Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, 1988)


Jeremy Irons gives one of the great performances of all time as successful twin gynecologists falling into a tailspin of drugs and guilt. All the Cronenberg motifs are on display – the parallel severing of body and mind being the most significant. Howard Shore’s rousing music wonderfully compliments this truly strange tale, and his glaring contribution seems more necessary to Cronenberg’s vision than usual, producing the most pertinent aesthetic double for the brother’s horrific downfall.


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