Directed by David Cronenberg
Twin gynecologists get caught in a love triangle in David Cronenberg’s body horror masterpiece. Jeremy Irons stars as Elliot Mantle, a lothario who passes his sexual conquests on to Beverly (also Irons), his shy and sensitive brother. But when Beverly falls for his brother’s latest act of charity - an actress (Geneviève Bujold) with three cervixes - it throws the siblings’ relationship out of balance, sending both off on a deadly downward spiral. Loosely based on a true story, Cronenberg’s visually stunning horror tragedy is one of the greatest films of the ‘80s.
Twin gynecologists get caught in a love triangle in David Cronenberg’s body horror masterpiece.
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold, Heidi von Palleske
I have to echo a few other reviewers and say I was quite caught off guard by how sad and affecting this was, not just for a Cronenberg film but for a horror film generally (not that that label really suffices). It certainly has elements of body horror but its ultimate tone and thrust is more classical and overtly artistic. What really cinches this as one of Cronenberg's best though is the space it leave the viewer for interpretation and questioning, ending with a similar kind of epistemological uncertainty that later films like A History of Violence explore with much less emotion. Put another way, it does some fairly high concept and audience-taxing stuff, but it manages to do so with a massive emotional energy that makes it feel almost Shakespearean.
Trippy, man... trippy. Considering the technology at the time, they did an awesome job with the twins. Not much gore, but a fascinating story.
I just watched this movie for the first time, and it was great. Worth a watch if you like deviant twins or Jeremy Irons.
Boring, don't understand the hype. I was expecting something like The Fly - Cronenberg sh*t.
It's really a masterpiece. One of my favorites of all time.