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Canadian Horror Double Bill: Shivers and Prom Night

Shivers - Fri, Oct 31, 7 pm
Prom Night - Fri, Oct, 31 / 9 pm
Shivers
Directed By David Cronenberg
1975, Canada, 87 min

Prom Night
Directed by Paul Lynch
1980, Canada, 92 min

Cinematheque and the Central Canadian Comic Con present the Canadian Horror Double Bill. In conjunction with Winnipeg writer Caelum Vatnsdal’s newly updated and re-issued book on Canadian horror movies, They Came From Within, we present  two early Canadian horror classics.

Get in to both movies for the price of one ! Plus, enjoy some ‘Beer of the Dead’ brew. Writer Caelum Vatnsdal will speak between the films. 

David Cronenberg’s cult classic Shivers played in thirty-three countries in fourteen languages and grossed $3 million despite being attacked by various critics. Research scientist, Dr. Emil Hobbes, hopes to use a parasite he has genetically engineered to sexually stimulate the world, thus bringing about a sensually oriented, pacifist society. But after implanting it into his promiscuous mistress, he discovers the parasite is uncontrollable and he kills his mistress and himself. But the parasite soon spreads to other residents. It was originally released in Canada as The Parasite Murders and in the United States as They Came from Within, but its title was soon changed to Shivers, as it is now best known. -CANADIAN FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA

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This psychological thriller Prom Night takes six teenagers from a shocking childhood secret to a night of maniacal terror. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Kim, a high school senior whose little sister dies accidentally as a result of a children’s game years ago. Prom Night would go on to become Canada’s highest grossing horror film in the summer of 1980.

McNally Robinson will have copies of the new book for sale at the Cinematheque. This newly reissued classic book includes new material on Canadian horror history including Bruce McDonald’s Pontypool, the notorious Hobo With A Shotgun, the Soska Sisters’ American Mary, the Saskatchewan-made WolfCop, and the stellar work of Winnipeg’s own Astron-6. 

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The Canadian Horror Double Bill is presented in partnership with the Central Canadian Comic Con (October 31 – November 2) www.c4con.com

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It is the crowning example of the slasher film in its classical stage...no film is more fun Prom Night, because as even the theme song knows, " At the prom night? Everything is alright!
-CANUXPLOITATION
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