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They Came from Within -- 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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Director:
Writer:
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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User Reviews:
Better than expected See more (90 total) »

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)
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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:
"Shivers" - Canada (original 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: While the nurse is in the apartment with the old couple she locks the door with a chain, but after-wards she leaves the apartment (leaving the chain out and unlocks the door). Later in the movie when the mob tries to break in the door it's firstly locked and then the chain is also visible holding the door closed. The old couple is still sitting in the couch in the same position which indicates they never manually re-locked the door or put up the chain a second time.See more »
Quotes:
Forsythe:Roger, I had a very disturbing dream last night. In this dream I found myself making love to a strange man. Only I'm having trouble you see, because he's old... and dying... and he smells bad, and I find him repulsive. But then he tells me that everything is erotic...See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Better than expected, 6 September 2001

I'm a big fan of the director's but had never seen this one until the other day (the VHS re-release "director's cut" or whatever). The other user comments had let me to expect an amateurish curiosity, but I found it polished and feel no need to make any excuses for it (perhaps the new release is a cleaner print).

It's pretty sly, the acting's not bad and I found the film most remarkable for its restraint and subtlety. I'm not sure I buy the idea that the parasites are a metaphor for Americanization - Cronenburg's concerns are, I think, more personal and abstract than such a reading gives him credit for.

The movie is deliberately paced and the shock/gore factor is relatively low. I found it to be a modest footnote in a career that later bore stranger, richer fruit.

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