History Film / Existenz

23rd Jan '18 11:33:01 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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''eXistenZ'' is a 1999 Creator/DavidCronenberg film that combines BodyHorror with MindScrew. When you allow the PlatonicCave to mess with your emotional and mental state, how do you know who your friends really are? How do you know right from wrong, and whether ''you'' believe it... or just your character? What is real?

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''eXistenZ'' is a 1999 Creator/DavidCronenberg film that combines BodyHorror with MindScrew.MindScrew and ExistentialHorror. When you allow the PlatonicCave to mess with your emotional and mental state, how do you know who your friends really are? How do you know right from wrong, and whether ''you'' believe it... or just your character? What is real?
6th Jan '18 2:20:59 AM JackG
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* HollywoodGameDesign: The film depicts Allegra Geller as the world's premiere game designer of the eponymous game. Aside from egregious playing straight of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, none of her associates even seem to have the slightest idea what [=eXistenZ]= is actually about. [[spoiler:Justified, as none of the people playing [=transCendenZ=] are professional game designers.]]

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* HollywoodGameDesign: The film depicts Allegra Geller as the world's premiere game designer of the eponymous game. Aside from egregious playing straight of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, none of her associates even seem to have the slightest idea what [=eXistenZ]= [=eXistenZ=] is actually about. [[spoiler:Justified, as none of the people playing [=transCendenZ=] are professional game designers.]]
25th Nov '17 10:34:29 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** The organic game pods are strangely phallic, and plug into a port on a person's lower back. After said ports are lubricated with saliva. The pods then must be touched like controllers, and the way the characters do this looks oddly erotic.

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** The organic game pods are strangely phallic, and plug into a port on a person's lower back. After said ports are lubricated with saliva. The pods then must be touched like controllers, and the way the characters do this looks oddly erotic. Also, [[GagBoobs the controllers have nipples on them.]]


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* NippleAndDimed: Done with ''video game controllers.''
6th Nov '17 2:24:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/TheThreeStigmataOfPalmerEldritch'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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To ''Literature/TheThreeStigmataOfPalmerEldritch'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".Pat's".
** One of the eXistenZ games on the shelf is ''Hit By a Car'', which is a reference to Cronenberg's previous film ''Crash''
6th Nov '17 2:22:27 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ...who works at Country Gas Station. Within the game, workers at Trout Farm eat lunch at Chinese Restaurant.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ...who ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Gas works at Country Gas Station. Within the game, workers at Trout Farm eat lunch at Chinese Restaurant.



* HollywoodGameDesign: The film depicts Allegra Geller as the world's premiere game designer of the eponymous game. Aside from egregious playing straight of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, none of her associates even seem to have the slightest idea what eXistenZ is actually about. [[spoiler:Justified, as none of the people playing transCendenZ are professional game designers.]]

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* HollywoodGameDesign: The film depicts Allegra Geller as the world's premiere game designer of the eponymous game. Aside from egregious playing straight of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, none of her associates even seem to have the slightest idea what eXistenZ [=eXistenZ]= is actually about. [[spoiler:Justified, as none of the people playing transCendenZ [=transCendenZ=] are professional game designers.]]



** More obviously, you can hear Jude Law's accent crack when he shouts. It's very obvious. But... just wait until the end of the movie.

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** More obviously, you can hear Jude Law's accent crack when he shouts. It's very obvious. But... just wait until the end of the movie.
6th Nov '17 2:20:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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It is described by some as the Canadian version of ''Film/TheMatrix'', but it involves more philosophy and less leather-clad ass-kicking.

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It is described by some as the Canadian version of ''Film/TheMatrix'', but it involves more philosophy MindScrew and less leather-clad ass-kicking.
2nd Oct '17 7:54:20 PM Fallingwater
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* AbnormalAmmo: One of the weapons featured in the movie is a bone gun that fires ''human teeth''--using chunks of jawbone as cartridges.

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* AbnormalAmmo: One of the weapons featured in the movie is a bone gun that fires ''human teeth''--using chunks of jawbone as cartridges.magazines.
8th Aug '17 1:37:15 PM fruitstripegum
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* ShockingSwerve: [[invoked]] In the climax, [[spoiler:the male protagonist is suddenly revealed as another secret agent who was sent to kill his female partner all along, even though this contradicts most of what's been shown of the character. A rare case where it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since it's soon revealed to be part of another layer of the VR game, and the programmed plot twists (extracted from the players' minds) were becoming increasingly random.]]



* ShockingSwerve: [[invoked]] In the climax, [[spoiler:the male protagonist is suddenly revealed as another secret agent who was sent to kill his female partner all along, even though this contradicts most of what's been shown of the character. A rare case where it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since it's soon revealed to be part of another layer of the VR game, and the programmed plot twists (extracted from the players' minds) were becoming increasingly random.]]
21st May '17 1:53:25 PM HighCrate
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* DeathByGenreSavviness: "I like your script. I want to be in it."



* GenreSavvy: Allegra uses this to try to dissuade Gas from killing them.
* HollywoodDarkness: also used deliberately.
25th Feb '17 6:21:34 AM Cieloazul
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* AerithAndBob: "Pikul" is a rather distinctive surname, contrasting with the rest of characters.



* BigGood: Christopher Eccleston.

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* BigGood: Christopher Eccleston.Eccleston's character.


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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Indoors example; Allegra takes off her boots and socks everytime she links to the game, and in one occasion she strokes rather fetishistically Pikul's cord with her foot.
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