Tag Archives: David Cronenberg

Episode 119. Metamorphosis: The Fly (1958) and The Fly (1986)

Dust off the telepods and put your swatters away – it’s time for our thoughts about a short story, an iconic original film, and an even better remake to mingle molecules in an all-new episode.


The Fly. Dir. Kurt Neumann, 1958. 
The Fly. Dir. David Cronenberg, 1986. 


“The Fly” By George Langelann. The original short story that appeared in Playboy in 1957.

From Pathos to Tragedy: Two Versions of The Fly. Mary Ferguson Pharr’s essay about the different interpretations of the two films.

The Beetle and the Fly. David Cronenberg’s essay about aging, Kafka and his version of The Fly.
On translating Kafka’s “The Matamorphosis.” Susan Bernofsky’s afterword to her 2014 translation of Kafka’s story.


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Episode 89. Die Partisan: The Dead Zone (1983)

SURPRISE! We’re back with a bonus episode to help you get through Election Day and the ensuing aftermath by talking about David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. In this episode, we delve into notions of fate, time travel paradoxes, cults of personality, the responsibility of the individual, and the importance of a good wool coat.
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The Dead Zone. Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983.


The Witches Are Coming. Lindy West’s essay collection written in response to the rise of Trump.
David Cronenberg, Debra Hill and Martin Sheen interviews. Interviews from the release of the film complete with great fashion and chain smoking.
The Philosophical Problem of Killing Baby Hitler, Explained. Vox’s explanation of the grandfather/Hitler paradox.
A Cult of Personality Can Derail Democracy. Why it’s important to recognize the danger of the track we’re on.


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Episode 32. I Want Your Sex: David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975)


Alex and Andrea are joined by Paul “Canuxploitation” Corupe to deconstruct the architecture and isolation of David Cronenberg’s first feature, SHIVERS, within the context of the Canadian film industry. So grab your favourite parasite, check on your neighbours and listen in.

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Shivers. Dir David Cronenberg, 1975.


From Cinépix to Cineplex: The Studios that Dripped Maple Syrup. From Paul Corupe’s excellent Canuxploitation website, a look at the studios that helped shaped Canadian genre films.

Language Conflict in Quebec. An overview of Quebec’s political and social turbulence from the late 1960s to 1980s.

FEAR ON FILM: Landis, Carpenter, Cronenberg! An excellent interview with Cronenberg and other horror auteurs.


 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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