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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
Tatiana Mihailoff .... continuity (as Tanya Mahilloff)
Claude Moreau .... wrangler
Carolyn Zeifman .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Rage" - USA
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | 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:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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A poster for Carrie (1976) is visible after Rose walks out of the porn theatre. Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie in that film, was the first choice for Rose but was turned down because of her Texas accent.See more »
Errors in geography: The Canadian Soldiers in Montreal all have inverted US Army shoulder patches.See more »
Murray Cypher:Potato man loves ketchup man.See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An Interesting Sampling of Early Cronenberg, 19 January 2004
Author: Baron3000 ( from Chicago, IL

`Rabid' is a film that fits quite nicely, albeit inconspicuously so, in David Cronenberg's full body of work. The film carries its director's signature on it in terms of content, but lacks the Cronenbergian style that viewers would later see more developed in films such as `Videodrome,' `The Fly,' and `Dead Ringers.' Here, in what is essentially Cronenberg's second `commercial' feature film, we as an audience are treated to many of the same themes that pop up in the later films of this master of the sci-fi/horror fusion genre: faceless medical/scientific corporations that do more harm than good, a main character that is reluctant to serve whatever purpose he or she is destined to perform for good or evil, and a pervading sense of an impending plague or epidemic that cannot be prevented. In `Rabid' along with Cronenberg's first feature `Shivers' this last theme is exemplified in an almost completely literal way.

While the technically amateurish (when compared to later Cronenberg films) nature of `Rabid' may seem off-putting to some, it nevertheless does not detract significantly from the wildly original content at the film's core. Cronenberg has crafted a story so unique and yet so accessible that it is hard to dismiss this or any of his films as puerile or insignificant. The situation and events presented in `Rabid' seem straight out of a science fiction novel or comic book and yet they tap into some of our deepest and most contemporary fears. What one must do when watching early Cronenberg is to remind oneself that the director was still trying in many ways to fully find himself and the best way to express his ideas. And if the viewer will put the technical inefficiencies of `Rabid' aside, he or she will find a truly enjoyable and frightening film.

The performances are all-around good, although they never seem to be able to rise above the level of typical sci-fi/horror acting. Marilyn Chambers, the most interesting casting decision of this film, plays her part relatively well, although her perpetual forced-innocent attitude becomes a bit tiresome as the film progresses. Frank Moore shows a considerably larger range of emotions than any other actor, but when nothing much is happening in terms of action, his stoic look and bland dialogue only serve to reiterate the fact that not much is happening. Bob Silverman, a minor player in a few of Cronenberg's films, also shows up for a brief cameo, although those used to his idiosyncratic performances may be left a little disappointed.

On the whole, `Rabid' is an interesting film to watch if for no other reason than to get a sampling of the director's unique sense of story and theme. In terms of technical style it definitely looks dated and is lacking in many departments, something that Cronenberg would later correct in his films from the 80's. But what this film lacks in style it more than makes up for in substance. Cronenberg is a genius in his own right, a master of the scientific side of horror and fantasy. Fans of the director will most certainly want to seek this film out, while newcomers may want to view a few of his later films before delving into this and his other early works.

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