The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul

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Gina Freitag, André Loiselle
University of Toronto Press, 2015 - Performing Arts - 292 pages
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From the cheaply made "tax-shelter" films of the 1970s to the latest wave of contemporary "eco-horror," Canadian horror cinema has rarely received much critical attention. Gina Freitag and Andr Loiselle rectify that situation in The Canadian Horror Film with a series of thought-provoking reflections on Canada's "terror of the soul," a wasteland of docile damnation and prosaic pestilence where savage beasts and mad scientists rub elbows with pasty suburbanites, grumpy seamen, and baby-faced porn stars.

Featuring chapters on Pontypool, Ginger Snaps, 1970s slasher films, Quebec horror, and the work of David Cronenberg, among many others, The Canadian Horror Film unearths the terrors hidden in the recesses of the Canadian psyche. It examines the highlights of more than a century of Canadian horror filmmaking and includes an extensive filmography to guide both scholars and enthusiasts alike through this treacherous terrain.

 

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Contents

An Introduction
3
Shaping the Canadian Horror Landscape
19
The Territories of Horror Terror Stories on Page and Screen
45
A Golden Age of Gore The Tax Shelter Slasher
89
The True North Strong and Violent EcoHorror in Canada
133
Horror by Any Other Name Animation and the AvantGarde
169
Blood Guts and Beyond An Homage to Cronenberg
207
A Conclusion
270
Bibliography
275
Filmography
286
Contributors
290
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About the author (2015)

Gina Freitag is an independent scholar and the founder of the Cellar Door Film Festival in Ottawa.

André Loiselle is a professor in the Film Studies program and assistant vice-president (Academic) at Carleton University.

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