12 horror movies filmed in Vancouver to watch this Halloween

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We’re not going to lie to you- most of the horror films that have come out of Vancouver have been lacklustre at best. But hey! That doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth watching. And as an added bonus, we can lay claim to some genre-defining movies over the years. Let’s check ’em out!

Here are the best horror films shot in and around Vancouver.

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Well, at least we’re getting the worst out of the way early. Directed by one of the most disliked men on the planet, Uwe Boll, this film is regarded as one of the worst movies ever made. Good for ‘camp night’, when you need a break from actual horror films.

Apollo 18 (2011)

Another one that didn’t do so hot (you’re going to see a theme of that on this list). But, some reviewers praised it for its found footage style and, uh, interesting plot. Plus, you get to learn about moon rocks! Think of it as B-side Paranormal Activity in space.

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Remember when Ashton Kutcher could not be touched in Hollywood? Yeah, us too, which is why it was so surprising for him to take a serious role. Then, that serious role had to be in a film that is basically about why time travel is a bummer. Neat!

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

One of the best horror films of all-time, simply because it gets so meta. If we had to recommend one film to watch out of this list, it would be this one. What happens when the stoner ends up being an edgelord? Watch this movie to find out.

Child’s Play (2019)

The most recent major horror film to come out of Vancouver. Starring Aubrey Plaza, this is a remake of the 1988 film of the same. Lucky for us, it did pretty well both commercially and critically. Got a passing interest in AI mixing with children’s toys? Not anymore, you don’t.

Dreamcatcher (2003)

It’s a bummer that this film based on Stephen King’s novel ended up flopping. Supernatural hunting buddies, aliens, and unhinged military personnel should be a no-brainer. Oh well, it’s still good for some fun visuals and backcountry scares.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

This film is up there with some of the best possession movies ever made. We think that mixing in the trial aspect did wonders for the film, and provided some much-needed relief from the classic ‘exorcism movie’ tropes.

Final Destination (2000)

Mostly filmed in Victoria, but also featuring a scene at YVR Airport, this horror-thriller used the world at large as an antagonist, which pretty much created a new horror genre. Fun fact, Final Destination was originally thought up as an episode of the X-Files.

The Grey (2011)

Shot in Vancouver and Smithers, British Columbia, this dark thriller really has some truly depressing moments. Good watch for your buddies who wanted to become oil-men. We’re including it because getting lost in the Canadian north is seriously one of our worst nightmares.

The Possession (2012)

Ever heard of a dybbuk box? No? Us neither, until we saw this film. When Roger Ebert says that it’s one of the best movies to have been influenced by The Exorcist (aka the most influential horror film of all time), then you know that it’s a good watch. Then, buy your own dybbuk box on eBay!

Scary Movie (2000)

One of the first horror parody movies (although not nearly as nuanced as Cabin in the Woods), Scary Movie gets props for doing it before anyone else. Here’s a little fun info- the name is also the working title of the first Scream movie.

The Wicker Man (2006)

A remake of the 1973 original, The Wicker Man also falls into the ‘camp’ side of horror. Plus, you get to see Nicolas Cage scream ‘BEEEESSSS!’ very loudly. It’s one of the best bad movies of all time.

And that’s our list of horror films shot in Vancouver. Maybe don’t watch them all immediately, but keep this list in your back pocket then next time you want to get spooked.