So you’ve already burned through the classics, and have found yourself in a sea of Netflix originals you’ve never heard of. Don’t fret, because we’re about to throw you a lifeline! This month, why not pop some corn and binge a few Alberta-made horror movies and shows? Good or bad, at least you can have some fun pointing out recognizable fields, mountain backdrops, and neighbourhoods. Let’s jump into it!
BLACK SUMMER (2019-2021)
Set in the “Z Nation” universe, Netflix’s Black Summer stars Jamie King (Pearl Harbour, Sin City) as a mother who is separated from her daughter, Anna, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Alongside other survivors, she embarks on a harrowing journey to find her. This show is almost exclusively filmed in Calgary and even features a ton of local performers – which is pretty cool.
THE HITCHER II (2003)
Filmed entirely in Calgary and Drumheller, The Hitcher II features performances by Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) and Kari Wuhrer (Eight Legged Freaks).
Similar to the original (with Game of Thrones Sean Bean) this film follows a young couple who mistakenly picks up a crazed hitchhiker in the desert. Sure they can run, bud can the criminal run faster?
RED LETTER DAY (2019)
Filmed entirely in Calgary, Red Letter Day is a Canadian horror film about an upper-class neighbourhood that goes totally mad after a mysterious letter arrives on everyone’s doorstep. While the ‘kill or be killed’ concept is all too familiar, the movie is a pretty decent watch, so check it out!
PROM NIGHT II (1987)
Prom Night is considered to be an 80s classic… but Prom Night II? … It’s fun to watch we guess. Partially filmed in Edmonton, this movie certainly didn’t win an Oscar, but it’s still worth the watch, especially if you’re a fan of revenge plotlines and ghosts or just really hated high school.
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Starring Amber Midthunder (Legion and The Ice Road), this year’s Predator prequel was filmed in and around Calgary and was praised by both critics and fans. If you haven’t seen it already – watch it. It really is fantastic and features so many talented Albertans.
GINGER SNAPS II (2004)
A Canadian cult classic, Giner Snaps II: Unleashed follows Brigitte who is bitten by a werewolf and has to grapple with change and instinct. Filming locations include Calgary as well as Edmonton so it’s worth watching even for the familiarity!
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIl (2010)
Ah, a guilty pleasure. Filmed in Cochrane and Calgary, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil is, what we can only describe as, a backwoods chainsaw massacre. With an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say that we’re not the only ones who had a ton of fun watching this movie.
WYNONNA EARP (2016-2021)
Wynonna Earp is another Netflix original filmed entirely in Alberta. Best described as a western, drama, horror, action, fantasy series, Wynonna Earp follows a 27-year-old badass as she battles demons, creatures, and criminals in a small town called ‘Purgatory.’ While it does defy a single genre, we definitely believe that it belongs on this list. Fear is in the eye of the beholder, after all.
Filmed entirely in YYC, Still/Born stars Christie Burke as Mary, a mother who loses one of her twins at birth. After returning home, strange things begin to happen to her and her surviving baby, and of course, everyone just assumes she’s insane.
CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION (2001)
Filmed in Toronto, L.A., and most importantly Calgary, Children of the Corn: Revelations is loosely based on Stephen King’s iconic short story of the same name. Is it as good as the OG 1984 film? Not in our opinion, but it’s still pretty cool to watch Alberta in all its freaky glory.
So, folks, did any of these Alberta-filmed horror movies surprise you? To be honest, most of them had us rattled! Enjoy the rest of the year’s best 31, folks! Happy viewing!
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