Experiments in Living: Shivers (18)


14 July 2016
Cinema 3
“Relax by the side of our heated Olympic-size swimming pool… It’s all here. A restaurant complete with take-out service. Delicatessen. Variety store…” So begins the promotional video advertising the Starliner Tower and Apartment Building, which opens this film. A luxury new modernist high-rise tower block with the infrastructure of a small community, cut off, on a small island, from the hustle-bustle of city-centre Montreal – it’s the perfect place to live… until it isn’t.

Because now, in this idyllic island community, a nasty parasite is on the loose – one that transforms its human hosts into frenzied sex fiends – and suddenly the enclosed world of the Starliner condo becomes a pulsating petri dish of zombie-ish sexual desire.

Canada 1975 Dir David Cronenberg 87 min

35mm presentation

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