Posts Tagged ‘Ginger Snaps’

Three Scary Movies/Thirty Seconds: “They’re coming to get you, Barbara” Edition!

According to horror maestro Stephen King, there are three levels of horror movies: The Gross-Out, Horror, and Terror. For busy people at Halloween, in thirty-ish seconds, Richard Crouse suggests three movies in each category.

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Richard joins NewsTalk 1010 host Jim Richards on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “Showgram” to talk about the best movies to watch on Halloween, why Canada makes great horror movies and why “Frankenstein” is still scary 88 years after its release.

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Richard sits in on Canada’s number-one rated mid-morning show, “The Marilyn Denis Show,” to discuss five of his favorite films for Halloween.

5. “A Quiet Place” from 2018, a unique and unsettling horror film.

4. “May” from 2002, directed by Lucky McKee. Really underrated horror film that deserves to be better known than it is.

3. “Psycho” from 1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I still get creeped out in the shower.

2. “Ginger Snaps” from 2000, Directed by John Fawcett. Great reinvention of the werewolf myth.

1. “The Exorcist” from 1973. Directed by William Friedkin. The single scariest night at the movies this ten year old ever experienced.

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HELLIONS: 3 STARS. “hallucinogenic horror that is more weird than scary.”

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 2.08.26 PMCanadian horror, and I don’t mean Tim Horton’s running out of Timbits just before your coffee break, but the kind of scary movies we make, tends to turn convention on its head.

How many hack comics have joked about the beastly effects of PMS? “Ginger Snaps” takes those jokes one step further in a wickedly humorous feminist werewolf allegory. Other examples of distinctive CanCon horror include “Black Christmas,” a movie shot in Toronto that set the template for most of the slasher films of the 1980s and ’90s, “Cannibal Girls,” an early horror comedy, and don’t even get me started on the squirmy body terror of David Cronenberg.

“Hellions,” a new film that smashes up “The Brood” and “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” is a fresh look at the Devil Child genre.

Chloe Rose is Dora, a pregnant high schooler left home alone on Halloween. She’s waiting for her boyfriend (Luke Bilyk) to come over but before he gets there kids in creepy costumes come to the door. At first it seems harmless, but when the same kids reappear, this time with Dora’s boyfriend’s head in their candy sack, things take a terrifying turn for the macabre.

Director Bruce McDonald, working from a script by “The Colony” screenwriter Pascal Trottier, has made a film hat is short on actual hardcore scares, but long on unease. McDonald uses visual tricks—nightmarish red and pink colour palettes, slow motion and inky darkness—dreamy sequences and a spooky children’s chant to underline Dora’s mounting fear.

“Hellions” isn’t the kind of slice-and-dice movie we’ve come to expect from home invasion movies like “You’re Next.” Instead it’s a loosely plotted, hallucinogenic horror that is more weird than scary.