Les affamés (Ravenous)

Director Robin Aubert
Year 2017
Run Time 104min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. When he encounters a group hiding in a house that is in the path of an invading horde of the undead, he must decide whether or not to save them, as doing so would put him and his companions in danger.

Les affamés is a brilliant and fresh take on the zombie genre, maintaining a tense atmosphere with exceptional moments of horror. It won the Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF in 2017 and swept the Jutra Awards (now the Prix Iris) with ten wins, including Best Film and Best Direction.

“Robin Aubert's idiosyncratic and nuanced drama breathes fresh life into the zombie apocalypse subgenre.” - John Leydon, Variety

Director

Robin Aubert

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at TIFF 2005. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part, À l’origine d’un cri, and Tuktuq, and starred in De père en flic, the critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre, Jeune Juliette, and Mon cirque à moi. His latest film, Les Affamés won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017 and ten Prix Iris. He is currently completing his next film, Tu ne sauras jamais. 

Writer

Robin Aubert

Cast

Charlotte St-Martin, Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt

Producers

C.S. Roy, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

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Afflicted

Directors Clif Prowse, Derek Lee
Year 2013
Run Time 85min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror
In this remarkable first feature, two best friends (co-directors Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse) embark on a trip around the world for their travel web series. But when Derek comes down with a mysterious illness that is slowly consuming him, the trip becomes a race to identify and cure his ailment before it’s too late. 

Afflicted is a rare Canadian entry in the found-footage thriller genre that was called “ambitious in scope and practically flawless in execution,” by the Toronto Star’s Bruce DeMara.

Directors

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Writers

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Cast

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz

Producers

Chris Ferguson, Zach Lipovsky

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion

Pin

Director Sandor Stern
Year 1988
Run Time 103min
Genre Horror

When young Leon (Hewlett) forms a bond with an anatomy doll he calls Pin, his father (O’Quinn) doesn’t give it much thought, seeing it as a typical childhood imaginary friend. But after both of Leon’s parents are killed in a car accident, his attachment grows into a dangerous level of fixation, and he begins to employ the doll in increasingly horrific ways. This incredible piece of psychological horror will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A cult favourite among horror fans but currently out of print, we’re pleased to offer a rare chance to see Pin in honour of its 35th anniversary. 

“A cool, bloodless, well-made thriller with a taste for the quietly bizarre.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Director

Sandor Stern

Writer

Sandor Stern

Cast

David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn, Bronwen Mantel

Producer

Rene Malo

Genre

Horror

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Slash/Back

Director Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)
Year 2022
Run Time 86min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
When an alien invasion rocks the quiet hamlet of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, it falls on a group of teenage girls to fight back and defend their community. Her feature directing debut, Slash/Back offers a stylish vision from producer-director Nyla Innuksuk. Using makeshift weapons and their own horror movie knowledge, the quartet of teens show the invaders that “nobody f—s with the girls from Pang.” With a cast of local actors and an Inuit cultural lens on the invasion genre, this teen horror-comedy has more charm than an Arctic summer day has sunlight!  

Slash/Back has an endearing charm that is hard to resist.” - Phuong Le, The Guardian
 

Director

Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Innuksuk is a director, writer, producer, and VR creator. She co-created the Inuk character Snowguard with Marvel and has written several short films and documentaries. Her first feature was Slash/Back, released in 2022.

Writers

Ryan Cavan, Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Cast

Kristian Bruun, Shaun Benson, Tasiana Shirley

Producers

Dan Bekerman, Christopher Yurkovich, Alex Ordanis, Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

La peau blanche (White Skin)

Director Daniel Roby
Year 2004
Run Time 92min
Genre Horror
Thierry (Paquet) has fallen madly and inexplicably in love with Claire (Farley), a girl he just met, whose dominant characteristic is her unnaturally white skin. His fascination begins to verge on obsession until he starts to feel a sneaking suspicion that she’s actually a vampire.

This brilliant and terrifying horror drama from Daniel Roby won the Best First Feature award at TIFF and the Claude Jutra award at the Genies.

Director

Daniel Roby

Roby’s feature film debut, La peau blanche, premiered at TIFF and went on to win the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature. He followed that with Funkytown, Louis Cyr (which swept the awards season) and Dans la brume. His most recent films are A Breath Away and Most Wanted.

