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The Feature Articles

Canuxploitation takes an in-depth peek at the troubled times and trends of Canadian B-film.


The Primer

Although they are often discussed with uneasiness by critics, b-movies and cult films map out an alternative history of cinema. Even Canada's relatively young feature film industry has a rich heritage of forgotten " trash" and low budget gems, hastily swept under the carpet by embarrassed critics and confused audiences alike. Read More...


Romancing the Redcoat

In John Paizs' 1986 film Crime Wave, struggling writer Stephen Penny's room is adorned with movie posters for classic American crime movies like Stolen Face, Hell's Island and Outside the Law. But there, tacked against a wall in the back a poster brazenly proclaims Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders. Read More...


"Maple Syrup Porn": The Secret History of Quebec Popular Cinema

While many Quebec filmmakers looked to the French "cinéma direct" movement and directors like Goddard and Truffaut for inspiration, entrepreneurs like Denis Héroux and Claude Fournier did not. Through simply being in the right place and the right time and possessing a profound ability to exploit their audience, Héroux and Fournier.... Read More...


The Instructional Films of Budge Crawley

One of the true independents of Canadian film was Budge Crawley, who made hundreds of sponsored films, animated shorts and theatrical documentaries in his 40 year career. In the late 1940s, Ottawa-based Crawley Films was one of a number of small Canadian companies making newsreels and sponsored films for business. Read More...


From Cinépix to Cineplex: The Studios that Dripped Maple Syrup

Often forgotten in favour of more visible figures like directors and actors, it is the production and distribution companies like Cinépix, Quadrant Films, Astral, and Cineplex that invisibly created and maintained the tradition of Canadian b-film for over four decades. Read More...


Sharing the Blame: The Co-Productions

When the Canadian government designated Canadian film productions as tax shelters in 1974, there were many other countries who wanted to get in on the act as well. American-Canadian co-productions began to flourish as a direct result, just as they had during the 1930s, when England offered favourable treatment to films made in British colonies. Read More...


Every Six Minutes: The Story of Emmeritus

For a short time in the 1980s, Emmeritus was CanCult's king—not in quality, you understand, but in sheer quantity. Like Meridian, Cinépix, and Quadrant before it, the largely invisible Hamilton-based Emmeritus Productions was a resolutely independent venture dedicated to crafting unique genre films that eschewed not only the Government support system, but the homegrown film industry as a whole. Read More...


Eager Beavers: Canuxploitation Indie Film Spotlight

Young, independent filmmakers have always been the guiding force of Canadian genre film, from the entrepreneurial spirit of Sidney J. Furie in the 1950s to the hipper, ironic films of Chris Windsor and John Paizs in the 1980s. As the means of producing a film has become cheaper in recent years, a new generation of Canadians.... Read More...


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