Well, we still live in overstimulated times. Ever-prescient, David Cronenberg predicted our reliance on and interconnection with technology and its commingled objects. Not since Hitchcock has any filmmaker created such menace with things.
Sign in. Watch now. After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
It is a lurid and fleshy word, eviscerating. I hope to show that even films like Dead Ringers and Crash are transformations on the theme that has always animated his work: the monstrous is not in the Other or in the family, but in the unintended by-products of technology and social life that metastasize in the body. The body is enculturated and thus diseasedwith the imagery of evisceration in Cronenberg's films symbolizing its ritual purification.
Body horror is defined as "a horror film genre in which the main feature is the graphically depicted destruction or degeneration of a human body or bodies. With that in mind, here are some of the finest, most cringe-inducing body horror films of all time — definitely not for the faint of heart. What it's about: Henry Spencer Jack Nance is abandoned by his girlfriend Mary X Charlotte Stewart and left to care for their child, an incessantly crying infant that may not be human. Key body horror moment: Spencer removes his child's swaddling and realizes it has no skin.
The cars on the highway are at a standstill, stymied by an impact farther up the blacktop. You could almost consider this menage a trois a special kind of post-nuclear family. Ballard eases the Lincoln into the breakdown lane and cruises serenely alongside the stream of cars, finally coming across the steel and chrome carnage itself.
Hughes, D. David Cronenberg is a Canadian auteur filmmaker who made his name with intelligent, innovative and graphic horror films. His work explores human fears and desires not commonly expressed in cinema, such as disease, aging, mental illness, and sexual fetishism.
David Cronenberg arrived fully-formed as a filmmaker, releasing his first two full-length features, Shivers and Rabid in andrespectively. The heavy lifting Cronenberg is known for is apparent in the thematic body horror which informs every frame, every scene, every take, and every camera movement. There are more similarities than differences, a gestalt which propels him into the ranks of our modern masters.
When it comes to some of the most gruesome and downright terrifying movies out there, body horror has to be one of the hardest to swallow. Rife with gore, mutations, torture, and fates worse than death, the genre is not for the faint of heart. But if you're looking for some of the best out there on the market, we've got 25 heart-stopping movies perfect for a night of exploring the best of the best. Just in time for Halloween, check out this menagerie of morbidity, all stemming from the horrible ways the human body can be abused.
In a way, David Cronenberg put me in the hospital. Last January, I attended a screening of a documentary by the filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock about the black market buying and selling of human organs, called Tales From the Organ Trade. Cronenberg, with his nasally, Vincent Price pitch, guides the audience through gruesome images of organ-emptied torsos and desperately ill patients who rinse their blood in whirring machines while awaiting new kidneys.