This week we’re travelling to Canada for my worldly horror posts. Unlike last weeks dark tour of China, this week is a little more light-hearted.
One trend that I have noticed in Canadian Horror (particularly when discussing myths and scary stories from the area) is that there is almost always a touch of humor, and the tales are frequently less graphic than what some of you may be used to.
That being said, I hope you enjoy my Canadian Horror compilation.
Canada is a country that doesn’t have a lot of big skeletons in the closet, so instead of doing a history section this week, I decided to put together a short list of some of Canada’s more interesting killers.
Peter Demeter: Allegedly arranged the death of his wife, and later attempted a plot to kidnap and kill the child of his lawyer.
This mass murderer was responsible for one of the worst terrorism attacks in Canadian avian history.
This killer was inspired to kill and dismember a victim in his garage after watching a little bit too much Dexter. (No, really.)
Not the traditional killer, Wilson killed a man in a pistol duel over a woman. The fact that it was a duel allowed him to get away cleanly, and he went on to marry the woman. Perhaps the most troubling part of the story is that after the killing he went back to his career in politics.
And, I do have one disturbing historical tidbit for you guys, even if I don’t have enough to do a full section.
Midnight Blue Tours:
Also known as the “Starlight Tours” or the “Saskatoon Freezing Deaths”, these incidents refer to a series of deaths in the Canadian aboriginal community in the 2000’s. Police offers who were called into deal with disorderly conduct in the winter would take victims, drive them out of the city limits and abandon them, leaving them to die of hypothermia.
I did come across a really interesting creepypasta by manen_lyset that illustrates just how cold Saskatoon is in the winter and how horrible these deaths were. It’s called “The Saskatoon Freezing Deaths” and is available on r/nosleep.
Myths and Legends:
Although the country doesn’t have an abundance of disturbing lore or a large and distinct mythology, there are a few interesting legends originating from up north that you may never have heard of.
Though not quite as popular as the Lochness Monster, there is rumored to be a lake monster in Okanagan Lake. It’s referred to as “Ogopogo” or “Naitaka.”
Although the term actually originates in Europe, many Canadians tell story of the “loup-garou” which is a creature quite similar to werewolves – though with the ability to control when they shift into wolf form.
Though Canadian ghosts don’t seem to be quite as bloodthirsty as the spirits from other regions, there are an abundance of them. Here is a short list of some of the most haunted spots in Canada.
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel:
This one can be a little pricey, but if you’re looking for a creepy night in Canada it might be worth checking out. This former jail has been turned into a hostel and is allegedly quite haunted.
If you’re the sort of person interested in ghost tours, this might be the place for you. Old Montreal is the home to many ghosts if the legends are to be believed, and there are many people more than willing to introduce you to them.
Hose and Hound:
This is a pub that is said to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. An episode of the show “Creepy Canada” was dedicated to it.
McBurney Park (more commonly referred to as “Skeleton Park” is a park in Canada that was built over top of a burial ground. It earned its name after grave markers (and in some instances, bones) starting poking up through the dirt.)
When you think of Niagara falls, you probably don’t associate it with ghosts. There are a lot of stories about the Niagara Falls Screaming Tunnel however, a location said to be incredibly haunted – though who exactly does the haunting seems to vary depending on who you ask.
Now for the fun part; we’re going to cover direct contributions that the country has made to horror fiction. There are a surprising amount of horror classics that were made in Canada, as well as some of my personal favorite, lesser known horror titles.
There are so many wonderful Canadian Horror films, but I will give you the highlights rather than to list all of them.
Silent Hill, Gingernaps, Scanners, Pontypool, The Shrine, Insidious, Fido, Videodrome, The Thaw, and Afflicted are some of the better known titles. We also get some of our holiday horror classics from Canada including Black Christmas and My Bloody Valentine.
In addition to those titles, three of my all time favorite horror movies come from Canada; Cube, American Mary (which you can read my review for here) and Martyrs (the 2008 French-Canadian Martyrs, not the 2016 American remake of Martyrs which tragically missed the entire point of the original.)
We also have some wonderful Canadian horror based television programs including; Are You Afraid of the Dark, The Dead Zone, Friday the 13th: The Series, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Masters of Horror, and Slasher.
Thank you guys for joining me again this week, I hope you come back next week for my article on Barbados.