Starliner Towers is just another highrise apartment building until something terrible begins to go wrong. A terrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone. Normal people are becoming deranged, committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. There's nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror.
"If this picture doesn't make you scream and squirm, you should see a psychiatrist--quick!" shouts the film's trailer. This time the hyperbole is right. David Cronenberg's debut feature, and Canada's first domestic horror film, is an ingeniously engineered slasher of thoroughly modern horror that, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, charts a social breakdown by tearing through our most intrinsic taboos. A genetically engineered designer parasite--part aphrodisiac, part venereal disease--created by a modern-day mad scientist escapes into a colorless, self-contained apartment complex and goes searching for hosts. This monstrous parasite multiplies and invades the alienated occupants, turning them into a pack of id-driven sex maniacs. Cronenberg's suffocating vision of modern life turns his budgetary limitations--dreary, bland sets, flat lighting, and numb performances--into a severe portrait of society out of touch with its physical and emotional existence. Cronenberg pushed the boundaries of gore in 1974, but more insidious is the way he pushes the boundaries of behavior: under the influence of this invasive disease, families turn to incest and murder, strangers sexually assault the helpless, and finally they band together as a pack of bloodthirsty, libido-driven animals. That taboo-breaking display still has the power to get under your skin. The film has also been released under the titles The Parasite Murders and They Came from Within. Cult horror icon Barbara Steele costars. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Last time I ordered this, it didn't arrive. So right off the bat I was pumped. Even more-so when it played. Decent flick; a real neat spin on the zombie genre. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ilikemovies
Yes, this is David Cronenberg's first film and it is great considering he's still in training while making it. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by alex bushman
Every once in awhile I like to watch a David Cronenberg film. I have seen several at this point, from his earliest stuff like "Rabid" to his seminal reworking of "The Fly" starring... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
...that mr. albert wincoff`s review sucks!! listen, if you are gonna say that someone stole someone's idea, you should compare the dates first: "cities of the red night"... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Amazon Customer
Mr Cronenberg a thief? Well, I thought he might have 'borrowed' some ideas from Pasolini's SALO, but it appears they were released around the same time. Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Gary
the watermellon explosions were a misterious memory till i recently rented this film and realized it was one of the few my family owned when i was a child. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002
Cronenberg is a thief. Who has he robbed you ask? William S. Burroughs. He told on himself when he raped Ol'Bill's novel Naked Lunch by trying to turn it into a film. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by "albert_wincoff"
Considering this film was made in the 70's it is pretty well done. One gets a claustrophobic feel due to the constriction of the apartment dwelling in which this movie is set. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by Dr. Freeman
I had read a review of this movie and decided to buy it because it sounded very original. It is original and pretty disturbing to me, but it only marks the beginning of David... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002