SHIVERS script
SHIVERS (1975)
Synopsis: Shivers (aka The Parasite Murders, They Came from Within, and Frissons for the French-Canadian distribution) is a 1975 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. The original shooting title was Orgy of the Blood Parasites.

EXT. STARLINER TOWERS APARTMENT COMPLEX -- MORNING

Starliner Towers is seen in LS through the windshield of a

moving car. The car approaches the complex and stops near

the main doors of the West Tower.

Out of the car climb Kresimir and Benda Sviben, a gawky newly

wed young couple. Kresimir elaborately opens the door for

Benda, his new wife, and they walk with hands intertwined up

the steps of the West Tower.

INT. LOBBY -- MORNING

As the Svibens approach the main doors, the doorman leaps up

from his chair beside the intercom switchboard and opens the

door for them. The doorman, like most security guards, does

not look capable of handling a serious crisis. He is about

fifty, of average height but slightly built, wears thick

glasses and seems almost embarrassed by the revolver on his

hip.

DOORMAN:

Morning, folks. Can I help you?

KRESIMIR:

Yes, please. I... er, we... are

looking for the rental agent here.

We have an appointment.

DOORMAN:

OK, I'll just give him a little buzz

and he'll come out and show you the

way in.

The doorman presses a button on the intercom board. As he

turns back to the Svibens, he catches his holster on the

board.

DOORMAN:

(freeing holster)

Darned thing.

BENDA:

Do you ever use that?

DOORMAN:

This? No, never even had it out of

the holster. A rival company has

'em, so we gotta have 'em. Just an

advertising gimmick.

INT. ANNABELLE'S APARTMENT -- MORNING

Dr. Emil Hobbes, a huge, florid, bearded man, is strangling

Annabelle Horsefield. Despite the difference in their sizes --

Annabelle is tall and slender, about seventeen -- Hobbes is

not having an easy time of it. Hobbes is wearing overlarge

blue jeans and a red plaid shirt; Annabelle is in a private

girls' school outfit -- white blouse, dark blue tie, blue

knee socks, pleated gray skirt.

Annabelle fights back fiercely; Hobbes has tears in his eyes.

The struggle takes them all over her apartment, which,

although sparsely furnished, presents enough objects in their

way to cause a lot of crashing around. At one point Annabelle

breaks loose and Hobbes has to chase her.

Annabelle slips and Hobbes manages to pin her to the ground,

where he has the advantage of leverage. He strangles her

quickly and with tremendous, crazy energy. Blood oozes from

her mouth. Hobbes places his hand over her mouth as though

trying to prevent her from speaking, or to prevent something

from leaving her body.

He reaches over to his leather doctor's bag, which has spilled

some of its contents on to the floor, finds a surgical clamp,

and clamps Annabelle's lips together. He then picks up her

body, carries it over to the dining-room table and sweeps

the few cups and bottles on it off on to the floor. He then

places her body with great tenderness on the table and begins

to undress it.

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, actor and author. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or visceral horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. His films have won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Crash (1996). more…

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