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Encyclopedia > Shivers (film)
Shivers
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Written by David Cronenberg
Starring Paul Hampton
Barbara Steele
Lynn Lowry
Joe Silver
Ronald Mlodzik
Fred Doederlin
Allan Migicovsky
Music by Fred Mollin
Distributed by Cinépix Film Properties Inc.
Release date(s) 1975
Running time 87 min.
Language English
Budget CAD 179,000 (estimated)
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Shivers (also known as The Parasite Murders & They Came from Within) is a 1975 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. Image File history File links Shiversdvd. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Barbara Steele (born December 29, 1937) is a British actress. ... Lynn Lowry (born October 15, 1947 in Illinois) is an American actress, raised in Atlanta, Georgia. ... // January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... // January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ...

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Plot

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Dr. Emil Hobbes (Fred Doederlin) is conducting unorthodox experimentations with parasitic organisms, ostensibly for use in transplants. However, Hobbes believes that humanity has become over-rational and has lost contact with its flesh and its instincts, so the organism he actually produces is a combination aphrodisiac and venereal disease. Once implanted, said organisms cause uncontrollable sexual desire in their hosts. Hobbes implants the parasites into his teenage mistress, who spreads them throughout the ultra-modern apartment building outside Montreal where they live. The community's on-site physician (Paul Hampton) and his assistant, Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry) attempt to stop the spread of the infection before it can overwhelm the population. An organ transplant is the moving of a whole or partial organ from one body to another (or from a donor site on the patients own body), for the purpose of replacing the recipients damaged or failing organ with a working one from the donor site. ... Rational may be: the adjective for the state of rationality acting according to the philosophical principles of rationalism a mathematical term for certain numbers; the rational numbers the software company Rational Software; now owned by IBM, and formerly Rational Software Corporation This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid... An aphrodisiac is an agent which increases sexual desire[1] or sexual arousal. ... Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), are diseases that are commonly transmitted between partners through some form of sexual activity, most commonly vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex. ... Nickname: City of Mary Motto: Concordia Salus Coordinates: Country Canada Province Québec Founded 1642 Established 1832  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1] [2]    - City 185. ...

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About the film

The film is chaotically structured, mirroring the breakdown of life in the apartment block. The opening scene shows a young couple being welcomed to the tower block, intercut with Hobbes murdering his mistress, pouring acid into her body to kill the parasites, and cutting his own throat. It's only some way into the film that the audience learns the reason for Hobbes' actions, and most of Shivers consists of set pieces as the parasites spread into other residents.


Cronenberg has said that he identifies with the residents after they're infected, and the swinging sterility of "normal" life is mercilessly caricatured through the characterisation of the young, affluent, bland professionals inhabiting the apartment block and the hard-sell estate agent's pitch from Merrick (Ronald Mlodzik) which accompanies the opening titles. Estate agent is a United Kingdom term roughly synonymous with the United States term real estate broker, a business that arranges the selling, renting or management of homes, land and other buildings. ...


Shivers was Cronenberg's first full-length feature film. It was the most profitable Canadian film ever made to that date, but caused huge controversy, to the point of being debated in the Canadian parliament, because of a magazine reviewer's objection to its sexual and violent content. A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The Parliament of Canada (in French: le Parlement du Canada) is Canadas legislative branch, seated at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. ... Human sexuality is the expression of sexual feelings. ... Violence is a general term to describe actions, usually deliberate, that cause or intend to cause injury to people, animals, or non-living objects. ...


Controversy

Canadian journalist Robert Fulford attacked the content of Shivers in the pages of the national magazine Saturday Night. Not only did this high profile attack make it more difficult for Cronenberg to obtain funding for his subsequent breakthrough movies,[1] but Cronenberg later said Fulford's attack on him also resulted in him being kicked out of his apartment in Toronto.[2] Alternate use: see Robert Fulford (croquet player) for the English croquet player. ... Saturday Night is a Canadian general interest magazine. ...


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.filmreferencelibrary.ca/index.asp?layid=46&csid1=15&navid=46
  2. ^ http://baconcronenberg.free.fr/

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Scifilm -- Reviews, RABID (1977) (1387 words)
It was a film which generated more than its share of the title reaction and, more importantly, was quite a success for the first time (at least, first time in terms of major studio distribution) director.
SHIVERS with a script that, after reading it a second time, he just wasn't sure was going to work.
Her encounter with Hart, when he realizes what she's become is one of the highlights of the film, with her sudden turn from guilt-ridden to ferociously angry at what he's helped do to her.
Shivers (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (372 words)
Shivers (also known as The Parasite Murders, or They Came from Within) is a 1975 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg.
The film is chaotically structured, mirroring the breakdown of life in the apartment block.
It was the most profitable Canadian film ever made to that date, but caused huge controversy, to the point of being debated in the Canadian parliament, because of a magazine reviewer's noisy objection to its sexual and violent content.
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