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Shivers -- 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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David Cronenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
6 July 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
T-E-R-R-O-R beyond the power of priest or science to exorcise! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(171 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Hampton ... Roger St. Luc
Joe Silver ... Rollo Linsky

Lynn Lowry ... Nurse Forsythe

Allan Kolman ... Nicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan Petrie ... Janine Tudor

Barbara Steele ... Betts
Ronald Mlodzik ... Merrick
Barry Baldaro ... Detective Heller (as Barry Boldero)
Camil Ducharme ... Mr. Guilbault
Hanka Posnanska ... Mrs. Guilbault
Wally Martin ... Doorman

Vlasta Vrana ... Kresimer Sviben
Silvie Debois ... Benda Sviben
Charles Perley ... Delivery Boy
Al Rochman ... Parkins
Julie Wildman ... Miss Lewis
Arthur Grosser ... Mr. Wolfe
Edith Johnson ... Olive
Dorothy Davis ... Vi
Joy Coghill ... Mona Wheatley
Joan Blackman ... Elevator Mother
Kirsten Bishop ... Elevator Daughter (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Fred Doederlein ... Emil Hobbes
Sonny Forbes ... Garbage Room Man
Nora Johnson ... Laundry Woman
Cathy Graham ... Annabelle
Robert Brennen ... Boy
Felicia Shulman ... Girl
Roy Wittan ... Bearded Man (as Roy Whittan)
Denis Payne ... First Elevator Man
Kevin Fenlow ... Second Elevator Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Cronenberg ... Infected in the crowd / The stabbed shoulder (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (written by)

Produced by
Don Carmody .... co-producer
John Dunning .... executive producer
André Link .... executive producer
Alfred Pariser .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
Peter James .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Saad 
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Dodd 
 
Art Direction by
Erla Gliserman 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... creatures creator
Joe Blasco .... special makeup artist
Louiselle Champagne .... makeup assistant (as Louisette Champagne)
David Dittmar .... assistant special makeup
Suzanne Garand .... makeup artist (as Suzanne Riou-Garand)
 
Production Management
Don Carmody .... production manager
 
Art Department
Rose Marie McSherry .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Len Blum .... sound assistant
Danny Goldberg .... sound supervisor (as Dan Goldberg)
Michael Higgs .... sound recordist
Jean-Claude Matte .... boom operator
Nolan Roberts .... re-recording
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Fournier Frères .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Daoust .... key grip
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Paul Gravel .... second assistant camera
Jean-Paul Houle .... best boy
Jim Lawler .... assistant grip
Rick Maguire .... first assistant camera
Dexter Pattie .... assistant electrician
John Sawyer .... gaffer
Tom Sawyer .... electrician
 
Music Department
Ivan Reitman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Diane Boucher .... continuity
Stewart Harding .... production assistant
Irene Litinsky .... production secretary
Josette Perrotta .... production secretary
Cliff Rothman .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"They Came from Within" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (DVD re-rating) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The "eel" that Detective Haller keeps in his aquarium is actually a caecilian, a limbless, aquatic, nearly blind amphibian.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the credit sequence, the room described as the dentists office is in fact filled with optometry equipment.See more »
Quotes:
Bearded man:Have you met my daughter, Erica? She's a very beautiful girl. Come here, Erica. I just know you'll like my daughter, Erica.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Night of the Orgies, 4 May 2008
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

***MAJOR SPOILERS*** Having felt that man has not lived up to his potentials since he's restricted by the laws imposed on him by society Dr. Emil Hobbs, Fred Doedrlein, has developed this parasitic type earthworm. The parasite when entering the human body, orally as well as sexually, will cause the person to drop all his or her inhibitions, as well as their pants and skirts, and let it all hang out attacking and raping anyone they come in contact with.

Having implanted his new "invention" on one of his patients Annabelle, Kathy Graham, Dr. Hobbs soon realized that he had created a Frankenstein monster! In a wild frenzy Dr. Hobbs strangled Annabelle in his suite at the Starliner Apartment Complex before , feeling a deep sense of guilt, slitting his own throat.

It turned out to be too late for the guilt-ridden Dr. Hobbs to stop the sexually transmitted plague that he created. It soon becomes evident that the parasite left the dead Annabelle's body and started infecting everyone in the apartment complex. Traveling though the air-condition ducts garbage disposal and plumbing systems of the apartment complex the parasite has easy excess to everyone living there. By the time the movie is over everyone living and working in the apartment complex had become a victim of the attacking parasite.

Both young and old, from pre-teenagers to senior citizens, people that were infected by the parasite became so horny and sexually aroused that they went on a full scale wild orgy by the time the movie ended. These uncontrollable sexual acrobatics not only spilled into the surrounding neighborhoods but city's and towns as well.

Even though the movie "They Came from Within" or "Shivers" was made some five years before the emergence of the deadly AIDS epidemic in the early 1980's its striking similarities to that both sexually and blood transmitted disease is absolutely amazing. The deadly parasite, like the AIDS virus, enters it's victim and causes him or her bodily defenses to totally collapses: It's there where the similarities between the AIDS virus and parasite ends.

The parasite soon causes its infected host to go out looking, like a vampire looking for blood to survive, for new victims and strikes out at anyone uninfected in a wild sexual frenzy. This ends up with the infected person implanting the parasite in his or her victims body to start the whole cycle, person to person transmission, all over again.

The film is a lot like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" in that nobody knows who's been infected, like the people who's bodies were taken over by the body snatchers, by the parasite until it's too late.

The resident doctor at the apartment complex Dr.Roger St Luc, Paul Hampton, gets the lowdown to what exactly is going on there from his colleague Dr. Rollo Linsky, Joe Silver. Rollo had been working with the late Dr. Hobbs before he completely cracked up and killed, along with Annabelle, himself. It's later that Rollo himself falls victim to the deadly parasite when he's attacked by Nicholas Tudor, Allan Kolman, a resident at the apartment complex. Tudor had been infected by the parasite when, cheating behind his wife' Janine's (Susan Petie) back, he had a sexual tryst with Annabelle.

Trapped in the complex with its sex-crazed residents trying to both rape as well has induct Roger into their ranks has him make an desperate attempt to escape the fate that awaits him there. Roger tries to cross the causeway, connecting Starliner Island to the mainland, making a wild dash to both freedom safety.

*****SPOILERS****** It's then that Roger realizes just how helpless his both escape attempt and him warning the general public is! The cat, or parasite, is out of the bag, or plumbing system! And with it being able to greatly intensify man's most darkest and suppressed, through laws and religion, thoughts and taboos there's nothing on God's green earth, military medically or psychologically, that can stop it!

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