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Rabid (1977)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 April 1977 (USA)
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frank Moore ...
Hart Read
Joe Silver ...
Murray Cypher
Howard Ryshpan ...
Dr. Dan Keloid
Patricia Gage ...
Dr. Roxanne Keloid
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Mindy Kent
Roger Periard ...
Lloyd Walsh
Lynne Deragon ...
Nurse Louise
Terry Schonblum ...
Judy Glasberg
Victor Désy ...
Claude LaPointe
Julie Anna ...
Nurse Rita
Gary McKeehan ...
Smooth Eddy
Terence G. Ross ...
Farmer
Miguel Fernandes ...
Man In Cinema
Robert O'Ree ...
Police Sergeant
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In Camelford, while swinging his van across a narrow road to make a u-turn, a driver stalls the vehicle that does not restart. Hart Read is driving his motorcycle with his girlfriend Rose and he drives off the road to avoid the collision. Hart suffers minor injuries while Rosie is injured and burned by the flames when the motorcycle explodes. The ambulance from the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery brings the couple and Rose, who is in coma, is submitted to an emergency surgery and to an experimental plastic-surgery technique by Dr. Dan Keloid to retrieve her skin in the chest and abdomen. Hart is discharged but Rose stays in coma in the intensive care unit (ICU) to recover. Out of the blue, Rose awakens from her coma one month later and screams. A nurse helps her but is wounded by her and then he cannot remember what has happened. He is sent to a hospital in Montreal while Rose realizes that she needs to feed with blood. However her victims become zombie-like creatures. Rose ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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CAD 530,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Sissy Spacek was David Cronenberg's first choice to play Rose. Ivan Reitman suggested Marilyn Chambers because he wanted sex appeal. See more »

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The Canadian Soldiers in Montreal all have inverted US Army shoulder patches. See more »

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Murray Cypher: Potato man loves ketchup man.
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Benihana
by Marilyn Chambers (uncredited)
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Sometimes effective, sometimes dull
11 December 1998 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is Cronenberg's disappointing follow-up to the great "Shivers." Once again, the "monster" is a disease that turns the victims into crazies. The underlying subtext that sexual appetite makes you crazy is reinforced by the casting of porn star Marilyn Chambers in the lead role (she's not bad). There are some good scares and some great grotesque images (especially the frozen twisted corpse that was used in the film's poster). But the story is by turns confusing and, until the military is brought in at the end, repetitive. It feels overlong for what it is. Cronenberg had some nice directorial touches--I like the way he uses brightly lit, underpopulated buildings as a backdrop for the horror.


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