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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.

Director:

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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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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Trivia

The Canadian magazine Saturday Night published an infamous article about Shivers in which the writer declared that "if we need to make movies like this to have a Canadian film industry, then we shouldn't have a Canadian film industry." David Cronenberg wasn't bothered personally by the high-profile slam, but as the films were funded in part by the government he soon discovered the damage it cost. The government was scared away from funding his follow-up, Rabid (1977). "It really delayed my career by a year or two." See more »

Goofs

When the parasite attacks Betts in the bathtub, it removes the drain plug and comes out of the drain. The water level remains the same, until the following scene when she gets out. 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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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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Rooms in a Museum
(uncredited)
Music by Eugene Cines
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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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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Canada

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Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

CAD179,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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