David Cronenberg’s first “important” horror film may now look a little crude, but the obsessions that would colour his later works are already apparent.
The story is centred around a vaguely futuristic high-rise apartment complex where a sex-starved parasite invented by a mad scientist is implanted in a girl’s stomach and gradually works its way through the occupants of the building, transforming them into sex-obsessed zombies.
There are no big names in the cast, although horror aficionados will be pleased to see the presence of Hammer stalwart Barbara Steele.
Released in some markets as They Came From Within.
Roger St Luc