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.
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…
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…
Also known as "They Came from Within", this is the first full feature from Canadian genius David Cronenberg. It is a raw and startling film about an aphrodisiacal parasite on the loose in a luxury apartment block and turning the occupants into sex-crazed zombies. Cronenberg delivered a controversial and ground-breaking horror film that internalised horror out of the external environment and into the human body itself. "Shivers" features early manifestations of all the key Cronenbergian motifs from outrageous body horror, medical experimentation gone awry to fantastical disease metaphors. It also features the legendary Barbara Steele in some of the film's most unforgettably moments and Lynn Lowry delivering some of the film's most unforgettable dialogue, including the following: "I had a…
Cronenberg on the big screen! Kudos to TIFF for whenever they did the restoration print, it looked great. Did anyone else notice but, you know the curly haired fuck who's spawning all the things... The head of his bed wasn't against a wall, like his wife walked behind it twice. I've never seen that in any ones room ever and for some reason it made me just as uncomfortable as any body horror I've seen Cronenberg do.
The things I do like about this movie have to do with the production value. It looks cheap, it feels cheap, its atmosphere is entirely created out of what they could afford, and yet there is a genuine attempt at creating a decent, meaningful story. My only problem was the lack of a protaganist to keep the audience grounded.
Earlier I wrote a review of a similar kind of movie called Death Ship, simply saying "this movie sucks". I've been ill the past couple of days and I didn't have the energy to explain myself. I guess the reason why it sucks is that unlike Shivers, it wasn't trying to tell you a story, it was trying to exploit the…
It's a early film (and it shows) that's his to become specialty of low budget body horror with plenty of imperfection, but then again it has Barbara Steele! !
A psycho-sexual explosion. Shivers is a gripping and innovative horror film that deals as much in social commentary as it does in blood orgies.
Saw Ben Wheatley's High Rise yesterday with the goodson.
I feel Cronenberg did this movie better in the actual seventies, but he cleverly replaced the social class revolution aspect with a sexual, bestial one. I found it much more effective in the long run.
I keep seeing negative reviews of this on here. As for those who don't appreciate this flick:
A) Cronenberg probably isn't your thing.
B) You guys do realize the director considers the infected residents the "heroes", right? Puts the movie in a slightly different perspective when he considers such an outcome preferable to the alternative.
A parasite devised to replace organs that causes the inflicted to grow tumours that cause them to reduce their desire to fornication which causes them to vomit maimed penes which jump around penetrating everyone still conducting themselves in a Canadian fashion until the peninsula is sated which causes the turned to gather in gleeful pairs leaving the ark across the isthmus from the extremity to the city's bowels to spread the word. Only knives and guns kill, mind you. That is causality.
More than any other genre (see vague classifications, such as "action," "drama," "comedy") horror films seem to exist in their own separate world (eg; you don't really see "comedy film fans" but you do "horror".) Is there a particular reason for this? Investigation will follow...
PS: Shivers seems like a film both amateurly produced and heavily stylized, which is interesting (but not good.)
It doesn't hit the heights of "The Brood" and "Videodrome" or even "Rabid," but "Shivers" is a great first horror run for David Cronenberg that eerily foretells the AIDS crisis of the early '80s and lets him start exploring the themes that he would become known for in his later films. Cronenberg's films could have been schlock in the hands of a less-thoughtful director. There are strong echoes of Romero in the claustrophobic setting filled with zombified people who are slowly succumbing to the parasitic outbreak (seen later in "Night of the Creeps" and "Slither"). The (finally uncut) Arrow Blu Ray looks much better than the old DVD!
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…