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Rabid (1977)

Marilyn Chambers , Frank Moore , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: André Link, Danny Goldberg, Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, John Dunning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Somerville House
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAKUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rabid" on IMDb

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Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, and Patricia Gage star in David Cronenberg's classic thriller about a young woman who develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery. Her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, and the epidemic spreads city-wide.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Rabid was Cronenberg's second feature film and a more conventional "horror movie" than his first feature Shivers (aka They Came from Within). Despite Rabid's weak script and low budget restrictions it clearly showed that Cronenberg was a writer/director with a strong vision and someone to watch for.
Rose (played unevenly by Marilyn Chambers) suffers severe wounds in a motorcycle accident. Experimental surgery turns her into a vampire of sorts that infects her victims with a incurable and fatal case of mania that resembles rabies. Rose, either fearing for her own safety or forced by a new and barely understood predatory nature (Cronenberg never explores this in any real depth), escapes from the clinic where she has been recovering from her surgery and unleashes a terrifying plague. Although it may sound silly Cronenberg treats the subject with such an icy documentary like detachment that the results are quite chilling.
Sadly the part of Rose (originally intended for Sissy Spacek) is underwritten, she has almost no dialogue and Chambers could not communicate any real emotional conflict in her performance. She becomes simply an object to move the plot forward, the secondary characters getting more development. This was a serious flaw in the movie and the primary reasons I gave it three stars and not four.
The DVD itself is pretty sad. The movie is not letterboxed, but the image is not injured too badly by this. There is a trailer that produces a chuckle when, after an impressive car wreck, the camera zooms into Rose's first victim and the narrator solemnly says "Don't worry about him he's DEAD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CRONENBERG'S BEST May 1, 2001
From the low angle motorcycle shot to the final,apocalyptic shot of the inevitable,RABID draws you into its cold chilling world of vicious horror completely.Some of the acting is a bit shaky and some of the characterization a bit one-dimensional but the direction is never less than masterful.The two combined,make the film realistically unnerving.The film's basic premise is that a virus transmitted by humans,once virulent,is incapable of being contained.Unchecked it results in primal,brutal and wanton behaviour,a theme prevalent in many Cronenberg films.The film even succeeds in gaining sympathy for the main victim and cause of the disease,via of her disposal of several unlikeable characters and an appealing performance by Marilyn Chambers.RABID is almost totally bleak,totally downbeat in portraying a city out of control......Totally classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Memory of Marilyn Chambers, Star of "Rabid" April 20, 2009
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I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Marilyn Chambers. I will always remember her excellent performance in David Cronenberg's science fiction horror classic "Rabid." If only she had starred in more horror films of the same caliber. Marilyn would've made an excellent scream queen. She reminds me of Jamie Lee Curtis. Both young women had that wholesome, pure girl-next-door look. The type of girl you'd love to ask to your senior prom or take on a motorcycle ride through the countryside.

Rose (Marilyn Chambers) is badly burned in a motorcycle accident. She is rushed to the nearby Keloid Institute where she undergoes experimental skin grafts. Unfortunately, as in many of Cronenberg's films ("Shivers," "The Brood," "Scanners," and "The Fly"), the treatment has dangerous side effects; Rose experiences a mutation. In her armpit, she develops a needle-like protuberance. She awakens from a coma with an insatiable thirst for blood and commences seducing and attacking men around her, inflicting them with a Rabies-like virus. The incubation period is short and soon these men become crazed lunatics, foaming at the mouth and biting anyone near them. The virus spreads like wild fire and all of Montreal is in danger of becoming rabid.

"Rabid" has a very suspenseful, terrifying plot. It belongs in the same genre as the end-of-the-world films where a mutating virus threatens to destroy all of mankind as in the classic "Omega Man" and the modern "27 Days Later." It does not have the look and feel of a low budget film. There is a lot of violence, the type you would find in a zombie film such as "Dawn of the Dead." There is mass hysteria on the subways and at the malls as people are attacked and bitten. Soldiers shoot those who have been infected.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Rage, there was Rabid March 7, 2005
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This Canadian horror film, directed by visionary horror-meister David Cronenberg, is quit underrated and ahead of its time. Rabid comes off at times almost like a vampire flick but it is actually much closer to a zombie/killer epidemic movie like 28 Days Later or Dawn of the Dead. A biker girl named Rose is involved in a devastating accident and is subject to an experimental treatment in synthetic cell regeneration and grafting. The only problem is it gives her a parasitic organ which she uses to drain other people's blood. And what's worse, these people, when infected, are stricken with a deadly new form of human rabies which turns ordinary people into blood-thirsty psychotic animals.

This is a disturbing and well made apocalypse film. What's perhaps most unsettling is the fact that there are no real bad guys or outright guilty parties in the disaster(government, military, etc.). The scientists who created the rage virus in 28 Days Later where obviously megalomaniacal government drones who paid no attention to the hazards of their creation, whereas the scientists and doctors in Rabid are simply trying to help people and the terrible effect of the synthetic skin graft treatment was not expected by them. It all helps create a pessimistic sense of doom and destruction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Conceptual pleasures among the exploitation
Introductory note: I'm pretty sure there's a legal requirement to refer to the star of this film as "porn star Marilyn Chambers"; there may have been a statute of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dra
5.0 out of 5 stars David Cronenberg's Cerebral Sci-Fi/Horror
This is what I suspect is a Canadian publicity poster. I say so because its rating in the U.S. is R, but I'm betting you money Canada stamped it with an X. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristofer Upjohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Pit stains.
Rabid (David Cronenberg, 1977)
[originally posted 23Jul2001]

Marilyn Chambers was Cronenberg's second choice to play Rose in this film. Sissy Spacek was his first. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars SCARY!!!!
Great classic horror film. My mom remembers this movie it was way before my time but I give this movie five STARS!!!!
Published 5 months ago by design123
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Disappoints
Rabid, is another of Cronenberg's visions of how experimenting with infectious diseases can eradicate a whole world in the most gruesome fashion at an exponential rate. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Horror Grrrl1313
3.0 out of 5 stars In the main, for devotees only
Not bad. Decent production values, acting adequate. Don't watch if you're expecting Marilyn Chambers Porn Star. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chief Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof Chambers could have gone legit
Rabid is terrific early Cronenberg that on the whole over comes it's budgetary constraints. It's full of all the themes that flavour the director's best works and gives and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Diwell
5.0 out of 5 stars David Cronenberg At the Start of His Mastery of Body Horror
Though David Cronenberg already had a minor hit horror feature under his belt with SHIVERS (aka THEY CAME FROM WITHIN), RABID is the first "true Cronenberg movie" for me... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Timothy Liebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Parasitic possession film...
"Rabid" is David Cronenberg's second feature film from 1977, and stars the adult film star Marilyn Chambers. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Edmonson
4.0 out of 5 stars Rabid
A motorcycle accident leaves Rose terribly disfigured, so she is given an experimental skin graft that restores her to her former beauty. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carl Manes
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