David Cronenberg is a director whose movies I often enjoy. A favorite weird movie of mine is Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch which is loosely based on the novel by William S. Burroughs. He definitely brought his own touch to that story and there are some common themes with his other movies: mixing of machine and biology, sexuality, the grotesque, etc.
I’m not sure which movie he first developed these themes, but Videodrome was one of his early movies. I was just watching eXistenZ which also uses these themes. Its a decent movie if you’re into dark violent visions of artificial realities.
What inspired me to write this blog is that there is a scene where the two main characters bought some fast food. The name on the bag was Perky Pat’s which is a direct reference to the Philip K. Dick story. The story is about how people get obsessed about the game that their lives revolve around it. Cronenberg takes this idea in a different direction, but I’m sure PKD would’ve appreciated what he did with it.
Basically, I was just pointing out Cronenberg as one of the contemporary meeting points between WSB and PKD.