Movies that are slightly off.
Going mad is just the beginning of the terror...
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.
"Even dying is an act of eroticism."
Hey, if I said that line to you and you'd never even seen Shivers, you would probably have a [fleshy, deformed] hunch that it came from David Cronenberg, wouldn't you?
While Shivers definitely has what would eventually be considered Cronenberg's hallmarks: flesh, scientists/doctors, and primal sex, the film is sometimes bland and amateurish and not quite as original as his later work, especially with all of the George Romero [Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies (in addition to the inclusion of Lynn Lowry)] meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a '70s free love twist-vibes.
On this [much needed] re-watch, I wasn't quite as crazy for Shivers as I once was, but…
I tend to give horror movies a pass when it comes to certain issues including the portrayal of women. I don't know why I do this. It probably has to do with the fact that I am quite unfamiliar with the genre, and I expect women to be portrayed as stupid yellers who can't walk or run without falling, dial a telephone number because they are so shaken, or get the hell out of a house because they are too busy running up the stairs where they will be trapped. So yeah, I don't expect much from the genre.
But this... this one, oh boy. This one made me question Cronenberg as a human being. This one made me dislike…
Reading a description of David Cronernberg's "Shivers," one might think the horror film is a parody. The story of apartment dwellers infected by a parasite that turns them into sex fiends could easily and humorously be labeled "Orgy of the Living Dead" or "Night of the Canadian Sex Zombies" if the film were not played so straight and earnestly. "Shivers" is no parody, and, though it may have a sly sense of humor, the film is a stark, haunting debut from a renowned director.
Revolving around a Montreal high-rise where a parasite infects its inhabitants, "Shivers" is a gory, gets-under-your-skin piece of horror that exhibits early versions of the signatures marking Cronenberg's career. Flesh literally crawls and the residents of…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s Horror-o-thon 2014
Let me make it clear right off the top that while not generally a horror fan, I am a David Cronenberg fan. He’s a director who always has something interesting to say, and an interesting way of saying it. Ok, that out of the way, I have to say that Shivers, his debut feature film, was dreadful.
I hadn’t seen it since way way back, and I kind of lumped it in with Rabid, which I love. What a difference a year can make. While Rabid had the meagre-budget Canadian look and similar ligneous performances, it was crisply paced and narratively sound. Shivers, on the other hand, flops around like a beached halibut…
A sickening, raw early film from Cronenberg that really managed to get under my skin and make me feel a bit sick. It's quite brilliant though, featuring what would become his usual themes in his body of work. The energy and ambition is palpable, even if the budget couldn't match. Still truly enjoyable and completely fucked up.
Oh yeah! Now that's what I'm talking about! Oh yeah! I mean sure, it's trashy, disgusting, weird, the characters are unrealistic and stupid and the quality of the acting and overall film making is quite rough around the edges, with some unnecessarily gratuitous material. But! It's a lot of fun in a twisted, no holds barred, fucked up way. So there's a doctor who thinks humans have removed themselves too much from their basic, instinctual-driven behaviors. He doesn't like that and decides to create a parasite that acts as part aphrodisiac, part venereal disease, that he implants inside a resident of a modern apartment building. From there, chaos ensues, as the parasite can be easily transmitted to multiple…
"Even old flesh is erotic."
I wasn't expecting this movie to be so much fun. I went into this completely blind and had a blast. It's full of blood and gratuitous nudity. the idea is simple, but cool, and it all takes place in a cool, isolated area. A solid early film from Cronenberg.
Ein Parasit überwindet die Sterilität und Anonymität einer modernistischen Wohnanlage und macht aus den Bewohnern gesellige Sex-Maniacs, die am Ende eine große Sex-Party im Schwimmbad der Anlage feiern. Ich habe den Film eher als Komödie und Gesellschaftssatire denn als Horrorfilm gesehen, oder: Ich habe mehr gelacht als mich gefürchtet oder geekelt. Der Film ist eine großartige Parodie auf den Fortschrittsglauben der 70er Jahre und die damit einhergehenden architektonischen Erlösungsprojekte, in denen die Menschen glücklich und friedlich leben sollen. Ich musste beim Schauen von SHIVERS immer an das Collini-Center in Mannheim denken, eine modernistische Wohnanlage im Stil des Brutalismus, die man in den 70er Jahren am Neckar baute. Der Film hätte dort auch gut spielen können. Der Cronenbergsche Body-Horror bezog seine…
This has the positives and negatives of a lot of Cronenberg's early work: Super Bland White Dude Protagonist (maybe intentionally here), not as developed as it could be, great third act with some truly amazing imagery and atmosphere. It also has some slow motion shots which seem very unusual for him. It's a fascinating horror film with lingering images and ideas about how sexuality and violence already exist day to day in a city, waiting to emerge in full.
back in cronenberg's hornier days, he made shivers, a movie about 6" intestinal parasites that turn people into sex crazed maniacs in order to spread. the outlook is bleak here as with most of his stuff, but there are some things to enjoy like that crazy opening scene and lots of 70s boobs.
Started out a bit lackluster, ended like a carnival ride operated by the weirdest company Christmas party you've ever been to.
I want to fuck shivers
Cronenberg Weekend, Day One: Shivers / Rabid / The Brood / Scanners / The Dead Zone
Shivers: Night of the Living Dead with sex! I imagine that being the pitch (if there even was one).
I'm not a huge fan of '70s horror, but I am coming around to them. Shivers is a movie that I have enjoyed for many years, though. In my opinion, this might be Cronenberg's best movie, but maybe I am alone in that opinion. It is a simple and effective movie that does everything right, and that is why it is my favorite of his.
The closest comparison to it would be The Crazies. Shivers is miles head of that movie, simply because of the atmosphere, suspense, and fast pace, which is unusual for something from this era.
Speaking of The Crazies, it seems like most of these '70s horror movies had remakes in the past 10 years, except for Shivers. I wouldn't be against a remake of it, because it would give a wider audience to the original, and also the themes of this movie would work very well today, just as they did back then.
They've all been bitten by the love bug!
The full-on early 70s fashion and the sexploitation vibe makes this movie look utterly camp nowadays, but it does include all the freaky, gory Croneberg trademarks for decennia to come.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
Further viewing for those who enjoyed, or followed along with the AFS Art/Horror series. There are some obvious titles here,…