Directed by David Cronenberg
In David Cronenberg’s must-see cult favorite, a woman named Rose (porn star Marilyn Chambers) develops a thirst for blood after receiving experimental surgery. When Rose wakes up, she finds a stinger under her armpit which she uses to feed off victims, who later turn rabid and attack others. RABID is body horror as only Cronenberg can do, with sex and death inextricably linked thanks to Rose’s phallic parasite. Chambers gamely made the leap to “respectable” films, and die-hard disco fans may recognize her bizarro single “Benihana” playing over one particularly nasty attack. Contains strong language, violence and gore.
In David Cronenberg’s early cult favorite, a woman develops a thirst for blood after experimental plastic surgery.
Cast: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver
So. Very. Awful.
I just need one of those spikes.
A cool concept and Marilyn Chambers is engaging, but it feels like too little narrative spread too thin. Cronenberg was still getting his footing on this movie. This is one for die-hards and completists.
As someone who hasn't seen all that much Cronenberg, this one is a solid film. It shows its age but the body horror is real and the rate that the epidemic flourishes is a real testament to good storytelling and is thought provoking. Minus a skull for poor marksmanship while blasting Santa straight to hell. If you didn't get any presents this year, blame that one rookie.
One of Cronenberg’s earlier films, turns out to be one of his best.