David Cronenberg

I donít think that the flesh is necessarily treacherous, evil, bad. It is cantankerous, and it is independent. The idea of independence is the key. It really is like colonialism. The colonies suddenly decide that they can and should exist with their own personality and should detach from the control of the mothercountry. At first the colony is perceived as being treacherous. Itís a betrayal. Ultimately, it can be seen as the separation of a partner that could be very valuable as an equal rather than as something you dominate.

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.

The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began. You start to notice whatís around you, and you get very curious about how things work. How things interrelate. Itís as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you. You want to know where it goes at night; who its friends are; what it eats.

I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because youíre making a horror film doesnít mean you canít make an artful film.

You have to believe in God before you can say there are things that man was not meant to know. I donít think thereís anything man wasnít meant to know. There are just some stupid things that people shouldnít do.

Everybodyís a mad scientist, and life is their lab. Weíre all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.

All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin to realize theyíre stereotypes because theyíre true.

When youíre in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. Thatís the consolation of philosophy.


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