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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Jordan View Post
    Canada is part of the America's Ian. Duh.
    Yeah, it's America's hat.

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    I liked this, one of the murders had a bit of giallo influence I thought - the bathtub death and also the prolonged dark alley chase. The scuzzy atmosphere, sleazy rundown flophouses and porn theaters, brought to mind NEW YORK RIPPER or MANIAC. Unbelievably perverted revelations too.
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    Plus.... The Zanzibar!



    This movie is rad. Glad it's out and that more people can dig it.
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    I still need to watch it. Maybe tonight. Started it and it looks sleazy as all heck.

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    I really enjoyed this. Generous nudity, unhealthy violence, and plenty of 80s Toronto. The killer's a Glenn Gould joke (hat, overcoat, gloves), set dressing includes Viletones product placement graffiti ("Viletones suck -- each other; Steve Leckie molests himself with a crowbar; Steve Leckie chews foreskin"), the Rio was showing DEATH HUNT and TRUCK TURNER, which I missed, but I think I've been to about 90% of the locations. Paul Bradley (Joey from GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD) is the motel clerk, and Tina (Lenore Zann) is now an NDP member of Novia Scotia's provincial parliament. Does it get any more Candian?

    (Quibble: the theatre at the Cinema 2000 wasn't so much in the back (where the booths were), it was downstairs, and pretty much a total blackout: creepy and viscous. No way anybody coulda found Fixer in there without a flashlight.)

    The Canuxploitation writeup's great, but riffs on an anti-American subtext, which I think is off the mark. I think it cribs its themes from the Can-con zeitgeist, which means its roots are, like a proto-VIDEODROME, in McCluhan & SCTV -- it's an anti-TV subtext. (Television -- not transvesites, the movie's okay with that, this is Canada.) Meta, media, & bullshit were (are) the great Canadian themes -- even though there's nothing much seriously going on here, it seems pretty clear that they were goofing in Harold Innis' canoe.

    Motel TV and secret videotape are the witnesses to the first murder. The hero's (and first victim's) Dad runs a tv station, the background's a telethon, and there's a bunch of TV fucks-you-up imagery. When we meet Dad, he's watching himself on tv; there's a signoff to static that echoes this later, too. Louise hides from the killer behind walls of abandoned TV sets: the killer eyeballs her through the channel knobhole. Even though she's a stripper, the real humiliation comes when she has to strip before the tv camera; and the big climax takes place down at the studio (well, up on the studio). (CFMT, Channel 47, known as "MTV" was at its peak when this was shot -- it was Toronto's first all-night TV station, and Chuck the Security Guard was my hero. Canuxploitation reads this as US MTV, but I'm not sure it was even on the air when this was shooting.)

    It's not that Canada is an American Nightmare, it's just that we get all your channels.















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    You're watching 47, Cable 4?

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    Ha, that Viletones graffiti is great.

    It's not that Canada is an American Nightmare, it's just that we get all your channels.
    I think you're on to something there. I didn't read much of anything to it and took it all at sleazy face value, but you bring up some interesting points.
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