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Shivers (1975)

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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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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Hampton ... Roger St. Luc
Joe Silver ... Rollo Linsky
Lynn Lowry ... Nurse Forsythe
Allan Kolman ... Nicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan Petrie Susan Petrie ... Janine Tudor
Barbara Steele ... Betts
Ronald Mlodzik ... Merrick
Barry Baldaro Barry Baldaro ... Detective Heller (as Barry Boldero)
Camil Ducharme Camil Ducharme ... Mr. Guilbault (as Camille Ducharme)
Hanna Poznanska Hanna Poznanska ... Mrs. Guilbault (as Hanka Posnanska)
Wally Martin Wally Martin ... Doorman
Vlasta Vrana ... Kresimer Sviben
Silvie Debois Silvie Debois ... Benda Sviben
Charles Perley Charles Perley ... Delivery Boy
Al Rochman Al Rochman ... Parkins
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Storyline

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Going MAD is just the beginning.... See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Came from Within See more »

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Budget:

CAD 179,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The original title of the script when given to Ivan Reitman was Invasion of the Blood Parasites. See more »

Goofs

In the theatrical version, the viewer can see the wire that moves the parasite in the very first shot it appears in (in the garden, after it fell on the old woman's umbrella). However, the wire is so thin that it is invisible in all home video editions. See more »

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Radio News Reporter: The time is 5:26 a.m. This is Gerald Keys with the Media Scope 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, began late last night, and have spread with increasing frequency this morning. Reports of the attacks have been termed irresponsible and hysterical, by a Montreal city ...
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Assonance
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Music by Dubravko Detoni
Published by Emil Ascher Inc.
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competent debut, given the circumstances and time period
25 July 2001 | by BlackBalloonSee all my reviews

Cronenberg's directorial feature film debut is built around a now-familiar amalgamation of sex, technology, and medicine gone mad. The Canadian "Shivers" (original American release title "They Came From Within", aka "The Parasite Murders") opens with a slide show advertising a creepily perfect-sounding high-rise apartment building isolated on an island but just minutes away from downtown Montreal. We are told that the complex contains practically everything necessary to maintain a comfortable life- medical and dental practices, clothing stores, a gift shop, a deli, recreation, etc. Ideally, it would seem, the only reasons a resident would leave would be to work, socialize with non-residents, or take a vacation, if that wasn't too redundant. But of course, something terrible is just under the polished surface.

Cronenberg's direction is obviously not as polished as in later features, but we begin to see his signature style translated well into a full-length format.


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