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.


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 phenomena of flesh merging with metal, pushes the envelope way beyond near death experiences. With Deborah Kara Unger.


SCANNERS
1981, Janus Films, 102 min, Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

One of director David Cronenberg’s most popular films, SCANNERS generated a franchise of sequels and, at the time of its release, pushed the envelope in special effects (who can ever erase the image of "the exploding head"?). Homeless Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) discovers that his terrifying "scanner" abilities to read and manipulate others’ minds stems from a drug called Ephemerol that his mother took before he was born. Shanghaied by Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), one of the drug’s inventors bent on creating a "good" scanner army, Cameron learns that a rival terrorist organization led by his evil scanner brother, Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), is aiming at world domination. "Classic Cronenberg" – Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner


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