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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

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Cronenberg 

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 
Film Editing by
Jean LaFleur 
Casting by
Sharron Wall 
Art Direction by
Claude Marchand 
Makeup Department
Heather Allan .... assistant makeup artist
Joe Blasco .... special makeup design
Joe Blasco .... special makeup effects artist (1977)
Kathy Flynn .... special makeup effects assistant
Byrd Holland .... special makeup artist
Mireille Recton .... makeup supervisor
Sharron Wall .... makeup artist: second unit
Mike Bacarella .... sculptor lab work (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 operator
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 supervisor
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

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Rose is wandering through the streets at night, she enters a cinema hall. As she opens the glass door, a couple of crewmembers and spotlights are reflected in it.See more »
Murray Cypher:Potato man loves ketchup man.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
good exploitation flick that acts as a precursor to many modern horror films, 1 October 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

David Cronenberg perhaps maybe didn't get too ambitious as he forged ahead in the 70s as a low-budget director of bloody, outrageous horror films in Canada, but it was probably a good chance to learn tricks of the trade he'd know for the rest of his career. And somehow, while watching it, despite the fact that it is not masterpiece, it has all the makings of being a real influential work. Like another film that it's obviously been inspired by, Night of the Living Dead (albeit the Crazies might be in there too), Rabid seems to have given rise (no pun intended) to films like Species (hot woman out on the prowl for beings to fulfill her), 28 Days Later (obvious), and even Planet Terror (outbreak in a hospital). It's rough and with a terribly bleak ending, and it's got a certain pizazz that should keep it humming on genre fans shelves in the years to come.

Marilyn Chambers is one of the reasons the film got made- Ivan Reitman chose her over Cronenberg's (more interesting) choice of Sissy Spacek- though it is and isn't her exactly that makes Rabid a little sleazier for some reason that it might be without her. To be sure, she's the catalyst for the outbreak of the not-quite-rabies that spreads out in Montreal after a freak skin-grafting operation following a motorcycle accident (very well filmed that is, by the way). But seeing her after she gets out of the hospital and for the bulk of the picture until she reunites with Hart is a little predictable, and adds an air to the film of being too exploitive of expectations as opposed to exploiting the primitive tools of storytelling Cronenberg has. A scene like when Chambers goes into the movie theater should be freaky, but it's just sort of ho-hum.

It's not even that she lacks a certain screen presence, though at the same time, as the protagonist, she's not even really all that interesting in context with what else is going on around her. The best parts of Rabid are the side scenes, the little moments like when Joe Silver watches TV with the baby, or when the mall cop accidentally shoots the Santa Claus and mutters "Christ!", or when we see the sudden moments of the characters like the truck driver out for BBQ chicken or the random dude at night jumping on Hart's car. Those are when Cronenberg strikes it best as a pure genre director, not going too deep into theme (aside from that of the unawareness of disease and infection, a theme that would grow stronger in the 80s to be sure), plus in the shock value of the actual creature that sprouts out of Chambers mouth, which is probably even *better* concealed and revealed than with the parasites in Shivers.

At the end of it all, Rabid only really gets profound towards the very end, as a tragic scene occurs, but by then it doesn't amount to a whole lot. Rabid is a warped little blood-soaked flesh-eater flick, and it's happy with being simple and dark in its low budget.

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