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Rabid (1977)

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.

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David Cronenberg
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Cast

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 Roger Periard ... Lloyd Walsh
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Nurse Louise
Terry Schonblum ... Judy Glasberg
Victor Désy 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
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Storyline

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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You can't trust your mother...your best friend...your neighbor next door... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rabid See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 530,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

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When Hart's car is attacked by a crazy, and a clean-up crew shoots and disposes of it, the cameraman who is shooting the "through the windshield" shots is clearly visible in the back seat of the car. See more »

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Murray Cypher: Potato man loves ketchup man.
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Benihana
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Above Average Horror Thriller
6 March 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rabid (1977)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

After a motorcycle crash, a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) is given a certain plastic surgery, which has a major side effect when she wakes up as it turns her into a rabid creature wanting human blood. Whoever she bites also gets infected and soon the plague is sweeping across the nation.

David Cronenberg's rather bleak horror tale is a pretty good film, although it does suffer from a few flaws that keeps it from being much better. A lot of the attention goes to Chambers who was attempting to make a mainstream crossover after appearing in the hardcore porn film BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR. I really thought she did a pretty good job with what was asked from her as the director perfectly used her to benefit the story. Her sexuality was the best thing in the picture and I especially liked the way Cronenberg used it to help spread this virus. After all, a majority of the victims were those attracted to her and it's almost like there was a STD fear lurking behind the main story.

I do wonder if this "virus" in the film has a bit more of a meaning to the director. Either way, RABID manages to be quite graphic at times in regards to the violence. There's quite a bit of puss flowing from people's mouths and there's certainly a lot of blood throughout. Cronenberg doesn't back off of the violence but I think what's even better is the rather bleak and dark atmosphere that he manages to create. The entire film is very dark in tone and I thought the director perfectly handled this as well as some more dramatic moments (like the motorcycle crash). Chambers is good in her role but we also get nice performances by Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Frank Moore.

The one major flaw in the film is that it has a very slow pacing that really drags out the running time. I think a little quicker pace certainly would have helped things but the film is still worth watching.


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