Synopsis: Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective.
Director(s): David Cronenberg
Production: Miramax
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Written like this.

One word.

Small "e."

Capital "X."

Capital "Z."


It's new.

lt's from Antenna Research.

And it's here.

Right now.

We encourage consumer loyalty,

and we want you to help...

...with our product testing.

We're a team. Antenna and you.

Those of you who've come

to our seminars before...

...will know that l normally lead

the groups through our new games.

But tonight it won't be me.


For our test launch

of eXistenZ, by Antenna...

...we've brought you

a seminar leader who's special.

Yes, it is.

The world's greatest

game designer is here...

...in person, to lead you,

our first test enclave...

...through her newest creation,

eXistenZ, by Antenna.

I give you the game-pod

goddess herself...

...Allegra Geller.

Allegra! Allegra!

The world of games

is in a kind of a trance.

People are programmed

to accept so little.

But the possibilities are so great.

eXistenZ is not just a game.

It's an entirely new game system.


...it involves a whole lot

of new toys...

...which you're gonna be

the first to try out.

We have 1 2 prototype

MetaFlesh Game-Pods.

That means that for our first-wave

test enclave, we need 1 2 volunteers...

...who will port into these slave units

with the game-pod goddess herself.

Hold it.

Not so fast.


Did l miss the port-in?

Just the first wave.

You can be part of the second.

You and the guy at the back.

You, sir. This lady here.

Just come up. Thank you.

Noel Dichter?


I have to scan you.

Weapons check?

More for recording devices. Lot of

money invested in these games, Noel.

Assistants will help you to port

your pod into your bio-ports...

...using Antenna Research's new....

What's in this case?

I brought my game-pod.

Original Marway tissue architecture.

l know it's kind of obsolete.

I couldn't afford the Antenna 1 5

upgrade. l figured out this method--

You won't need it tonight.

Everything's provided for.

How are you doing?

You think two hours, tops?

Well, two, three hours.

So you're saying three hours?


Everything's in order.

Are you ready, Allegra?

Sure. This is my favourite part.

Take it away.

All right.

I'm ready to download eXistenZ,

by Antenna Research, into all of you.

Now, l'm warning you,

it's going to be a wild ride.

But don't panic.

No matter what happens, okay?

I'll see you back here

in no time at all.

She seems to be very shy.

Never occurred to me

that a big star would be shy.

She spends most of her time alone

in a room, designing her games.

She'd like it best

if she never had to show them.

Death to the demoness

Allegra Geller!

Death to Antenna Research!

Get her out of here.

Save her!

There might be more of them.

Go on!

-Me? Take her?

-We have enemies in our own house.

Trust no one. Trust no one!

Miss Geller, you're coming with me.

I'm responsible for you.

You're supposed to come with me.

Well, what are we

gonna do out here?

Do you know your way around?

Do you know any country people?

Not country people.

Games people.

Countryside's full of games-development

people, project coordinators...

...little factories.

So you know your way.

We can hide out.


It seems like l have some enemies

l didn't know l had.

" Death to Allegra Geller."

How would you like to hear

someone scream...

..." Death to Ted Pikul"?

How'd you know my name?

You're labelled.

What's that?

My pink-fone.

Ted Pikul.

What hap--


What did you do that for?

-That was our lifeline to civilization.

-That was a range-finder.

As long as you have that,

they know where we are.

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, actor and author. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or visceral horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. His films have won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Crash (1996). more…

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