7 Mind-Bending Cronenberg Films Every Fan Should See

Canadian director David Cronenberg is widely regarded as one of the most original and provocative filmmakers working today. The auteur is renowned for his unique style of filmmaking, which often focuses on the transformation of the human body via mechanical technology or through biological infection. As noted by IMDB, Cronenberg’s unusual themes and propensity for gory, stomach-churning special effects have led some fans and critics to dub him the “King of Venereal Horror.”

Cronenberg will soon return to the public spotlight when he releases his highly anticipated film, Maps to the Stars, later this year. Although the precise U.S. release date is not yet known, the film is expected to be widely released soon after it makes its debut in France, on May 21. Like 2012’s Cosmopolis, Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars appears to be a critique of modern Western culture, with a story that revolves around a dysfunctional Hollywood family that works in the film industry. Maps to the Stars features Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, and Carrie Fisher.

Although Cronenberg’s most recent films have become slightly less grisly and more psychological in tone, the director is still known for shocking viewers with his unconventional take on everything from virtual reality to Carl Jung. With Maps to the Stars expected to arrive in U.S. theaters later this year, we thought this would be an opportune time to take a look at some of the talented director’s most twisted films. Click through for seven mind-bending Cronenberg films that every movie fan should see.