Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975)

Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)


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A gripping exercise in body horror and social paranoia, prolific Canadian director David Cronenberg's debut feature offers a startling look at modern isolationist society with a parasitic twist. When a scientist experimenting with a new form of organ transplants kills a young female resident of a fortress-like apartment complex before subsequently committing suicide, the investigation into her death leads to a frightening discovery. Originally conceived by the misguided scientist in a bid to aid … More

Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
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On DVD: Sep 30, 1998


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Critic Reviews for Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)

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The film is so tackily written and directed, so darkly photographed and the sound so dimly recorded, that it's difficult to stay with it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Shivers, written and directed by Cronenberg, is a paranoid, prurient sexual nightmare.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Time Out
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A simplistic and maddening little gem that spoofs our fear of sex while pushing sexual content on film to its very limits.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Cinema Crazed

I'm shocked no one else has tried 'sex zombies' as a horror film device since this one -- they're terrifying.

Full Review… | March 26, 2014

Audience Reviews for Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)


Pretty gruesome and quite disturbing. Only in the 70's would they have made a movie about what pretty much amounts to sex zombies.
I don't think it would work as a modern film, and I'm not entirely sure it works here either, but it is interesting and has that 70's thing going for it.

Nicki Marie

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It is hard to see what Cronenberg had in mind when he concocted this repellent film full of sexism and misogyny about fear of sexuality, as it only seems to suggest that uncontrolled sexual desires lead to people becoming irrational rapists prone to pedophilia and incest.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

David Cronenberg has always managed to deliver some truly standout films. Each film he has directed has had a profound impact on the horror genre, and he has managed to become one of the most exciting directors of the body horror genre. With Shivers, being the first film by Cronenberg he gives us a few hints of what would come later in his career. What is delivered here is a well crafted horror film that boasts some great performances from its cast and has a well written script. Shivers is an impressive debut from Cronenberg and you can clearly see his ideas already coming to fruition that would be standout through his films. Shivers was where it all started from Cronenberg, and it's a fine body horror film. Using a disease as a plot device, Cronenberg crafts a film that is horrifying in the way that it's made, and it is a prime film in the early body horror films that Cronenberg would come to be known for. The story here is entertaining and it's sure to please Cronenberg and body horror fans. I've seen many of Cronenberg's films, and for a debut film, Shivers shows the confidence of a director who knows how to go to the extreme in terrifying an audience. This is a well made horror film, one that should be seen by any Cronenberg fan. Though not as great as his later work, Shivers still ranks as a very good film from the master of the body horror genre. The scares here abound as Cronenberg uses paranoia, diseases and the human body to create something truly terrifying, and in the end, it works on so many levels.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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