|Starring:||Gary McKeehan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Victor Desy, Howard Ryshpan, J. Roge, J. Roger Periard, Marilyn Chambers|
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Killer pits!By Clucky from Cardiff, Wales , 09 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]With a plot that focuses on a woman with blood sucking arm-pits you?d think this film would have a lot going for it (well I did!). However what you get is a rather sub-par flick that lacks any real punch and to be truthful probably only attracted an audience in the 70s because of the presence of porn starlet Marilyn Chambers. Although to be fair to Ms Chambers she?s the only one that turns in a decent performance, since most of the cast seem to be either uninterested or, if in Frank Moore?s case, try not to be mistaken for being part of scenery.
The film does have some interesting moments (the whole ?phallic? arm-pit thing certainly provides an interesting talking point) but the film is poorly paced and a little more than frayed around the edges. However, if you are a Cronenberg fan then I suppose it's worth checking out to see the influences on his earlier work and how he has developed certain themes. Otherwise it provides a decent enough watch to pass an hour or so away and you get the added bonus of seeing Ms Chambers in all her naked glory.
2 and a half out of 5.
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Bit SlowBy johnbullet (4 reviews) from Witney , 02 Oct 2009Reasonable zombie type film, hot lead who shows off her chest, but too slow going. Watch dawn of the dead original again
early CronenbergBy a customer from Derby , 03 Jul 2009not half bad, some shonky acting but a tense little setup, the lead actress really reminds me of BBC news reader Sofie Reyworth
MutatationBy Stevieb47 (89 reviews) from Sheffield , 11 Oct 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideDavid Cronenberg's second feature from late 1976 which was rather better than I expected.
Porn Star Marlyn Chambers plays Rose who is injured in a bike crash and has reconstructive surgery at a local Montreal clinic which uses a revolutionary technique to avoid tissue rejection.
Unfortunatly this causes a mutation in Rose and she develops an organ in her armpit that she uses to feed off other humans and as a consequence infects them with a strain of rabies.
She herself is immune to the infection and doesn't even realie that she is the source.
Soon the infection is spreading throughout the city...
Considering how much it cost and had no real actors in it its quite effective - Chambers is good in the role and if some of the other acting is dodgy Cronenberg's abilty to create a climate of fear as the infection spreads is good - and its premise and effects are still being reflected in movies as recent as the 28 Days Later franchise and is a good early example of Cronenberg's fascintation with body horror and mutation.
Twisted Genius, Or What?By Ian Davies from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales , 31 Dec 2005David Cronenberg made some of the most shocking horror films of the seventies. I should add the word 'commercial' to that sentence, because even though they were shocking, they did get wide distribution and were in their way acceptable. Now looking back this film seems very dated. Casting a porn star in the lead because she was like 'the girl next door' was an unusual choice. I guess it helped when the character needed to be nude for several scenes in the movie? Cronenberg made more contovercial films after this, but the naive simplicity of this tale keeps it watchable, if not as good as I remembered it.
DatedBy a customer from Hemel Hempstead , 25 Jun 2005Saw this about a hundred years ago at the cimema & was seriously freaked out.
Time has not been too kind, but worth seeing Miss Chambers trying to branch out in to more main stream films.