The Story Behind Scanners' Unforgettable Exploding Head Scene

The exploding-head scene (you know the one) from David Cronenberg's bloodhappy cheesefest, Scanners, is easily its most iconic. But have you ever wondered how the film's special effects team made the head burst just so? It wasn't pyrotechnics. It wasn't pneumatics. The answer, it turns out, was a lot more… » 7/12/14 3:00pm 7/12/14 3:00pm

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in 2014

There's a ton of ambition on display in this year's science fiction and fantasy books. Bestselling authors are stretching out of their comfort zones, and our favorite authors are pushing the boundaries. Plus David Cronenberg has written a book about sex and weird diseases. Here's the ultimate guide to this year's… » 1/10/14 12:03pm 1/10/14 12:03pm

The Most Exciting Stories About Worlds Ruled by One Gender

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then it would be several decades before someone created the space travel technology for men and women to finally meet. Perhaps that's why so many writers, moviemakers and artists have imagined places where only one gender run their worlds. These stories illustrate that… » 11/14/13 12:26pm 11/14/13 12:26pm

10 Cinematographers Who Turned Science Fiction Movies into Great Art

We have tons of love for great directors — but often, when you're marveling at an especially lovely shot, you're partly admiring the work of the cinematographer who lit it and shot it. Often, the same cinematographer has worked on many of your favorite movies. Here are 10 great painters of science fiction films. » 7/02/13 10:20am 7/02/13 10:20am

David Cronenberg's rarely seen 1972 short film about a scientist…

Early in his filmmaking career, director David Cronenberg collaborated with writer Norman Snider on a short film for the Canadian anthology series Program X. After that film, titled Secret Weapons, aired, it was rarely shown afterward, becoming something of a lost film. But thanks to the miracle of the Internet, the… » 11/11/12 10:30am 11/11/12 10:30am

The Biggest Science Fiction Movie Hoaxes (and Scams) of All Time

In Argo, which opens tomorrow, Ben Affleck reconstructs the real-life story of how a CIA operative created a fake science fiction movie to get some diplomats out of Iran. But that's not the only science fiction movie in history that turned out to be a hoax, or a scam. Or a tax shelter. » 10/11/12 12:05pm 10/11/12 12:05pm

Sex, Anarchy, and Robert Pattinson's Hair Haunt David Cronenberg's …

There are two kinds of people who will like five-minutes-into-the-future flick Cosmopolis: People want to take revenge on Robert Pattinson's hair after the Twilight movies, and people who are David Cronenberg completists. Cronenberg's latest film is a spare, unsettling tour of a New York City on the brink of… » 8/23/12 2:53pm 8/23/12 2:53pm

13 clips from Cosmopolis show Robert Pattinson's post-apocalyptic…

We're intrigued by the seemingly simple plot of David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis: Robert Pattinson (playing a wealthy Wall Street heir) goes to get a haircut. But like all things Cronenberg, it's going to be infinitely more complicated than that. Just watch this massive collection of sing-song dialogue, and try and… » 8/14/12 8:50am 8/14/12 8:50am

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… » 8/10/12 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm

Would you pay to be infected with diseases from celebrities? The…

Here's the trailer for Antiviral, which was directed and written by David Cronenberg's son, Brandon. It's apparent that the body horror apple didn't fall far from the tree that screams when you nail a birdhouse to it. Starring Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee from X-Men First Class) and set in the near future, Antiviral » 8/09/12 9:05am 8/09/12 9:05am

Genre Directors Who Have Never Made a Bad Movie

The history of science fiction and fantasy at the cinema is littered with wreckage. It's hard enough to make a movie, and nearly impossible to make a good movie. So it's not surprising that even some of the best directors in Hollywood have at least one stinker in their resumes. With The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher… » 7/24/12 1:50pm 7/24/12 1:50pm