An Italian poster for David Cronenberg’s debut feature Shivers (1975), which finds the residents of an ultra-modern high rise apartment turned into sex-crazed zombies by a parasite. Shot on Nun’s Island in Montreal, the Canadian film was released in the states as They Came From Within.
A post in a VHS collectors group I belong to on Facebook – VHS Misfits – turned me on to the uncanny resemblance between Orion’s 1986 VHS release of David Cronenberg’s directorial debut They Came From Within and photographer Steve McCurry’s iconic “Afghan Girl” photo from the June 1985 issue of National Geographic.
The VHS cover scan above comes from the site VHS Collector.
The horror film has always been the one genre in which a novice filmmaker with no connections to the Hollywood machine could get his or her movie distributed merely by making something marginally competent. However, filmmakers who get their foot in the door that way have often found those feet stuck.
Canadian auteur David Cronenberg – who spent the first decade of his career in horror – is one of the few filmmakers who managed to escape the genre and achieve critical acclaim. Which is quite a feat considering Cronenberg’s feature debut Shivers (1975) is a film about a parasite turning the denizens of an uber-modern high rise apartment building into sex-crazed zombies. (continue reading)
From the rise of the Tea Party to the shutdown of the federal government, the recent fissures in American politics boil down to one essential question: What should our government – and by extension our tax dollars – be paying for? Healthcare? Corporate tax breaks? Education? Exploitation movies?
Did I lose you on that last one? As ludicrous as it may sound, funding exploitation movies with tax dollars is essentially what Canada once inadvertently did, inaugurating an era known as Canuxploitation. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›