David Cronenberg: Evolution at TIFF Lightbox

Matt Hart takes a tour of the latest TIFF Bell Lightbox exhibit - featuring David Cronenberg

MattHart_175x175Matt Hart is mostly known for his musical work under the name The Russian Futurists. Matt is currently a co-host on “Indie Mornings with Brian, Matt and Candice” on Indie88.

This week I had the opportunity to go check out the David Cronenberg Evolution exhibit at the Bell TIFF Lightbox and I can tell you this; Cronenberg sure has thought of a lot of freaky ways to distort the human body! The retrospective looks back at some of the insane body-horror props he has used in past films like The Fly (they have the actual teleportation pods!), Naked Lunch and Scanners. If you aren’t familiar with the twisted and occasionally horrific world of David Cronenberg a good way to describe it would be that it’s like taking LSD in a melting, wax museum full of mutant salamanders. Sounds freaky, right? Well, it is.

The exhibit is broken down into different parts highlighting the various stages of his film-making. From the bizarre, nightmarish origins (The Brood) all the way to the more character-driven but equally dark films like Eastern Promises.

Enjoying a Naked (liquid) Lunch with a Mugwump at the David Cronenberg Evolution exhibit at the TIFF Lightbox

The craftsmanship of the often handmade props made me a little nostalgic for an era where films used actual objects, not shiny, weightless, over-emotive CGI abominations. The overuse of computer effects in current films really gets my goat and when it’s bad, it’s REALLY bad (I’m looking at you, The Incredible Hulk and The Mummy). Not all CGI is awful (Pacific Rim looked great) but more often than not it makes you miss the old practical effects used in films like John Carpenter’s The Thing. If you’re a movie nerd and you still have the Halloween spirit and are looking for something strange and immersive to do this fall, check out the Evolution exhibit at the Lightbox.