This film is a great visual fantasy excursion into a writer’s drug induced hallucinatory world. Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm and the rest of the cast all do an excellent job as well. The Criterion edition DVD that I watched had a bonus feature on the making of the film. Apparently Burroughs was on the set a lot and was quite happy with what Cronenberg was doing, even when he departed significantly from his own book. The colorful visuals in the film along with the terrific special effects made it an extremely entertaining film despite the perversity of the story which was, fortunately, mitigated by Cronenberg’s light and satiric approach to the subject matter.