David Cronenberg’s New Short Film Is Very NSFW and Very, Very Disturbing

There’s no territory too dark and unsettling for David Cronenberg. He’s earned his reputation as the contemporary master of body horror through an extensive catalog of work that includes films like Videodrome, Dead Ringers, eXistenZ,Crash and The Fly.

While Cronenberg’s most recent material has veered more toward the accessible, a newly available short film by him proves he still has the ability to leave audiences truly unnerved. The Nest was submitted as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and it’s the kind of thing that both screws with your head and makes your skin crawl.

Cronenberg plays the off-camera doctor here, who may or may not be a psychologist trying to get a bead on a woman who’s demanding that her left breast be surgically removed. The reason: she’s convinced there are bugs living inside it. The ten-minute short is absolutely NSFW, but the frankness of its nudity, its single-shot simplicity, and Cronenberg’s DIY aesthetic just make it all the more disturbing.

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