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Rabid feels a lot like Cronenberg was just toying around with some of the same ideas he attempted in Shivers, but he learned no lessons at all about that movie’s failures. Rabid is a horrid B horror movie that has even less to interest me than Shivers, and that’s saying something. The setup is thrown together too fast, so we get no opportunity to know or care about the main characters. The concept of what starts the outbreak is stupid, and the way the “disease” operates makes no sense, in fact it’s not even consistent through the whole film. The cast of actors are terrible, including another leading man who is flat and dull despite the drama he witnesses. I have to question the logic of a blood-sucking creature that attacks from something in her armpit. Not only does that seem totally stupid, it also makes for some bland attacks. She just hugs people, they cut to a closeup of a mouthlike creature effect that looks terrible, and then they show the hugged person acting like they are in pain. I mean, if you’re going to go with a thirst for blood, why not go full vampire and just bite with the mouth? I haven’t decided if the armpit monster was an idea because Cronenberg wanted to try a different prosthetic effect, or because it meant the woman would have to take off her top more often. Either way, it’s terrible from a storytelling perspective. Rabid is an atrocious movie and it continues to astonish me that this same writer-director would become famous.
So bad it's almost good. Another TCM surprise.
A decent horror flick, not great but decent. The plot is the 'decent' part. A different plot could have been developed differently and made this a really good horror movie. A plastic surgery clinic preforms an untested, experimental procedure on Chambers after she is burned in a motorcycle accident. As a result of the surgery Chambers develops a thirst for human blood, the only nourishment she can ingest, and a really weird physical manifestation as a means to obtain blood. She develops a vagina in her left armpit. However, instead of being a nice place for penises to enter, whenever she needs blood and she senses a victim is falling into her clutches, a penis emerges from she armpit vagina. To be even more weird, instead of semen emerging from this armpit vagina penis to please women, a needle emerges to drain life-giving blood and sexual satisfaction for Chambers. She always orgasms while draining her victims. Each of her victims then becomes a combination of rabid (Hence the name) like being vampire that needs blood and further passes on the malady, spreading it in epidemic proportions. Thankfully the infected are fairly easy to kill.
The ending is very weak! Watch and see if you agree.
This is NOT a Marilyn Chambers porno flick. There is only one decent scene of her ta-tas and two other lesser scenes showing those famous breasts. I had forgotten how small her breasts were... Oh, well, when you reach 'celebratory' fame I guess it doesn't matter as much...
Hard to sympathize with any of the characters in this movie. Its a well made film but I have do many issues...
An early David Cronenberg flick, a man that has done a few gems and some horror classics in my book. This is the typical zombie story, only with a hot lady, Rose, as the main disease spreader. Rose is involved in a motocycle accident and needs some surgery. This gives her some sort of addiction too blood so she takes a bite of people, mostly men, that comes near her.
She never turn a zombie herself, but people she bites turns ugly and bubling of green salvia - real old school zombie looks. They turn out te be everywhere. The Rose character is actually acted out by a porn star but she is not that bad as an actress, really.
This is not a big hit for me. Kind of funny at times and a few twists makes sure it's not a total flop but the story is way too typical and I feel that Cronenberg's strenght is originality and that lacks here. The pace is a bit slow, it feels repitative and it's never scary, just semi gory.
4.5 out of 10 Santa killers.
A bunch of disconnected ideas don't make a film, and so this bizarre movie feels more like an amalgam of unripe ideas thrown together without a clear purpose (much like Shivers before it), making me wonder why Cronenberg cast a porn movie actress as a grotesque sexual predator.
Better than average virus/plague film. Shot in Montreal and environs on a low budget but is made up for in a good story line, decent acting and well paced. Never jump out of your seat scary yet worth a gander if you have 90 minutes to burn Also, great to see some 1970's fashion hits and misses!
Easy to forget that - before his masterpiece The Fly - David Cronenberg wrote and directed some of the worst horror movies of all time. Rabid has a gossamer-thin and nonsensical plot - couple on motorbike crash near a cosmetic surgery. While recuperating, girl develops vampiric armpit and goes on a rampage. It's also burdened with some truly awful performances, narcoleptic editing and woeful (library?) music. In its favour, it's not Shivers or Scanners.
An evolution in quality from Cronenberg. It's glossier than Shivers, but it borrows a lot of the same themes and tries to expand on them. It loses the claustrophobia, but the scenes of mass hysteria are good.
Another of Cronenberg's experimental, half-assed horror movies, but it's actually not bad. For fans of campiness, Rabid is a perfect one. While sometimes the screenplay is under-developed, but it's compensated with buckets of cheap gore, blood-thirsty zombies and I also really like the musical score. It's basically a remastered version of Shivers (1977) , but in much better and much more entertaining, with a touch of Dawn of the Dead (1978). One of David Cronenberg earliest movies and a descent flick. Recommended !!