Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Fred Doederlin, Paul Hampton, Lynn Lowry, Barbara Steele, Ronald Mlodzik, Joe Silver
David Cronenberg's legacy is, in a word, singular. Before his more recent forays into less-weird mainstream flicks (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method), the king of Canadian genre filmmaking was the go-to guy for all things body horror, from The Brood to Scanners and into The Fly. It all started, though, with the audacious 1975 shocker Shivers, a wicked amalgamation of eccentric exploitation and deeply perverted sexual imagery.
In a massive, trendy apartment complex, a parasite works its way into the orifices of various tenants, turning them into overly horny lunatics. Shivers is a zombie movie by way of Viagra and Love Potion No. 9-and it's even crazier, plus more entertaining, than that sounds. —MB