In a housing complex on an island near Montreal, a deadly lab-created parasite runs out of control, causing residents to unleash their primal instincts, engaging in sexual and violent acts. The director’s third feature film evoked mixed reactions at the time, from commercial success to condemnation from Canadian lawmakers. The tone is now firmly rooted in horror, in dialogue with genre conventions through gore. In this microcosm of conservative demeanor, the film materializes the dread evoked by the freedom of bodies and the contradictions of surrendering to one’s most basic impulses. (C.I.)
David Cronenberg was born in Toronto in 1943. With a career spanning over six decades, he released his twenty-second feature film in 2022 and is currently shooting his next film. He began his artistic output in Canada, with a series of independent films, before moving to the USA where he became involved in larger projects with more substantial budgets. At the intersection between horror cinema, science fiction, drama, and literary influences, the director has nurtured a steady fascination with modulating themes and imagery over the years, as well as working relationships with recurring actors in different works.