Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 30
One thing I can say for certain about David Cronenberg is that he's definitely the king of the high concept horror film. Whatever reservations I might have about Shivers, it's certainly never afraid to be exactly as creative, crazy, and controversial as it wants to be.
The story is about a luxury apartment complex which finds itself slowly overrun by parasitic grafting organs. Yes, you read that right. A doctor makes organs for transplantation which are parasitic in nature, and these demonic biological creations escape and go on a killing spree. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, they roam the building taking over its inhabitants and making them incredibly horny. Just another day in the…
Night of the Living Id.
I really wish Cronenberg would make another horror film he was very good at it and it's a genre that would really benefit from some with his talents returning to it.
I had only seen a poor quality bootleg of this before and was lucky enough to see it on 35mm tonight. This film is still shocking today. It refrains from being overly grotesque and showing too much, but gives you just enough a taste that it's kind of amazing this film came out when it did. Cronenberg is smarter than your average exploitation filmmaker and he balances shock and gore with a tongue in cheek sense of humor and smart social commentary. Every time I revisit a film of his I find more to take out of it.
Watchable body horror from Cronenberg but not as good as his later films
Honestly I think this is a better social satire than Dawn of the Dead. It's got nothing on most of the other Cronenberg I've seen, but for a movie so early in his career it's really good-looking.
It has that straight-faced humour amidst actual horror and drama that works so well with this kind of movie.
The older you get, the less your body cooperates. This is why I decided on David Cronenberg, the grand poobah of body horror, for the second half of my 40th birthday double feature. His debut, Shivers, is not as sophisticated and gets less love than masterpieces like Videodrome or The Fly, but its primal grindhouse immediacy has always made it one of my favorites. It's a simple siege situation, where the residents of a fancy new Montreal highrise are overtaken by nasty little toothy slugs that cause sexual arousal and spread like a venereal disease. Their origin is uncovered by a pair of doctors (Paul Hampton and Joe Silver), but we mostly spend time watching individuals struggling with being infected…
a ridiculously fun early cronenberg movie that is basically about horny humping parasite infected people. fun for the whole family!
Just another terrible film from the '70s that doesn't hold up at all.
At least it was made in a pretty terrific year.
THEY'RE JUST GIRLS, BREAKING HEARTS.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…