Thursday, October 3, 2013

Episode 36 - Like Father Like Son

Episode 36 of the podcast turns to one of our favorite filmmakers, David Cronenberg, and his son Brandon who seems intent on following in his father's footsteps. We start off by looking at the elder Cronenberg's 1979 feature The Brood. Starring Art Hindle, Oliver Reed and the incredible Samantha Eggar, it tells the story of a father who wants only the best for his young daughter while his wife undergoes a mysterious psychological treatment at an isolated retreat. It still packs a wallop and asks questions that are still pertinent. We then turn to Brandon's feature debut, 2012's Antiviral.  Starring Caleb Landry Jones and with a guest appearance by Malcolm McDowell, it posits an alternate present where our celebrity-obsessed culture has taken things to a whole new level, incorporating the virus of famous people into our own bodies. This film has ideas that are big and uncomfortable and fascinating on many levels.
David Cronenberg could be considered the father of body-horror cinema, and we close out the show talking about some of our favorite and yet lesser-known films from his career.
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