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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:
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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?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Rose enters the shopping mall, the camera, the lights and the film crew are reflected in the glass doors.See more »
Murray Cypher:Potato man loves ketchup man.See more »
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Shows elements of a genius at work...., 23 February 1999
Author: Glyn Ingram ( from London, England

David Cronenberg's second major movie can be viewed as a kind of sequel to "Shivers," which, in more ways than one, deals with similar themes and issues as that of the aforementioned movie. Whilst Cronenberg showed originality and a genuine talent during each of the movies he made in the 1970's and early 1980's, it probably wasn't till "The Fly" and "Dead Ringers" that finally confirmed him as one of the greatest and most talented film-makers working today. Whilst movies such as "Rabid" and "The Brood" merely suggest a strong and original presence of talent coming from behind the camera (With, perhaps, an edge of genius), if one is watch each of Cronenberg's movies from "Shivers" onwards (Ending with his most recent "Crash"), his career is an interesting one to follow, simply because its obvious how his worked has matured and improved over the several decades, whilst following virtually identical themes and motives throughout. Cronenberg's obessions and passions are obvious in every one of his pictures, making him the true author of all his movies.

"Rabid" is the mildly shocking story of a bizarre strain of rabies which spreads across many citizens of Montreal, following a revolutionary skin-graft operation which takes place on a beautiful, young motorcyclist (Maralyn Chambers).

In its favour, "Rabid" is an automatically above-par horror tale, simply because its fascinating in a way most horror movies are not. Cronenberg also shows more control and ability than with "Shivers" this time around, with an improved narrative and a better control over his characters. Considering its low budget origins, it's generally quite a well made picture, and, because Cronenberg is so very fascinated with 'The changing of the flesh' or 'The new flesh' (A theme in virtually all of his pictures'), it becomes equally as fascinating for his audience. We come away asking questions at the end of the picture; whilst "Rabid" may be a clear fantasy, it also works as a metaphore for the outbreak of any disease. It also has numerous disturbing and memorable images, now something we should come to expect in a Cronenberg movie. There's a wonderful air of sexuality in the movie, too, and, in the past, I've read some good writings on the picture, where themes such as loneliness and want play an important role in its narrative.

However, the film is also diappointing in many ways. The picture soon becomes repetitive when it should probably be taking a different Road altogether - Watching Ms. Chambers drain blood from victim after victim soon becomes tiresome (Though it's important to note that during such scenes, the movie is mostly un-gory and horrid - Being gruesome isn't what Cronenberg wants to do here). The movie also boasts some incredibly bad performances; whilst Chambers isn't bad (Her performance holds parallels with that of Natasha Henstridge from "Species), Frank More is truly terrible as her boyfriend. There is also big questions hanging over Chamber's motives in the movie - One can't help but wonder why she doesn't do one in a million things to stop her blood-obsessed rage e.g. Get her arm cut off! We're just not told enough about what the disease has done to Chambers; does she want to kill? If not, why doesn't she get help? If she does want to kill, what caused this? Has the strange penis-object taken partial control of her brain too?

Perhaps the film's most ameturish and significant aspect is in the way the script never actually explains how Chambers develops the blood-sucking 'Penis' in her arm - Whilst Cronenberg's original cut of the movie had a scene left in to give an explanation, it was eventually removed because he felt it broke the tension. It's probably the script that's the movies biggest fault, or maybe we can credit it more to Cronenberg's liking for cutting-to-the-bone during editing.

Overall, "Rabid" is a decent, unsettling horror movie that is well worth a look, and, even if its flawed and contains numerous faults, its far superior to the many hundreds of horror pictures out today.

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