David Cronenberg (director)
Marilyn Chambers (starring)

Toronto: Canadian Film Development Corporation [CFDC], 1977. Two vintage borderless black-and-white photographs from the Canadian release of the 1977 horror film.

David Cronenberg's fourth film, continuing his meditation of horrific transformations of the human body. Chambers plays a woman who, after being injured in a motorcycle accident and undergoing a surgical operation, develops an orifice under one of her armpits. The orifice hides a phallic stinger that she uses to feed on people's blood. Those she feeds upon become rabid zombies, whose bite spreads the disease, leading to a Toronto-wide pandemic.

In an interview for the 2004 DVD release of the film by Somerville House, Cronenberg stated that he wanted to cast Sissy Spacek in the film lead, but the studio vetoed his choice because of her accent. The idea of casting Chambers came from producer Ivan Reitman, who had heard that Chambers was looking for a mainstream role in the US with no success. Reitman felt that it would be easier to market the film in different territories if the well-known porn star portrayed the main character.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Muir US. Newman US.

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