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Shivers (1975)

Director:
David Cronenberg
COUNTRY
Canada
GENRE
Horror
AKA
The Parasite Murders
They Came From Within
RUNNING TIME
87 minutes
Producer:
Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter:
David Cronenberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Roger St. Luc Paul Hampton
Rollo Linsky Joe Silver
Nurse Forsythe Lynn Lowry
Nicholas Tudor Alan Migicovsky
Janine Tudor Susan Petrie
Betts Barbara Steele

 

Review

Shivers, which was David Cronenberg's first feature, shows little in terms of the future horror maestro's technical and narrative skills, but the fascination for gore and mutilated bodies is there, and if the film retains any artistic merit today, it is through the unrelenting and sudden appearance of the "disease" Cronenberg has concocted here - a mad scientist's gene-manipulated parasites, which enter the human body and makes the host strangely and uncontrollably aroused. The film has a couple of eerie, effective scenes, but as a whole, it is too much all over the place, with the "infected" acting as hyperactive rapists one minute and Night of the Living Dead type zombies the next. The film has a student movie feel with cheap production values, and is arguably only interesting for die-hard Cronenberg fans today. The producer is future Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.

 

Copyright 4.10.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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