SHIVERS (they came from within; the parasite murders) (1975 CANADA) D/W: DAVID CRONENBERG P: IVAN REITMAN/JOHN DUNNING (uncredited)/ANDRE LINK (uncredited)
Cronenberg`s classic feature debut remains one of his finest and was definetely ahead of it`s time. A scientificaly egineered parasite (half aphrodisiac, half venereal disease) infects residents in a luxury apartment block. When the parasite (which looks like a turd) enters the victim, they develop and insatiable, violent urge to fuck. It`s violent, but features less sex and nudity than you might expect from the subject matter. Cronenberg`s clinical dissection of the concept is intelligent and follows through to it`s logical conclusion, and it`s first class exploitation cinema too. With Lynn Lowry (I DRINK YOUR BLOOD), Barabara Steele, Joe Silver and Vlasta Vrana. The somewhat similar (in concept) RABID was next.

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