• Spider (2002)


Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 2003

R |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Released after decades in a sanitarium, schizophrenic Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) moves into Mrs. Wilkinson's (Lynn Redgrave) halfway house and befriends a fellow resident, Terrence (John Neville), before retreating into personal writing and the darkness of his own haunted mind. Spider struggles to decipher murky memories of a childhood trauma involving his abusive father (Gabriel Byrne), his murdered mother (Miranda Richardson), and a prostitute who may have replaced her.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Bradley Hall, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville, Gary Reineke, Philip Craig

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: CBL, Artists Independent Network

Keywords: Intense, Father, London, 1950s, Growing up, Rivalry, Mystery, Mother, 2000s, Friend, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The most elegantly crafted and confidently directed of all his (Cronenberg's) films, it's a calm, chilling portrait of a blighted soul and, just as calmly but quite stunningly, an evocation of the thought processes behind the blight.

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality. show more

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