David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, (born March 15, 1943 in Toronto) is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. He has been called "the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world." Cronenberg's films have polarized critics and audiences alike; he has earned critical acclaim and has sparked controversy for his depictions of gore and violence.

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A History of Violence (2005)

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An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Maria Bello  •  Heidi Hayes  •  Ashton Holmes

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Maria Bello  •  Heidi Hayes  •  Ashton Holmes

Crash (1996)

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Holly Hunter  •  Elias Koteas

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Holly Hunter  •  Elias Koteas

Dead Ringers (1988)

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Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Heidi von Palleske  •  Barbara Gordon

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Heidi von Palleske  •  Barbara Gordon

Eastern Promises (2007)

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A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Vincent Cassel  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Vincent Cassel  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

eXistenZ (1999)

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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jude Law  •  Ian Holm  •  Willem Dafoe

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jude Law  •  Ian Holm  •  Willem Dafoe

Extreme Measures (1996)

Guy Luthan, a British doctor working at a hospital in New York, starts making unwelcome enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. After the trail leads Luthan to the door of an eminent surgeon at the hospital, Luthan soon finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Hugh Grant  •  Gene Hackman  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  David Morse

Guy Luthan, a British doctor working at a hospital in New York, starts making unwelcome enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. After the trail leads Luthan to the door of an eminent surgeon at the hospital, Luthan soon finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Hugh Grant  •  Gene Hackman  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  David Morse

Into the Night (1985)

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Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Jason X (2001)

In the year 2455, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries -- a brown world of violent storms, toxic landmasses and poisonous seas. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled, not to live, but to research the ancient, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Isaac
CAST:  Kane Hodder  •  Lexa Doig  •  Chuck Campbell  •  Lisa Ryder

In the year 2455, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries -- a brown world of violent storms, toxic landmasses and poisonous seas. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled, not to live, but to research the ancient, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Isaac
CAST:  Kane Hodder  •  Lexa Doig  •  Chuck Campbell  •  Lisa Ryder

Naked Lunch (1991)

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Blank-faced bug killer Bill Lee and his dead-eyed wife, Joan, like to get high on Bill's pest poisons while lounging with Beat poet pals. After meeting the devilish Dr. Benway, Bill gets a drug made from a centipede. Upon indulging, he accidentally kills Joan, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Judy Davis  •  Ian Holm  •  Julian Sands

Blank-faced bug killer Bill Lee and his dead-eyed wife, Joan, like to get high on Bill's pest poisons while lounging with Beat poet pals. After meeting the devilish Dr. Benway, Bill gets a drug made from a centipede. Upon indulging, he accidentally kills Joan, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Judy Davis  •  Ian Holm  •  Julian Sands

Nightbreed (1990)

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Barker
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Anne Bobby  •  David Cronenberg  •  Charles Haid

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Barker
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Anne Bobby  •  David Cronenberg  •  Charles Haid

Scanners (1981)

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After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer O'Neill  •  Stephen Lack  •  Patrick McGoohan  •  Lawrence Dane

After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer O'Neill  •  Stephen Lack  •  Patrick McGoohan  •  Lawrence Dane

Shivers (1975)

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Paul Hampton  •  Joe Silver  •  Lynn Lowry  •  Barbara Steele

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Paul Hampton  •  Joe Silver  •  Lynn Lowry  •  Barbara Steele

The Brood (1979)

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Oliver Reed  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Art Hindle  •  Henry Beckman

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Oliver Reed  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Art Hindle  •  Henry Beckman

The Dead Zone (1983)

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Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Brooke Adams  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Martin Sheen

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Brooke Adams  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Martin Sheen

The Fly (1986)

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Geena Davis  •  John Getz  •  Joy Boushel

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Geena Davis  •  John Getz  •  Joy Boushel

To Die For (1995)

Suzanne Stone wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matt Dillon  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Casey Affleck

Suzanne Stone wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matt Dillon  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Casey Affleck

Videodrome (1983)

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As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  James Woods  •  Sonja Smits  •  Debbie Harry  •  Peter Dvorsky

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  James Woods  •  Sonja Smits  •  Debbie Harry  •  Peter Dvorsky

Rabid (1977)

After undergoing radical surgery for injuries from a motorcycle accident, a young woman develops a strange phallic growth on her body and a thirst for human blood—the only nourishment that will now sustain her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Marilyn Chambers  •  Frank Moore  •  Joe Silver  •  Howard Ryshpan

After undergoing radical surgery for injuries from a motorcycle accident, a young woman develops a strange phallic growth on her body and a thirst for human blood—the only nourishment that will now sustain her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Marilyn Chambers  •  Frank Moore  •  Joe Silver  •  Howard Ryshpan

M. Butterfly (1993)

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  John Lone  •  Barbara Sukowa  •  Ian Richardson

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  John Lone  •  Barbara Sukowa  •  Ian Richardson

Spider (2002)

A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lynn Redgrave

A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lynn Redgrave
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