Heeeey! It’s KINDA like Night of the Creeps! But it actually came first.
Directed By: David Cronenberg (Crash)
Shivers, or known as “They Came from Within” in some circles, is the 1975 film by film master, David Cronenberg. This would be one of his early films and while the weird but very good film maker might not have been quite in form yet, you could clearly see shades of what was to come with the legendary director. Also, if you are fans of such films as Night of the Creeps and Slither, you may even find yourself a little more fond of this one. Since, it does pack a whole lot of similarities. Some of the stuff here would even be honored later in those films, so while it’s not his best film, there is very good things here to see.
A scientist living in an apartment complex kills a girl and uses acid to destroy her internal organs, and then kills himself. While investigating, a doctor discovers that the scientist was doing experiments on the use of genetically engineered parasites as organ transplants. Soon, other people in the complex begin showing signs of carrying the parasites, spreading the things through wanton orgiastic abandon, and the complex begins suffering an attrition problem.
I’ve seen Night of the Creeps, I’ve also seen Slither. But I had a lot of interest in seeing a film that was just about in the same boat at those, only directed by the great David Cronenberg. And we do have a few things in this film that make your skin crawl. You just know from the start that things are not well. And when you have a character start playing with some THING inside of him that people are calling a cyst, you just know your ideas are confirmed. And in typical Cronenberg style things get interesting and very creepy.
However, being one of his first films, things are not on a very polished level at the time of him making this. Things do drag a bit, but the typical weirdness you get from a David Cronenberg movie is here in full effect. As a matter of fact, we even get one scene here that would be repeated in the more current film, Slither. Still, it makes you squirm here just the same. But one of the more bizarre things about this is the fact that these slugs aren’t really turning people into zombies, they are turning people into sex crazed maniacs! So, welcome to 1975 my friends! And welcome to your doom in the fashion of having a mob of hot women (for lack of a more PG term) “screw” you to death. Oh, it’s a hard way to go I’m sure.
The things going against this film is the slower pace and lack of a strong lead. By the time the film reaches it’s climax, we have a guy (not the most exiting chap in the world) running from mobs of infected people trying to do dirty things with him. Guys, girls, old people, ect. are all in on this hippie activity that is brought on by some type of slug-looking thing. It’s probably more humorous than anything else, but it’s a nice start for what would lead to better things for a very talented director. So, while this one lacks a lot, mostly in the excitement department, you could still have an OK time checking it out.
If you like weird stuff that can still be creepy and even funny, then this movie is a movie you could really enjoy. But you might want to make sure that you are a patient movie watcher before you jump head first into this one. It’s still what I’d call perfectly acceptable movie making.
The Rating (6.5/10)