(aka THE PARASITE MURDERS aka THEY CAME FROM WITHIN)
David Cronenberg's third feature confirmed him as a master of body horror. In a Montreal high-rise, an unorthodox scientist accidentally releases a culture of parasites. Transmitted via sexual contact, the organisms infect the building's residents one by one, creating a sex-crazed horde who will stop at nothing to satisfy their primal lust and pass the pathogen to the next victim. A doctor living in the building (Paul Hampton) and his aide (Lynn Lowry) may be humanity's only hope. SHIVERS was funded with taxpayers' money via the Canadian Film Development Corporation — a cause for consternation for some at the time, but now a source of national pride. DIR/SCR David Cronenberg; PROD Ivan Reitman. Canada, 1975, color, 87 min. RATED R
AFI Member passes accepted.