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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


NAKED LUNCH
1991, 20th Century Fox, 115 min, Canada/UK/Japan, Dir: David Cronenberg

Once more, director David Cronenberg films the un-filmable with this adaptation from one of his key literary influences, William Burroughs. Peter Weller is Bill Lee, a frustrated writer and bug exterminator who is introduced to the narcotic effects of bug poison by his wife (Judy Davis) in the 1950s. After accidentally shooting her and pursued by the drug squad, Lee finds himself traversing the strange Middle Eastern city Interzone, where all manner of half-human and polysexual creatures dwell. With Roy Scheider, Julian Sands and Ian Holm. "[P]erhaps one of the most penetrating examinations of a writer's processes ever made. Certainly it's one of the strangest and most disturbing." – Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


DEAD RINGERS
1988, Morgan Creek, 115 min, Canada/USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Jeremy Irons turns in a stupendous pair of performances as twin gynecologists sinking in a swirling miasma of fraternal sexual jealousy, prescription drugs and junk food in one of director David Cronenberg’s most twisted and sharply executed psychological thrillers. Astoundingly enough, this daring picture is based on a true story. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Director and Actress (Genevieve Bujold).


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