Pontypool

Director Bruce McDonald
Year 2008
Run Time 93min
Genre Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Grant Mazzy (McHattie) is a big-city shock radio DJ who has lost his job and moves to the small Ontario town of Pontypool, where he frustrates his new station manager, Sydney (Houle).

Nothing ever happens in Pontypool, so when Mazzy arrives at the station to start his show one wintry morning, he and his team are surprised by strange reports from town.

The station’s tiny crew find themselves holed up in their church basement studio, trying to piece together what’s happening outside as disturbing details pour in. Callers are making very little sense, and it seems like the English language itself is infected with a strange virus.

“McDonald knows it’s the things you don’t see, but only imagine, that best chill the blood.”
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Director

Bruce McDonald

McDonald directed the cult hits Highway 61, Roadkill, Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments, starring Elliot Page, Pontypool, and the award-winning series Twitch City, episodes of Degrassi and Heartland. His recent films include Trigger, The Husband, Hellions, Weirdos and Dreamland. He recently directed the series Creeped Out and Malory Towers and is currently working on the films Switched at Death and I Have a Bad Feeling About This.

Writer

Tony Burgess

Cast

Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly

Producers

Jeffrey Coghlan, Ambrose Roche

Genres

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

Director Kelly Makin
Year 1996
Run Time 89min
Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The hilarious tale of a pharmaceutical firm’s rise and fall after executives pressure a scientist (McDonald) to release a hastily tested antidepressant. The drug makes people remember their happiest moments, but has some rather unfortunate and unintended side effects!

The film stars and was written by The Kids in the Hall, one of Canada’s best loved and most internationally acclaimed comedy troupes. Made on the heels of their successful five-season TV show, Brain Candy is an uproarious social satire of both Big Business and modern science.

An off-beat, oddball combination of cerebral humour and belly laughs, Brain Candy is sure to delight any Kids in the Hall fan.

Director

Kelly Makin

Writers

Norm Hiscock, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Cast

Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson

Producers

Lorne Michaels, Tom Rosenberg, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, David Steinberg

Genres

Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Videodrome

Director David Cronenberg
Year 1983
Run Time 87min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Max Renn (Woods) is the president of a trashy TV channel desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he and his girlfriend (Harry) unearth a mysterious show called “Videodrome” and try to find its origins, they end up embarking on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of conspiracies, sadomasochism and bodily transformation.

Videodrome is one of David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, and is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential and mind-bending sci-fi/horror films of the 1980s. “Long live the new flesh” goes this movie’s most famous quote — and long live crazy Canadian body horror!

Director

David Cronenberg

Writer

David Cronenberg

Cast

James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Les Carlson, Peter Dvorsky

Producer

Claude Héroux

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

James vs His Future Self

Director Jeremy LaLonde
Year 2019
Run Time 94min
Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
James (Jonas Chernick) is stuck in a rut. He's a theoretical physicist obsessively searching for a breakthrough in his research, and he's also desperately in love with his colleague but can never work up the courage to tell her how he feels. That all changes when a man (Daniel Stern) shows up claiming to be his future self, after he finally discovered the key to time travel. He comes with a warning though: If James pursues his research, he will also ruin his life forever.
 
This hilarious sci-fi comedy was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Director

Jeremy LaLonde

Writers

Jeremy LaLonde, Jonas Chernick

Cast

Jonas Chernick, Daniel Stern

Producers

Jonathan Bronfman, Jordan Walker, Jonas Chernick

Genres

Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Original Language

English

Psycho Goreman

Director Steven Kostanski
Year 2020
Run Time 95min
Genre Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Two children accidentally resurrect an evil alien overlord, who they name Psycho Goreman (or PG for short). While a magical amulet allows the kids to control him into doing their bidding, PG still wants to destroy the universe - and soon their activities draw the attention of a Planetary Alliance that sends an elite assassin named Pandora to stop PG from carrying out his evil will. In this battle of good vs. evil, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top.

From Steven Kostanski, the creator of the cult-hit Manborg, Psycho Goreman is a fantastical ride that is as bizarre as it is hilarious.

Director

Steven Kostanski

Writer

Steven Kostanski

Cast

Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber

Producers

Stuart F. Andrews, Shannon Hanmer, Steven Kostanski

Genres

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)
Year 2013
Run Time 88min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
It’s 1976 on the Red Crow Mi’kmaw reserve, and 15-year-old Aila (Jacobs) is the weed princess of her community. Hustling drugs with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay a “truancy tax” to Popper, the sadistic “Indian agent” who runs St. Dymphna’s Residential School.

