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Films: David Cronenberg

Cosmopolis

  • 2012
  • Canada/France
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: Don DeLillo (novel), David Cronenberg (screenplay)
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche
  • UK release: 15 June 2012

Adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel, starring Pattinson as the brattish, overindulged, 28-year-old billionaire riding around Manhattan on a limo-borne day-long odyssey.

A Dangerous Method

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/Germany/Canada/Switzerland
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel
  • UK release: 10 February 2012

Cronenberg’s investigation of psychoanalysis, seen through the relationship between the two main proponents, Freud (Mortensen) and Jung (Fassbender) makes for a fascinating insight into a moment in history when the world of thought, and the way that we think about ourselves, was being fundamentally reshaped.

Last Night

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US/France
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Massy Tadjedin
  • Written by: Massy Tadjedin
  • Cast: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, David Cronenberg

A husband and wife are each tempted by another on the same night.

Eastern Promises

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK/Canada
  • 110 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack

Cronenberg's companion piece to 'A History of Violence' is a perversely entertaining crime thriller centred around midwife (Watts) who is drawn into the dark criminal underworld after she saves the newborn child of a Russian woman who dies on the operating table, leaving sparse clues as to her identity. A fascinating…

A History of Violence

  • 2005
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Tom Stall (Mortensen) owns a café and has an idyllic life with his lawyer wife (Bello) and their two children in the small town of MillBrook. That life changes the day Tom kills two criminals who are causing trouble in his restaurant. A masterpiece of sorts.

Spider

  • 2002
  • Canada
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne
  • UK release: 3 January 2002

In David Cronenberg’s psychological thriller, Ralph Fiennes is paranoid, quiet Dennis Cleg, a freshly-released mental patient, residing in a halfway house for the psychologically disturbed. As he starts to explore his memories of an apparently fateful childhood trauma that occurred after he came to believe that his father…

eXistenZ

  • 3 stars
  • 1999
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • UK release: 30 April 1999

Futuristic thriller about the fight between two video games companies, and the 'realists' that seek to prevent them from 'deforming' reality.

Naked Lunch

  • 1991
  • Canada/UK/Japan
  • 115 min
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm

Cronenberg's take on William S Burrough's debauched novel.

Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut

  • 1990
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Clive Barker
  • Written by: Clive Barker
  • Cast: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby

Aaron Boone (Sheffer) is haunted by dreams of an underground city called Midian. After being framed by his therapist for a number of murders Boone goes on the run and discovers that this city of supernatural beings exists.

Dead Ringers

  • 1988
  • US
  • 110 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: Bari Wood/Jack Geasland
  • Cast: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske

Extraordinary examination of sexual jealousy in identical twins. Irons plays gynaecologists Elliot and Beverly Mantle, who fall in love with fading actress Claire Niveau when their clinic treats her infertility. As the emotional turmoils mounts up, the trio become involved in a frightening downward spiral of drug-induced…

The Fly

  • 4 stars
  • 1986
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Brilliant reconceptualisation of the camp 1958 classic, with Goldblum highly effective as the scientist whose experiments in teleportation go disastrously wrong, and his wife Davis no less impressive as the love of his life. Special effects superlatively revolting, tension sustained throughout.

Videodrome

  • 4 stars
  • 1983
  • Canada
  • 87 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: James Woods, Debbie Harry
  • UK release: 25 November 1983

Woods is a programmer for a pirate cable station who becomes intrigued and then obsessed with an untraceable porn channel that triggers hallucinogenic fantasies. A nasty but intriguing masterpiece with eye-popping special effects.

The Dead Zone

  • 4 stars
  • 1983
  • US
  • 103 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt

A schoolteacher survives a car crash only to find he has second sight; soon his psychic powers lead him into confrontation with an ambitious politician. Cronenberg eschews his usual visceral style and plumps instead for a more brooding thriller that utilises Walken's skeletal features to their best advantage.

Scanners

  • 4 stars
  • 1980
  • Canada
  • 103 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan

In Cronenberg's dark vision of the future, big business plays around with human conception in a bid to produce ever-more powerful telapathic warriors, who then battle it out in set pieces. Excellent cameo appearance from Patrick McGoohan.

The Brood

  • 4 stars
  • 1979
  • Canada
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

Eggar's maternal instincts run wild as she devours her own afterbirth and spawns dozens of midget clones, who turn very nasty if she's upset. Classic early Cronenberg.