Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Review: "Rabid" (1977)

Director: David Cronenberg
Year: 1977
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

After receiving experimental reconstructive surgery, a woman named Rose develops a mutation and starts to crave human blood. Her victims turn into rabid balls of rage that spread their disease to other hosts who survive their attacks.

Rabid 1977 movie still David Cronenberg Marilyn Chambers
"I'm still me. I'm still Rose." (Image Source)
Holy blood sucking armpit anus, Batman! "Rabid" is wild. This movie is written and directed by David Cronenberg. It is his second directorial effort, though he would go on to direct other iconic films like "Scanners," "The Fly," and "Eastern Promises." When Rose (Marilyn Chambers) and her boyfriend Hart (Frank Moore) get into a terrible motorcycle accident near a clinic that specializes in plastic surgery, Rose is left in critical condition. To save her life, the doctors at this clinic perform an experimental skin graft to repair her damaged tissue. The graft seems to be successful, but what they don't know is that Rose has developed a mutation. She wakes up from her coma craving human blood. What she doesn't know is that every person she draws blood from gets infected with a mutated form of rabies, which turns people into deadly, violently ravenous creatures that attack anyone they come in contact with. Those who they attack also become infected, spreading the disease that quickly creates a new pandemic. Now, the origin of the disease must be uncovered, and even Rose doesn't know it's all her fault.
Rabid 1977 movie still David Cronenberg Marilyn Chambers
"I don't think you were just dreaming." (Image Source)
If you are familiar with David Cronenberg's films, calling them 'odd' or 'weird' is a bit of an understatement. He has made a career out of bringing the bizarre to life, and "Rabid" is no exception. This film is a bit of a twist of both the zombie and vampire horror subgenres. This time around, Cronenberg takes a more science fiction approach to the two supernatural creatures. The characters here are not undead, they are the victims of a genetic mutation and a mutated virus. They are not immortal, and they don't have incredible powers. In fact, they are actually struggling to stay alive. "Rabid" focuses more on the overall situation, themes, and visual aesthetic rather than building layered characters who we really get attached to. Sometimes characters show up randomly, and we have little to no clue who they are or what their purpose is in the overall story. Despite this, we had an awesome time watching "Rabid." The creepy visuals are so cool looking that we couldn't look away. We became drawn in by the overall story and grew to care about Rose's journey as she comes to terms with being the new Typhoid Mary.
Rabid 1977 movie still David Cronenberg Marilyn Chambers
"What we're going to do is a little out of the ordinary." (Image Source)
We believe "Rabid" is a worthwhile watch, especially for fans of David Cronenberg's work.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.4/10
RT Rating: 70%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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