It’s a tough life, but she’s making it work. That is, until the precarious balance of her world is threatened by her father’s return from prison and the theft of her drug money.

Part fable, part small-town drama, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a richly imaginative and striking drama about growing up during a very dark time in Canada’s treatment of Indigenous people.

“A savvy [Indigenous] genre film with a strong, beautiful and ingenious heroine whose courage helps right an injustice.” — Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

Director

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Writer

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Cast

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Glen Gould (Mi’qmaw), Brandon Oakes (Mohawk), Roseanne Supernault (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Aisling Chin-Yee, John Christou, Justine Whyte

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Trickster

Director Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin)
Year 2020
Run Time 264min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Jared (Oulette), a teenaged drug dealer in Kitimat, BC, finds his life upended by a series of preternatural events that expose the magical undercurrent both in his community and in his own family. When a mysterious stranger (Queypo) comes into town looking for his mother (Lightning, in a CSA-winning performance), Jared is forced to come to terms with his own powers in order to save the people he loves.

Based on the critically-acclaimed novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk) and steeped in Haisla mythology, Trickster was named by Playback as the top scripted series of 2020 and received 11 CSA nominations, winning three.

Director

Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin)

A filmmaker and actor, Latimer’s first short, Choke, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her credits include several documentaries and dramatic shorts, such as The Underground and Nuuca. She has directed the television series Rise, Burden of Truth and Trickster.

Cast

Crystle Lightning (Cree), Joel Oulette (Cree/Métis), Kalani Queypo (Blackfoot), Anna Lambe (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Monkey Beach

Director Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)
Year 2020
Run Time 105min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this charming supernatural mystery, Lisa (Dove), a young Haisla woman with clairvoyant abilities, returns to her hometown of Kitamaat and tries to come to terms with the fact that her brother Jimmy (Oulette) has gone missing at sea. Soon, she finds herself drifting between her life in Kitamaat and the spirit world, in an attempt to save him.

Set in the stunning natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest, Monkey Beach draws on Haisla symbolism and culture. This debut feature from renowned documentarian Loretta Todd is a heartfelt and often funny look at grief and the importance of family.

Based on the celebrated novel by Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach received international acclaim and a CSA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Director

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)

Writers

Johnny Darrell, Andrew Duncan

Cast

Grace Dove (Secwépemc), Adam Beach (Anishinaabe), Nathaniel Arcand (Cree), Joel Oulette (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis), Paddy Bickerton, Jason James, Matthew O'Connor, Patricia Poskitt

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Riot Girls

Director Jovanka Vuckovic
Year 2019
Run Time 81min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this spirited, punky post-apocalyptic adventure film, all the adults are wiped out by a mysterious plague, leaving kids and teens to fend for themselves. In the town of Potter’s Bluff, there is a sharp divide between two groups: the have-not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. 

 

When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it's up to female punk rockers and best friends Nat (Iseman) and Scratch (Kwiatkowski) to lead the East side teens on a dangerous, high-octane mission that forever alters the future of their community.

 

Riot Girls is a punchy, poppy tribute to girlhood that raises a studded middle finger against classism and conformist culture. Packed with punk rock anthems and comic-book undertones, this film is a love letter to teenaged misfits everywhere.

 

Riot Girls confidently and entertainingly sets itself apart from the pack rather nicely thanks to a well rounded script, playful direction, and a whole lotta swagger.” - Andrew Parker, The Gate

Director

Jovanka Vuckovic

Writer

Katherine Collins

Cast

Madison Iseman, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Munro Chambers

Producer

Lauren Grant

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Mariages (Marriages)

Director Catherine Martin
Year 2001
Run Time 95min
Genre Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Quebec filmmaker Catherine Martin made her feature debut with this film about a 19th century woman struggling against oppressive Victorian social norms. 20-year-old Yvonne (Marie-Ève Bertrand) is a free spirit whose prudish, strict older sister Héleène (Guylaine Tremblay) struggles to contain her.

Helene intends to send her sister to a convent, and when Yvonne falls in love with the rakish Charles (David Boutin), Hélène concocts a scheme to keep them apart by arranging for him to marry her own teenage daughter. Unwilling to give up her passionate desires, Yvonne heads to the woods to find her own solution.

This finely crafted historical drama was awarded Best Feature by the Quebec Association of Film Critics in 2001.

Director

Catherine Martin

Writer

Catherine Martin

Cast

Marie-Ève Bertrand, Guylaine Tremblay, Hélène Loiselle

Producer

Lorraine Dufour

Genres

Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, History

Original Language

French