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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Did You Know?


A keloid is a type of scar tissue formed from collagen, hence Dr. Keloid's name is a sort of pun. See more »


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.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese VHS is uncut, containing footage not seen on other releases of the film. See more »


Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »


from album "Energie"
Composed by Caravelli
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A marginal improvement over Shivers
3 December 2007 | by charchukSee all my reviews

It's only marginally better than Cronenberg's earlier work Shivers and in some ways, it feels like a sequel to it. It takes the hyper-sexualized, extra-gory zombies that the first film utilized and expands them over a wider area. No longer just contained to an apartment complex on an island, these bad boys are free to roam around downtown Montreal. The slices of apocalyptic action near the end of the film elevate this one above the earlier film, as it's a much darker consequence to the story's identical problem. Basically all the technical aspects remain the same, from amateurish acting to dated sets to a distinctive atmosphere, and the warning against scientific tampering is still there, but the aforementioned wider scope and subtle nods to the sociopolitical environment of 1970s Montreal make this one just a bit better. Cronenberg was just warming up, though.

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Release Date:

8 April 1977 (USA) See more »

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Rabid 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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