|Yep, That Thing Is Going Just Where You Think It Is|
“Everything is erotic. Everything is sexual…Even old flesh is erotic flesh. That disease is the love of two alien kinds of creatures for each other. That even dying is an act of eroticism. That talking is sexual. That breathing is sexual. That even to physically exist is sexual.” That’s what all the girls say before a parasite pops out of their mouths.
This was one of director David Cronenberg’s first films and it takes us to a planned apartment community complete with it’s own little island in Canada. An older man cuts open a young woman and then slits his own throat. On that nasty note a parasite begins to spread throughout the complex. At first we think it was designed to replace an organ that had gone bad, but strange things are happening.
|Growing Parasites His Stomach|
Pretty soon we find out that these parasites were designed to turn people into sex maniacs. Now this might not have been a problem were it not for the fact that the girl who was cut up was the one who originally had the parasite and well she was a “popular” girl. So many people have picked up this STD-like parasite that is is spreading like an STD.
There are two reasons to see this film. The first is that this movie isn’t so much scary as it is absolutely hilarious. I will let the follow screenshots elaborate on this part.
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|Canadians Gone Wild!!!!|
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The second part is the development of Cronenberg’s signature that can be seen in this early film. What is here is the fascination with violence, sex, and the flesh that you see in Dead Ringers. However, a strong part of his signature is still missing here and that is his cold as steel style so prominent in The Fly and Dead Ringers. Otherwise, Cronenberg was still playing around with a variety of techniques within a slight variation on the zombie film.
The moral of the story is to never move to a planned community because you don’t really know what the plan entails. If you want a camp horror classic or an early look at Cronenberg, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my personal favorites.