Future Crimes: David Cronenberg Expects ‘Revolted’ Film Walkouts


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

During an interview with Deadline, the 79-year-old filmmaker said he expected a lot of people to be “repelled” by the film – and anticipated walkouts.

“There are very strong scenes,” he explained. “I mean, I’m sure we’ll have some walkouts in the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure. Some people who saw the movie said they thought the last 20 minutes would be very hard on people and there would be a lot of walkouts. A guy said he almost had a panic attack.

“I say, ‘Well, that would be OK,'” Cronenberg said of potential reactions to Future Crimes. “But I’m not convinced it will be a general reaction. I expect walkouts in Cannes, and that is something very special. [Laughs] People always get out and the seats notoriously slam when you get up as the seats fold down and hit the seat back. So you hear clack, clack, clack. Whether they’re outraged like they were with Crash, I don’t think. They may be disgusted to the point of wanting to leave, but that’s not the same as being outraged. However, I have no idea what will happen.

Crimes of the Future is a twisted return to sci-fi horror for Cronenberg, which has already brought us the likes of Scanners and Videodrome.

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

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