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Rabid

David Cronenberg · 1977
91min · DCP
  • Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023, 9:30pm

Picking up where the taboo-busting SHIVERS left off, RABID is the next-level iteration of Cronenberg’s obsession with sexual body violence in the form of a late nite creature feature. After a motorcycle accident, Rose (former adult film star Marilyn Chambers) wakes up in a hospital with new skin and a new appetite. As the city of Montréal is transformed into an incubator for gunk-spewing vampires, the ghostly Rose finds herself at war with her body and the world. This is a young Cronenberg firing on all cylinders. Featuring a focused and intense performance from Chambers, clever statements on vanity and greed, and a grotesque lil’ beastie who looks like a penis with teeth, RABID is a high-water mark in lysergic horror.

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“The craft’s rough, but this is Cronenberg’s sleaziest, funniest film, jammed with juicy gore, infectious shocks and a splendidly unnecessary Santa massacre.” William Thomas, Empire

“To top [Shivers] was never going to be easy but two years later [Cronenberg] was again turning his stars into the depraved living dead with equally nauseating effect in Rabid.” Almar Haflidason, BBC