Book Launch: The Canadian Horror Film

The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul

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Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 9:00pm
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto ON

Book signing and introduction, followed by a special screening of the digitally restored film, The Mask (Dir.Julian Roffman, 1961) – the first feature-length Canadian horror movie and the first feature-length 3D film made in Canada!

Book launch_Ottawa_posterDate: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 9:00pm
Location: River Building Theatre, Carleton University, Ottawa ON
Admission: Free

In collaboration with Carleton University Film Studies, the Canadian Film Institute is proud to present this special event on that infamous day that echoes across the deep, dark caverns of the horror film genre: Friday the 13th! This event features a book signing and introduction, followed by a screening of one of the films discussed within its pages, SMASH CUT (2009), directed by Carleton Film Studies graduate and Mayfair Theatre director, Lee Gordon Demarbre.

About the Book

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 André 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.

Available from University of Toronto Press.

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