Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)
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Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)
A gripping exercise in body horror and social paranoia, prolific Canadian director David Cronenberg's debut feature offers a startling look at modern isolationist society with a parasitic twist. When a scientist experimenting with a new form of organ transplants kills a young female resident of a fortress-like apartment complex before subsequently committing suicide, the investigation into her death leads to a frightening discovery. Originally conceived by the misguided scientist in a bid to aid organ transplant, an overzealous parasite quickly escapes into the complex in search of a host.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is so tackily written and directed, so darkly photographed and the sound so dimly recorded, that it's difficult to stay with it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"I'm shocked no one else has tried 'sex zombies' as a horror film device since this one -- they're terrifying."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"Cronenberg shows his stuff as an inventive auteur."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unusually heady for a zero budget shocker, finding its sources for fear in the mind/body disconnect between man and the basement of his sexual nature."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The "me" generation discarded sexual norms when it suited them, and Cronenberg offers a variety of punishments for their hypocrisy."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Shivers, written and directed by Cronenberg, is a paranoid, prurient sexual nightmare."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Cronenberg's revolution is fraught with both dread and allure"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Early Cronenberg. Crude, but effective."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Deliciously disgusting."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Despite all the nastiness there is a compulsive nature to this film that makes it very hard to switch off even when in full gory swing."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
"A simplistic and maddening little gem that spoofs our fear of sex while pushing sexual content on film to its very limits."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Cronenberg makes the most out of the sterile building and creates some memorably shocking images."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Cronenberg got more sophisticated later, but this is still a gross-out chiller to be proud of."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The second half is a nearly non-stop explosion of gore and nudity, as well as incest, rape and lesbianism."
‑ , Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Perhaps the most oral of horror films, Cronenberg's work reaches its chilling climax as the fashionable housing project is transformed into a hive swarming with cries of a dreadful, undesirable ecstasy."
‑ Bob Stephens, San Francisco Examiner
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