NSFW: David Cronenberg Returns to Body Horror with Short Film ‘The Nest’; Watch Now!

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Though he’s recently been delving more into mainstream fare with films like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, David Cronenberg is most known to horror fans like ourselves for his special breed of body horror, with films centering on the graphic destruction of the human body. His 1986 remake of The Fly as well as films such as Videodrome and Shivers fall into the icky sub-genre, which he’s at long last returned to with the short film The Nest.

Running a mere 9-minutes long, The Nest was commissioned for Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute, which just kicked off a three-month long exhibition dedicated to Cronenberg’s filmography. In it, a young woman visits a creepy surgeon – played by Cronenberg himself – and asks him to remove her left breast, believing that a colony of insects has made a home inside of it. The short is seen from the POV of Cronenberg’s character, who is interviewing the woman about her perceived condition.

Entirely dialogue-based, nothing really happens in the short, though Cronenberg nevertheless manages to effectively tap into the gross-out body horror themes that he became known for bringing to the screen. Taking the ‘less is more’ approach, as opposed to his usual ‘more is more’ style, Cronenberg leaves the horror in this one entirely to our imagination, and I think you’ll be quite surprised at how chilling the simple execution ends up being.

Check out the NOT SAFE FOR WORK short film below, which harkens back to the early films of David Cronenberg!

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September 30th marks the debut release of Cronenberg’s first novel, titled Consumed, which features an unlicensed surgeon who performs crude operations. It seems that The Nest is a spin-off of the novel, so if you like what’s going on here and want more, be sure to pre-order a copy of the book!

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