a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
"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…
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…
This film has one of the most fucked up beginnings I have seen. We are presented with the juxtaposition of an advertisement for a Montreal apartment complex with all of the modern conveniences, and the brutal attack of a school girl by a sleazy, demented looking old fart. You think that you are about to witness a ferocious and savage rape when it takes a sudden turn in a different direction, becoming something altogether far worse and horrifying. It is this interleaved images of middle-class luxury and inhuman violence that betrays the vulnerable and permeable dichotomy between rational civilised behaviour and our primal, impulse driven nature.
As it turns out, the old fart is a mad…
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.
hey can i have a bite of your pickle
It definitely picks up in intensity nearer to the end, but it is just a bit too low budget and amateurish for what I would like. It reminded me of a brainier Herschel Gordon Lewis flick. It was pretty wild for the time period. Some of the cast was easy on the eyes. But it certainly doesn't hold up in comparison to the rest of Cronenberg's films.
Don's Shocktober-Fest Film #44
Cronenberg's first, and arguably most brilliant, film.
A doctor experiments with parasites being placed in humans, in the hopes that they can be used to replace vital organs. An unfortunate side-effect being that they cause the "host" to have uncontrollable sexual desire. He's in an ultra-modern high-rise apartment building in Montreal... and you can guess what happens next.
As the "disease" spreads throughout the tenants of the building, SHIVERS escalates into an amazingly gruesome, and surprisingly tense, film that will repulse as equally as it entertains. I never tire of watching this film.
Stars the amazing Barbara Steele and Lynn Lowry.
Meeting celebrities doesn't usually faze me, but then I found myself standing directly in front of Lynn Lowry after this screening of Shivers. I was a little faded, and as soon as the great cult actress' eyes locked onto me, every warm, witty compliment I'd ever wanted to pay went fluttering from my brain. "Oh wow, you are so incredible," I heard myself repeating. "Shivers and I Drink Your Blood... so, so awesome. I love The Crazies, your performance is so heartbreaking... like, wow." The dumber I realized I sounded, the more flustered I got. She graciously waited for breaks in my stammering nonsense, yet I was unable to answer her simple questions (do I want the autograph personalized, do…
It has been quite some time since I'd seen this one and it still holds up.
Great slithery, sexy, gross out horror.
Somehow this film was really hard for me to get a hold of legally. Took me a while to get my claws on it. I'm happy to have finally watched it because it is pure fun.
Doctor decides to play god by developing a parasite that can replace internal organs. Parasite has a mind of its own and turns its host into a fuck machine. This all takes place in a suburban high rise. Makes you wonder how 40 years later Ben Wheatley flubbed on making a horror film in a similar setting. Our hero is a Boris Johnson looking doctor who could really give a fuck less about anything. He's cool.
In an episode of her excellent film history podcast You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth describes an incident between actress Gloria Grahame and director Nicholas Ray; Grahame, who was in a tumultuous relationship with Ray, apparently once held Ray at gunpoint and commanded: "FUCK, OR DIE."
In David Cronenberg's Shivers, the residents of an isolated high rise building also have to choose between fucking or dying, thanks to wildly communicable parasites that jack up sex drives to an animalistic level. This premise, depending on who's in charge, could have been straight forward body horror or sexy horror comedy - but Cronenberg blends these elements into a genuinely nasty cocktail. The sexual violence is so abhorrent and…
When a man incubating sexual parasites, unleashes his payload in an condominium complex, pandemonium happens.
The first truly professional feature film from David Cronenberg and one that falls in line with the director's obsessions with deceased, body modification and horror. Still quite effective some 30 years since its' original release.
Watching this movie with stomach flu is not the best decision I've ever made.
Derogatory, indeed, but "trash" is a term that critics began to helm beginning in the '30s and '40s. To me,…
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