The Starliner Towers, an oasis of calm and tranquility far away - yet still close enough - to the rat race that is Montreal. It is a luxury apartment complex with all the amenities you need - doctor, dentist, pharmacy, pool and of course parasite infected sex-crazed maniacs. Wait, what?
Shivers is directed by David Cronenberg, and according to IMDb, was shot in only 15 days. I am mixed on Cronenberg's work however I was really taken by this film. It has a raw intensity that reminded me of Romero's Night of the Living Dead. I don't think that is a coincidence as the sexually crazed tenants of the Starliner resemble zombies in every way possible. Instead of eating brains though, they just want want to get down and dirty.
|Honey, If you didn't like my meatloaf, all you had to do was tell me.|
|Hey Alien, we did this first!|
|The lineup for the bar at this party gets out of hand.|
The Starliner's in-house physician, Roger St. Luc (Paul Hampton), stumbles upon Hobbes' research. When residents start getting attacked by parasites, he realizes they may have an epidemic on their hands and he has to find a way to stop it before it affects the whole city. One-by-one the residents are overcome by ravenous sexual desire, and spread the virus around as the building becomes one big orgy.
|Way too much tongue.|
|Seriously, if you're going to be attacked by zombies, this particular method of infection is the way to go.|
I liked this picture and enjoyed it more than some of Cronenberg's later work. It has been recently restored by TIFF, and with the exception of a few moments at the beginning, the transfer is outstanding. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.