A state-of-the-art apartment building is overrun by some strange, man-made parasite that secretes a powerful aphrodisiac as it spreads like a venereal disease throughout the complex. Soon, the tenants of the high-rise apartments are turned into a pack of mindless rapists and murderers who are driven only by the hungers of the flesh. SHIVERS announces the arrival of David Cronenberg into modern Horror, along with his particular brand of "Body Horror." If PSYCHO showed us that we cannot trust our friends or neighbors, SHIVERS tells us that we cannot trust even ourselves, since the real terror is in our own flesh as our bodies begin to betray us. Cronenberg envisions the end of the world not under the cloud of a nuclear holocaust, but as one big, beautiful orgy where man has reverted entirely to an animalistic state. SHIVERS derives much of its fear and paranoia from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, where we are unable to tell the infected apart from the sane or rational. On top of this, Cronenberg adds grotesque images of the creatures writhing in their victims' skins, just a hint of the horrors to come in his later films like RABID and VIDEODROME. While it is still an early testing ground for the psychosexual revolution that is present in Cronenberg's films, SHIVERS remains an important milestone both in his own career, and in the Horror genre at large.
Movies like SHIVERS:
RABID, SLITHER, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE STEPFORD WIVES, FAMILIAR.