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Motion Picture Purgatory: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (1970)

Before he became Canada’s undisputed king of body horror, David Cronenberg kickstarted his career with a series of short films shot around his hometown of Toronto. Perhaps his best of these earlier shorts, CRIMES OF THE FUTURE is a 63-minute dystopian, antiseptic effort that anticipates many of the themes that crop up in his later work, including bizarre institutions, sexual fetishes, and icky science fiction ideas focused on fantastic iterations of the human body. An early landmark in Canadian genre cinema, CRIMES OF THE FUTURE gets the Rick Trembles Motion Picture Purgatory treatment this month. Rick sez: