David Cronenberg strikes again–hard.
The filmmaker behind such genre standouts as Scanners, The Fly and Videodrome debuted his latest body-horror film, Crimes of the Future, at the Cannes Film Festival this week. And, according to a report from Deadline, the reaction was–to say the least–interesting.
Some audience members reportedly left the screening Monday some five minutes into the film, apparently unable–or unwilling–to watch certain scenes. And this reaction reportedly was not a surprise to Cronenberg .
The writer/director had told Deadline that some “very strong scenes” in the film would likely result in “walkouts within the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of that. There’ll be a lot of walkouts.”
But, on the flip side, the film–which lands in theaters June 10–reportedly received a seven-minute standing ovation from those audience members willing to hang in for the entire movie.
Crimes of the Future–starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart–tells the story of how the human body “undergoes new transformations and mutations as its adapts to a synthetic environment,” according to the synopsis.
Accompanied by his partner, “celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser (Mortensen) showcases the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group tries to use Tenser’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Crimes of the Future.