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David Cronenberg puts Canada on the horror map with yet another early career ick-fest, about a vampiric woman armed with a new mutant organ. Marilyn Chambers is the dangerous female who spreads a plague of bloody murder. Fun for the whole family.



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1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 91 min. / Street Date November 22, 2016 / 34.93

Starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Roger Periard, Lynne Deragon, Allan Moyle, Robert A. Silverman.

Cinematography René Verzier

Makeup Effects Joe Blasco

Music Supervisor Ivan Reitman

Editor Jean Lafleur

Produced by John Dunning, Ivan Reitman

Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Now available in Region A, David Cronenberg’s Rabid is slightly different than the Blu-ray released in the UK last year by Arrow. It’s touted as a new transfer. Some of the previous extras have been retained and others dropped, and two new items have been added.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: David Cronenberg’s Shivers

‘Body Horror’ is a term synonymous with Canadian director David Cronenberg. His early work in the horror field (Rabid, The Brood, The Fly) all share connective tissue through the theme of internal horror – a transformation or catharsis from within (always for the worse) that strikes the viewer in a very personal way. Shivers (1975), aka They Came from Within, is his first feature film - a clever, creepy, and gritty introduction to the sub-genre he helped create.

Distributed by Cinepix Film Properties Inc. (Canada) and Trans American Films (Us) in October ’75 and July ’76 respectively, and produced on a budget of $179,000 (Cad), Shivers played at theaters and Drive-Ins all across North America in the summer of ’76, and up to that point was the most profitable Canadian film produced. Critics were generally kind, including Roger Ebert who thought it was well made, with genuine style and talent on display. There was a new player in the horror world,
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Raising Caine on TCM: From Smooth Gay Villain to Tough Guy in 'Best British Film Ever'

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills.
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2015 Stanley Film Festival Lineup Includes The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation

Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.

We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.

"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s,
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‘Rabid’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Roger Periard, Lynne Deragon, Terry Schonblum, Victor Désy, Julie Anna, Gary McKeehan | Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Rabid has always been one of my favourite David Cronenberg movies, there is just something about the strange little film that makes it more accessible than some of his others like Shivers. When I was younger I remembered it as the film with the women with the strange bloodsucking thing under her arm, but as with most of Cronenberg’s work as I grew older I started to understand his vision of the film and his use of body horror.

When Rose (Marilyn Chambers) is involved in a bike accident she has to undergo experimental emergency surgery to save her life. When she awakens from her coma though she has an insatiable taste for human blood. Once bitten her victims become crazed,
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Rabid Blu-ray Review

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Rhysphan, Patricia Gage

Running Time: 90 minutes

Certificate: 18

Cronenberg’s early film Rabid, reminds me of why and when he was at the peak of his great talent. I can’t stand his last two efforts, with both Cosmopolis and Maps To The Stars wallowing in weirdness for the sake of atmosphere, and failing to have any pay off or real sense of what they were doing. Rabid is a simpler affair, but one that explores the mutilation and mutation of one’s body that Cronenberg is well-known for.

Set in Canada, the film begins with a peculiar bike crash in which a number of people come to the scene. An injured woman (Chambers) is taken to hospital where she undergoes cosmetic surgery to correct some of her wounds. This leaves her with a strange infection that causes her to attack people,
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Blu-ray Review – Rabid (1977)

Rabid, 1977.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Susan Roman and Howard Ryshpan.


After receiving experimental plastic surgery a young woman develops a taste for human blood and begins to infect everyone around her with her bloodthirsty madness.

Following on from their excellent release of David Cronenberg’s Shivers last year, Arrow Video bring the Canadian director’s second commercial feature film to Blu-ray with another strong package that breathes new life into a film nearly 40 years old.

In Rabid, porn star Marilyn Chambers plays Rose, a young woman involved in a motorcycle accident who receives some experimental plastic surgery to help with her severe injuries. However, the surgery results in the growth of a stinger in Rose’s armpit that attaches itself to anyone Rose gets close to and feeds on their blood, turning the victim into a zombie-like creature that spreads infection through its bite,
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‘Shivers’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie, Barbara Steele, Ronald Mlodzik, Barry Baldaro | Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

When it comes to horror we all tend to have our favourite type, some will say Slashers while others may say they enjoy good old Hammer. I grew up on Horror and when I was younger I had a thirst for any film I could get hold of, I found the styles I loved and directors that really caught my interest. One of these directors was David Cronenberg, but one movie that never really sat right with me was Shivers, I just didn’t get it. Then I grew older and wiser and with greater understanding realised just how good the film actually is.

Shivers was Cronenberg’s first full feature movie, and what a shock it was to the world (especially Canada), it threw not only
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A Remake of David Cronenberg's Shivers Begins Shooting February 2014

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A Remake of David Cronenberg's Shivers Begins Shooting February 2014
Producers Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker today announced that they will remake the horror classic Shivers, David Cronenberg's first feature film. That film, highlighted with a special screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, broke ground with its boundary-pushing sexuality and violence in its original release, nearly 40 years ago.

