23 June 2004

Cronenberg (1970-1975)

1970 - Crimes of the Future – Same vein as Stereo, but this time focusing on the body instead of the mind. You can see the "King of Venereal Horror" being born on screen before your eyes as Adrian Tripod licks the foam from an infected man's ears. The man who continuously grew strange, new organs with no discernable purpose was a sort of throw-away idea in the film I wish was explored more.

1975 - Shivers – The venereal disease theme continues in Cronenberg's version of a zombie movie. Visceral horror with a shallow-buried social-sexual commentary is always a treat. Sadly, it's very clear from numerous abrupt edits that this film was chopped to hell in order to achieve an "R" rating for the States.

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