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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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Roger St. Luc
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Rollo Linsky
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Nurse Forsythe
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Nicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan Petrie ...
Janine Tudor
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Betts
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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
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Kresimer Sviben
Silvie Debois ...
Benda Sviben
Charles Perley ...
Delivery Boy
Al Rochman ...
Parkins
Julie Wildman ...
Miss Lewis
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Mr. Wolfe
Edith Johnson ...
Olive
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Mona Wheatley
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Elevator Mother
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Elevator Daughter (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Fred Doederlein ...
Emil Hobbes
Sonny Forbes ...
Garbage Room Man
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Laundry Woman
Cathy Graham ...
Annabelle
Robert Brennen ...
Boy
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Girl
Roy Wittan ...
Bearded Man (as Roy Whittan)
Denis Payne ...
First Elevator Man
Kevin Fenlow ...
Second Elevator Man
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Infected Crowd Member / Stabbed Shoulder (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Cronenberg

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David Cronenberg ... (written by)

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Don Carmody ... co-producer
John Dunning ... executive producer
Peter James ... executive producer (uncredited)
André Link ... executive producer
Alfred Pariser ... executive producer
Ivan Reitman ... producer

Cinematography by

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Robert Saad

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Patrick Dodd

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Erla Gliserman

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Joe Blasco ... creatures creator / special makeup artist
Louiselle Champagne ... makeup assistant (as Louisette Champagne)
David Dittmar ... assistant special makeup
Suzanne Garand ... makeup artist (as Suzanne Riou-Garand)

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Don Carmody ... production manager

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Rose Marie McSherry ... art assistant

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Len Blum ... sound assistant
Danny Goldberg ... sound supervisor (as Dan Goldberg)
Michael Higgs ... sound recordist
Jean-Claude Matte ... boom operator
Nolan Roberts ... re-recording
Jim Thompson ... boom operator

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Fournier Frères ... stunts

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John Daoust ... key grip
Attila Dory ... still photographer
Yves Drapeau ... first assistant camera
Paul Gravel ... second assistant camera
Jean-Paul Houle ... best boy
Jim Lawler ... assistant grip
Rick Maguire ... first assistant camera
Dexter Pattie ... assistant electrician
John Sawyer ... gaffer
Tom Sawyer ... electrician

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Ivan Reitman ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Diane Boucher ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Stewart Harding ... production assistant
Irene Litinsky ... production secretary
Josette Perrotta ... production secretary
Cliff Rothman ... production assistant
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines T-E-R-R-O-R beyond the power of priest or science to exorcise! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Parasite Complex (Canada, English title)
  • Frissons (Canada, French title)
  • Orgy of the Blood Parasites (Canada, English title)
  • They Came from Within (United States)
  • It Came from Within (United States)
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  • 87 min
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Budget CAD185,000 (estimated)

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Trivia David Cronenberg has mentioned that he believes Dan O'Bannon borrowed heavily from the creatures in this film for his own movie in Alien (1979). Cronenberg stated, "I have to say that some of my images like this [parasite] ended up in things like Alien, which was more popular than any of the films I've ever made. But the writer of Alien has definitely seen these movies, Dan O'Bannon. The idea of parasites that burst out of your body and uses a fluid and leaps on your face, that's all in Shivers." As recently as a 2015 Collider interview, Cronenberg mentioned how Alien, "totally ripped off things from my movie Shivers..." See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in They Came From Within (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Rooms in a Museum See more »
Quotes Forsythe: Roger, I had a very disturbing dream last night. In this dream I found myself making love to a strange man. Only I'm having trouble you see, because he's old... and dying... and he smells bad, and I find him repulsive. But then he tells me that everything is erotic, that everything is sexual. You know what I mean? He tells me that even old flesh is erotic flesh. That disease is the love of two alien kinds of creatures for each other. That even dying is an act of eroticism. That talking is sexual. That breathing is sexual. That even to physically exist is sexual. And I believe him, and we make love beautifully.
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