David Cronenberg is unlikely to return to straight horror

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Filmmaker David Cronenberg made a lot of horror films back in the day, and from the late '70s through the '80s he had a hell of a streak: RABID, THE BROOD, SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS. Those are all well-loved classics, and for the most part they are very unique films that only could have come from Cronenberg. Even when he was working on an adaptation or a remake of an established property, he found a way to make them his own. And he is the king of "body horror".

Cronenberg continued to dabble in the bizarre through the '90s, but gradually drifted away from the horror genre, and in recent years he has been focusing on crime thrillers and dramas - the most popular of those being A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES.

Beginning tomorrow, September 29th, the Los Angeles-based genre festival Beyond Fest will be hosting "Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh", a 13 film retrospective of Cronenberg's career, and the director will be in attendance for several of the screenings. 

In anticipation of the event, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Cronenberg - and he told them he's not likely to go back to making horror films. When asked if he would ever return to "straight horror", Cronenberg answered, 

Probably not. I’ve never really resisted that. I’ve been offered many projects and so on, and they just seemed to be a repetition basically of what I’d done already, so that’s not interesting. I think the reason that I started to evolve away from straight horror was just because, instead of being liberating, which it was in the beginning, and it’s a genre that really is capable of delivering a lot more than just scares if it’s done by really talented people, but I think I found that it was becoming restrictive rather than liberating. So I think in all my films there is still the texture of that underneath everything, but I don’t really see myself going back to that. But you never know, you never know.

It is disappointing to hear that we're not likely to see another Cronenberg horror movie, but it might be for the best. Often when popular genre filmmakers make what is touted as being their "triumphant return", the result gets negatively compared to their earlier work. Nobody can say Cronenberg's new horror movie doesn't live up to his '80s work if he doesn't make a new horror movie.

Besides, Cronenberg has already been killed by Jason Voorhees (he had an acting role JASON X, pictured above), so what else could he hope to accomplish in horror?

For more information on the Cronenberg with Cronenberg retrospective, which also counts actors Debbie Harry, Geena Davis, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, composer Howard Shore, and Cronenberg's fellow filmmaker Mick Garris among the guests, click over to BeyondFest.com.

Source: EW.com



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