Shivers will be directed by award-winning Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen from a screenplay written by Ian Driscoll. Sackman and Baker will produce through their respective companies, Tajj Media and Bunk 11 Pictures. Working with them as executive producer is the film's original executive producer, Andr&#233 Link. Shivers will begin shooting in February 2014, with casting currently underway.

In Shivers, a genetically-engineered strain of parasites that turn people into violent, compulsive sex-addicts is released into a self-contained luxury apartment complex. The resident doctor attempts to find a cure before the infected, nymphomaniac inhabitants spread their legs - and the parasites.

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Looking back at David Cronenberg’s Rabid

Our look back at the movies of David Cronenberg continues with 1977’s Rabid, a typically personal take on the vampire movie…

If Cronenberg’s first commercial feature Shivers was a venereal take on the zombie genre, his follow-up, 1977’s Rabid, applies the same preoccupations of sexuality and disease to the vampire movie.

In fact, Rabid is remarkably similar to Shivers in several ways. A scientific breakthrough goes awry, turning a young woman into a crazed, blood-sucking killer. Her victims, in turn, are infected with the same bloodlust, and the disease gradually spreads throughout Montreal.

The reasons for this narrative similarity are probably because Cronenberg began to make Rabid so close to the completion of his first film. With Shivers proving unexpectedly successful for exploitation specialists, Cinepix (propelled as it was by no small amount of controversy), the company immediately asked the director if he had another ideas. Rabid originally began as something called Mosquito,
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Warner Bros Acquires Rights to The Galton Case For Possible Franchise

The studio is looking to return the Ross Macdonald written mystery novel series about the exploits of sleuth Lew Archer to the big screen. Mega-producer Joe Silver has also signed on to the project. Rich boy Anthony Galton had dropped out of sight more than twenty years ago. To Lew Archer that meant the man was either dead or didn't want to be found. But Tony's nice old mother had a dream that her son would still come home before she died. So Archer took on the case hoping that Tony and Mom could live happily ever after... until he discovered that once upon a time there was a clever swindle, a scared blonde, and a very nasty murder. The Lew Archer series of books was published in the 1950s and 60s, with The Galton Case being its eighth. Starting in 1966, it spun off a couple of films,...
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Joseph Brooks Dead, Wrote 'You Light Up My Life'

Joseph Brooks, a one-time ad-jingle writer whose 1977 song "You Light Up My Life" won him an Oscar, a Grammy and a spot on the pop charts, apparently killed himself in his Manhattan apartment Sunday, according to multiple news reports. Brooks was 73 and facing trial on 82 counts of sexual abuse for allegedly raping 11 young actresses whom he reputedly lured to his Upper East Side residence with the promise to audition them for screen roles. In addition, his estranged son, Nicholas Brooks, 25, was awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his girlfriend, swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay, in a bathtub within the private club Soho House last year.
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Joel Silver Vs Goldman Sachs To Proceed

Bert Fields announced that Joe Silver has "won Round One" against Goldman Sachs. That's because the entertainment biz litigator says Federal Judge Ronald S. W. Lew ruled Tuesday that Silver’s multi-pronged lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud against the giant investment banker could go forward to trial. Ruling from the bench, Judge Lew denied Goldman’s motion to dismiss Silver’s complaint. “Obviously, we’re very pleased with Judge Lew’s decision. It’s a complex case, but he seemed to have it down cold,” Fields said in a statement. Silver is claiming Goldman Sachs stiffed him on more than $30 million from a share of revenue from his Dark Castle Films. To put the lawsuit in context, the relationship began in those financially flush days of 2007 when Wall Street was eager to invest in the movie biz. But then the financial crisis hit, and Silver sued a year ago.
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Chris Evans On Set Interview The Losers - Read or Listen Here

You want to know why Chris Evans is always going to be cool in my book? Because when I was on the set of The Losers in Puerto Rico last June, when it was incredibly hot and humid, Evans had the five online journalists in attendance come into his trailer to do his interview, as he had air conditioning and was willing to share it. Trust me, I’ve done a lot of on set interviews in some sketchy areas, and no other actor has ever opened his door like Chris Evans.

Anyway, during our extended interview with Evans, he talked about how he plays a computer expert named Jensen and if he’s anything like him, did he debate playing another comic book based character, 80’s movies, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, his career, Fantastic Four, and so much more. It’s a great interview so take a look:

Like we always do…
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Warner Bros’ Sgt. Rock To Fight In The Future

Warner Bros. seem to finally be moving forward with their big-screen adaptation of DC Comics World War II hero Sgt. Rock. Way forward. Like, into the future.

The project, which has been in the works for the last 20 years, has hit a number of production snags along the way. Many of these, more recently, have been related to big budgets and a general lack of interest in WWII period pieces. Enthusiasm for American war movies has dropped off considerably in the years following 9/11, to the point that it seems like only Saving Private Ryan-esque, serious meditations on the topic of war (or Quentin Tarantino) can succeed. This has led to the studio’s recent decision to abandon the ’40s setting altogether and move the character to the battlefields of the future.

It’s unclear whether this latest iteration will actually happen, but currently Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine
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