Writers

Daniel Roby, Joël Champetier

Cast

Marc Paquet, Marianne Farley

Producer

Daniel Roby

Genre

Horror

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

The Changeling

Director Peter Medak
Year 1980
Run Time 115min
Genre Horror

After the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, a move from New York to Seattle was meant to be a fresh start for composer John Russell (played by Academy Award-winner George C. Scott). However, when mysterious occurrences begin to escalate in the mansion he’s renting, he starts to believe that his new home is haunted, and that the spirits are looking to do him harm.

A cult classic and the winner of eight Genie awards including Best Picture, this spine-tingling horror is a must-see for fans of the genre.

Director

Peter Medak

Writers

William Gray, Diana Maddox

Cast

Melvyn Douglas, Trish Van Devere, George C. Scott, Jean Marsh

Producers

Garth H. Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels

Genre

Horror

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Pan-Canadian Film Distributors

The Editor

Directors Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy
Year 2014
Run Time 95min
Genre Horror
In this wild homage to the often pulpy, violent and sexually-charged Italian Giallo horror genre of the 1960s and ‘70s, a one handed editor becomes the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders in his studio. As the murders around him begin to mirror the plot of the movie he’s editing, the lines between art and life begin to blur in a surreal – and often campy – way.

A modern classic from the Winnipeg filmmaking collective Astron-6, The Editor is a terrific send-up of genre clichés that is sure to please any horror fan.

“a knowing pastiche of the giallo genre, so incoherent and ridiculous it could almost pass for the genuine article” – Anton Bidel, Sight & Sound

Directors

Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy

Writers

Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney

Cast

Paz de la Huerta, Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney

Producers

Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy

Genre

Horror

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Kennedy / Brooks

Crimes of the Future

Director David Cronenberg
Year 2022
Run Time 107min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
David Cronenberg’s latest feature is a disturbing vision of a future in which the human body has begun to mutate, creating new opportunities – and horrors. Saul Tenser (Mortensen) has become famous as a performance artist, using the surgery of his regenerative organs as a spectacle. This draws the attention of an underground collective obsessed with the next stage of human evolution that looks to exploit him for their own gain.

A loose remake of one of his earliest films, Crimes of the Future is classic Cronenberg, with all of the body horror you’d expect from the master director.

Director

David Cronenberg

Writer

David Cronenberg

Cast

Viggo Mortensen, Lihi Kornowski, Lea Seydoux, Scott Speedman, Kristen Stewart

Producers

Robert Lantos, Steve Solomos, Panos Papahadzis

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Environment

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

MK2 Mile End

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L’Inhumain (The Inhuman)

Director Jason Brennan (Anishinaabe)
Year 2022
Run Time 85min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Mathieu (Samian) may be a brilliant and successful neurosurgeon, but his life is far from perfect. When his long-term prescription drug habit is exposed, and his wife discovers he’s been having an affair, Mathieu faces professional and personal consequences. His father’s sudden death prompts Mathieu’s return to the northern Anishinaabe community of his youth and the remote forest cabin where he goes to scatter his father’s ashes. But what begins as a respite from his chaotic life to a place he thought he’d left far behind becomes a battle with something far darker. Haunted by painful memories and hunted by the legendary Wendigo, Mathieu faces demons both figurative and literal.       

A rare French-language Indigenous genre film, L’inhumain is the directorial debut of Anishinaabe producer and writer Jason Brennan. It’s a thrilling and evocative parable about the dangers of feeding the monster inside.   

Director

Jason Brennan (Anishinaabe)

Writer

Jason Brennan (Anishinaabe)

Cast

Samian (Algonquin), Véronique Beaudet, Jeanne Roux-Cote, Sonia Vigneault

Producer

Jason Brennan (Anishinaabe)

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

7th Screen

Hobo with a Shotgun

Director Jason Eisener
Year 2011
Run Time 86min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
When a man with no name and no home rolls into a new city, he finds a lawless place ruled by crime lords and teeming with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused sex workers and even a pedophile Santa. Moved to sorrow, rage and disgust at this urban chaos, the Hobo takes it on himself to clean up the city the best way he knows how — with a 20-gauge shotgun. 

This cult favourite started as a fake movie trailer in Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse. It includes several Canadiana Easter eggs and a memorable performance from Rutger Hauer, who at one point delivers a dramatic monologue to an audience of newborn babies. 

A gleeful, gory sendup of 70s exploitation films, Hobo with a Shotgun delivers plenty of shocks, mayhem and vigilante justice, “one shell at a time.” 

Director

Jason Eisener

Writer

John Davies

Cast

Molly Dunsworth, Gregory Smith, Rutger Hauer

Producers

Niv Fichman, Rob Cotterill, Paul Gross

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Interest

Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne