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Creeping parasites infect an isolated high-rise condominium in Montreal. The symptoms of the disease are frightening: victims commit acts of uncontrollable violence accompanied by unusual sexual behavior. A doctor races to discover the cause of the virus and tries to stop it from spreading.

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David Cronenberg is one of Canada’s most prodigious artists for good reason—his films tap into the universal subject of the potential and indeed, likely, horrors of having a body. This early film is an unrelentingly pure genre B-movie, yet also a deceptively profound expression of fleshly anxieties.