If you’re like us, come mid-October, you begin to run out of notable horror flicks to watch in celebration of spooky month. Once you’ve burned through the classics, you’ll likely find yourself in a sea of Netflix originals that you’ve never heard of – so we figured we’d toss you a life preserver. ‘Scary’ movies are pretty hit or miss, so we’ve created a list of 10 horror movies and shows filmed here in Alberta. Chances are, even if the film totally sucks, you’ll have had some fun pointing out recognizable restos, fields, mountain backdrops, and neighbourhoods that may have been featured. Fun, right? Let’s jump into it!
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.
Filmed entirely in Calgary and Drumheller, The Hitcher II features a laughable performance from Gary Busey’s son, Jake Busey.
With a much lower budget, the painfully cringeworthy movie follows almost the exact plotline of the first (way) more popular film The Hitcher starring Sean Bean, where a young couple picks up a hitchhiker, the hitchhiker turns out to be a psychopath and the couple tries to make a run for it… only to find that the hitchhiker runs faster. A tale as old as time.
Red Letter Day actually takes place in a Calgary suburb and follows residents of an upper-class neighbourhood as they descend into total chaos when a mysterious letter arrives on everyone’s doorstep urging them to murder a specific person. The concept is simple, kill, or be killed. Honestly, as far as locally filmed, lower budget films go – this one is kind of a must-watch.
Ah, a guilty pleasure. Filmed in Cochrane, 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.
Prom Night is considered to be an 80s classic… Prom Night II? Well… it was filmed in Edmonton, so there’s that, at least? Sure it’s not comparable to the original, but what sequel is? To be honest, this movie isn’t fantastic, but it’s worth the watch, especially if you’re a fan of revenge plotlines and ghosts or just hated highschool.
Ginger Snaps follows Ginger and Brigitte, two death-obsessed sisters after one of them gets viciously attacked by a werewolf in the woods. Now, we’re not going to lie, we geeked out a little bit when we read on IMDB that Ginger Snaps was partially filmed in Calgary. Though we haven’t seen this film since we were 12… it will live with us forever. Despite its 18A rating, it looked just ridiculous enough for our parents to agree to rent it for us on Halloween, and since then – we’ve been hooked on the horror genre.
And even though we haven’t seen it forever, it’s got solid reviews and is probably adult enough to hold up after all these years. Give it a shot, folks!
Ginger Snaps II, is pretty similar to the first film in the series, but this time, follows Brigitte who has also been turned into a werewolf. Filming locations include Calgary as well as Edmonton so it’s worth watching even for the familiarity!
Wynonna Earp is another Netflix original filmed entirely in Alberta. This show really straddles the line between, the western, drama, horror, action, and fantasy genres, so you may or may not agree with us. The main character, Wynonna battles demons, creatures, and criminals and is from a town called ‘Purgatory,’ so in our opinion, it absolutely 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. Those who binged The Haunting of Bly Manor over the weekend may especially enjoy watching this one as Christie plays a familiar role in the Netflix original.
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. Honestly, we’d recommend watching the 1984 version of this film before jumping into this, simply because it really doesn’t do King’s freaky masterpiece justice. Again, it’s pretty cool to see YYC here and there, but it’s not worth much else.
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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