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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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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
David Cronenberg's second feature film!, 14 October 2004

Rabid (1977) is a strange film about a parasitic virus that inhabit's the body of a young woman (Marilyn Chambers). She receives this strange mutation after a new experimental procedure is performed upon her after she and her boyfriend were involved in a motorcycle accident. The doctors at a plastic surgery clinic save her life but her body revolts and mutates against the new cellular structure. The staff at the clinic and it's patients must answer for trying to defy nature.

A very good film from David Cronenberg. He further explores the topic of man fighting mutations from within or trying to change human nature. it's a topic that he returns to from time to time. He started off from Shivers and continued it in Rabid, The Brood, Scanners and Videodrome. Like most of his earlier films, this one was shot in around around the province of Quebec. Partially funded by the Canadian government, this twisted low budget wonder is a must for cerebral horror fans and Cronenberg devotees. Rabid benefits from the director's trademark clinical and cold aura.

I have to highly recommend this flick. the one I saw clocked it at almost 92 minutes. I haven't seen this film in awhile. I watched it on a D.V.D. import from Canada. I don't know how long the U.S. release was but this version seemed to have a little more blood than the one I watched seven years ago on an old V.H.S. copy. The Canadian Disc had a feature length commentary by David Cronenberg, a twenty some odd minute interview and a few other extras. The movie was restored and in it's proper film format.

Highly recommended.

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