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Shocktober: Day 24

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Dir: David Cronenberg
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

I like to include at least one original and remake version of the same film in Shocktober so here’s one of the best. A remake that maybe even surpasses the original. What comes to mind when you hear the name David Cronenberg? Exploding heads? Mutant killer dwarves? James Woods pulling a gun out of his stomach? Cronenberg has done some “intriguing” projects” which in the horror world has resulted in the nickname the “Master of Body-Horror”. Whether it’s deformities or mutations, this film takes that title to the extreme showcasing Cronenberg’s skills at making our skin crawl… By watching someone else’s skin crawl.

The premise is similar to the original but in a significantly more graphic fashion. Instead of the scientist (this time named Seth Brundle) hiding his deformity, we get to follow Jeff Goldblum every step of the way as he mutates from man to monster. Picking out teeth and nails, vomiting on his food to digest it, this film is no holds bar when it comes to showing you ever single detail of Seth’s terrifying transformation.

The effects are so absorbing that you often forget about what a great performance Jeff Goldblum is giving under all of it. Or is that the effects and the man become one so well that it blurs into one engrossing spectacle? Whatever the matter it’s hard to watch on a full stomach but it’s also hard to look away. Really you can’t do the images justice by attempting to describe them, they simply must be seen.