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David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. He is one of the originators of the “body horror” or “venereal horro” genre, which explores the fear of bodily transformation and infection.
Cronenberg reached the cult status of horror-meister with the modern-vampire variations of “Shivers” (1975) and “Rabid” (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs. He gained popularity with the telepathy-based “Scanners” (1981), after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical “The Brood” (1979). He became a sort of a mass media guru with “Videodrome” (1983), an investigation of the hazards of reality-morphing television and a prophetic critique of contemporary aesthetics. The issues of tech-induced mutation of the human body and topics of the prominent dichotomy between body and mind were back again in “The Dead Zone” (1983) and “The Fly” (1986). Cronenberg has also adapted William Burroughs?s controversial book “Naked Lunch” and most recently directed the 2005 thriller “A History of Violence.”
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