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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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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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Cronenberg's Impressive Feature Debut See more (93 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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Also Known As:
"Shivers" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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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 poster on the basement wall is the centerfold of Playboy's Playmate of the Month for October 1971, Claire Rambeau.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:
Featured in The American Nightmare (2000)See more »

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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Cronenberg's Impressive Feature Debut, 20 July 2000
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Shivers(1975) is a fascinating first film especially for a person who was learning to direct professionly on the job. An interesting part about this movie is that Cronenberg did Shivers(1975) without having a clue of what people in the film crew does or containing knowledge of film terms. The fact that he made a cult classic is a testament to his potential at the time to be an excellent movie maker. Shivers is basically the first horror film made in Canada as far as I know and David Cronenberg was the first director to open the flood gates for the horror film in Canada.

This motion picture mixes together the erotic with the zombie genre made famous by George Romero in 1968. In fact, there are many references to the zombie classic Night of the Living Dead. The movie is about parasites who enters people's bodies and turn them into sex maniacs. It dares to break many sexual taboos that many film makers would be afraid to explore.

Shivers would provide a starting point for some themes that David Cronenberg would explore in later films like Rabid(1977), The Brood(1979), Scanners(1981), Videodrome(1983), The Fly(1986), Dead Ringers(1988), and Crash(1997). The two themes are disease as the transformation of the body into the next state of evolution for the human being and the other theme of the outsider who does not understand why they are so different from other people. Barbara Stelle provided the movie with many memorable moments especially the infamous "bath tub" scene. It is a groundbreaking movie because it would become a source of many movie directors for the next two decades.

One great scene is the "bath tub" scene which is a classic example of building up suspense until the final moment when the scene ends. Another excellent scene is when the protagonist tries to escape outside and he goes back in as swarms of Sex zombies go chasing after him. I consider this movie the beginning of a trilogy I call the 'sexual evolution' trilogy. The trilogy starts out with Shivers(1975), continues with Videodrome(1983), and finishes with Crash(1997).

Shivers(1975) would be a major influence for the scifi-action thriller The Hidden(1987), especially with the idea of a parasite entering a person's body and changing their entire personal behavior. Also influenced by Shivers were the Alien series(especially Alien(1979) which was made four years after Cronenberg's directioral debut) and there are a couple of examples of this influence. First, the two movies involve parasites who go in and put out of a person's body as well as having acid for blood. Second, They both take place in an isolated and high placed area with Alien(1979) taking place on a spaceship in the middle of nowhere and Shivers(1975) takes place on a apartment complex called the Skyliner Towers on the middle of an island that is isolated from the rest of Canada.

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