Film Junk Premium Podcast #75: David Cronenberg


Be afraid. Be very afraid. For this month’s Halloween-themed premium we decided it was finally time to dig into the filmography of “The Baron of Blood” himself, Canada’s own David Cronenberg. For the purposes of keeping things mostly within the realm of horror, we focused on his run of movies from the late ’70s to the mid-’80s including The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone and The Fly before wrapping up with the late ’90s virtual reality thriller eXistenZ. Our discussion covered a variety of topics from special effects and subtext to scientific inaccuracies and local shooting locations. Is The Dead Zone a solid Stephen King adaptation or a lacklustre David Cronenberg film? Does the plot of Scanners make any sense? Why is Cronenberg’s brand of body horror so good at getting under the skin? Is Videodrome Cronenberg’s true masterpiece? Long live the new flesh… your reality is this month’s premium podcast. Download it below!

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  • devolutionary

    A couple of things brought up in The Fly special features is the origin of the telepod design.  It was adopted from Cronenberg’s original Ducatti engine cylinder head and modified to point up.  He originally turned down the idea to copy the 1958’s original sleek, boxy, glass door approach.
    As always, thanks for the Premee!

  • Indianamcclain

    Gotta disagree about The Dead Zone. It’s one of my favorite Stephen King adaptations and probably my favorite Christopher Walken performance.

  • Frank Booth

    Totally agree. Seen it so many times and never tire of it. The whole story is just downright tragic and I love every minute of it.

  • Sam

    Frankie, the King of Venereal Comedy?

  • devolutionary

    Frank did lose it in the King Kong premium over the split-penis/V-Rex analogy. ?????

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Didn’t Brundle also ‘invent’ gene-splicing in ‘The Fly’? This would explain the computer getting confused and using the splicing software to combine Brundle with the fly on a genetic level.