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8 April 1977 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Chambers ... Rose
Frank Moore ... Hart Read
Joe Silver ... Murray Cypher
Howard Ryshpan ... Dr. Dan Keloid
Patricia Gage ... Dr. Roxanne Keloid

Susan Roman ... 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
Greg Van Riel ... Young Man In Plaza
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Dr. Karl

Allan Moyle ... Young Man In Lobby
Richard W. Farrell ... Camper Man
Jeannette Casenave ... Camper Lady
Karl Wasserman ... Camper Child
John Boylan ... Young Cop In Plaza
Malcolm Nelthorpe ... Older Cop In Plaza

Vlasta Vrana ... Cop At Clinic
Kirk McColl ... Desk Sergeant
Jack Messinger ... Policeman On Highway
Yvon Lecompte ... Policeman
Grant Lowe ... Trucker
John Gilbert ... Dr. Royce Gentry
Tony Angelo ... Dispatcher

Peter MacNeill ... Loader (as Peter McNeill)
Una Kay ... Jackie
Madeleine Pageau ... Beatrice Owen

Mark Walker ... Steve
Robert A. Silverman ... Man In Hospital (as Bob Silverman)
Monique Bélisle ... Sheila
Ronald Mlodzik ... Male Patient
Isabelle Lajeunesse ... Waitress
Terry Donald ... Cook

Louis Negin ... Maxim
Robert V. Girolami ... Newscaster
Harry Hill ... Stasiuk
Kathy Keefler ... Interviewer
Marcel Fournier ... Cab Driver
Valda Dalton ... Lady in Car
Murray Smith ... Interviewer
Riva Spier ... Cecile
Denis Lacroix ... Drunken Indian
Sherman Maness ... Indian
Basil Fitzgibbon ... Crazy In Plaza
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sonny Forbes ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (written by)

Produced by
Don Carmody .... co-producer
John Dunning .... producer
Danny Goldberg .... associate producer
André Link .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... executive producer
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jean LaFleur 
Casting by
Sharron Wall 
Art Direction by
Claude Marchand 
Makeup Department
Heather Allan .... make-up assistant
Joe Blasco .... special make-up design
Kathy Flynn .... special make-up effects assistant
Byrd Holland .... special make-up artist
Mireille Recton .... key make-up
Sharron Wall .... make-up: second unit
Mike Bacarella .... sculptor lab work (uncredited)
Joe Blasco .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Carmody .... production manager
Sarah Dundas .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Desjardins .... second assistant director
John Fretz .... first assistant director
Jean LaFleur .... second unit director
Art Department
Andrew Deskin .... property assistant
Jean Lavigne .... property master
Roméo Turcotte .... set constructor
Sound Department
Len Blum .... sound assistant
Patrick Dodd .... assistant sound editor
Danny Goldberg .... sound supervisor
Austin Grimaldi .... post-sync recording
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Richard Lightstone .... sound recordist
Jim Thompson .... boom man
Special Effects by
Joe Elsner .... special effects assistant (as Joe Elzner)
Al Griswold .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Berrie .... gaffer
John Daoust .... key grip
Louis de Ernsted .... camera operator: second unit (as Louis D'Ernstead)
Marc de Ernsted .... grip (as Marc D'Ernstead)
Jean-Jacques Gervais .... second assistant camera
Denis Gingras .... first assistant camera
Jean-Paul Houle .... best boy electric
André Ouellette .... best boy grip
Joel Sussman .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Gliserman .... wardrobe
Carolynne Roberts .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Debbie Karjala .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ivan Reitman .... music supervisor
Other crew
Norma Bailey .... production assistant
Patricia Cahill .... production assistant (as Tricia Cahill)
John Caradonna .... production assistant
Jacqueline Carmody .... production assistant
Andrew P. Kirkham .... audio commentary producer [gb]
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd producer [gb]
Tatiana Mihailoff .... continuity (as Tanya Mahilloff)
Claude Moreau .... wrangler
Carolyn Zeifman .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rage" - USA
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

The song that plays on the radio in Hart's workshop is Marilyn Chambers' own disco single "Benihana" (about 25 minutes into the film).See more »
Factual errors: Numerous signs are seen written in English, including government buildings and vehicles. In the Canadian province of Quebec, where the film is set, by law all of these signs would be in French.See more »
Murray Cypher:Potato man loves ketchup man.See more »
Movie Connections:
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not as Infectious As I Had Hoped, 20 April 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

The story is that of Rose (played by porn star Marilyn Chambers), a woman who gets into an accident and is severely burned. She requires a skin graft to fix her burns. Miracles! They fix her up perfectly. But two things happen: she develops a taste for human blood while infecting those she eats with rabies. Also, she starts appearing nude in every scene (maybe this is where they got the inspiration for "Species").

David Cronenberg, to me, is a director specializing in two things: insects and science experiments gone wrong. This film, unlike "The Fly" and "The Brood" and "Naked Lunch" had nothing very insect-like about it. However, like "The Fly" and "The Brood" it certainly kept the aspect of science with unexpectedly deadly results.

The plot is decent with just one problem: it doesn't make any sense. As far as I can tell, they never explained how getting a skin graft makes you develop blood-sucking stingers (which look, in my friend Jason's opinion, like dog penises). Also, there's no twists or anything. It's pretty straight-forward: girl eats people, people get rabies. Repeated over and over and over.

This film is very typical of David Cronenberg's earlier period, with such films as "The Brood" and even works like "Stereo". He had a very dark vision, very unique, and he turned a cynical eye to science and medicine. Perhaps cynical is not the word, but he showed us some of the worst possible effects.

Mike Mayo actually sees this as something of a transitional piece, showing the themes Cronenberg "would explore more fully in other films" -- there are "thematic and symbolic links to the later, more serious work." I see how these themes could be picked up again later, such as in "Videodrome" or "The Fly", but really, this just as much shows signs of his first films. It's Cronenberg, all the way.

According to Howard Maxford, this film has "only the gore to sustain it for anyone other than Cronenberg anoraks." I'm not sure what an anorak is (my dictionary says it's a jacket), but if Maxford means acolyte or devotee, he may be right. My girlfriend and I recently watch this one, and I've seen it before and have enjoyed it on multiple occasions. She didn't incredibly dislike it, but felt it was dragging on longer than it needed to.

If you like Cronenberg, check this film out. It's not one of his better films, but if you like his style you'll be familiar with how this film flows and probably get more out of it than the average person. If you don't like Cronenberg but love horror, keep this on the back burner for a rainy day - it's not urgent. Everyone else, rent something else like "Ernest Goes to Camp".

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