Friday, May 17, 2024

Box Office: “Crimes” Don’t Pay as Neon’s Body Horror Cronenberg Revival Makes Just $1.1 Mil


The publicists at Neon and Cinetic did everything they could to keep me away from “Crimes of the Future.” I’m grateful to them now!

The David Cronenberg body horror surgery fest fetched just $1.1 million over four days. No one wanted to see it, and no one did. I think we’re all the better for it, too. Many people walked out in Cannes, and then walked out again here in the 773 theaters where it played here.

Cronenberg is a very fine filmmaker with two disparate personalities. One of them loves this unwatchable (for some) horror, the other made movies like “Eastern Promises” and “A History of Violence,” his best work. For film freaks, the horror genre works as something ironic. For people who just want to be entertained for two hours, “disgusting” is not welcome on the menu.

So “Crimes” is a write off for Neon. Maybe it will come in my Oscars DVD package in the winter. That way at last I can fast forward through the really grotesque stuff.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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