Shiv­ers

Kiss Me Deadly

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1975 | 18 | 88 min­utes | £ 24.99 ( dual for­mat Blu- ray/ DVD)/£ 29.99 ( Steel­book) Distrib­u­tor: Ar­row Video Di­rec­tor: David Cro­nen­berg Cast: Paul Hamp­ton, Joe Sil­ver, Lynn Lowry, Alan Migi­cov­sky,

Susan Petrie, Bar­bara Steele

Some artists

de­velop their ideas over decades; oth­ers ar­rive fully formed. That’s the case with David Cro­nen­berg, whose haunt­ing fea­ture de­but is a com­pen­dium of all that came to be con­sid­ered Cro­nen­ber­gian: mu­ta­tion, in­fec­tion, aber­rant sex­u­al­ity.

Like JG Bal­lard’s High Rise, it sees civil­i­sa­tion break­ing down in a mod­ern apart­ment build­ing. The cause: a slug- like par­a­site which erad­i­cates in­hi­bi­tion, lib­er­at­ing un­con­scious drives.

Though tech­ni­cally crude – Cro­nen­berg ad­mits he had no idea what he was do­ing to be­gin with – Shiv­ers still packs a punch. As this con­trolled, bour­geois en­vi­ron­ment de­scends into drool­ing poly­mor­phous per­ver­sity, it’s not scenic or sexy. Fea­tur­ing flabby mid­dle- aged flesh and glimpses of in­cest, it’s the sort of orgy that’d have you fish­ing your car keys out of the fruit bowl.

Ex­tras: Ef­fects guy Joe Blasco is the high­light of a Mak­ing Of ( 43 min­utes) fea­tur­ing four cast and crew; he has some great anec­dotes about in­ge­nious use of wash­ers and con­doms – and pro­duces one of the par­a­site props. A 2008 edi­tion of Cana­dian show On Screen! ( 48 min­utes) cov­ers much of the same ground, mak­ing use of old in­ter­views with the di­rec­tor. Plus: a “video es­say” ( 26 min­utes); trailer; gallery. Ian Berriman Cro­nen­berg was in­spired by a dream about a woman with a spi­der liv­ing in her mouth, which emerged to wan­der about at night.

Roger’s free hugs proved popular.

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