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Review: Tax Shelter Terrors

You might not know it, but many classic 70s and 80s horror films are Canadian made. And made because of the Canadian Government's tax incentive program that ran from 1975 to 1982.

Which ones, you ask? Try Shivers, Black Christmas, Terror Train, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night, Visiting Hours, Scanners... the list goes on and on. All classic films from my youth.

Created and co-directed by Deke Richards, Tax Shelter Terrors explores the history of the tax-shelter program and the films it spawned, interviewing many genre veterans. My Bloody Valentine director George Mihalka? You bet! Plus the likes of Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Dunning, Pierre David and even Maniac director William Lustig.

As with any doc of this type, your enjoyment of it hinges on whether or not this is your pint of ale. Shawn tried, but made it about nine minutes. I dug it and enjoyed the full watch. Why? Because I'm as passionate about how movies are made as I am about watching them.

Richards and company wisely kept the running time to an hour, which means there's ample time to cover the material without getting bogged down by it. The interviews are interesting and entertaining. There's lots of clips to watch. It's pretty much what I wanted from the subject matter.

I can't really say much more than that, other than check Tax Shelter Terrors out if you are a fan of such things. It's a Good, and you can give it a watch below.


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