Better than the original. Fight me.
If you don't fancy this movie, you might call it slow. If you do, you'd call it patient. In either case you'd be right, but I happen to like the deliberate and atmospheric horror that Carpenter sets up here. It a lot of ways it feels like the most tonally similar thing to HALLOWEEN that he's made. There's some interesting subtext here about the grey area between physics and philosophy and the oxymoron of the "supernatural," but a lot of it comes off trite and basic. He's playing with the building blocks of Big Ideas, not moving much beyond that.
If this doesn't make you a fan of Jeremy Irons, nothing will.
DEAD RINGERS proves to be one of Cronenberg's best, most thoughtful pieces. He weaves into this yarn a fascinating examination of dependency--both human and substantial--from the point of view of twin brothers (Jeremy Irons). His trademark body horror is still very much present but is hardly the point of this far more psychological tale.
Bearing the burden of this story is Jeremy Irons doing double duty as Elliot…
Discussed on my podcast, Popcorn Poops. Check it out here: www.popcornpoops.com/2015/05/twister-1996-pp046.html