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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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Director:
Writer:
David Cronenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
6 July 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Fascinating and Disturbing See more (95 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)

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:
According to Lynn Lowry, the shoulder that Nurse Forsythe stabs with the fork is actually that of David Cronenberg. A pad was inserted under Cronenberg's shirt for Lowry to stab, but, unfortunately, she missed and hit Cronenberg's real shoulder instead.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:
[Last lines]
[Radio programme tune]
Radio News Reporter:The time is 5.26 a.m. This is Gerald Keys with the Media Sculp sunrise news bulletin. There is still no confirmation by Montreal city police concerning alleged reports of a city wide plague of violent sexual assaults. The assaults, believed to have originated in the vicinity of Starliner Island...
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating and Disturbing, 5 April 2004
Author: dispet from Melbourne, Australia

An early piece from David Cronenberg, this is his first cinematic exploration of themes which he would continually come back to throughout his career in films such as eXistenZ, Videodrome, The Fly and Crash. to best explain these themes, i must qoute the man himself, "I was saying, I love sex, but I love it as a veneral disease. I am Syphilis. I am Enthusiastic about it, but in a very different way from you." and while that doesnt shed a whole lot of light on the film, it sure is a hell of a qoute :) the plot of Shivers, aka The Parasite Murders, revolves around a parasite which has been bred to heighten sexual desire and other primal instincts while dampening our mental awareness. this parasite has been let lose within a high-tech high rise block thanks to the experiments upon a young girl by an older scientist. the horror begins immediately, as do the social metaphors and ideas of sex and death. it is interesting to note this film was produced before the outbreak of AIDs, but is entirely applicable in our modern world. in some ways this is a tale of warning, of what can go wrong and how we can destroy ourselves. but above all, cronenberg delights in sinking us into the flesh, so the film can also be seen as fable of a world gone mad with life and freedom, which many would not consider so horrific. it defies simple catergorisation, it is not just a story about rampantly sexually active teenagers like so many of its kind. it is a story about every person's desire for safety, and the darker desires which hide behind it. wonderfully directed, intriguingly written, there is little that i can fault this film for, except perhaps its little to obvious reference to Romero's Night Of The Living Dead. while it is obviously partly inspired by that film, and brilliantly reinterprets it for a new age and a new social strata, the tiresome zombies that stagger about like slugs are a little out of place, but fortunately it does not let the film down. a must see.

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