91 minutes – Horror Release date: April 8, 1977 VHS release date: 1983 DVD release date: 2000 DVD Special Edition release: 2004 Production company: Cinema Entertainment Enterprises Inc. Canadian distributor: Cinépix Film Properties U.S. distributor: New World Pictures
Rabid combines some of director David Cronenberg’s most unpleasant obsessions while he was working with cheaper budgets (when many fans argue he was at his best). The film features porn starlet Marilyn Chambers as a woman whose plastic surgery operation leads to her being stung by a wicked bloodlust (much like a vampire), and she infects her victims with a form of rabies. Typically, Rabid has dark humour, some rather campy gore, and Chambers bares it all for the camera. Not for all tastes, undoubtedly, but essential viewing for students and enthusiasts of Cronenberg. – Wyndham Wise’s Essential Guide to Canadian Film.
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