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Cronenberg On Cronenberg
The director talks through Cosmopolis and other iconic moments

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Cronenberg On Cronenberg | Scanners (1981)
Scanners (1981)

On the exploding head... "We did quite a few takes to get this shot to work. First we tried creating a false head and filling it with macaroni and fake blood, then our effects guys put an explosive device in the head. The problem was that the explosion vaporised all the fluids and made this cloud of steam that meant you couldn’t see anything. After a few goes like that one of the effects guys said, 'You know what? Give me a shotgun.' He lay on the floor behind the dummy, put the shotgun behind the head and fired, which is why the face falls forward. He told me that’s what they did all the time in New York. I said I didn’t want to know about that."

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1 RE: Read the title
Lol, I'm hardly taking it personal, just stating an opinion! Is there a fucking law against that in this democratic society? Just thought it would've been good to hear about those films in particular that's all!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Tuesday June 19, 2012, 22:00

2 Read the title
It's a list of random thoughts and moments, not a list of his best films. Maybe Cronenberg himself didn't mention those particular films in this particular segment? Why do people on this site go straight on the attack like it's some kind of personal insult? More

Posted by rob_devitt on Tuesday June 19, 2012, 02:02

3 Where's Videodrome & The Brood???
Two of Cronenberg's finest films are Videodrome & The Brood but both films don't even get a mention here! The question is why as Videodrome is especially on a lot of fans lists at no1? Both films are far superior to the rather lackluster Dead Zone! However it is nice to see the excellent Scanners on there and the overlooked Naked Lunch. More

Posted by dannyfletch on Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:29


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