By Clark Collis
Updated August 09, 2012 at 08:07 PM EDT
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Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg is clearly not worried about being compared to his father, horror legend David Cronenberg. Or, if he is, then the guy has some very worrying days ahead.

Cronenberg Jr.’s debut movie Antiviral looks to be a very, well, “Cronenbergian” tale of sick celebrities and the rabid fans determined to infect themselves with the diseases their idols are suffering from. Certainly the film’s new trailer features several tropes which will be familiar to aficionados of Cronenberg Sr.’s early, gore-drenched output such as Shivers/They Came From Within, Rabid, and The Brood. Disease-oriented plot? Check. Fictional medical facility? Check. Appearance by Brood and Dead Zone actor Nicholas Campbell? Check. General air of clinical (in every sense) gross-out horror? Checkity-check-check-check.

Of course, given the number of David Cronenberg fans who regret the filmmaker’s abandonment of straight-ahead horror in recent times, maybe a new disease-obsessed, fake medical facility-inventing, Nicholas Campbell-employing Cronenberg is just what the genre needs.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.

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