Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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…
A body-horror with an intelligent concept but little actual substance to hold my interest. A lot of nasty bulges and lumps.
if travel is searching
and home what's been found
i'm not stopping
i'm going hunting
i'm the hunter
i'll bring back the goods
but i don't know when
i thought i could organise freedom
how scandinavian of me
you sussed it out, didn't you?
you could smell it
so you left me on my own
to complete the mission
now i'm leaving it all behind
i'm going hunting : i'm the hunter
(you just didn't know me)
An isolated tower block you say? With a crazy parasite turning people into violent, sex crazed monsters? Why yes Mr Cronenberg, have some Canadian Film Board money for that one.
Shivers is Cronenberg's first proper film and whilst it is generic and underdeveloped in places, you certainly see the director he was about to become. We have body horror (chest bursts before Alien), we have obsession with changes in peoples psyche. There is a cold detachment to the unfolding horror, and whilst much is relatively tame, there are still some sequences which either shock or at least unsettle (mother and daughter attack for one). Barbara Steele adds a touch of class, but like many of Cronenberg's early Canadian flicks the relatively unknown cast is actually a bonus. Despite some stilted acting, and a plot which has nowhere to go by the end, its a solid piece of early body horror, and anyone interested in his career will not be disappointed.
It's a real good (occasionally boring) time with sexually transferred zombifying parasites!
É muito interessante ver a liberdade no roteiro e a temática polêmica que é levantado no filme, o que aconteceu por ser independente. Totalmente animalesco, bizarro, nonsense, humor penetrante, terror e morte, o filme mais escatológico de Cronenberg.
A man gets an orgasm from his stomach expanding.
It's about as good as it sounds.
Some classic early Cronenberg. Now dated (I know, no excuse) and naive in its politics and lacks the thematic integrity and complexity we have now come to expect from the man however 'Shivers' is a well paced body horror spectacle with a gripping premise and cold, voyeuristic direction. The juggling of multiple characters is very hard to pull off but Cronenberg manages it exceptionally, amazing especially considering it was so early in his career. Watch it for this and the climactic, eerily wonderful ending. The pool scene particularly is masterfully executed with a style of calculated frenzy and horrific implications.
Wow, I was surprised by this movie. It's probably one of the best parasite horror movies I have seen. It reminds me of Slither, both share some pretty obvious similarities. I think they are about on par with one another. I may prefer Slither by a small margin, but it had about 30 years to look at this formula and fix a problem or too. If you haven't checked out Shiver and don't mind some practical gore effects and softcore nudity I'd highly recommend this.
Still think Scanners is better, but this is a close second place as far a Cronenberg flicks go.
TW: Rape, Sexual Violence
Guys I think Cronenberg likes Freud. Do you think he likes Freud? I think he likes Freud. And sex. He really really wasn't getting laid, or something. I don't even know.
Oh gosh. This movie.
I personally enjoy the alternative title "Orgy of the Blood Parasites" because that is pretty much what you get in this movie. Parasites, horror, and many many awkward sexual assault scenes.
I have a lot of thoughts about the introduction of the apartment complex and the overcompensation of the amenities, the interesting repression of sexual desire that the parasites bring out, the lgbt representation and how male sexuality is seen more violent and is killed more often whereas women's sexuality is…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…