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Shivers (1976)

Paul Hampton , Joe Silver , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305090343
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shivers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 10 min. interview with director David Cronenberg

Editorial Reviews

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.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're in the Mood for Love... July 17, 2005
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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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD version has problems November 20, 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg's grotesque first film February 10, 2004
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Every once in awhile I like to watch a David Cronenberg film. I have seen several at this point, from his earliest stuff like "Rabid" to his seminal reworking of "The Fly" starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. One thing you will always get from a Cronenberg film is a serious look at how technology and human beings interact. Like science fiction author J.G. Ballard, Cronenberg's films embrace a synthesis of man and machine that is exceedingly grim, an outlook usually complimented with generous helpings of gore. The overarching theme in his cinematic examinations seems to be that humans simply do not know enough about the technology they develop, or if they do, their arrogance in the ultimate abilities of mankind always leads them charging into experiments despite the risks. That we are just not far seeing enough to predict the outcome of using new drugs or messing around with human genetics may be a good message to take from a Cronenberg film. "Shivers" is Cronenberg's first major motion picture, and it is quite an auspicious beginning for the Canadian director. This film isn't great, not compared to some of Cronenberg's later magnum opuses, but it showed just enough promise to merit attention from Hollywood.
It's the wonderful 1970s in "Shivers," a time when fancy high-rise residences went up offering prospective tenants all the amenities. The Starliner, an apartment building situated on an isolated island somewhere in Canada, is one of these luxurious projects. The building offers everything for modern living--including a parasite that turns people into raving sex maniacs. Yep, you heard right. "Shivers" is about a bunch of poor souls undergoing painful invasions from nasty looking creatures that feed off their host in particularly vicious ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, i'm Ronald Merrick... and i'm here to invite YOU aboard OUR...
First off, David Cronenberg is referred to as "The King of Venereal Horror" after watching this cult classic, I can understand why they would call him that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by music rocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Shivers
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
A good beginnings for a young director . Interesting ideas , good acting , good camera work . Decent special effects . Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by James Brandenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. David Cronenberg in all his glory!
"Shivers" is body-horror master David Cronenberg's big screen premiere film. This is where it all started, the legacy that bred "Scanners", "The Brood", "Videodrome" and other... Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by William Dorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Parasites In Paradise...
SHIVERS had to be controversial when it came out. With it's theme of "sexual-revolution-gone-mad", and David Cronenberg's unflinching use of deviation and violence, this film is... Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars They came from within... to give us Shivers!
David Cronenberg's 1975 debut film is layered with allegories and metaphors showing the talent of a young director and writer. Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by Jonathan R. Polder
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex-Crazed Canadian Zombies in a High-Rise Apt. Bldg.
Cronenberg filmed (in 1996) an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's controversial novel, Crash, which explored a subculture that celebrated sex and car crashes. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by Lemmy Caution
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Work by One of Cinema's Greats
Not one of Cronenberg's best, but passable. It feels like the film was not pure Cronenberg, as if he was forced to bow to outside pressures of producers, etc or he simply had not... Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by vitajex
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap But Effective Early David Cronenberg Effort
Shivers (or as it's called in the US, THEY CAME FROM WITHIN) is the first feature from David (SCANNERS, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) Cronenberg - and looks it. Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by Timothy Liebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Re-issue This.
Shriek Show, Dark Sky Films please put this clasic on dvd please these prices for this out of print version is insane in these tough economic times.otherwise great film....... Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by A. Salgado
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