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They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema

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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 i ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by Arbeiter Ring (first published 2004)
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Michael
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, ton's of pictures.
Sean Bottai
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a lot of problems with this book, though it did point me in the direction of some pretty great/ridiculous movies I'd never even heard of (Rituals? The Pit? The Uncanny? Death Weekend?). But mostly this book is written for a Canadian audience, not an international audience. It's full of in-jokes and cultural references directed towards fellow Canadians, which is fine but... It really shrinks the audience for the book. The writing here is often too jokey and discursive, and there's lots and ...more
Brad Middleton
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Canada may one day be counted as one of the great horror-film producing countries or it may not, but after forty-five years of malevolent masks, cannibals, creatures, ghosts, diabolists, maniacs and mutations, it cannot be denied that the country has a genuine horror movie history." So states author Caelum Vatnsdal in the closing comments of They Came From Within, which is an excellent overview of Canadian horror films from the 1960s-early 2000s.

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Jessica
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, thorough archive of Canadian horror film history. It sent me straight to the video store. Unfortunately, most of these films are difficult to find.
Enjoyable for Cronenberg-philes and general horror fans alike!
Cwl
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Canadian horror is either pretty-terrible-to-moderately-okay or David Cronenberg, so read this book about it. The production/financing details are probably more interesting than movies like The Vindicator and Humongous, to be honest.
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