Meine zehn Lieblingsfilme von David Cronenberg

1. Mai 2015 at 14:46

 

 

Letzte Nacht noch in leicht bierseliger Stimmung als Idee geboren, heute schon in Form gebracht. So schnell kann es gehen 😀 Je lĂ€nger ich ĂŒber diese Liste nachdenke, umso mehr komme ich zu dem Schluss, dass Cronenberg mein absoluter Lieblingsregisseur ist. Wirklich keiner schafft es bei mir sonst ein solch unterschwellig immer irgendwie unangenehmes GefĂŒhl zu erzeugen. Zwar wird er immer gern in die NĂ€he von David Lynch gerĂŒckt, aber Cronenbergs Filme sind fokussierter, zielgerichteter und vor allem geradliniger inszeniert, er zeigt nicht nur um des Zeigens willen, es wird auch immer eine mit seiner Bildersprache verknĂŒpfte Geschichte erzĂ€hlt. Der verstörende Effekt auf den Zuschauer ist aber ein Ă€hnlicher bei beiden Regisseuren. Waren seine FrĂŒhwerke Shivers, Rabid und Die Brut noch eher charmante B-Movies mit leicht trashigem Einschlag und klassischer physischer Horror, ergĂ€nzte Cronenberg dann diesen noch zusĂ€tzlich mit einer stark psychologischen Komponente und  schwang sich in den 80ern mit Filmen wie Scanners, Videodrome, Die Fliege oder Die Unzertrennlichen zum unbestrittenen Meister des Body Horrors auf, jener Spielart des Horrorfilms, dessen Hauptmotive Zerstörung, Deformation oder Verfall des menschlichen Körpers sind, immer möglichst deutlich in Szene gesetzt. In den 90ern setzt sich das Thema Body Horror in Cronenbergs Filmen mit Naked Lunch, Crash und eXistenZ fort und wird noch etwas verfeinert, um dann ab 2002 allmĂ€hlich abzuklingen. Mit Filmen wie Spider, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Eine dunkle Begierde und Cosmopolis beleuchtet er fortan die finstersten menschlichen AbgrĂŒnde zu denen wir fĂ€hig sind, nur um sie uns vorzuhalten wie einen Spiegel. Wenn es um intelligenten und subtilen Horror geht, verstörend und bizarr, mit Themen wie Deformation, Gewalt, Obsession und Lust, dann ist David Cronenberg definitiv die erste Adresse und der beste seines Fachs. Hier also meine zehn Lieblingsfilme vom Meister…

 

 

 

10.

The Brood (1979)
The Brood poster Rating: 6.9/10 (15,380 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman
Runtime: 92 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 25 May 1979
Plot: A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

 

 

 

9.

Eastern Promises (2007)
Eastern Promises poster Rating: 7.7/10 (168,401 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Steven Knight (screenplay)
Stars: Josef Altin, Mina E. Mina, Aleksandar Mikic, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 21 Sep 2007
Plot: A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

 

 

 

8.

Naked Lunch (1991)
Naked Lunch poster Rating: 7.1/10 (30,953 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: William S. Burroughs (novel), David Cronenberg
Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands
Runtime: 115 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 24 Apr 1992
Plot: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

 

 

 

7.

eXistenZ (1999)
eXistenZ poster Rating: 6.8/10 (70,300 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe
Runtime: 97 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 23 Apr 1999
Plot: A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

 

 

 

6.

Scanners (1981)
Scanners poster Rating: 6.8/10 (30,302 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 14 Jan 1981
Plot: A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

 

 

 

5.

Dead Ringers (1988)
Dead Ringers poster Rating: 7.4/10 (25,776 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider, Bari Wood (book), Jack Geasland (book)
Stars: Jeremy Irons, GeneviĂšve Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Released: 23 Sep 1988
Plot: Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

 

 

 

4.

The Fly (1986)
The Fly poster Rating: 7.5/10 (101,757 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay), David Cronenberg (screenplay)
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 15 Aug 1986
Plot: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

 

 

 

3.

Crash (1996)
Crash poster Rating: 6.3/10 (37,796 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: J.G. Ballard (novel), David Cronenberg
Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: NC-17
Genre: Drama
Released: 21 Mar 1997
Plot: After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

 

 

 

2.

A History of Violence (2005)
A History of Violence poster Rating: 7.5/10 (169,958 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: John Wagner (graphic novel), Vince Locke (graphic novel), Josh Olson (screenplay)
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 30 Sep 2005
Plot: A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

 

 

 

1.

Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome poster Rating: 7.3/10 (51,581 votes)
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 4 Feb 1983
Plot: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.