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Shivers (1975)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 July 1976 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger St. Luc
... Rollo Linsky
... Nurse Forsythe
... Nicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan Petrie ... Janine Tudor
... Betts
... Merrick
Barry Baldaro ... Detective Heller (as Barry Boldero)
Camil Ducharme ... Mr. Guilbault (as Camille Ducharme)
Hanna Poznanska ... Mrs. Guilbault (as Hanka Posnanska)
Wally Martin ... Doorman
... Kresimer Sviben
Silvie Debois ... Benda Sviben
Charles Perley ... Delivery Boy
Al Rochman ... Parkins
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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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CAD 179,000 (estimated)
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The movie's filming dates in the summer of 1974 is revealed by the news broadcast of an actual labor dispute involving the construction of Montreal's Olympic Stadium for the 1976 Olympic Games. See more »

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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 »

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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.
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Influential debut for the great Cronenberg.
7 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

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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