Director: David Cronenberg. Cast: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry. 87 min. Rated R. Canada. Horror/Sci-fi.
Before Alien, there was Shivers. In a (for its own time) modern but isolated apartment complex near Montreal, a parasitic species transmits by sexual encounter. While Cronenberg's early feature exudes low production values, it carries an eerie 70s authenticity, and may be conceptually considered creepier than the later Alien: as opposed to the space horror, hosts here form a protective symbiotic relationship with the parasite, and while characters are not in outer space to prevent them from leaving ... they still just can't leave the apartment grounds. If you can deliver so much with so little, you've definitely got a career.