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Crimes of the future: David Cronenberg expects “disgusting” exits from the film

Crimes of the Future director David Cronenberg is expecting a big response to his new graphic body horror movie.

During an interview with Deadline, the 79-year-old filmmaker said he expects a lot of people will feel “disgust” for the film, and anticipates strikes.

“There are some very strong scenes,” he explained. “I mean, I’m sure we’re going to have strikes in the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of that. Some people who have seen the film have said that they think that the last 20 minutes will be very hard for people and that there will be many strikes. One guy said he almost had a panic attack.”

“I’m like, ‘Well, that would be cool,'” Cronenberg said of possible reactions to Crimes of the Future. “But I am not convinced that this is a general reaction. I expect strikes in Cannes, and that is something very special. [Laughs] People always get out and the seats squeak notoriously when you get up, because the seats fold back and hit the back of the seat. So, you hear clack, clack, clack. If they’ll be outraged the way they were with Crash, I kind of don’t think so. They may feel disgusted to the point of wanting to leave, but that’s not the same as being outraged. However, I really have no idea what is going to happen.”

Crimes of the Future is a twisted return to sci-fi horror for Cronenberg, who previously brought us scanners and the Videodrome.

This is the official synopsis: “As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. Accompanied by his partner, celebrated performance artist Saul Tenser shows the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group is trying to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.”

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