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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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Taglines:

BEING TERRIFIED IS JUST THE BEGINNING! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

David Cronenberg cast Lynn Lowry as Nurse Forsythe because of her haunting eyes and strange screen presence. See more »

Goofs

When the parasite attacks Betts in the bathtub, it removes the drain plug and itself comes out of the drain; however, the water in the bathtub never starts draining. The water level remains the same until the following scene when she gets out. See more »

Quotes

Rollo Linsky: Hey how about the pickle?
[catches said pickle]
Rollo Linsky: It's used!
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Connections

Featured in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »

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Rooms in a Museum
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Music by Eugene Cines
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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Better than expected
6 September 2001 | by hugoconductshugoSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the director's but had never seen this one until the other day (the VHS re-release "director's cut" or whatever). The other user comments had let me to expect an amateurish curiosity, but I found it polished and feel no need to make any excuses for it (perhaps the new release is a cleaner print).

It's pretty sly, the acting's not bad and I found the film most remarkable for its restraint and subtlety. I'm not sure I buy the idea that the parasites are a metaphor for Americanization - Cronenburg's concerns are, I think, more personal and abstract than such a reading gives him credit for.

The movie is deliberately paced and the shock/gore factor is relatively low. I found it to be a modest footnote in a career that later bore stranger, richer fruit.


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