While Canadian cinema is sometimes difficult to discern from productions from the USA, many cinephiles are able to point to the nuances that highlight the differences between the two. Canada has produced some of its own horror icons, with such huge names as David Cronenberg and Bob Clark, the latter credited in making the first slasher film with Black Christmas.
As a result, Canada has a rich history in the horror genre, perhaps backed by the long winters gearing creators to be inspired by the sense of isolation that can come with extreme temperatures. Out of the cold corners of the country, it can be said that one subgenre in which Canadian horror thrives is in creature features. Zombies, werewolves, and aliens (to name just a few) have all been the subject of some truly horrific experiences from The Great White North.
10 – Pontypool (2008)
A disgraced radio host finds himself working in a small Ontario town, reporting on the mundane day to day events in the area. However, when an outbreak of zombies overruns the town, the entire event is explored through his words, broadcast out to the world.
A unique take on the zombie genre, Pontypool uses language as the source of spreading a zombie plague. Consequently, the descriptions of radio personality Grant Mazzy paints a horrific picture of chaos spilling into the small town. Eventually, the townsfolk get into the small radio station, giving the film a more traditional take on horror to perfectly balance out the early abstract approach.
9 – The Void (2016)
After delivering a wounded man to a hospital on the verge of closing, a police officer ends up facing otherworldly horror, as a cult surrounds the building and monsters begin to appear in the walls.
Pulling influences from the likes of Lovecraft and 70’s Italian horror cinema, specifically the work of Lucio Fulci, The Void takes both the abstract approach and the penchant for violence from its inspirations. While the monster designs really shine near the end of the production, the practical effects on show throughout make for a nostalgic experience of 70s and 80s horror.