David Cronenberg Shorts: The Lie Chair (1975), The Italian Machine (1976) DVD5
Two early short films shot for CBC TV in Canada during 1975-76 from one the true horror masters - in all its forms from the visceral to the psychological - filmmaker David Cronenberg (Shivers...A History of Violence). These early films show a diamond in the rough, with barely any budget at all to spare and a 26 minute running time for each vignette he still manages to be resourceful and makes the best with what he has on hand to work with.

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 27 + 23 min | 3.07 Gb + 3% rec
English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | Subtitles: Japanese
Genre: Horror

The first tale The Lie Chair is a story about a couple who is stranded by the roadside on a dark and stormy night in the middle of nowhere. They seek refuge in an isolated house inhabited by what would appear to be two eccentric old ladies. However it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems - and by the time the truth is revealed it is far too late, in this supernatural yarn.

The second short The Italian Machine should have included as a bonus on the Crash DVD release, but sadly it wasn't for it would have made a nice complimentary bonus. Lionel is biker, and motorcycle crazy - in particular for a limited edition Ducati Sport Motorbike. When the only motorcycle dealer in town (who doesn't like Lionel much to begin with) sells it off to a super rich modern avant-garde art collector - who just wants to display it in his living room as his latest acquisition, it's more than Lionel can take and he begins to border on having a complete nervous breakdown.

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