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.
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
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According to Lynn Lowry, the shoulder that Nurse Forsythe stabs with the fork is actually David Cronenberg's. A pad was inserted under Cronenberg's shirt for Lowry to stab. Unfortunately, she missed and hit Cronenberg's real shoulder. See more »
The manager cuts a building's phone lines. Later, Roger St. Luc rings the old francophone couple from the lobby after being attacked in the basement. The couple answer the phone and tell St. Luc that his girlfriend, the nurse, has left the apartment because the phone had been cut off. Roger used the intercom, not the phone lines. See more »
[Radio programme tune]
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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Interim for Flute and Harp
Music by Eugene Cines
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Influential debut for the great Cronenberg.
The first big screen flick for Canadian horror master David Cronenberg was this skin-crawling B horror movie.
Residents of a high rise apartment building are being attacked by parasites that are turning them into crazed zombies with nothing but sexual assault on their minds!
Shivers is an effectively disturbing movie, not unlike most of Cronenberg's later horror classics. It's had a good hand in influencing later creature flicks. The story has a good premise and builds some terrific tension as it escalates to a great claustrophobic climax. What's clever about this movie is that most of the horror is suggested, we don't see the parasites much and their elusiveness just helps to create more tension. The makeup effects are decent for a low budgeter and the cast turn in some adequate performances, horror veteran Barbara Steele is a nice addition to the cast.
Shivers is a entertaining slice of B horror that manages to live up to its title well. A must-see for Cronenberg fans.
*** out of ****
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