World Horror Cinema: Canada
By Sam Reeve
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 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!