Archive: Dead Ringers (1988)

Psychological thriller about twin gynecologists who descend into madness. Dead Ringers is considered one of director Cronenberg’s best films, it is regarded by many as one of the best horror movies ever made. It won 10 Genie Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and was named one of the Top 10 Canadian films of all time. —Britannica

Dead Ringers: Mayhem, Malpractice, and Mortality

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The 1977 New York Times bestseller on which Dead Ringers is based

David Cronenberg’s movie, Dead Ringers (1988), tells the story of the malpractice and mayhem created by twin New York City doctors in the 1970s. It is also the story of vulnerable patients, brilliant practitioners who self-medicate, organizational collusion and cover-up, and untimely deaths.

All of these elements combine to take us on a journey of horror that was first widely publicized in the news, then fictionalized in Twins: Dead Ringers (Wood & Geasland, 1977), the book on which the movie is based. A New York Times bestseller, it is described on its back cover as “An authentic shocker .  .  . a novel of eerie power . . .”

How Could Dead Ringers Be Anything But a Horror Movie?

Cinema, in its long history, has often paired themes of medicine with the horror genre—the mad scientist, experiments gone awry, perverse caregivers, frightening instruments, Continue reading Dead Ringers: Mayhem, Malpractice, and Mortality