|He wrote the script, which had a working
title of "The Parasite Murders," and had no
trouble at all convincing Cinépix, the Canadian
equivalent of Roger Corman, to make the film. He had an
uphill battle getting them to let him direct it. They
felt that he had no experience making a feature film, and
they were right. On the other hand, the script looked
like the entry into the American market that they were
looking for. After nearly three years, they let
Cronenberg direct, and he remembers attending the first
production meeting, and having no idea at all what each
person at the meeting did. Cinépix had anticipated this,
and kept the budget low ($179,000.00), and surrounded
Cronenberg with people who knew what they were doing.
saw dailies from the first day, he panicked. Nothing
looked the way he had intended. He began to despair about
his ability to direct. By the third day, he had enough
figured out that the dailies looked good. He decided
that, not only could he direct, but that he might be very
good at it. He preceded to make a film that would define
his style and themes for the rest of his career.
Cronenberg films tend to be horror, tend to be bloody,
and tend to isolate one aspect of people, usually a
sexual one. The plot device is usually an alien creature,
or a medical condition.
nurse, played by Lynn Lowry, does a very sexy
strip where she knows the doc can see her. She is later seet wet
and braless in the pool.
Graham is topless during the operation
of the men first infected tries to infect his
wife, Susan Petrie, and bares her breast in the
process. She is also seen frequently in the film
poking through her top.
There is also
a wet t-shirt see through from horror veteren Barbara Steele.
budget didn't allow hiring many trained actors,
so much of the cast was amateur, including some
women who were also seen nude.