View Full Version : Favorite Cronenberg film that he did not write

09-25-2005, 09:26 PM
Cronenberg has become renowned for his unique vision on biological dysfunction at the hands of a repressive society. All his films tend to dwell into the weird blending of body with psychotic impulses, machinery or sexuality. Still, a number of his films, although ultimately about those themes, are based on the work of other writers. Stephen King, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, graphic novels, older films, Cronenberg has culled his subject source from many pre-existing works. With A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, which is based on a graphic novel and not at all penned by Cronenberg, slowly spreading across theaters, let's take a look at the films where the source material was something outside of Cronenberg's twistedly gifted imagination. Which film of the bunch is your favorite?

09-25-2005, 09:33 PM
It was a hard decision between The Dead Zone, The Fly, and Spider, but I went with The Fly. It's the only one out of the three that I could watch over and over again without getting sick of it.

09-25-2005, 09:44 PM
Easy. Spider is damn good though.

09-25-2005, 09:48 PM
Easy. Spider is damn good though.
You picked M. Butterfly, right?

09-25-2005, 09:49 PM

Where's the damn M. Butterfly DVD mate, that's the question!

09-25-2005, 09:53 PM
Dead Zone. One of Christopher Walken's best roles.

09-25-2005, 10:09 PM
Crash. Duh.

09-25-2005, 11:00 PM
Crash, which I still consider second only to Videodrome when it comes to Cronenberg's films in general.

09-25-2005, 11:48 PM
Dead Zone. Just a great movie all around.

but I give The Fly a thought just because it's one of the few movies that I can never watch again because of the ick factor to me. Deserves point for affecting me like that. I'm pretty jaded.

09-26-2005, 02:37 AM
I guess I'm in the minority, but Dead Ringers!

I'm still completely astounded at the camera work, and the surgery scene with the super stylized blood red surgical frock burned a permanent image into my brain for some reason. The whole freak-out during the surgery hits me at a very primal level.

And surgical instruments designed for operating on mutant women!

I've often thought that there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies.

09-26-2005, 02:39 AM
CRASH. No question. It's also his best film...but I have high hopes for HISTORY.

Myron Breck
09-26-2005, 02:56 AM
I still haven't seen BUTTERFLY....and all of the rest are so amazing and exciting. I can watch any of them multiple times. And I do.

I guess, if pressured, I'd just go with NAKED LUNCH for Howard Shore's great score. I play that soundtrack whenever I need to "get things done."

09-26-2005, 03:02 AM
That's a great soundtrack, Myron. Howard Shore always does a good job, but it's the Naked Lunch colaboration with Ornette Coleman that gives that one such ZING ;)

09-26-2005, 03:10 AM
Dead Ringers...my personal favorite Cronenberg film, as well as one of my 5 favorite films of all time. Amazing flick :)

09-26-2005, 08:19 AM
I went with The Fly. It was close between that and Naked Lunch. Those two, plus The Dead Zone, are the only 3 I've seen.

09-26-2005, 08:28 AM
I went with Spider. That movie completely fooled me regarding a role in the film.

09-26-2005, 06:43 PM
I was going to pick The Fly, but in the end had to go with Crash. I recently watched my disc and just fucking love that movie. There's something so disturbing about the people within the film. I love The Fly for balls out horror, but Crash is a better film. My favorite Cronenberg flick is still Videodrome though......

09-26-2005, 07:48 PM
Dead Ringers. If for nothing else, Jeremy Irons performance(s). But a superb film to boot.

09-28-2005, 06:58 AM
Naked Lunch.
Visually, that movie has been burned into my brain. The colors, angles, everything seemed so intentional.

09-29-2005, 01:21 PM
Tough call between Dead Ringers and Dead Zone but I have to go with the latter 'cause it feels much more personal in some way and Walken's performance is stunning.

10-06-2005, 02:10 PM
Dead Zone - Its my favorite King movie, my favorite Walken movie and my favorite Cronenberg movie.