CanFilm Five: Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander

“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.

Ooh, it’s scary, kids! Our guest for this special spooky Halloween edition of CanFilm Five is Editor-in-Chief of Fangoria magazine Chris Alexander. A former columnist for Rue Morgue magazine, Chris is one of the busiest and most passionate voices in horror, teaching film history, curating film nights, composing for movies, making films and writing about the genre that means so much to him.  For this CanFilm Five, Chris offers up his five essential Canadian horror films.

Every David Cronenberg film should be on this list, of course–that’s just the way it is. But for the sake of space I will forever stick with his first two features, produced by Don Carmody and Ivan Reitman for Cinepix. Though thin on budget and almost jazz-like with the looseness and slipshod quality of its performances, SHIVERS simply IS David Cronenberg. All those ideas about sexual plagues, body betrayal, conspiracy and disgusting, fascinating visuals are splattered over every second of this one, unrefined, gloriously energetic and genuinely scary…and dirty. SHIVERS has that unique ’70s Cinepix  feel, like chilly death porn. I worship this film.

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