Before the 2000s, the horror film was virtually non-existent in Canada's Francophone film industry. Over the past decade, however, the situation has changed drastically. The recent emergence of a crop of successful French-language horror films, including Éric Tessier's Sur le seuil (2003) and 5150 Rue des Ormes (2009), Philippe Gagnon's Le Poil de la bête (2010), Daniel Roby's La Peau blanche (2004), Daniel Grou-Podz's Les 7 jours du talion (2010), Robin Aubert's Saints- Martyrs-des-Damnés (2005), Pascal Laugier's Martyrs (2008) and Jean Beaudin's Le Collectionneur (2002), manifests a multiplicity of important transformations in Québec cinema in particular, and Québec society in general. This article suggests that the Québec horror film bears witness simultaneously to: (1) the productive diversification of the industry in the province; (2) the rise of filmic adaptations of popular literature as a viable practice; (3) the development of a critical perspective towards the traditional themes of Québec culture; and (4) the creative potential of co-production. These aspects position the cinematic tale of terror as one of the most informative objects of analysis in contemporary Québec film studies.

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Keywords co-production, Francophone Canadian cinema, Horror Film, popular Quebec culture
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/02722011.2013.795025
Journal American Review of Canadian Studies
Citation
Freitag, G. (Gina), & Loiselle, A. (2013). Tales of terror in Québec popular cinema: The rise of the French language horror film since 2000. American Review of Canadian Studies, 43(2), 190–203. doi:10.1080/02722011.2013.795025