No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
Going MAD is just the beginning...
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.
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.
''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.''
I must admit I had…
The closest Cronenberg will ever get to making a zombie movie, Shivers is actually a parable about the primal sexual desires within everybody that we pretend not possess. Cronenberg seems to be making the point that behind all our technology and societal constructs, we're still just animals.
The movie hasn't exactly aged well, and the characters aren't particularly well defined. Still, it has a lot of interesting ideas, gratuitous nudity, and it informs a lot of Cronenberg's later career (as well as the careers of other directors; I'm 99% sure that James Gunn's Slither is an unofficial remake of this). Plus it's free on YouTube. So why not check it out?
“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.”
-Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry)
This is where it all began – the birth of a genre icon, The Baron of Blood, The King of Venereal Horror himself, David Cronenberg. Alright, so technically speaking it didn’t really start here as Cronenberg’s debut feature was from 1969 (Stereo) and he produced a good number of shorts prior to this. But Shivers, a horror film that focuses on an infectious sexual parasite in an apartment block, is the first film that…
An ambitious film, considering the obvious budget constraints. Cronenberg showcases his skills as a director with some truly shocking images and a bit of humor mixed in.
David Cronenberg has always managed to deliver some truly standout films. Each film he has directed has had a profound impact on the horror genre, and he has managed to become one of the most exciting directors of the body horror genre. With Shivers, being the first film by Cronenberg he gives us a few hints of what would come later in his career. What is delivered here is a well crafted horror film that boasts some great performances from its cast and has a well written script. Shivers is an impressive debut from Cronenberg and you can clearly see his ideas already coming to fruition that would be standout through his films. Shivers was where it all started from…
Cronenberg’s first feature is surprising good. The shock factor is there from the opening scene in which a man in his 70’s appears to be going to strangle & rape a schoolgirl. As story unfolds we learn more about what infect/infesting a modern appartment block. The residents become some kind of horny zombies , ready to fulfil the urge the spread the infestation. This a tightly written siege movie although the performance are not great it frankly doesn't matter. Nice amount of gore and practical effects for a low budget 70's flick.
An early David Cronenberg shocker that is pretty slick and disturbing with it's execution. There isn't many notable characters to speak of here, just the story of a Montreal apartment complex under attack by a series of vicious slug-like parasites, whose primary goal is to turn everyone into zombie-minded beings with a huge sexual overdrive.
While it may be dated, it gets the job done and explores elements of body-horror that would become more frequent in future works by Cronenberg. The film keeps an unsettling feel throughout with a typical horror soundtrack of the era. Definitely not one to watch while eating as well.
Camp classic from the tax shelter years amuses much more this time around; I'm a convert.
A early Cronenberg body horror movie, and what a treat it is too.
Sure the effects are a bit hokey and some of the acting isn't top notch - but all of this falls into irrelevance as it's such a good ride.
Watched in Astoria, NY.
David Cronenberg's first feature length film is surprisingly still as perverted as it was when originally released in 1975. See what happens when slugs enter the bodies of an apartment dwelling and turn its inhabitants into perverted sex fiends. The film has Canadian television production values, but enough twisted ideas to keep your attention. Not to mention a very sexy appearance from Lynn Lowry (George A. Romero's Crazies and Radley Metzger's Score). I was lucky enough to see this one on the big screen; a newly restored version thanks to the people at the TIFF Lightbox. Shivers packs a punch; unlike many horror films made today, who find themselves softening their blow thanks to the fears of a politically correct ticket buying demographic. Cronenberg was very afraid to offend; which makes his film as current as the day they were made.
- The Brood
- The Lost Weekend
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…