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Rabid (1977)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 April 1977 (USA)
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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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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One minute they're perfectly normal, THE NEXT...[Rabid] See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD530,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the baby's room, there is a Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy toy chest. Co-star Joe Silver, who plays Murray Cypher, contributed voice work to Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, which was released the same month. See more »

Goofs

The painting with vertical orange swatches in Rose's post-surgery room gets turned on an angle and is splattered with blood following the first attack. Later, it is back to square on the wall and the blood has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in Terror Train: Riding the Rails (2012) See more »

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Vulcain
from album "Energie"
Composed by Caravelli
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Sometimes effective, sometimes dull
11 December 1998 | by Joel ISee all my reviews

This is Cronenberg's disappointing follow-up to the great "Shivers." Once again, the "monster" is a disease that turns the victims into crazies. The underlying subtext that sexual appetite makes you crazy is reinforced by the casting of porn star Marilyn Chambers in the lead role (she's not bad). There are some good scares and some great grotesque images (especially the frozen twisted corpse that was used in the film's poster). But the story is by turns confusing and, until the military is brought in at the end, repetitive. It feels overlong for what it is. Cronenberg had some nice directorial touches--I like the way he uses brightly lit, underpopulated buildings as a backdrop for the horror.


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