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CRIMES OF THE FUTURE Creating Walkouts at Cannes Film Festival

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David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future seems to be the most polarizing movie at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  According to Variety, dozens of audience members walked out of the Cannes screening midway through the film.  On the flip side, at the same screening, some audience members gave the film a 7-minute standing ovation.

However, during separate press screenings for Crimes of the Future that Cronenberg was not in attendance, there were no standing ovations.  In these screenings, critics largely stayed for the entirety of the film, with only a handful of people leaving the theater, but only being rewarded with a slight smattering of applause.

This is definitely going to be the most controversial film from the Cannes Film Festival this year!

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Cronenberg did mention to Deadline not that long ago that he fully expects people to walk out during the screening at Cannes.  Well, he was right!

“There are some very strong scenes,” said Cronenberg. “I mean, I’m sure that we will have walkouts within the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of that. Some people who have seen the film have said that they think the last 20 minutes will be very hard on people and that there’ll be a lot of walkouts. Some guy said that he almost had a panic attack. And I say, ‘Well, that would be OK.’ But I’m not convinced that that will be a general reaction.”

“I do expect walkouts in Cannes, and that’s a very special thing,” he continued. People always walk out, and the seats notoriously clack as you get up, because the seats fold back and hit the back of the seat. So, you hear clack, clack, clack. Whether they’ll be outraged the way they were with Crash, I somehow don’t think so. They might be revulsed to the point that they want to leave, but that’s not the same as being outraged.”

Some of the strong scenes that seemed to garner the most reactions were a gory child autopsy scene, shots of bloody intestines, and characters who orgasm by licking each other’s open wounds.

Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises”) with festival favorite Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux. Crimes of the Future also finds Cronenberg back in his science-fiction/horror mode for the first time since 1999’s “Existenz.”

Mortensen plays a performance artist who has his organs operated on in some pseudo-sexual ritual in this dystopian universe. Stewart plays an employee at the transplant center, who in one scene purrs to him: “Surgery is the new sex.”

The official “Crimes of the Future” synopsis from Neon reads:

“As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), a celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.”

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‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder

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It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.

Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.

“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.

You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.

Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”

This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.

Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline

Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.

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Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’

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Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.

Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.

The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:

“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.

M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release

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Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.

The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:

“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).

The special features for Red Eye break down like this:

The special features for Red Eye goes like this:

New 4K Restoration of the film

Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film

NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier

NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye

NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette

Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier

The Making of Red Eye – Featurette

Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette

Gag Reel

Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature

Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments

Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.

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