“If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies” is a fake horror movie poster exhibition hosted by Rue Morgue Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander. Rue Morgue, a Canadian publication covering horror in culture and entertainment, is bringing this unusual and rather esoteric exhibition to Toronto. “If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies” is a multifaceted art project that imagines a different, more legendary legacy of uniquely Canadian genre films. The art show brings these imaginary movies to life via 20+ fictional movie posters – created by some of Canada’s top poster artists and designers – accompanied by synopses from some of the country’s top horror filmmakers.
Faux horror movies from past, present and future are dreamed up by Bruce McDonald and Tony Burgess (Pontypool), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Éric Tessier (5150 Elm’s Way), Astron-6 (Father’s Day), George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Maurice Devereaux (End of the Line), Lee Demarbre (Smash Cut), Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie), Donna Davies (Zombiemania), Rodrigo Gudiño (The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh), Karim Hussain (La belle bête) and several from Alexander himself.
The artists bringing them to life are Rupert Bottenberg, Angus Byers, Donald Carron, Jason Edmiston, Justin Erickson, Vince Marconi, Mathew Marigold, Richard Patmore, Martin Plante, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Paige Reynolds, Eric Robillard, Mathew Verreault, Adam Vierra, Mark Unterberger, James White and Andrew Wright.
Expect additional multimedia surprises, including original soundtrack music created by Montreal musician Conrad Simon and examples of actual Canadian horror films that never went into production. Together they create an alternative universe of Canadian genre films.
Join Alexander and company between 7pm-11pm on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd in Toronto’s Entertainment District) for the opening of this exciting gallery show. Some of the artists and filmmakers will be in attendance. The exhibit will be on display during the rest of August. Panels promoting the show and featuring several of the artists and filmmakers will be held as part of Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, which runs August 22-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. More info on that festival can be found here.
For more information on the exhibition, you can visit their official Facebook page or see Steam Whistle Brewing’s official event page. Don’t forget to pick up the upcoming issue of Diabolique Magazine, #17, which will be available for pre-order soon and has exclusive comments from Jason Eisener and Astron-6, both featured in this exhibition.
– By Harvey Chartrand