Cronenberg’s first two films, Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970), were both short in length and clearly show his inexperience with film-making at that time. These films had the story-telling of his literary background, but lacked the creativeness of film-making. Actor Ronald Mlodzik, an early collaborator of Cronenberg, appears in these two films.

Starting with Shivers in 1975, Cronenberg’s era of body horror was in full swing. These films had grotesque sexual themes that also played with the psychosis of the mind. Other notable films during this time are Rabid, The Brood, Scanners, and Videodrome.

Following the body horror era, Cronenberg’s films became more “Hollywood”. Many of these films were adaptations such as The Dead Zone (1983) and also included well-known actors such as Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken.