All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Peter Parker had it easy.
"I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over and the insect is awake." Who would've thought that this is a line to cry over? A line genuinely and perfectly said as it is, is in all its absurdism able to make one feel deep, sad things. Who can make a film amidst the grimy, thrashy and spine-tingling horror and dark humor of a B-movie update about a man who morphs into a fly because his transportation device has a nasty little bug enter it unintentionally while testing it, and envelop such a fully-embodied tragedy into it? Well, David Cronenberg of course.
Cronenberg's reimagining of the '50s B-sci-fi horror film from…
It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?
How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of all time) does exactly that.
Jeff Goldblum has never been better than he is here, as a brilliant but socially awkward scientist who has invented a primitive form of teleportation, but makes a fatal misjudgment when he tries to teleport…
David Cronenberg is not a minimalist—I think any claim to that term evaporates right around the moment a man turns into an undulating mass of tumors in real time—but his economic formalism, I think, displays the same strengths as the best in that field. That is to say, he has an incredible knack of specifically guiding and manipulating the viewer to certain topics but giving enough leeway to invite all manner of interpretations. Released into the context of the exploding AIDS crisis, The Fly’s story of a man mysteriously, literally falling apart, his body not tumorous but simply disintegrating, obviously had social resonance.
But even now as people broaden out and assign other meanings to it (fear of aging, of…
The third Cronenberg in our Horror-o-thon this year. We were going to save this one for the prime spot, Halloween Night, but it was a Thursday, and Thursdays is when our next door neighbours come over for a movie. After exposing them to Magic Mike a couple of weeks ago, we thought we should pick a Dead Ringer, er, film we know isn’t terrible. We thought about Hollie’s pick, the one with the Giant Zombie Poodle and Phyllis Diller, but thought it might be too much of a risk.
What a difference a couple of years makes! The Dead Zone was Chronenberg’s first big budget film, and on our recent rewatch, I still saw that particular ‘Canadian’ Look. With his…
Cronenberg's explorations of the physical side of horror always intrigue me and here he displays it in an accessible and rather straight up horror film. And it works really well.
Sharing only the conceit with its 1958 original, this is a genuinely terrifying film. Not for scares, but for the physical deterioration we are shown. It is amazing, terrifying yet something you cannot look away from. Every time you think that the metamorphosis cannot get any more gruesome, Cronenberg pushes it further and manages to introduce yet another horrid aspect of this slowly evolving creature.
It is, in essence, a monster movie, but done by a director that knows how to inject an oppressive atmosphere, lifting it to incredible heights.…
Goldblum rocks. Insane acting, wonderful effects and just how far you're willing to go, when you can't go back. The hubris, simply beautiful.
David Cronenberg (around 1999) is one of my many favourite directors.
He was coming over to the Canne film festival for a few days so I was very excited to hopefully meet the great guy. I kept missing here and there but heard he was not very nice and kept refusing to sign for people. Gutted for not meeting him but happy that I didn't see the grumpy side.
The following year in Canne we got a tip off he was flying in. Having heard what he was like I thought of a plan to try and get him to sign.
There was about 8 of us at the time so I told them to let me try before they…
I've seen A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method... But this is the first Cronenberg film I've liked.
It's fun and unabashedly revels in a hoard of b-movie tropes. My main issue with this still, even despite liking that the film just dives right into it, is that it moves too quickly. I don't feel like this movie builds enough on the characters or their dynamics. I mean sure, the gross-out effects and outlandish premise are the main draw here, which we get plenty of, but the way it unfolds doesn't feel entirely satisfactory. I don't get the full one-two punch, even if the eventual climax has its melodramatic highs. It's a minor lack of depth, tbh. I don't expect this film to be amazingly deep in any way. I would just like there to be a little more reason to care about the characters. They're basically in service of an entertaining plot and not much more. Even so, it's still perfectly entertaining and has moments when Cronenberg's ambition shines.
The pacing of the first act was kind of irritating. Sure, there was character development but it seemed to be only through random sex scenes. Some of the cuts felt kind of clunky, and the dialogue was unnatural, especially during the first teleportation. The random monkey sidekick that seemed to be completely forgotten later on in the movie also didn't help.
The film picks up in the second act and because amazing in the last. You would think a film like this would become dated, especially when compared to the special effects we have nowadays. Yet the practice effects and makeup used in this film are as fantastic as they are horrifying. The final transformation could be one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen, and puts all the torture porn in modern horror movies to shame.
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- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
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