Rabid (1979)


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For his second commercial feature, following a pair of experimental films and 1977's Shivers, Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg continued to mine the themes of disease and mutation that were already becoming his perennial concerns. Marilyn Chambers stars as Rose, an attractive young woman who becomes horribly injured in a motorcycle accident. Spirited away to the clinic of Drs. Dan and Roxanne Keloid (Howard Ryshpan and Patricia Gage), a pair of experimental plastic surgeons, Rose becomes … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: David Cronenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2000
New Concorde Home Entertainment



as Hart Read

as Murray Cypher

as Dr. Dan Keloid

as Dr. Roxanne Keloid

as Mindy Kent

as Lloyd Walsh

as Dispatcher

as Young Cop in Plaza

as Man in Cinema

as Dr. Royce Gentry

as Newscaster

as Stasiuk

as Jackie

as Drunken Indian

as Desk Sergeant

as Smooth Eddy

as Policeman on Highway

as Young Man in Lobby

as Police Sergeant

as Interviewer

as Cop at Clinic

as Claude LaPointe
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Critic Reviews for Rabid

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Here is an extremely violent, sometimes nauseating, picture about a young woman affected with rabies, running around Montreal infecting others.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

After the shock tactics of Shivers, Cronenberg's next venture into body horror is more subdued, but holds up surprisingly well.

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
The Skinny

Cinema as a sustained bout of fever, a melancholy defense of Pandora

Full Review… | February 24, 2013

Revolting, yes, but still, an intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009

While Chambers does add some resonance to the film as a sexual icon, her acting ability is decidedly limited.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Rabid


Hands down the best Canadian zombie film starring a porn star.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Yet more gross-out fun from Cronenberg. This is basically Shivers again on a much larger scale as the chaos and madness of rabies infected people plague the city of Montreal thanks to the vampirous Marilyn Chambers and her nasty armpit. If you liked Shivers and other infection/plague movies like 28 days Later than this is worth a viewing.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

Although this movie has the Cronenberg style of gory grotesque horror sci-fi, the story isn't very good, and the ending is bad. Overall, this movie is okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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