David Cronenberg‘s new film Maps to the Stars is in theaters and on VOD, and every time a new film arrives from the director I end up going back through his years of prior work to find new connections and ideas. It takes a while, sometimes, to really find where one of his films sits in the grand scheme of things. (I’m still trying to sort out Cosmopolis, frankly.) This time, I kept focusing on the weirdness of Cronenberg, which is what everyone focuses on in his films at some point. But this was more about the unusual connection between his subjective visions of reality and our own experience rather than eye-popping visuals. This isn’t an overview of David Cronenberg’s full career, but just to set out an organizing principle, what follows are 11 of the Weirdest David Cronenberg films, as they relate to our own lives.
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What the world needs now is another insta-forgettable remake of a bona fide horror classic like I need a stake through the heart.
When the Crazies remake rolls out in the new year, I’m going to be crossing the fingers on both hands and hoping for it to be a corker. On one hand because it’s a remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, a wonderful film that doesn’t need a lame looky-likey cousin, and on the other hand because director Breck Eisner has now signed on to direct the remake of David Cronenberg’s superb paedophobia chiller The Brood. A duff Brood do-over would sting and so I want to believe in Eisner, not spend a few months living in dread.
If you haven’t seen the original, here’s a brief, spoiler-free breakdown. Nola Carveth is a patient at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmatics, a typically creepy, mysterious and, basically, Cronenbergian medical facility. At the same time, her ex-husband is being haunted by Don’t Look Now-alike little strange figures. These two circumstances are not merely coincidental… the human body is capable of some rather strange and scary things.
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary DVD of Child’s Play, a gang of Chuckys brandishing butcher knives and axes were unleashed in Times Square. Did any of our readers karate kick one? Do tell below. On a previous /Filmcast, we joked that the planned Child’s Play remake would feature Chucky as a real boy instead of a dated My Buddy doll, but this is twice creepy. Shades of David Cronenberg’s The Brood. And maybe it’s me, but in a few of the photos from the London Paper, one of the Chuckys is kinda hefty. Missing yuppies?