the only thing missing is a cameo from one of the Trailer Park Boys.

Of course I need one film from my hometown of Alberta. The long awaited sequel to PROM NIGHT would take a completely different approach instead of the (by this time) boring man in a mask. The plot focuses on a Freddy Krueger-ish ghost haunting Hamilton High. Even though it is seriously corny and at times laughably stupid that’s the charm of it. Plus, I always did like all the EXORCIST jokes, especially since the film is a much bigger rip-off of CARRIE.

It’s hard to choose between these two even thought Screwballs was just a rip off of Porky’s it was campier and frankly more Canadian then Bob Clark’s epic. Sure PORKY’S has Doug McGrath, Kim Catrall and Art Hindle, but SCREWBALLS was actually shot in Canada. Besides neither one really has any true hosers or Canadianness.

Not only one of the best genre films of the 1970s, DERANGED is also one of the creepiest from Canada and also one of the best directed (even if by outsiders). For me, one fun thing is watching HOME ALONE after DERANGED and seeing rumoured family killer “Ezra Cobb”…ma ma. Same feeling I get from Watching DAHMER star Jeremy Renner in SENIOR TRIP. Out of the many Ed Gein movies this gem truly is the best, even if it the character isn’t actually Gein.

Thanks again Josh and enjoy your DVDs!

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