Naked Lunch


Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s film was chosen by ELIZABETH RASKOB, Floor Staff!

“Cronenberg is a master. There’s no debating this film’s hallucinatory brilliance.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

In this unforgettably odd adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-un-filmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by cult filmmaker David Cronenberg (The Fly; A History of Violence) a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller, Robocop) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals, giant talking bugs and sex-crazed monsters called Mugwumps. Alternately hilarious and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the strange, exhilarating, and sometimes destructive mysteries of the creative process. Also starring Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands and Roy Scheider. (Dir. by David Cronenberg, 1991, USA, 115 mins., Rated R)