David Cronenberg

"Horror for Cronenberg is not a game or a meal ticket; it is, rather, the natural expression for one of the best directors working today. For Cronenberg's subject is the intensity of human frailty and decay: in short, the boy and its many accelerated mutations, whether out of disease, anger, dread, or hope. These are not easy films to take. But how can horror be easy? Anyone born and reckoning on dying needs to confront Cronenberg." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)

David Cronenberg

Director / Screenwriter / Producer / Editor / Cinematographer
(1943- ) Born March 15, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Top 250 Directors / 21st Century's Top 50 Directors

Key Production Countries: Canada, USA, UK, Germany, France
Key Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi Horror, Sex Horror, Psychological Thriller, Psychological Drama, Erotic Drama, Satire, Thriller, Crime Thriller, Psychological Sci-Fi
Key Collaborators: Ronald Sanders (Editor), Howard Shore (Composer), Carol Spier (Production Designer), Peter Suschitzky (Cinematographer), Mark Irwin (Cinematographer), Robert A. Silverman (Character Actor), Ronald Mlodzik (Leading Actor), Claude Heroux (Producer), Nicholas Campbell (Leading Character Actor), Les Carlson (Character Actor), Jeremy Irons (Leading Actor), Viggo Mortensen (Leading Actor)

"No wonder Martin Scorsese was terrified when he had to meet David Cronenberg. After all, the affectionately nicknamed "Dave Deprave" invented the genre of body-horror, which locates mankind's monstrous enemy inside its own body... Since 2000, Spider (2002) and A History of Violence (2005) have shown a more meditative Cronenberg, fascinated still by the dark side of human bodies, but politically more relevant. A History of Violence's deconstruction of "The American Dream" - in the form of its investigation of socially acceptable violence, gun abuse, and community vigilance - elevated Cronenberg into the canon of contemporary cinema, completing his move from "The Baron of Blood" to cultural hero." - Ernest Mathijs (501 Movie Directors, 2007)
"Horror director whose work has transcended the genre, achieving mainstream recognition... Horrific, gruesome, stylistically innovative, pervaded with anxiety about sexuality and modern life, his films slowly built a cult following ." - The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994
"Cronenberg's work is seldom very coherent, let alone plausible, in hypothesising about human evolution, but the best is imbued with a cool, nightmarish logic, based on the premise that as technology develops, new diseases, desires, even a new flesh, will arise... Cerebral, visceral and subversive, his work remains in the vanguard of modern horror." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)
"Between the aphrodisiacal slugs of Shivers (1975) and the bio-ports of existent (1999), David Cronenberg has devoted himself to the cause of transformation by fusion with immensely fertile results. Just as his films fold science fiction into horror, or intellectual rigour into emotional and physical intensity, so they have consistently mapped out a mind/body tension." - Kevin Harley (Contemporary North American Film Directors, 2002)
"Cronenberg is the intellect made metal, and until he realises that metal cuts when sharpened, and that those cuts bleed and cause pain, he will remain the half-successful director that he is." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)
"There is nothing warm or feel-good about David Cronenberg's films, which delight in stomach-churning imagery and voyeurism, linking sex with violence." - Ronald Bergan (Film - Eyewitness Companions, 2006)
"Canadian director who has been drawn to the gruesome and controversial throughout his career. Attracting anger and admiration in equal proportions, he has, like the protagonists of his 1996 film Crash, seemed to seek out some new, more macabre and painful-looking sensation with each new venture." - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Film Directors, 1999)
"I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you're making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film." - David Cronenberg
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
A History of Violence (2005) , Eastern Promises (2007)
Recommended
Videodrome (1983) , The Fly (1986) , Dead Ringers (1988)
Worth a Look
Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), The Dead Zone (1983), Naked Lunch (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), eXistenZ (1999), Spider (2002), Maps to the Stars (2014)
Approach with Caution
Stereo (1969), Crimes of the Future (1970), Fast Company (1978), Cosmopolis (2012)
Not Recommended
Crash (1996)
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