Film Slither Discussion

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AgProv
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02:25:51 PM Apr 1st 2013
Errr... isn't this the rather crap remake of a genuinely original, I think Canadian, horror film from the seventies? Compared to the original I thought this was rather crappy, gutless, soul-less and to be honest, boring. Now the original was edge-of-the-seat horror (low budget) that left the distinct impression at the end that the alien squigglies had won and the human race was doomed. There was a really squick sequence where a girl is taking a bath, and one of the alien squigglies climbs up through the plughole, and in order to possess her it first has to enter her body, and... yeah, you get the picture. Although the penetration was suggested rather than explicit. Is the original definitive version referenced anywhere on TV Tropes?
AgProv
03:01:15 PM Apr 1st 2013
Got it: the original was called Shivers and was David Cronenbourg's first film in 1975. Now both movies are about parasitic worm-like creatures - in the original, lab-bred, in the remake, space invaders - who invade human bodies through the most available routes (orifices) and turn the possessed humans into sex-obsessed zombies. Both films share a critical scene in which a woman in the bath discovers - painfully - a slithering squiggly thing entering her in a most intimate place...
AgProv
10:14:18 AM Oct 13th 2015
I see the note on the 1975 Cronenbourg movie was deleted with a denial that the two films are related... I would have thought the link between them was proven, if only because the subject matter is so similar and they share at least one key scene, of the girl in the bath being bodily invaded by the parasite?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivers_%28film%29
AgProv
10:23:55 AM Oct 13th 2015
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivers_%28film%29 Wikipedia acknowledges there is a direct link between the two films. It's probably right to say the 2006 film is not a direct remake: but it is clear that Slither is very, very, heavily influenced by Cronenbourg's original movie and directly copies the look and certain key scenes.

With that in mind, there's scope to edit the article and re-instate at least some of the deleted content establishing continuity between the two movies. Just don't want to do that in case "flame war" is evoked.

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