Anton Diffring’s perverse cosmopolitan charm carries this batty Hammer film about a belle époque predator who salvages the glands of his victims to preserve himself far beyond an ordinary lifespan. A perfect companion to Circus of Horrors, also starring Diffring.
Cronenberg’s 1983 film uses a paranoid fantasy– that images can control your thoughts– to develop a hallucinatory critique of the power of electronic media. As with every other film he’s made, Cronenberg foregrounds the moist and meaty presence of the human body– in this instance to probe the blurry line that divides matter from ideation. Is the image a virus? Starring James Woods and Debbie Harry, Videodrome engages motifs further elaborated in 1999’s eXistenZ. Enjoy the ultra 80s trailer below!
Zack Snyder’s iteration of the zombie legend from 2004 with Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, and Mekhi Phifer. To my knowledge these are the first fast zombies, an innovation of writer James Gunn. Great song by Richard Cheese, “Down With the Sickness”:
The 1993 adaptation of Body Snatchers— a Cold War novel by Jack Finney that was the basis of several films in 1956, 1978, and 2007– is he best of the lot. Though the 1993 version deviates significantly from its source text, director Abel Ferrara and stars Meg Tilly and Forest Whitaker elevate this iteration above all the others.