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For his second commercial feature, following a pair of experimental films and 1977's Shivers, Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg continued to mine the themes of disease and mutation that were already becoming his perennial concerns. Marilyn Chambers stars as Rose, an attractive young woman who becomes horribly injured in a motorcycle accident. Spirited away to the clinic of Drs. Dan and Roxanne Keloid (Howard Ryshpan and Patricia Gage), a pair of experimental plastic surgeons, Rose becomes an unwitting guinea pig in an ...

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BobCumbow

Aug 20, 2009

Underrated

Underrated and largely forgotten, this remarkable David Cronenberg film shows his early mastery of the virus-plague sub-genre that wouldn't hit its stride until the 2000s. None of the zombie/disease films of the past decade or so can match what Cronenberg was already doing in the 70s. This film provides a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, and treats public plague and mass hysteria with a personal intimacy not to be found in later films of this genre.

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