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

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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.



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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 organ transplant, an overzealous parasite quickly escapes into the complex in search of a host. One by one, the unsuspecting residents fall prey to the parasite, and the result is an aggressive horde of sex maniacs who will stop at nothing to satisfy their primal lust and pass the infection on through sexual contact. When the resident doctor learns the sinister truth behind the malevolent creation, only one man stands between an apartment complex overflowing with id-driven zombies and the outside world. Will he be able to stop the rapidly spreading parasite before it escapes into society, or is it only a matter of time until he, too, falls prey to its rapturous effects and gives in to the temptations of the flesh? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Paul Hampton
as Roger St. Luc
Joe Silver
as Rollo Linsky
Alan Migicovsky
as Nicholas Tudor
Lynn Lowry
as Forsythe
Susan Petrie
as Janine Tudor
Joan Blackman
as Elevator Mother
Joy Coghill
as Mona Wheally
Sonny Forbes
as Garbage Room Man
Arthur Grosser
as Mr. Wolfe
Wally Martin
as Doorman
Vlasta Vrana
as Kresimer Sviben
Fred Doederlein
as Emil Hobbes
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Critic Reviews for Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)

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

  • 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • 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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