Shivers (1975)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  6 July 1976 (USA)
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The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Hampton ...
Joe Silver ...
Allan Kolman ...
Nicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan Petrie ...
Ronald Mlodzik ...
Barry Baldaro ...
Detective Heller (as Barry Boldero)
Camil Ducharme ...
Mr. Guilbault
Hanka Posnanska ...
Mrs. Guilbault
Wally Martin ...
Kresimer Sviben
Silvie Debois ...
Benda Sviben
Charles Perley ...
Delivery Boy
Al Rochman ...


A scientist living in an apartment complex kills a girl and uses acid to destroy her internal organs, and then kills himself. While investigating, a doctor discovers that the scientist was doing experiments on the use of genetically engineered parasites as organ transplants. Soon, other people in the complex begin showing signs of carrying the parasites, spreading the things through wanton orgiastic abandon, and the complex begins suffering an attrition problem. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA)  »

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CAD 179,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Susan Petrie was unable to cry, so David Cronenberg used onions to help her produce tears. This worked, but the camera was out of focus when the scene was shot, and because Cronenberg was out of onions, Petrie gave her consent to let him to slap her on the face. He did so until her face was numb from all the takes. He finally settled for a series of takes he found to be less than satisfactory. See more »


When the parasite attacks Betts in the bathtub, it removes the drain plug and itself comes out of the drain; however, the water in the bathtub never starts draining. The water level remains the same until the following scene when she gets out. See more »


[speaking to his stomach]
Nicholas Tudor: Come on, boy. Here, boy, here. Come on, boy. Come on, fella!
Nicholas Tudor: You... and me...
Nicholas Tudor: You and me are gonna be good friends. Good friends. Shhhh-hooooo. Attaboy. Attaboy!
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Zombies of Sex
14 February 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the fancy Starliner compound in an island near Montreal, a mad scientist tests a parasite in the body of his mistress. He believes that man is an animal that thinks too much, and he develops a parasite to increase the violence and sexual desire of mankind. There is an outbreak in the condominium, with the fierce dwellers becoming zombies of sex.

"Shivers" is the third feature of this great Canadian cult director David Cronenberg, indeed a very low budget trash movie, with a final cost of US$ 179.000,00. The story mixes humor and horror and the effects are very nasty and disgusting, a trademark of Cronenberg. The story is a kind of sexual version of "The Night of the Living Dead", with people turning out zombies of sex. The screenplay of 1979 "Alien" used many concepts of this movie. The interview of David Cronenberg in the DVD is excellent, and it is very funny to know that the actress Sue Patrick asked him to slap her face in the scenes that she needed to cry, and Barbara Steele reaction to this physical assault. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Calafrios" ("Shivers")

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