One of the most talked about movies of 2022 finally has an Irish release date
It will be a must-watch for fans of horror and sci-fi.
Director David Cronenberg has made a career out of upsetting people. And we mean that as a compliment.
The man behind infamous exploding heads (Scanners), VCR bellies (Videodrome), human-animal hybrids (The Fly), organic USB ports (eXistenZ) and the other meaning of auto erotica (Crash), he is so singular with his visions there was even an entire world named after him in Rick & Morty.
His work lately has seen him swerve away from body horror and more towards deep dives into psychology - A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars - but we're happy to report that his new movie Crimes Of The Future is a return to the gross stuff of old.
Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart star in the tale set in the not-too-distant future, where the world has been destroyed by pollution. New machines have been created that can directly interface with and control bodily functions. To that end, certain people have become famous performance artists, publicly showcasing their surgeries and the changes that are being made to their internal organs.
Yep, sounds gross.
Crimes of the Future debuted in May at the Cannes Film Festival where it received a six-minute standing ovation, before being released in cinemas elsewhere in the world in early June.
Since then, we've been keeping a keen eye out for a release date in these parts, as the positive reactions continued to roll in...
IndieWire - "Crimes of the Future is Cronenberg to the core, complete with its fair share of authorial flourishes (the moaning organic bed that its characters sleep in is a five-alarm nightmare unto itself) and slogans (“surgery is the new sex”)."
Rolling Stone - "This is what the work of a visionary filmmaker looks like. Forget the new flesh. Long live the old Cronenberg."
ABC News - "Is surgery the new sex? Body horror maestro David Cronenberg tackles that question and more in a futuristic sci-fi shocker that will leave you laughing, squirming and - yikes - thinking."
SlashFilm - "Crimes of the Future is Cronenberg in his comfort zone, which is a zone choked with things both repulsive and fascinating."
Los Angeles Times - "It’s marvellous to have Cronenberg back and to behold his undimmed, unparalleled skill at welding the formulations of horror and science fiction to the cinema of ideas."
And this week, we finally got the good news!
Crimes Of The Future will be released in Irish and UK cinemas on Friday, 9 September.
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