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Spider (2002)

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A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Spider
... Yvonne / Mrs. Cleg
... Bill Cleg
... Mrs. Wilkinson
... Terrence
Bradley Hall ... Spider Boy
Gary Reineke ... Freddy
... John
... Bob
Tara Ellis ... Nora
Sara Stockbridge ... Gladys
Arthur Whybrow ... Ernie
... Barmaid
Jake Nightingale ... Large Man
Alison Egan ... Flashing Yvonne
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Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. Dennis, nicknamed "Spider" by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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The only thing worse than losing your mind... is finding it again. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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13 November 2002 (France)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£64,083 (United Kingdom), 5 January 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$189,350, 2 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,641,788, 27 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,821,651, 7 November 2003
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi") See more »

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Camera is reflected in broken window of asylum. See more »

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Terrence: Nasty stuff: Gas. I knew a man once... Put his head in a gas oven... Turned on the gas... Then, he changed his mind... But his head was STUCK!
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Cronenberg does it again

After seeing every single Cronenberg film I've been able to find, I've come to one simple conclusion: I've seen entirely too little of his works. I have yet to see one film of his that I found a complete waste of time(though I did not find much point in The Brood). This is quite possibly my favorite film of his yet, and I guess that says something about how few of his films I've seen(as this seems like one of his more unappreciated films). The film is quite dark and bleak. It has a fairly slow pace, but there's plenty of atmosphere and I never really felt like turning it off. The plot is very good, and I liked the way it developed somewhat out of joint, with little continuity other than the main plot-line. The acting is superb. One actress performs two roles, and does so with such talent that I never realized they were being portrayed by one and the same person. I only discovered this after checking out the cast list. Spider is a very unsettling film, but I suppose Cronenberg has done far better in other films. For some reason, I just found this the more easily accessible of his films, the one that requires least afterthought to be understood, to decipher what he wanted to say. All of the other films by him that I've seen, I've required to basically 'be told' what the film was about... with this one, I thought for a while after seeing it, and figured it out, put the pieces together myself, without much difficulty. Maybe that's a problem for the film... it's too simple. It's far more simple than the usual Cronenberg, and that is what makes me like it more, and his more experienced and analyzing fans like it less. I recommend this film to any fan of Cronenberg and/or dark films. Don't expect to be able to figure out the film from just one viewing, and don't take anything you see in it at face value. 8/10


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