David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
A major departure from Cronenberg's early body-horror work. The script is pretty hackneyed and the music is dated to the point of camp; but it is well-shot by Cronenberg and the acting is better than you usually see in this kind of B-movie. Entertaining enough for what it is, but certainly one of Cronenberg's lesser efforts.
Cronenbergs answer to Sirks "The Tarnished Angels", with drag racing. Wonderful set design and masterful use of primary colors by Mark Irwin, but the actors are bad and the story completely uninvolving. As expected, only for the die hard Cronenberg fan.