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David Cronenberg Tribute

David Cronenberg (1969 – 2014) from Hello Wizard on Vimeo.


How They Made the Exploding Head in Scanners

Scanners, David Cronenberg’s 1981 film that defies explanation, is justly famous for not only its mind-bending narrative, but its torrent of effects, including one scene where, well, a guy’s head explodes. Check out this video and see how they did it!


In Scanners, the people who lend the film its title possess a telepathic ability which, in the film’s universe, manifests as ability to control another’s body, as well as hear their thoughts. Or, you know, explode their heads. (NOTE: if you are reading this, you almost certainly know that.) In the most famous scene from the film, an executive (who is a scanner himself) from the evil ConSec has his cranium demolished by a renegade scanner who is totally not down with ConSec and all their nefarious plans to weaponize other scanners. But how did they do it? Well, prepare to find out how Special Effects Supervisor Gary Zeller and Special Makeup Artist Stephan Dupuis made that head (which belongs to Canadian actor Louis Del Grande, for the record) explode!


American Mary – Poster Art

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The Fly – By Drew Millward

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Antiviral – Lucas Clinic Ad and Trailer

The latest Cronenberg movie to hark back to the early days of disease/body horror is called Antiviral. The movie tells of sick celebrities and their rabid fans who are determined to infect themselves with the diseases their idols are suffering from. The difference this time is that it isn’t David Cronenberg at the helm, but his son Brandon, who seems to share his father’s tastes… Disease-centric, Dubious Medical Facility, Obsession…

The Lucas clinic brings people closer to their favourite celebrities by infecting the fans with diseases of the rich and famous. Check out the Lucas Clinic Trailer:

The first trailer, below, is excellent, and unsettling in a way that fans of early David Cronenberg films should really love.


The Gate – Feature Film

Wayfare Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce and finance a feature-length version of the short thrillerThe Gate from its director Matt Westrup and producer Spencer Friend. Westrup will direct the feature version, while Friend will produce with Wayfare’s Browning and Sarah Shepard. Michael Maher will be exec producer. They will soon hire a screenwriter to expand the film to feature length. The Gateis a cool mutant tale that was named one of Viewfinder’s 10 best short films of 2011 and has drawn comparisons to Alive In Joburg, the short that was expanded into District 9.

“Our plan for The Gate was to always expand and build upon the world that I conceived for the 11 minute short,” Westrup said. “Wayfare Entertainment shares our vision in taking those themes and ideas, and adapting them into a sci-fi thriller that is driven by a grounded, sophisticated plot and intriguing character arcs.”

Said Wayfare’s Ben Browning: “”We’re always looking for intelligent genre films filled with spectacle. The Gate is a daring and original work that is a perfect addition to our slate.”
Here’s the original short film in full.


Cosmopolis – Trailer

COSMOPOLIS is one of the most buzzed about films of the latest years being chosen by millions of MTV viewers as the most expected film of 2012.

SYNOPSIS: New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.

Director David Cronenberg revisits subjects that fascinate him: how the organic and the psychological are inextricably intertwined, society’s anxieties and phobias, and letting repressed impulses and paranoia run wild. COSMOPOLIS is a culmination of his masterpieces that addresses the alarming global financial crisis of today’s world. Check out the website HERE and trailer below.