• Abby Brenker

Film History: David Cronenberg and the Mad Scientist Trope

As promised in the latest episode of Lunatics Radio Hour, I wanted to post our list of sources for the exploration that we did on filmmaker David Cronenberg and the Mad Scientist trope. And of course, major thanks to Sarah Quincy for being on the episode and researching alongside me.


To set the scene, David Cronenberg was born in Toronto, Canada in 1943. He is a writer, director and sometime actor. And is most widely known as the King of Body Horror. David Cronenberg has been active in Hollywood since the late 60s. Including his latest film Crimes of The Future from this year, he’s made 22 feature films. Most notably: Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).



In episode 106, we discuss Shivers (1975), The Fly (1986) and Dead Ringers (1988). We also touch on his latest film, Crimes of the Future (2022).


Below are our main sources for this research:


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