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World Horror Cinema: Canada

By Sam Reeve

shivers posterTitle: Shivers

Year: 1975

Language: English

My rating: 7.5/10

I just couldn’t resist featuring my own country on Halloween, and of course I would have to pick something by one of the greatest Canadians ever: David Cronenberg. Characteristic of the Toronto-born director, Shivers is a venereal body horror with plenty of creatures, blood and boobs.

Fun fact: one of the alternate titles when filming was Orgy of the Blood Parasites.

The inhabitants of high-rise apartment building on a little island in Montreal are infected with parasites. They turn into sex-crazed maniacs who rape or seduce everyone they meet in order to spread the bugs around. Yum!

shivers 1Shivers is thoroughly satisfying and I regret having waited this long to see Cronenberg’s first feature film. The slug-like parasites or totally gross and the mundane apartment setting was the perfect place for them to be introduced.

Here’s the trailer, which is narrated by that deep-voiced dude who seems to narrate everything. Below that is the full movie. Happy Halloween!

One response

  1. I want to lick David Cronenberg’s eye

    November 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

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