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David Cronenberg Leaves Horror in the Dust

La-di-frickin'-da. Either horror films have sunk beneath David Cronenberg or he's risen above them. Either way, the outcome is unpleasant. Filmfanzine reports that the director of such disturbing pictures as "The Brood" and "eXistenZ" is no longer interested in the horror genre. Cronenberg made the discouraging announcement recently in Stockholm.

As if to pour boiling pitch over our open sores, Cronenberg further revealed that he's written a horror script called "Painkillers" but will likely not direct it. He added that the film would be a big hit with his fans if it were produced, but he's grown bored with horror films, so it probably will not get made. Maybe this is better than if he were to force it out just to satisfy a need, but talk about a tease!

With any luck, his statements about leaving horror behind won't end up meaning very much in the long run. His films have always fit a little uncomfortably into the horror genre anyway, and he's proven very capable of making films of various types. What's unclear is why he'd want to cut himself off from the possibility of working in horror at some future time. Hopefully it's not just a cheap publicity stunt. Or maybe I should say, hopefully it is.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on November 23, 2005 5:26 PM
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