Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

eXistenZ

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest creation in order to repair it.
Kinky
Big Plot Twist

 

Canada
United Kingdom
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Hacker
Dimensional: 
Unknown
7.04
Play it over and over again!
8
7.04
8
8
4
3
2
Plot
Pace
Plot
David Cronenberg has given us weird movies about technology, drugs, sex and the flesh, but none as satisfying as eXistenZ. All his previous work culminates in one of the best and most complete movies of his career. There are no grey zones, here. Cronenberg doesn’t hide behind meaningless surrealism and closes every door he opens. He owns this picture from start to finish.
The actors are particularly talented. They play roles that aren’t cookie-cutters. The protagonists have depth and the antagonists are at every corner. The world “amphibian” is on everyone’s lips. This is what makes the virtual reality game called eXistenZ so much ahead of the video game systems we know; it’s organic and needs to penetrate the body to operate. Yes, it is as kinky as it sounds.
It’s not a sexual film but it turns you on. It’s not super gory but it makes you cringe. It has a particular ambiance that gets denser the deeper the heroes venture into the game. There’s no dull moment. No scene is wasted. All subplots converge. The movie has an incredible dream quality. The most impressive thing about eXistenZ is that it may very well reflect the distant future of video games.
Alternate Titles: 
Existenz
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