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…
Το προσφιλές θέμα πειραματισμού και μελέτης, η σχέση του ερωτισμού με το σώμα και τα όρια του ηδονιστικού και του διεστραμμένου, περιγράφεται ξεκάθαρα ήδη από το σκηνοθετικό ντεμπούτο του Καναδού δημιουργού, στο Shivers («Ανατριχίλες») του 1975. Είναι πάντα μια ενδιαφέρουσα πρόκληση να προσπαθείς να αναζητήσεις και να εντοπίσεις στις πρώτες ταινίες της φιλμογραφίας ενός σκηνοθέτη, τα σημεία εκείνα που τον στοιχειώσουν και θα τον ακολουθήσουν στην μετέπειτα πορεία του, καθορίζοντας εν τέλει το στυλ του και αποτελώντας το σήμα κατατεθέν του, σε σημείο που να μπορείς να πεις «ναι, αυτή η ταινία μοιάζει με δημιουργία του τάδε». Στην περίπτωση του D. Cronenberg φαίνεται πως είναι αρκετά εύκολο καθώς η άτυπη τριλογία του Shivers, Rabid, The Brood αποκαλύπτουν τις καλλιτεχνικές…
Not usually a fan of David Cronenberg, but I enjoyed this low budget sex zombie movie. I didn't mind the super sleaziness of this film because it seemed to fit in with what was happening. It's still not a great film, some wooden performances and a bit of dragging make it a slog sometimes.
Whether he is working with a big budget or a small one, master filmmaker David Cronenberg uses ideas to disturb his audience and make them squirm. No matter how graphic or gross the special effects are, they always emphasize an idea or serve as a metaphor. A special effect is never just an empty thrill in a Cronenberg film. This is true even in 1975 Cronenberg’s debut feature, Shivers, in which the budget is low and effects are sparse and even tame when compared to his later films like The Brood and The Fly.
Shivers takes place in an ultra-modern, nearly self-sufficient, luxury high rise apartment building called Starliner Tower on an island in a lake just outside of Montreal.…
This is Cronzie in his early B-movie element. It’s lurid, sleazy, and full of gross things. As is the case with his other early horror standouts like THE BROOD and SCANNERS, the acting varies in quality. It seems like his early movies are all partly ruined by bland leading men and this is no exception. There are a few too many lulls, but it has some genuinely chilling scenes, especially the ending.
Relatively decent slice of Canadian horror, perhaps only well-known because it is David Cronenberg's first feature film. It's very low-budget and feels it, with the amateurish acting and cheap sets, but that doesn't take away from the obvious talent shown behind the camera. It's a rather interesting take on the zombie formula - while managing to be even more disgusting - with a Montreal-in-the-1970s style. It's fairly scary, very gross, and first and foremost just a stepping stone to Cronenberg's later classics. Only for fans of the director, though.
hey how bout that pickle...it's used!
Given the budget limitations, Shivers is a little dodgier and schlockier than most would be used to with Cronenberg, and as a result will be more off-putting to some, if not a source of revulsion (even by Crony standards). But his auteurism is seemingly fully intact here. One would imagine in a lo-fi lusting-for-breakout case like Shivers that the physically disturbing may dwarf the psychologically disturbing, but Cronenberg ultimately manages to balance this as we know he can, and that is why Shivers works. The film manages to find a curious momentum and never lets up to the finish line, increasingly unearthing memorable shots the further it plunges. Accompanied with an ever-engaging thematic scenario, Shivers ends up being a lot…
An impressive debut by David Cronenberg. A movie about a parasite that creates sex maniacs in a high rise apartment building is surprisingly gory and surprisingly not sexy (other than the brief lesbian scene with Barbara Steele, yes, THAT Barbara Steele!). It builds to a climax in a pool that is like Animal House meets Night of the Living Dead.
Cronenberg cuts his teeth on his favorite themes. He's got a lot to learn still, but there's still a lot to like.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.