Fascinating Underground Worlds in Film

One of our must-see movies this fall celebrates its theatrical opening this weekend. Nightcrawler by first-time director Dan Gilroy finds Jake Gyllenhaal as the driven, out-of-work Lou Bloom who falls into the fast-paced world of freelance L.A. crime journalism. Time called Gyllenhaal’s character a “mesmerizing cipher” and “spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.” We unlocked the doors to other underground worlds and set the scene for several secret societies in film that share an element of danger.

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Chrome, leather, backseat sex, broken glass, shattered bone, steel braces, bruised bodies, Jayne Mansfield’s head, James Dean’s Spyder.

David Cronenberg’s adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s novel of the same name, is centered on a group of car crash fetishists who recreate famous deadly accidents and prefer to f*ck while locked between a steering column and twisted steel.