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Shivers

  • Horror
  • Sci-fi
  • 1975
  • David Cronenberg
  • 84 mins
  • X

Summary

Guests at a luxury hotel become infected by parasites invented by a mad scientist which turn them into a gang of sex-hungry maniacs. Horror directed by David Cronenberg, starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver and Lyn Lowry.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

David Cronenberg's first "important" horror film may now look a little crude, but the obsessions that would colour his later works are already apparent. The story is centred around a vaguely futuristic apartment complex where a parasite is gradually working its way through the occupants, transforming them into sex-obsessed zombies. It's not exactly subtle, but Cronenberg delights in some stomach-churning imagery and the stark, chilling design would later be revisited in films such as Dead Ringers and The Fly. There are no big names in the cast, although horror aficionados will be pleased to see the presence of Hammer stalwart Barbara Steele.

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Credits

Cast

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Roger St LucPaul Hampton
Rollo LinskyJoe Silver
ForsytheLynn Lowry
Nicholas TudorAllan Migicovsky
Janine TudorSusan Petrie
BettsBarbara Steele
MerrickRonald Mlodzik

Crew

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DirectorDavid Cronenberg

Details

Released on
1976-04-30
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Contains swearing and graphic and disturbing images.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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