David Cronenberg’s first commercial feature was the great low-budget shocker Shivers (aka They Came From Within), in which the residents of an ultra-modern apartment complex are infected by a strange parasite. The parasite removes inhibitions, and drives its hosts into frenzies of sex and violence. Eventually the whole complex is full of a swirling mass of people that all look like they’ve taken their cosplay of scenes from Caligula a little too far.
The movie has a lot of people making out, some really weird little crawling parasite worms, and a healthy dose of early body horror in the signature Cronenberg style. It’s pretty great, but unfortunately not all that easy to see as the US DVD has been out of print for a few years.
Now, because we’re so much more comfortable with intertwined sex and violence on screen than we were when Cronenberg made the movie in ’75, Shivers is being remade. Read More »
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David Cronenberg‘s next film is Maps to the Stars, based on a script which has been said to eviscerate the celebrity culture of Los Angeles. The director has described it as an extreme piece of work that centers on “two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity.”
Cronenberg announced at Cannes last year that he planned to work again with Cosmopolis actors Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon. At the time Viggo Mortensen was mentioned as another possible cast member, but now he has recruited two different actors: Julianne Moore and John Cusack. (It’s surprising that Moore and Cronenberg have never worked together before now; they seem like a fairly natural fit.) Read More »
It’s unusual to see David Cronenberg‘s name in the roster of a film as an actor rather than a writer or director, but this isn’t the first time. Cronenberg is one of three primary actors in a new project called Body Art — a title that is almost right on the nose, given Cronenberg’s classic “body horror” proclivities — from I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino.
And Cronenberg won’t be alone, as he has two grand compatriots in the cast: the venerable Isabelle Huppert, and Denis Lavant. The latter is the star of last year’s best film, Holy Motors, and his presence here is enough to rocket this one high up on my to-watch list. And if that weren’t enough, the basis of the story is extremely intriguing — find that below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:
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- Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
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As I watched David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis, I thought a lot about The Dark Knight Rises, and that led me to thinking about eXistenZ and The Matrix. Those last two movies came out within weeks of each other in 1999, and while The Matrix went on to be the mega-successful take on living in conjunction and conflict with machines, it was eXistenZ that really tried to dig deep into the ways in which our lives are being changed by interfacing with digital technology.
And so I came to Cosmopolis and The Dark Knight Rises, and the relationship there is probably pretty obvious. While Nolan’s movie pays a lot of lip service to issues of economics, social status, and the levels of power displacement that are associated with wealth and poverty, it is Cronenberg’s movie that really tackles some of those ideas with determination.
All of which is a roundabout way to get to some quotes provided in a Cosmopolis promo interview. Asked about moving into the realm of superhero movies, Cronenberg dismissed the idea, calling the form adolescent, and not ready to be treated as an “elevated art form.” And in some ways, it is difficult to disagree with his unvarnished assessment. But are superhero films destined to always be a limited form? Read More »
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As David Cronenberg does the US press rounds for his new film Cosmopolis, which opens limited this Friday the 17th and expands starting the week after, he’s fielding some questions about his next film. The director often has several projects percolating, and the current time is no different. But one long-mooted film is apparently not going to happen after all, as Cronenberg says that the sequel to the 2007 Eastern Promises is no longer backed by Focus Features, and thus may not happen at all. Read More »
There are actors who seem like guys David Cronenberg simply must work with — James Woods, Peter Weller, Viggo Mortensen, Ralph Fiennes, and even Jeff Goldblum help define a ‘type’ that seems like the template that works for Cronenberg. Strong features, a particular mix of energy, chaos and both physical and emotional vulnerability, no matter the man’s stature. Tim Roth fits into that type pretty well, but actor and director have never worked together.
That, thankfully, changes now, as Cronenberg and Media Rights Captiol have picked Roth to star as surgical pioneer John Tattersall, who will be the lead character of the TV series Knifeman. Read More »
David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis played to pretty good reactions at Cannes; there were those who didn’t find it compelling, but that’s actually reassuring, as a Cronenberg movie seems like it shouldn’t be for everyone. Now we know when the US will get a chance to see the film. eOne picked up Cosmopolis prior to Cannes, and is rolling it out in other countries now, with a Canadian opening tomorrow and UK bow a week later.
eOne plans to distribute Cosmopolis in the US starting on August 17, which is a bit earlier than we would have expected it to land. Still, we’ll take all the Cronenberg we can get, and as soon as possible, please. To that effect, hit the break for info on how Cronenberg’s son Brandon Cronenberg will have his film Antiviral distributed by IFC Midnight. Read More »
Last week word filtered out of Cannes that Robert Pattinson could work again with director David Cronenberg. That led to some comments that he might be the new Viggo Mortensen. The filmmaker cast Mortensen in three consecutive films: A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and (as a late-game replacement) A Dangerous Method. But the younger Pattinson got the nod for Cosmopolis, as he’s far more age-appropriate for the lead role than Viggo.
Now, in the wake of the Cosmopolis premiere at Cannes, which went down quite well given the film’s potentially divisive nature, it seems like both Mortensen and Pattinson could end up in Maps to the Stars, a dark comedy/drama Cronenberg started trying to make several years ago. Read More »