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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: #79,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shivers" on IMDb

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  • 10 min. interview with director David Cronenberg

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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.

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21 of 22 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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13 of 14 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Maniscalco on October 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
For those of you that like Cronenberg movies, you won't be disappointed. This is an earlier film by this director. It has the usuals that you would expect from this director: lots of sexually oriented material and wierdness. I did enjoy this movie, but mostly because it was silly and easy to laugh at. The acting is poor, and the plot is your usual Cronenberg wierdness. It has the feel of many of the zombie movies, altough with sex instead of explicit gore (ie. Zombie, Day of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, etc). If you like Cronenberg movies, this is a must see. If you don't know how you feel about him, move on to something else.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on April 24, 2000
Format: DVD
SHIVERS is the first movie of canadian director David Cronenberg. This director is one of the rare today filmmakers who has got a coherent filmography. In short, David Cronenberg's peculiar concern is the human corpse. And its hidden secrets. So no wonder if the hero of SHIVERS is already a doctor. In fact, the man responsible for the horrors depicted in this movie is also a doctor. Good and Evil, Pain and Pleasure, SHIVERS is a study of these dualities which make the world turn round.
During the interesting interview of David Cronenberg that you can see as bonus feature, the director presents SHIVERS as a truly original horror movie. Well, I don't quite agree with him. It's impossible not to think of George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and Don Siegel's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS as you watch this movie. But, let's be fair, it could be considered as an homage to these two classics.
SHIVERS has its moments of pure horror and very comic moments (specially when children are involved, congratulations for your good taste, David) considering the subject of the movie. I must admit that just the simple idea to have living parasites in my body makes me uneasy, but to imagine that they could grow and take control of my mind is terrifying. Happily enough, David Cronenberg is a Hitchcock's pupil and often let's the audience imagine the worse by suggesting rather than by showing it.
In the first part of the movie, parasites are very aggressive until they've taken control of a sufficient number of bodies. Then, and THAT is genuinely original, they will try to win by using the sexual pulsions of the building's inhabitants. See at least once SHIVERS for the dionysiac orgies that follow.
Average audio and video. A featurette and a trailer.
A DVD to swallow.
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