It's October — the month of Thanksgiving and fall fun and Halloween — but it definitely doesn't feel like it with regions of Quebec back in lockdown. Times are tough and there's not much to do, but that means it's the perfect month for a chill binge-watching sesh... with a spooky season touch, of course.
We've rounded up a list of some of the oldest, weirdest, creepiest and most obscure movies filmed in Montreal that you can watch to pass the time while Montreal's in 'red alert.'
Be sure to keep an eye out for Montreal landmarks and bask in that MTL pride!
If you can't explore your city IRL, at least you can see it on screen.
Agnes of God (1985)
What It's About: In a convent near Montreal, a nun named Agnes is found in her room with a dead baby and doesn't remember how it got there. She allegedly gave birth to the baby and immediately killed it, provoking a criminal investigation into her wrongdoings.
Bonus: Queen Jane Fonda plays Agnes' psychiatrist.
Why You Need To Watch: You'll spot the McGill University music building downtown on Rue Sherbrooke, along with other landmark Montreal streets like Saint-Denis and Notre-Dâme.
Visiting Hours (1982)
What It's About: In this West Island slasher film, a well-known feminist activist goes on a talk show, does her thing, then gets targeted by a creepy incel, who turns out to be totally psycho. You can probably figure out the rest.
Why You Need To Watch: The hospital you'll see in the movie is located in Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue, and you'll catch a glimpse of the Plateau in the '80s.
What It's About: This old Montreal-made zombie film by David Cronenberg is the perfect spooky season viewing. Its story is actually based in Montreal, so it won't be hard to spot iconic landmarks.
Why You Need To Watch: Among other typical Montreal scenescapes, you'll be able to spot the old metro cars, Cavendish Mall, Rue Saint-Mathieu downtown and Nun's Island.
The Score (2001)
What It's About: This crime thriller, with Ed Norton, Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando, is one of Montreal's most famous movies. A burglar sets out to do one more multimillion-dollar score before his time runs out. There's extortion, drama and even lasers make an appearance.
Bonus: Queen Angela Bassett!
Why You Need To Watch: The film is chockful of scenes in the Old Port and Westmount, and you'll be able to spot plenty of Plateau landmarks. Keep your eyes peeled!
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
What It's About: In this mystery thriller, starring Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, a secret agent sets out to stalk the son of his wealthy boss and finds him dead at the hands of a female serial killer.
Why You Need To Watch: While this film was made in several countries, you'll be able to spot Old Port landmarks like Rue Saint-Pierre, near the Phi Centre, and Rue Saint-Jacques.
What It's About: This star-studded psychodrama includes performances by Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union and Katie Holmes. Holmes plays a college student (clearly at McGill) who's struggling with her thesis and an investigation into her missing boyfriend, who's been gone for two years. She suddenly spots him in a library and drama ensues.
Why You Need To Watch: The film is almost entirely based at McGill University, so you'll be able to recognize McConnell Hall almost instantly. You'll also spot Montreal's Chinatown and locations on Avenue des Pins.
What It's About: If you're in the mood for sci-fi this spooky season (as if a global pandemic isn't spooky enough), you'll want to get into Zoe, a Black Mirror-esque film about relationships with Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux and — you're not going to believe it — Christina Aguilera! It's not an old film, but it is definitely not well-known.
Why You Need To Watch: There are so many Montreal locations in this film, including McGill, Griffintown, the Lachine Canal and the Ville-Marie tunnel on the 720 highway.