(Originally published: October 27, 2017 – Toronto, ON) Sure, Canadians are naturally funny. But we’re scary too. Seriously, don’t turn your back on us, we’re liable to turn around and bite.
Classic slasher horror like Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine originated here, as did the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. David Cronenberg got his start blowing up heads and turning people Rabid. The late George Romero moved to Toronto and shot the last films of his Living Dead oeuvre here.
And lately, Guillermo del Toro has spent so much time in Toronto on movies like Pacific Rim, the sea-monster movie The Shape Of Water and the vampire TV series The Strain, you’d think we got him from Mexico as part of the NAFTA deal.
So why not make Halloween a distinctly Canadian holiday?
Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite Canadians and actors from Canadian horror films, and the costumes in which we’d like to see them trick-or-treat.
LOUIS DEL GRANDE: A prosthetic exploding head. The erstwhile star of CBC’s ‘80s series Seeing Things appeared lately in the movie The Second Time Around. But to many of us, he’ll always have the most famous nuked noggin in history in Cronenberg’s Scanners.
ANDREA MARTIN: We see her wearing a ‘70s college girl outfit with a knife in her back. Before we ever knew her as Edith Prickley, she was a doomed sorority sister in Black Christmas.