films seen
23
average score
2.06*
nationality
Canada - 79 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A proponent of body horror cinema who made a name for himself during the middle part of his career. He's still making films that defy norms and categorizations, but the horror he explores nowadays is more of the psychological kind.

Solid pieces

Naked Lunch

1991 / 115m - Canada
Drama, Fantasy
3.5*/5.0*
Naked Lunch poster

The inoffensive

Crimes of the Future

2022 / 107m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Crimes of the Future poster

Cronenberg's return to the body horror genre has been getting quite a lot of attention, not too odd considering he's one of the founders of the genre. I'm not the biggest Cronenberg fan, but I was curious to see how his latest would stack up against the work of his son (who I like a lot better).

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In a future where mankind is evolving and many has lost their sense of pain, there's a performance art couple (Saul & Caprice) who host public surgeries, where they remove freshly grown organs from Saul's body. These performances skirt the boundaries of legality, but there are other groups who like things just that little further.

There are some interesting ideas and concepts here, but the film lacks a well-paced plot, the cinematography could've been better, and the score isn't all that either. Cronenberg's musings about art, humanity and evolution feel a bit old and tired, and they are forced into the film rather crudely. The film certainly stands out and there are some memorable scenes, it just doesn't really flow that well.

Eastern Promises

2007 / 100m - Canada
Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Eastern Promises poster

M. Butterfly

1993 / 101m - USA
Drama, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
M. Butterfly poster

Dead Ringers

1988 / 116m - Canada
Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
Dead Ringers poster

Rabid

1977 / 91m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Rabid poster

Stereo

1969 / 65m - Canada
Sci-fi
3.0*/5.0*
Stereo poster

Worthy but flawed

Spider

2002 / 98m - Canada
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Spider poster

The Fly

1986 / 96m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
2.5*/5.0*
The Fly poster

The Dead Zone

1983 / 103m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
The Dead Zone poster

Videodrome

1983 / 87m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Videodrome poster

Dubious filler

Maps to the Stars

2014 / 111m - Canada
Comedy, Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Maps to the Stars poster

Crash

1996 / 100m - Canada
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Crash poster

Plain forgettable

A Dangerous Method

2011 / 99m - UK
Drama, Romance, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
A Dangerous Method poster

Fast Company

1979 / 91m - Canada
Drama, Sport
1.5*/5.0*
Fast Company poster

The Brood

1979 / 92m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror
1.5*/5.0*
The Brood poster

Big nopes

A History of Violence

2005 / 96m - USA
Drama, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
A History of Violence poster

eXistenZ

1999 / 97m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
eXistenZ poster

Crimes of the Future

1970 / 63m - Canada
Comedy, Sci-fi
1.0*/5.0*
Crimes of the Future poster

Irritation overload

Cosmopolis

2012 / 109m - Canada
Drama, Fantasy
0.5*/5.0*
Cosmopolis poster

Scanners

1981 / 103m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror, Thriller
0.5*/5.0*
Scanners poster

Shivers

1975 / 87m - Canada
Sci-fi, Horror
0.5*/5.0*
Shivers poster