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Top 10 horror films to come out of Canada

by Kristen Ashly

Despite not being the first thing known about our neighbors up north, there must be something truly frightening about Canada, because they make a lot of horror movies.

The Great White North has been a prolific producer of some of the best films the genre has to offer, with decades of films at your bloody fingertips. Here is the top 10 movies to come out of Canada.

10) Silent Hill

This might be a challenged selection, because most gamers aren’t incredibly happy with the translation to film.  However, Silent Hill brought the “other dimension” horror genre to the forefront of the business. Canada itself can be another dimension.

Here’s my personally favorite scene from the movie:

9) Resident Evil: Retribution

One of the newest horror films to swing down from the north, the movie from the franchise of films is another video game translation. Though pretty far-fetched from the game itself, the movie was more than entertaining, and jump-out-of-your-seat scary.

8) White Noise

Still a movie that can scare the bejezzus out of me, “White Noise” stars Michael Keaton in his best scary movie appearance since “Beetlejuice” (if you can really call that a scary movie). Introducing the main stream to electronic voice phenomena (EVP), the movie shows what happens when a Canadian film maker gets techy.


7) The Dead Zone

Adapted from one of Stephen King’s best novels, and featuring one of Christopher Walken’s best performances, the horror master from Canada, David Cronenberg, directs this piece on the famous psychic detective.


6) The Fly

Although it could be considered a movie best fit in the sci-fi genre, 1986’s “The Fly” takes a look at what happens when a scientist goes mad.  Yet another brilliant film from Canada’s own David Cronenberg.


5) The Shrine

Making the list of indie horror, “The Shrine” is a film starring two female journalists and a photographer as they travel to Europe to investigate a serious of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.

4) Cube

Taking a stab at a psychological horror flick, Canada produced “Cube” in 1997. Seven strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps. It’s quite intense, even if low-budget.


3) My Bloody Valentine

The original “My Bloody Valentine” really set the Canadian horror scene on a tilt.

The movie takes a look at a decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day. It turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.

2) Prom Night

1980’s “Prom Night” featured scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, and a heart-pounding plot line. Paul Lynch asks the question, what if a high school’s prom night really was brutal?

1) Black Christmas

Who doesn’t love a movie that turns a beloved holiday into a nightmare? 1974’s “Black Christmas” was the start of Canada’s slasher film frenzy. The film shot Canada into the horror movie-sphere, and the genre hasn’t been the same since.