To some, David Cronenberg is seen as the master of horror, and with a career spanning over 30 years, it is easy to see why. He has produced some of most well received horror films during his career, with the likes of The Fly and Scanners becoming firm favourites with horror fans and cementing him within the cannon of classic horror movies directors.
Recently, Cronenberg had an exhibit opened for his works at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (running until January 19th), called David Cronenberg: Evolution, where pieces and props from his various film were put on display. It was during an interview for this exhibit that he expressed his displeasure with legendary director, Stanley Kubrick; who is due to have his own exhibit opened next year.
Cronenberg had the following statements to say about the director:
“I think I’m a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was”
He goes on to talk about one of the most noted films of Kubrick’s career, The Shining; “That’s why I find The Shining not to be a great film. I don’t think he understood the (horror) genre. I don’t think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.”
Comparing the two directors ethos to work, Cronenberg noted “In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were.”
It is clear that both directors have a very different style and approach to film making and that they will both have their own fans, but I do have to agree with him about Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, whilst it is a brilliant film; there really was something missing from the end product of the Stephen King classic.