SPIDER
2002, Sony Pictures Classics, 98 min, Canada/UK/France, Dir: David Cronenberg

Dennis Cleg (a masterful Ralph Fiennes) has just been released from the psychiatric ward and has been assigned to live in a halfway house. A conflicted and deeply troubled soul searching for answers in his past, he receives little care and attention and is left alone with his own thoughts - which center around his tragic childhood and the events that landed him in the hospital in the first place. Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Lynn Redgrave costar in this riveting psychological thriller.


EASTERN PROMISES
2007, Focus Features, 100 min, UK/Canada/USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Among David Cronenberg’s most accomplished films, this thriller about the Russian mob stars Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts. On a rainy night in London, a pregnant Russian teenager arrives in a hospital badly wounded; only her baby can be saved, and Anna (Watts) sets out to locate the mother’s family. What she finds is a web of crime and deception - and a bizarre relationship with enigmatic mob driver Nikolai (Mortenson). Featuring one of the most memorable fight scenes in recent cinematic history, EASTERN PROMISES will keep viewers guessing until the very end.


CRASH
1996, Fine Line, 100 min, Canada/UK, Dir: David Cronenberg

Controversy positively mushroomed in the wake of director David Cronenberg’s savagely candid NC-17 adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s infamous 1973 novel. After suffering a catastrophic accident, James Ballard (James Spader) suddenly finds himself sexually aroused by car crashes, something that introduces him to a group of like-minded accident victims that includes Holly Hunter and Rosanna Arquette. But Vaughan (Elias Koteas), their defacto leader and the most-addicted to the phenomenon of flesh merging with metal, pushes the envelope way beyond near death experiences. With Deborah Kara Unger.


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