• Actors: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette • Directors: Wes Craven • Number of discs: 1 • Release Date: Aug 19 2003 • Run Time: 111 minutes
"If this picture doesn't make you scream and squirm, you should see a psychiatrist--quick!" shouts the film's trailer. This time the hyperbole is right. Shivers, David Croneberg's debut feature and Canada's first domestic horror film, is an ingeniously engineered modern horror that, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), charts a social breakdown by tearing through our most intrinsic taboos. A genetically engineered designer parasite--part-aphrodisiac, part-venereal disease--created by a modern day mad scientist escapes into a colourless, self-contained apartment complex and goes searching for hosts. This monstrous parasite multiplies and invades the alienated occupants, turning them into a pack of Id-driven sex maniacs. Cronenberg's suffocating vision of modern life turns his budgetary limitations--dreary, bland sets, flat lighting and numb performances--into a severe portrait of society out of touch with its physical and emotional existence. Cronenberg pushed the boundaries of gore in 1974, but more insidious is the way he pushes the boundaries of behaviour: under the influence of this insidious, invasive disease families turn to incest and murder, strangers sexually assault the helpless and finally they band together as a pack of bloodthirsty, libido-driven animals. That taboo-breaking display still has the power to get under your skin. The film has also been released under the titles The Parasite Murders and They Came From Within. Cult horror icon Barbara Steele co-stars. A Scream is set in Santa Rosa California a small quiet town that s come under siege by a murderer who takes all his cues from the movies. The young people he targets can only survive if they have the presence of mind to follow movie rules: Don t answer the door. Don t hide in the closet. Don t just stand there. Don t go back in the house. Don t trip. Don t answer the phone. Don t ask Who s there? Don t have sex. Don t drink or do drugs. And never ever under any circumstances Scream. Actors: Courteney Cox - David Arquette - Drew Barrymore - Neve Campbell - Rose McGowan - Skeet Ulrich. Director: Wes Craven.