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Shivers uses elementally effective basic ingredients to brilliant effect - and lays the profoundly unsettling foundation for director David Cronenberg's career to follow. Read critic reviews

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After a scientist living in a posh apartment complex slaughters a teen girl and kills himself, investigators discover that the murderer had been carrying on experiments involving deadly parasites. Roger St. Luc (Paul Hampton), a doctor living in the building, and his aide, Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry), then realize that the parasites are on the loose, attacking fellow tenants. And those who become hosts turn into erotically obsessed maniacs who pass the bugs on through violent sex.

Cast & Crew

Paul Hampton
Roger St Luc
Joe Silver
Rollo Linsky
Lynn Lowry
Nurse Forsythe
Allan Kolman
Nicholas Tudor
Susan Petrie
Janine Tudor
Barry Baldaro
Detective Heller
Alfred Pariser
Executive Producer
Peter James
Executive Producer
Robert Saad
Cinematographer
Patrick Dodd
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Erla Gliserman
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Critic Reviews for Shivers

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Audience Reviews for Shivers

  • Jun 18, 2019
    David Cronenberg's first feature film riffs on George Romero's zombie pastiche as social commentary, only taking it in a personal direction, in this horror film about one of those super-deluxe apartment complexes wherein security measures actually work to trap people inside when an emergency arises. Low budget? You bet. Overtly salacious? C'mon, you know it. Disturbing? Hoo boy! This is one of those cinema-as-a-survival-exercise works = can you make it through the thing without upchucking yer dinner? Yah, it's fun.
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  • Jun 26, 2016
    The way this film was made and shot, it suits for a low-budget classic by David Cronenberg between Crimes of the Future and The Dead Zone.
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  • Feb 05, 2015
    Interesting debut from Cronenberg
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer

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