Tag Archive | Body Horror

This is how you do a remake: The Fly

Be Afraid. Be very afraid.

What a line. Geena Davis utters this much imitated piece of dialogue roughly two-thirds of the way through The Fly, Cronenberg’s seminal horror film. The Fly has everything: nail-biting horror, hard science fiction, superb writing, outrageous special effects, fine performances, repellent imagery and is one of the definitive horror films of the 80’s. Read More…

Long Live the New Flesh: Videodrome

Videodrome is a film I first ran into in the mid 90’s on the BBC’s excellent and now sadly defunct Moviedrome show- where Alex Cox (of Repo Man fame) introduced a double bill of thematically similar cult movies. I miss this, actually, as it introduced me to many films that I now consider to be some of my favourites (The Warriors, La Haine, The Fly, Darkness over Tallinn which I need to rewatch if I can ever find the damned thing again), and so forth). However, I have to say that few of them have had the lasting impact on me that Cronenberg’s 1983 masterpiece of body horror had.

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Cronenberg’s public therapy session: The Brood

 

Finally, and I was owed this. Having waded through the bad Rabid and the absolutely awful Fast Company, I can’t begin to describe how pleased I am to see David Cronenberg hit his stride. The Brood is probably the quintessential Body Horror film, and deals with all the Cronenberg recurring themes in a story that is compelling, repulsive and more than a little unsettling. Read More…

Cronenberg disturbs Jarv: Shivers

I’m precisely one film into this series and I’m already wondering if this is a good idea. I know exactly what Cronenberg is about, and I usually carefully ration them so that I don’t overdose on body-horror, but I’d forgotten how, well, icky some of the early Cronenberg films are. Shivers, or They Came From Within to give it its US title, is an exemplary early look at several of the themes that would come to dominate Cronenberg’s back catalogue. Read More…