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They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, 2nd Edition

They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, 2nd Edition
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Caelum Vatnsdal
Publisher: Arbeiter Ring Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 296
Pub. Date: 2014
Edition: 2nd Edition
ISBN-10: 1894037537
ISBN-13: 9781894037532

About the Book:

"If Canadian horror movies were people at a house party, they'd be the graceless eccentric slouching in a corner of the kitchen and drinking Extra Old Stock, their sodden woollen socks piled at their heels. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with a person like that?" (pp 12-13)

"No horror film is truly mainstream," David Cronenberg has said, and it is for this reason that even the lowliest of them may be worth consideration. In They Came From Within, Caelum Vatnsdal adjusts the focus in Canadian horror films, and unwinds the history of this neglected genre to learn "why we fear what we fear and how it came to be that way."

From the early Canadian infiltration of Hollywood in the thirties, to the flowering of Canuck horror films in the sixties and seventies, to the surreal products of the "tax-shelter" eighties and beyond, Caelum Vatnsdal shows how the Canadian horror film industry has, unwittingly or not, created a complex social, economic, and political portrait of a nation.

About the Author:

Caelum Vatnsdal was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and, aside from brief stints living in Montreal and Toronto and as much incidental travelling as he can muster, has lived there all his life. A film enthusiast from an impossibly young age, Caelum has spent his professional life either working on movies, writing about movies or making his own movies. Acting, cinematography, script-writing and book-writing are some of his other pursuits. He is currently working on more music videos, documentary pieces for the CBC, and another feature screenplay.