Crimes of the Future: David Cronenberg’s return to body horror has been given a digital release

by Natalie Kiser

Less than two weeks after writer/director David Cronenberg’s new film Crimes of the Future got its wide theatrical release, the movie has already been given a digital release and is now available watch in the comfort of your own home. For example, you can rent or buy Crimes of the Future through Amazon at THIS LINK.

Described as Cronenberg’s return to his body horror roots, Crimes of the Future stars Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Welket Bungue, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, and Viggo Mortensen, who previously starred in the Cronenberg films  A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method. Scripted by Cronenberg, this one tells the following story:

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (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.

Mortensen previously said this “strange film noir story” was something Cronenberg originally wrote a long time ago, but recently pulled off the shelf and “refined”. In fact, the movie was almost made (under the title Painkillers) in the early 2000s, with Nicolas Cage attached to star. When Cage dropped out, Ralph Fiennes signed on. But Cronenberg couldn’t get it into production. Crimes of the Future marks the first time Cronenberg has directed one of his own original screenplays since eXistenz in 1999.

Our own JimmyO gave Crimes of the Future a 9/10 review that you can read HERE.

Have you seen Crimes of the Future yet, and will you be watching on digital? If so, let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below. And if you haven’t, will you be watching it now that it’s been given a digital release?

Crimes of the Future