Directed by David Cronenberg • 1975 • Canada
Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry
Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has spent much of his career mining our fears about sex, technology, and corporeal existence, but this breakout feature is perhaps the most shocking of all his body-horror visions. Starliner Towers is just another high-rise apartment building until something terrible begins to go wrong. A terrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone and turning normal people into sex-crazed, deranged, and violent hosts who are committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. A doctor races to contain the infection before it spreads from the building to the entire city. There’s nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror!