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Shivers

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Starliner Towers is just another highrise apartment building until something terrible begins to go wrong. A terrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone. Normal people are becoming deranged, committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. There's nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror.

Special Features

  • 10 min. interview with director David Cronenberg

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: Alfred Pariser, André Link, Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, John Dunning
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305090343
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shivers" on IMDb

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Chilcote-Collins VINE VOICE on April 20, 2004
Format: DVD
There is no doubt in my mind, by watching/reading many interviews with David Cronenberg & viewing everything that he has created thus far that David is a "very special boy". Cronenberg has the kind of imagination, lunacy, & repression to really create the kind of visuals in films that once you view them, you never forget. Cronenberg's 1st feature film, "Shivers", does just that. Filmed on a shoestring budget during 15 hectic days of production in Canada, this film tells the story of a doctor/madman that develops a parasite to live in human beings, take over their intelligence, morals (social & spiritual) & of course, their physical body, & transforms them into oversexed, libertine, bi-sexual cretin beings.
The film is set in and on an exclusive & elite island compound in Canada. The compound has everything one would ever need. A grocery, a drugstore, tennis courts, olympic sized swimming pool, doctor's & dentist offices, room service. The compound includes everything that your little heart desires, plus an extra surprise of parasites roaming in air vents, plumbing, & elevators that resemble a strange cross between a giant,slimy garden slug, a small phallic symbol and a smokey-link breakfast sausage.
This is definitely a catastrophic/end of the world type movie because as the film and the parasites progress to all the inhabitants of the island, there really is only one conclusion...
Of course, I won't give away the ending, but for anyone who enjoys films like Night Of The Living Dead, Outbreak, Dawn Of The Dead, 28 Days, or genre films that feature zombies/animals/mutants/disease taking over the entire world, you will enjoy this movie. Happy Watching!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on July 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Like all ultra-luxury urban high-rises, and every single square inch of Manhattan real estate, the Starliner Towers has a problem: a Bug problem.

Shot on a shoestring budget and in a whirlwind 15 days in Montreal, "Shivers" (also known as "They Came from Within") is Canadian horror visionary and all-around Creepy Guy David Cronenberg's astounding, jaw-dropping little gem about the end of the world, in which humanity doesn't go out with a Bang or a Whimper, but more of a Moan.

But let's get something out of the way right now: David Cronenberg is a genius and, for my money, one of the top 3 horror film directors *ever*. And while it's certainly useful to view "Shivers" as a preview of coming attractions---without a doubt, it's amazing what the young Cronenberg was able to pull off under severe budgetary, time, and talent limitations---the movie stands on its own as a ground-breaking little nugget of unflinching grue that burrows under your skin and truly disturbs.

Things break down quickly in "Shivers", which is about a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, and the terrible toll it takes on the residents of a luxury island apartment complex outside Montreal---and from there the world.

The film's mad scientist (a nice turn by Fred Doederlein, who pops up again as the yoga master in "Scanners") wants to produce designer parasites that can be introduced into a body, devour a failing organ, and 'become' that organ, thus helping its host at the cost of a little blood.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By frankenberry on November 20, 1999
Format: DVD
One of my favorite Cronenberg films...raw, low-budget fun. HOWEVER, the DVD has pixelization and artifacting. It's not the worst I've seen, but it is annoying. I suggest buying the VHS version from Anchor Bay instead...clear, crisp and perfect. IMAGE ENT should take more care in their DVD releases if they want to compete with the majors. Disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on January 31, 2013
Format: DVD
A state-of-the-art apartment building is overrun by some strange, man-made parasite that secretes a powerful aphrodisiac as it spreads like a venereal disease throughout the complex. Soon, the tenants of the high-rise apartments are turned into a pack of mindless rapists and murderers who are driven only by the hungers of the flesh. SHIVERS announces the arrival of David Cronenberg into modern Horror, along with his particular brand of "Body Horror." If PSYCHO showed us that we cannot trust our friends or neighbors, SHIVERS tells us that we cannot trust even ourselves, since the real terror is in our own flesh as our bodies begin to betray us. Cronenberg envisions the end of the world not under the cloud of a nuclear holocaust, but as one big, beautiful orgy where man has reverted entirely to an animalistic state. SHIVERS derives much of its fear and paranoia from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, where we are unable to tell the infected apart from the sane or rational. On top of this, Cronenberg adds grotesque images of the creatures writhing in their victims' skins, just a hint of the horrors to come in his later films like RABID and VIDEODROME. While it is still an early testing ground for the psychosexual revolution that is present in Cronenberg's films, SHIVERS remains an important milestone both in his own career, and in the Horror genre at large.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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