A young woman develops a taste for human blood after experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into blood-thirsty zombies, leading into a city-wide epidemic.


David Cronenberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 (as J. Roger Periard)
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Nurse Louise
Terry Schonblum ... Judy Glasberg
Victor Désy ... Claude LaPointe
Julie Anna Julie Anna ... Nurse Rita
Gary McKeehan ... Smooth Eddy
Terence G. Ross Terence G. Ross ... Farmer
Miguel Fernandes ... Man In Cinema
Robert O'Ree Robert O'Ree ... Police Sergeant


In Camelford, while swinging his van across a narrow road to make a u-turn, a driver stalls the vehicle that does not restart. Hart Read is driving his motorcycle with his girlfriend Rose and he drives off the road to avoid the collision. Hart suffers minor injuries while Rosie is injured and burned by the flames when the motorcycle explodes. The ambulance from the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery brings the couple and Rose, who is in coma, is submitted to an emergency surgery and to an experimental plastic-surgery technique by Dr. Dan Keloid to retrieve her skin in the chest and abdomen. Hart is discharged but Rose stays in coma in the intensive care unit (ICU) to recover. Out of the blue, Rose awakens from her coma one month later and screams. A nurse helps her but is wounded by her and then he cannot remember what has happened. He is sent to a hospital in Montreal while Rose realizes that she needs to feed with blood. However her victims become zombie-like creatures. Rose ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One minute they're perfectly normal, THE NEXT...[Rabid] See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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David Cronenberg stated that Marilyn Chambers put in a lot of hard work on the film and that he was impressed with her. See more »


At the ten minute mark, the doctor takes a skin graft from Roses leg, when we see him peel the graft off, it's clearly 5 or 6mm wider than the wound it's taken from, almost like a piece of latex or cloth being peeled off the wound. See more »


Murray Cypher: Potato man loves ketchup man.
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Alternate Versions

All UK DVD versions are missing around 20 secs of footage from a conversation between the 2 male leads and a policeman in a parking lot. The edits were not made by the BBFC and appear to have been a result of print damage. See more »


References The Crazies (1973) See more »


from album "Energie"
Composed by Caravelli
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Rabidly Entertaining
28 January 2019 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

Again, Cronenberg, has pulled another well made Canadian film, of less notoriety, where like Shivers (that and this showing some similarity) the story goes over our head, although we read the simple picture. An interesting if risky choice, having a porn queen as the lead, and Chambers does have some acting clout, in between all those smiles, poses, and more acting moments of falsity. The premise sees her the victim, the pillon of a nasty motorcycle crash, where she gets pinned under the falling bike, providing some nasty seconds of shock, here, where the boyfriend rider, Moore, very Cliff Richard looking, fares much better, even in the acting arena. Rabid does indulge in some great gory R rated violence, even in it's starting with a bloodied injured Chambers, on a gurney being whisked into a the much inviting doors of country hospital, only a couple of kilometres from the accident scene itself. Chambers becomes the first guinea pig, to be trialed with this new skin grafting process which of course, misfires, the catalyst for Chambers, sudden, hungry appetite for blood, after a month in a coma prior. The first guy, the naked Chambers sinks her teeth into, has you reliving an Insatiable moment and similar dialogue, you almost roll your eyes. It's just another zombie movie? Yes, but smarter, with an intriguing premise, only Rabid just doesn't reach it's full potential, although the film, itself, really tries. It's well acted and scripted, but it's less mainstream appeal, mirrors, or equals it's quality, but Cronenberg fans like me, will definitely get their entertainment and gore's worth. A chilling cold ending, you would say too.

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Release Date:

8 April 1977 (USA) See more »

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Québec, Canada See more »


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CAD530,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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