The opening video brochure sets the perfect contrast in what is yet to come, which could be described as an anti-summer holiday flick. Sexual drives and mass hysteria are the ironic plot devices in a setting which is otherwise a fitting for old couples. Add to that a little bit of gore and already established cronenbergian tone, and here's a movie that is unique even in its amateurish moments.
Released the same year as J.G. Ballard's 'High Rise' and like its perverted, sticky mac wearing little sibling. It's all in bad taste (especially that shot of the little girls on leashes ~ yeash) but our most libidinal desires **are** in bad taste so you can't judge a scientist for his documentation (though, it must be said, it is certainly a film made by a male scientist). Ending is guiltily seductive. Get nekkid.
It's amazing how much Cronenberg's early work lays the foundation for the rest of his career. While this is not a good movie - from a production, aesthetic, or story perspective - it's a glimpse into a developing mind that would become of the best of all time. Shivers is cheap but nonetheless intriguing. The performances are rough on the eyes and the whole film looks drab - understandably given the ultra low budget.
Pretty decent debut. The economic and artistic shortcomings are very obvious but considering this the movie succeeds in its ambitions. The effects are a bit hokey and acting and directing are not that good but there is a vision and ideas that are interesting. So all in all the movie works but won´t be remembered as Cronenberg's finest hour.
Non si può non riconoscere la mano e le idea che raffigurano Cronenberg. Come il suo collega Romero, Cronenberg usa il cinema di genere per criticare quello che è il suo presente, le sue paure e una società sporca, come invece non dovrebbe essere sporca la libertà sessuale. Un battezzo che accompagnerà l'autore a percorre strade come se non più alte di questa.