Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)
Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: September 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Sean Axmaker

Shivers is an ingeniously engineered slash of thoroughly modern horror that, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, charts a social breakdown by tearing through our most intrinsic taboos.

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Fernando F. Croce

Cronenberg's revolution is fraught with both dread and allure

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Shivers, written and directed by Cronenberg, is a paranoid, prurient sexual nightmare.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A simplistic and maddening little gem that spoofs our fear of sex while pushing sexual content on film to its very limits.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Cronenberg makes the most out of the sterile building and creates some memorably shocking images.

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Rob Gonsalves

The horror, if any, resides in leaving the known and comfortable behind en route to a new and radical way of thinking, feeling, living.

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John Gholson

I'm shocked no one else has tried 'sex zombies' as a horror film device since this one -- they're terrifying.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cronenberg shows his stuff as an inventive auteur.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Pretty gruesome and quite disturbing. Only in the 70's would they have made a movie about what pretty much amounts to sex zombies. I don't think it… More
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Carlos Magalh„es
It is hard to see what Cronenberg had in mind when he concocted this repellent film full of sexism and misogyny about fear of sexuality, as it only seems to… More
Ken Stachnik
A rape-atorium of a movie. Imagine Night of the Living Dead, but with sex-ed up Canadians instead of Zombies. The film VERY watchable. The story is told well,… More
Alex roy
David Cronenberg has always managed to deliver some truly standout films. Each film he has directed has had a profound impact on the horror genre, and he has… More
Tim Salmons
I didn't find this movie all that appealing. It's pretty boring most of the time and takes itself way too seriously.