It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels? A Cronenberg-directed television curio from the early seventies. —indiemoviesonline.com
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
Once the grimy yellow title of 'Secret Weapons' fades away the work stumbles into a constant state of declination. Only good aspects here are the atmospheric opening and peculiar score by Syrinx, which is effective in it's own right. Not sure what the short would be without it. Though it's interesting to witness Cronenberg's genesis especially in light of limited means.
Far-out man! One star for the heightened diction. One more star for using ordinary settings while spinning them into the realm of the futuristic using only rhetoric, much like Alphaville. But it doesn't hang together and as a pilot for a show that never happened, Project X: Secret Weapons isn't very good.