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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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
Apesar do baixo orçamento fica claro daonde os lances do Alien foram de certa forma chupinhados pelo Dan O'Bannont.
A far uglier film than I remember. Cronenberg is peeling back a layer of the traditional horror film to reveal a level of disgust and perversion that manages to impact viewers 40+ years later.
Can't escape the zombie orgy
Seemed appropriate given the election result.
Cronenberg puts a sexual twist on the zombie genre and pulls it off like only he could. When most other zombie films of this period focused mainly on the gore, Shivers takes it many steps further and uses the zombie as a metaphor for our baser sexual desires. The zombie has never felt more close to home, which is what makes this movie so effective. Its production values leave something to be desired, but this is a refreshingly unique creation by a talented, deep-thinking filmmaker.
oh no HELP i'm trapped in PARADISE and everybody wants to have SEX and then KILL me
"How about the pickle?...it's used!"
Early Cronenberg with the master honing his concept of "body horror" that would be featured in his later films. Basically the sexual revolution runs amok in a ritzy apartment building with carnal zombies going mad because of a parasite.
Things get pretty crazy even in the first five minutes. It's amazing that this pre-dates the AIDS crisis by about ten years because it almost seems like a commentary on it.
Bloody, gory and with plenty of nudity and taboo sexual situations- its subject matter is perhaps even more disturbing today in our sensitive times.
Probably my favorite character is "Mr. Mega Vitamin" Brad. Dude has his rap with the ladies down pat, man.…
I made the mistake of watching pretty much every Cronenberg horror film before this one. It's easy to see the problems with Shivers. It's bland at times, messy, and not really interesting. It's not a bad film. It was fun seeing all the tropes in his future films that he perfected.
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