Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1970s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Play it over and over again!
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.