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Performing Arts History & Criticism

They Came From Within

A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, Revised and Updated Edition

by (author) Caelum Vatnsdal

ARP Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
History & Criticism, Reference, Film & Video
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
    List Price

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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 this tenth anniversary revised and updated edition of 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, Vatnsdal shows how the Canadian horror film industry has, unwittingly or not, created a complex social, economic, and political portrait of a nation. Engagingly written, extensively researched, and lavishly illustrated with rare stills and poster art, They Came From Within is an invaluable addition of Canadian film criticism.

About the author

Caelum Vatnsdal was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and resides there still with his wife and son. He is a filmmaker who has made movies about disaffected youth and Bigfoot, and the author of They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema and Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin, both published with ARP Books.

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Editorial Reviews

Caelum Vatnsdal not only loves horrow movies, he's fond of them. Love can be blind, but fond sees both the potential and the flaws. Fond enjoys, and that enjoyment is evident in every world of They Came From Within. Enjoyment and enthusiasm and a sense of humour that is, like all good humour, as truthful as it is funny... This Canadian book is damn good. - Tanya Huff, Globe and MailThey Came From Within is a revelatory and informative study of a previously underexplored area of horror history. - Michael GingoldCaelum Vatnsdal approaches the cheapjack shudders and sordid pleasures ladled out by Canada's 'balladeers of blood' with a lover's ardor. His account of our B-movie past-so rich in dreams and embarrassment-combines first-rate storytelling with a steady downpour of inspired comedy. -George Toles, author of A House Made of Light--Essays on the Art of Film and co-screenwriter of The Saddest Music in the World

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