Shivers (1975)

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.


Typically Cronenbergian body horror. It plays much like a peculiarly Canadian zombie film in which fear is not generated by empty consumerism but unleashed sexual desires. Not as inventive as some of his later stuff but not bad at all.

7 years ago


I'm a big fan of Cronenberg's work. Although Shivers is not my favorite at all, we can really see Cronenberg learning how to be a good director in it (he admitted it himself). One of his first ''big'' production with a very low budget, he faced a lot of problems ; very few days of shooting, enough money for only a few good actors… But even with theses imperfections, this movie has influenced many cult movies ; just think about how many similarities exist between Shivers and Alien (created in 1979, few years after)

6 years ago


An excellent feature film debut, and actually a remarkable accomplishment given the budget and acting talent available. Great fun, and it really works - very 70s, and lots of braless women to enjoy.

Paul Hampton is hilarious.

2 years ago

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