Plot & Details
Fans of innovative Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will recognize the emergence of a his unique voice in this 1970 project, the director's second feature (following the 1969 Stereo). The bizarre premise introduces a dystopian future society in the wake of a devastating epidemic -- which killed off most of the adult female population thanks to a buildup of dangerous chemicals in cosmetics. Victims of this particularly gruesome affliction are marked by multicolored bodily secretions from every orifice -- which seem to produce an irresistible aphrodisiac effect on others. The majority of surviving females are pre-pubescent and frequently sought by creepy underground organizations of pedophiles. When one such group kidnaps a five-year-old girl, an agent from the Institute of Skin -- bearing the interesting moniker Adrian Tripod -- sets out to find her. Tripod drifts from one bizarre situation to another in his quest to find the girl, leading to several cerebral and frequently twisted episodes.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Horror,Science Fiction,Thriller
- Run Time: 65min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 07/08/2007
- Director(s): David Cronenberg
- Starring: Ronald Mlodzik , Paul Mulholland , Jack Messinger
- Themes: Future Dystopias,Daring Rescues,Post-Apocalypse,Kidnapping
- Tone: Cerebral,Creepy,Enigmatic,Hallucinatory,Stylized,Lurid,Macabre,Gruesome
- Keywords: child, cult, death, disease, repression, scientist, sexuality, skin, cosmetics, epidemic, kidnapping, missing-person, pedophilia, pollution, rescue