Shivers (1975) is a Canadian horror film directed by David Cronenberg. It tells the story of a scientist who creates a parasite that causes people to become sexually aroused and violent. The film is known for its explicit sexual content, which includes scenes of nudity, simulated sex, and sexual violence.
The film begins with a scientist, Dr. Emil Hobbes, who is experimenting with a new parasite. He injects the parasite into a human subject, who then begins to experience extreme sexual arousal and violent behavior. The parasite spreads throughout the apartment complex where the experiment took place, and soon the entire building is infected.
The film follows the residents of the apartment complex as they struggle to survive the outbreak. As the infection spreads, the residents become increasingly desperate and violent. The film culminates in a scene of sexual violence, as the infected residents attempt to rape a woman.
Shivers is a classic example of body horror, and its explicit sexual content has made it a cult classic. The film's sexual content is often seen as a metaphor for the dangers of unchecked scientific experimentation. It is also seen as a commentary on the dangers of unchecked sexual desire. The film's explicit sexual content has been both praised and criticized, but it remains an important part of the horror genre.
Heavy sexuality themes and strong themes are mentioned.
Opens with a brutual almost sexual attack on a female that is easily misconstrued as attempted rape. The dead female's breasts are then exposed and remains on camera for an extended time.
Numerous pictures are shown of the female from the opening scene topless in several portions of the movie.
A doctor recounts a tale of a colleague giving a "breast exam" to a 12 year old girl.
Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry) changes in front of a male remaining topless for about a minute.
Betts (Barbara Steele) takes a bath and while showing nothing, is implied a creature enters her through her genitals.
Mrs. Tudor and Mr. Tudor although husband and wife engage in an almost forced near sex. One of Mrs. Tudor's breasts are breifly exposed.
Betts begs Mrs. Tudor to make love to her before they engage in a female-female kiss.
The concierge lures a couple into a room full of males and females having a presumable orgy although only one female is topless. They sexually attack the couple.
Betts, Mrs. Tudor, and Nurse Forsythe are shown in a pool all wearing see-through wet clothing.
An unknown black female is seen topless in a hallway kissing a male on the floor.
A fully nude female is seen jumping into a pool.
A bearded male offers another male the chance to make love to his daughter before she sits on his lap and kisses her.
A large female attacks a bellhop in a hallway demanding he make love to her.
The same bellhop later gets in an elevator with a mother and her young daughter ( 6 years old). The mother exits the elevator in her undergarments on the bottom.
A male is seen sexually attacking a female on top a car with bra exposed.
Nurse Forsythe at one point tells the main character "Roger, I had a very disturbing dream last night. In this dream I found myself making love to a strange man. Only I'm having trouble you see, because he's old... and dying... and he smells bad, and I find him repulsive. But then he tells me that everything is erotic, that everything is sexual. You know what I mean? He tells me that even old flesh is erotic flesh. That disease is the love of two alien kinds of creatures for each other. That even dying is an act of eroticism. That talking is sexual. That breathing is sexual. That even to physically exist is sexual. And I believe him, and we make love beautifully."