David Cronenberg  

A Canadian director of mostly horror movies, his films usually containing a ubiquitous, unique, dark, skin-crawling, creepy atmosphere. A recurring theme in most of his movies usually has to do with biological mutations and fleshy representations for all things bizarre, with many references to the flesh and the dark side of sexuality. As you can imagine, he features all kinds of twisted gore in his flicks and people with dark obsessions. He also made The Fly and Scanners, two great sci-fi movies which are pretty normal by this list's standards, but also creepy and gory. Has gradually become more mainstream and palatable to the masses but is still interested in unique and dark subject matter.


Brood, The  
A strange psychologist with a powerful personality and bizarre treatment techniques starts treating a deeply disturbed woman, channeling her anger that overwhelms her into unusual physical outlets. Her husband starts to suspect something is terribly wrong when her family and school-teachers are attacked by violent little disfigured creatures. Great horror; very creepy and disquieting.

A reality-bending, fun movie that deals with virtual reality games that are terrifyingly real to the point where the players can't tell if they are playing or not. Games are played using fleshy-looking bio-pods that are plugged into orifices in your lower back (...), and there are games within games and players trying to kill the game designers. Brilliantly twisted and bizarre entertainment.

Of Some Interest

Dead Ringers  
Inseparable identical twins (both acted amazingly well by Jeremy Irons) fool people with their appearances, and share everything obsessively until a woman gets between them. Once this painful mental separation begins, it brings a spiraling descent into twisted obsession and destructive psychotic behaviour until the gory end. As gynecologists, they explore such ideas as gynecological instruments for mutated women, and where one twin goes, the other has to follow. Very dark and disturbing, but doesn't ring true.

Naked Lunch  
A biographical look at William Burroughs mixed with many of the drug-induced bizarre elements of his writings done in typically twisted Cronenberg style. This ultimately bizarre visual bomb starts with a paranoid writer who kills his wife, then his typewriter turns into a big bug that speaks out of an anus and he gets involved in a weird plot in a place called Interzone where aliens reside, liquids ooze and talking typewriters get sexually excited. Must be seen to be believed.

Strange fleshy parasites attack a building complex with frantic, chaotic results, causing people to break out in mostly sexual but also violent attacks and bouts of uncontrollable wanton behaviour. Cronenberg's early horror movie deals with scientific experimentation and slimy parasites, and is gritty, raw, disturbing and weird.

A very twisted and bizarre film about the twisted effects of movies and advanced technology on minds fascinated by perversity. Max runs a controversial TV station, always searching for new extreme shows. He soon discovers a secret broadcast of snuff movies that start to have very strange effects on his brain and his perception of reality, and his masochistic girlfriend seems to lose herself in this world of extreme and overwhelming mental perversion. Bloody VHS tapes that are inserted into a vagina-like orifice in one's stomach, and hands that turn into biological guns are only two of the twisted images in this cult favorite. The last part makes no sense however. Long live the new flesh!


Sexual deviants constantly on the look for new excitements suddenly find a new obsession and excitement in car accidents and develop a very unhealthy fetish for all things that crash or have crashed. Crashes are re-enacted, photos and movies are used as porn, accident disfigurements are used for sexual acts, and the protagonist develops an even more extreme lust for engine coolant and blood. Explicit, very dark and pointlessly disgusting.

Crimes of the Future  
As with his previous student film (Stereo), Cronenberg filmed this with a very low budget, no soundtrack, and a plodding, sparse narrative that seems disjointed with the meandering scenes on the screen. A man wanders through various institutions where men are doing strange things like handle items of clothing in the corridors, place each other's feet on their foreheads, and practice ballet. The narration tells us all women have died as a result of a malady generated by cosmetics and the men are experimenting with this and that. The man stumbles on a pedophiliac group and tries to save a little girl in danger of falling ill. An impenetrable and plodding piece supposedly dealing with gender issues and disease.

A motorcyclist gets experimental surgery to save her life after an accident. As a result, her body mutates, develops a phallic organ in her armpit, and develops a taste for blood, leading to increasing violence and death. Unenjoyably weird horror.

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