The Psychotronic Tourist: STARLINER TOWERS!

Located at 100 and 200 de Gaspe on Ile-des-soeurs (known as Nuns Island to anglophones), the Mies Van der Rohe Buildings – a duo of luxury high-rises directly opposite eachother by the edge of the St-Lawrence River – were transformed into the dystopian closed community of David Cronenberg’s Shivers.

Among the first apartment buildings built on Nun’s Island, they were the work of renowned Chicago-based architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969). These 15-story towers dating from 1962 are typical the simplistic style van der Rohe adopted following his transition to Bauhaus in 1938.

Check out the street view here, and compare it to the film still below – not much has changed!


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SHIVERS screens on July 20th at 6:45pm, following a Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony and live tribute panel to Andre Link and John Dunning’s Cinepix Films. Read about the Tribute HERE and read about Shivers HERE. Read more about this year’s “Maple Syrup Thrills” spotlight series on Cinepix Films HERE.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited (with Paul Corupe) and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She edited the book Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (forthcoming), and is currently co-authoring (with Amy Searles) the book ‘Unhealthy and Aberrant’: Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television and co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., as well as writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s and Sean Hogan’s We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea and her first film as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is due out from Severin Films in 2020.

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