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.

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David Cronenberg
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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
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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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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 »

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When Rose enters the shopping mall, the camera, the lights and the film crew are reflected in the glass doors. See more »

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Murray Cypher: Potato man loves ketchup man.
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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 »

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Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Carpenter (2011) See more »

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Benihana
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Written by Michael Zager
Performed by Marilyn Chambers
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Creepy early Cronenberg
10 November 2007 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The second big-screen feature from Canadian horror genius David Cronenberg was this twisted well-done low budgeter.

Following a motorcycle wreck, a young woman receives skin grafts that cause her to have a murderous thrust for blood - which leads to a deadly plague.

Rabid is one nicely done little shocker. It has a clever storyline that's a unique take on the vampire/zombie genres. The makeup work is gruesomely good, the atmosphere cold and fitting, and the low-budget ambiguously well used to create a horror film that was a bit ahead of its time. In addition the cast isn't bad. Star Marylin Chambers, though better known as a porn actress, does a decent performance as the victim of the strange infection. Frank Moore is also good as Chambers' boyfriend who must save her before disaster strikes.

While granted that Rabid isn't as great as the films that Cronenberg would later unleash (The Brood, Videodrome, Dead Zone etc.) it is never the less a solid sophomore effort that well-foreshadowed the greatness Cronenberg would achieve in his later films.

*** out of ****


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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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