Elliot and Beverly Mantle (both male) operate a very successful practice and are models of professionalism. Jeremy Irons give an absolutely incredible performance in playing both brothers. A new computerized technique allowed the filmmakers to seamlessly show both bothers in the same shot. Hooray for late 80’s computer technology! Elliot is the more confident and aggressive of the two. He is the public face of the twins and does all of their speeches and presentations. While Beverly is shyer and withdrawn, always busy with the research.
Most all of Cronenberg’s films involve some sort of medical abnormality or anomaly. Like “Shivers”, “Rabid”, “The Fly”, and others, his earlier films were classified as horror and science fiction. Dead Ringers on the other hand is purely drama, but still keeps his trademark eerie creepiness.