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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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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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Taglines:

T-E-R-R-O-R beyond the power of priest or science to exorcise! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Came from Within See more »

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Budget:

CAD 179,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Every scene in the movie has something that is yellow and/or gold in it. See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as goof: "Roger St. Luc rings the old Québequois couple from the lobby after being attacked in the basement. In the previous scene, however, the viewer sees the manager cut the phone lines. Despite this, the French couple answers the phone and tell St. Luc that his girlfriend, the nurse, has left the apartment. But the reason that she left the apartment was because the phone had been cut off. " Roger calls using the intercom system, not the phone lines. See more »

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[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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Oscillating Fifths
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Music by Alan Langford
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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Night of the slimy sex-monsters
17 August 2001 | by AS-69See all my reviews

Cronenberg's variation on the Zombie theme was his first full length feature film and for this it is surprisingly good.

From the technical point of view, it is very amateurish. The lighting and camera work are highly reminiscent of home made Super 8, and the sound is bad beyond belief.

Although the mindless creatures attacking anything that moves immediately recall the Zombies, Cronenberg's movie has some original ideas. In fact, watching German television these days, the subject of bored middle class diving into sex orgies (at least in their fantasy) seems more up to date than ever. Unlike Romero's Zombies, Cronenberg's creatures simply embark into endless sexual excesses, including minors. Indeed, one of the most scandalous scene shows two young girls on dog leashes, climbing up a stair and barking - unexcusable image!

The special effects in "Shivers" work very well and are more slimy, organic, and visceral than say Romero's, and give better testimony of the vulnerability of the human body. They set the tone for Cronenberg's use of gore in his subsequent films.

"Shivers" earned Cronenberg immediately the title of the "reigning king of shlock horror" - very appropriate.


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