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Cronenberg says this is Alien before Alien. I'm a big fan of Alien and I first saw it long before Shivers. When I first saw Shivers, Alien didn't even occur to me. OK, there's a similarity, but there's a big difference: in Alien there's an alien; in Shivers, the gut-bursting horrors are man-made. Big diference. A totally different kind of horror. And in Shivers, the nasties set humans on humans. Perhaps more shocking, perhaps just as far-fetched...
The storyline parallels don't really matter. The level of technical expertise and professionalism perhaps do: Shivers is decidedly a little rough around the edges compared with Alien. But in the end, that doesn't… Read more