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…
So much potential here. An enclosed "utopia" of an apartment complex that becomes infested with a parasite that is passed between hosts via sexual contact. This screams Cronenberg. I think the budget let it down a bit and the fact that this was one of Cronenberg's very early films makes it a solid candidate to be remade at some point (High Rise by Ben Wheatley sounds like it might be close). Slightly disappointing but still has it's moments.
While you're watching this you can literally feel Cronenberg locking a chastity belt on you.
David Cronenberg makes something like a zombie movie, and I like it more than any zombie movie I've ever seen. Am I really that predictable? Yes, yes I am.
Many of Cronenberg's early movies unfold plainly, like a novel. They only acquire their most sinister bents after introducing you to the premise, and making you believe it can be real. He's not trying to shock you or seduce you, he's earnestly making his case.
I can't wait to see RABID in HD.
Film 100 of "The December Challenge 3"
87 minutes (8961 total)
1st time watch
Watching this early Cronenberg movie made me realize I need to watch more of his films that have slipped by me over the years. I like almost all of his films that I've seen and this is no different. It's creepy as hell and I wonder if he was making a statement about how STD's can spread if not safeguarded against. That's probably not the case, but if I was young when I first saw this I wouldn't want to have sex anytime soon that's for sure.
The film surrounds a parasitic outbreak that rampages through an apartment building in Montreal, in which people infected become,…
As an exploitation film, this had a reasonably coherent plot. As a horror film, it had its moments. The dialog could use some work. Overall I enjoyed it.
Checking out my copy of Arrow's Blu-ray which arrived in the mail today. Love the early Cronenberg stuff, and besides not having a commentary track included this is a pretty great disc. Arrow has Cronenberg's Rabid on the way next month and after that The Dead Zone will be the last of his horror titles not on Blu-ray somewhere in the world.
David Cronenberg rules so hard. Shivers marks Cronenberg's debut and already in his first film you have his trademark body horror, weird sexuality, perversions, and the kind of unsettling gore that he would go on to evolve and perfect. So you have all of this going on within a movie that is about parasites that turn people into sex zombies. The film's chaotic climax is a treat.
Penis shaped parasite + infected people screwing constantly + bad acting and cheesy production values = Cronenberg's first film and it's a hoot!
This is EXACTLY what i would picture a remake of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' directed by David Cronenberg would be. It keeps all of the suspense and fear while adding body horror and sexual themes. I loved the use of the bugs and the very creepy sexual undertones throughout the film. The fact that it all takes place in one apartment complex really works as well, allowing the film to get to the point and not attempt to go too big with the concept. The only issue I had is the pretty bad acting throughout the film, but that is kind of expected on such a low budget.
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No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
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We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…