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Wednesday 17 October 2012


Another Cronenberg.  Does that mean another generation of bizarre, twisted, disturbing, brilliant, original stories, concepts and visuals? Time will tell.

I haven't liked all of David Cronenberg's films but I can honestly say that they have a look, feel and style that is always distinctive, with story lines that are sometimes frightening, sometimes outrageous and almost always disturbing in some way.  David Cronenberg, regardless of what one thinks of his movies, is an original.

I remember when I saw Videodrome, and then Rabid and then The Brood and thinking how dark and hopeless these films were. There is a true sense that once a dark path is chosen, whether by choice or by chance, there is rarely a positive outcome.  Kind of like reality, huh?

Anyhow, the Antiviral story is basically about an employee from a "clinic" who illegally sells viruses taken from sick celebrities to obsessed fans.  Odd and disturbing, right?

The 1:39 trailer for Antiviral did have a Cronenberg feel: macabre, twisted and shocking.  However, it added a sick perspective on vanity, our obsession with celebrities, and how some people profit from such obsessions...

Wait a minute.... that's very much a David Cronenberg theme.

I'm not going to paint Brandon with David's brush.  Brandon is the off-spring of a brilliant and original mind and if some of the brilliance is passed on to him through heredity and environment, then it is his obligation to carry the torch and our obligation to give him a chance.  

It looks like the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.  Maybe in this case, and in the words of Roald Dahl,  "the apple doesn't rot far from the tree."  But in a good way...

The trailer certainly peaked my curiosity, I just don't know if I have the stomach to watch the film.

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