Badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Rose (Marilyn Chambers, star of the x-rated Behind The Green Door) is taken to the nearby plastic surgery clinic of Dr Keloid (Howard Ryshpan). After extensive operations and an experimental skin graft, she recovers but is left with an overpowering appetite for blood.
Another formative exercise in fear and loathing of the human body from Canadian director David Cronenberg, which takes up the themes of his first “mainstream” (in the loosest sense of the word) success Shivers (1975).
This time a plague spreads after Chambers – a porn star in a rare, straight(ish) role – becomes the unwitting carrier of a rabid disease that turns people into bloodsuckers and threatens an entire city.
This disturbing film lacks the stomach-churning claustrophobia of Shivers but is an altogether slicker affair, and the spiralling, random violence still shocks.
Dr Dan Keloid
Dr Roxanne Keloid
J Roger Periard
Dr Royce Gentry