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3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: André Link, Danny Goldberg, Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, John Dunning
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Somerville House
  • Release Date: June 1 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001XAKUQ
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Rabid [Fullscreen]

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David's first pick for this movie, was Sissy Spacek, but she refused to do it. However , this movie wouldnt have fit her, this part really calls for someone sexy, not that she isnt sexy but this part required a blond bombshell. Enter Marilyn Chambers.
Marilyn plays Rose, a chick who has a bike accident and is experimented on resulting in a disease on anyone that touches her and turning them flesh eating mad . Nice plot, kinda reminds me of an aids epidemic or something like that. Now that would be scary.
You can catch this film on the Independent Film Channel during their "Indie Screams" week. (Check local listings.)
The gory. A nurse getting her finger cut off by a doctor and doctor starts eating the finger!!!
The good. Marilyn in the nude! (I wish there more of these scenes), There is also a great car crash in the movie where a car falls on the highway only to be run over by a truck. (What bad luck for the driver)
The shocking. A dept. store Santa Claus being gunned down (Accidentally).This scene probably is the most scandalous in the film, even I was suprised that something like this was written in the script. Shame on you David. :-)
The saddest. Some of the music is well done,especially the sad melodramatic music. The end is sad too, (Poor Marilyn being thrown in the trash truck after she herself is the victim of the virus she has spread). Her acting in this movie is pretty good, I was suprised.
Great funny lines like " what the fu*k are we running here a nursery." "You carry a plague youve killed hundreds of people!."
The best thing I can say is that it has some great shots of Marilyn Chambers beautiful figure. Wow!!! No wonder she makes her living off the xxx industry nowadays.
She does kinda have that Cybill Shepherd type that look that just oozes goddessness, so her presence in the film is felt.
My vote a 6 and half out of 10. Believe it or not this film cost an average of $90,000 to make, David is no cheapskate.
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I am a pretty big fan of Marilyn Chambers work from the 1970's. The neat thing about this movie is the chance to see her work under a different type of camera. I was born in 72 the year Behind The Green Door came out so I obviously didn't learn about what Marilyn is most noted for until I was much older. Rabid allows someone who does'nt appreciate adult films to still see Marilyn in her glory days. You still get a couple glimpses of her in an unenhanced frontal expose, which in all honesty don't seem to follow the plot, but just enjoy it. Let's face it today her looks back in the 70's are so appealing and natural vs. many of the pierced/tattooed/enhanced mangled freaks that walk the streets now a days.
The opening scene of Rabid shows Rose(Marilyn) and her boyfriend enjoying a highspeed motorcycle ride on a chilly Canadian day. When I close my eyes I can picture Ms. Chambers behind me on my ride, hugged up on me as we speed down the highway, very cool. The crash scene wasn't very elaborate due to technical limitations and there doesn't seem to be an explaination for the "blood sucking proboscis-like" appendage that mysteriously sprouts from Marilyn's armpit.
I suggest just enjoying Rabid for the simple special effects and natural good looks of Marilyn Chambers of the 70's.
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Let's not get carried away. This film is not a masterstroke from Cronenberg nor is it entirely terrible. But the film veers from side to side and in effect there are many parts of the film which have moments of genius mixed with moments of terrible scenes.
Cronenberg himself has admitted that he had a moment of crisis while making the movie. He thought the whole film sounded ridiculous and maybe it wasn't worth it. He's got a point no matter what way your take on this film. It does border on the patently ridiculous but remember we're talking about a standard horror movie here. It's a cheap thrill'n'scare movie that most people would watch at a drive by cinema. We know there's going to be some cagey b-movie standard acting so we're not exactly taxing ourselves are we?
Ah yes which reminds me, Marilyn Chambers actually doesn't do a bad job at giving " serious acting " a go. Cronenberg jokes that he doesn't know whose idea it was to tell her that his movies were " serious " but she acts well. I've never seen any of her porn material ( and I don't really want to either ) but there are times here when her history in porn might have helped her in his role. Actually give Ivan Reitman credit here - it was a brilliant idea to get Chambers in for this film - people are definitely going to take an interest if a porno star wants to make a go at serious acting ( especially men )
There are some brilliantly shot scenes like when somebody takes a drill to a car with people in it ( that WOULD frighten people ) and the ending too which is rather chilling and is an effective ending for the film.
So all in all it's not as good as later films such as Scanners, Videodrome, Dead Ringers or even Crash ( even though I have a love hate relationship with that movie ) in it's affecting creepiness.
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Every once in awhile when I am feeling reflective I like to watch a David Cronenberg film. I have seen quite a few of them at this point, from some of his earliest stuff like "Shivers" to his seminal reworking of "The Fly" starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. One thing you will always get out of a Cronenberg film is a serious look at how technology and human beings interact. Like science fiction author J.G. Ballard, Cronenberg's films embrace a synthesis of man and machine that is exceedingly grim, not to mention gory as all get out. The overarching theme in his cinematic examinations seems to be that humans simply do not know enough about the technology they develop, or if they do, their arrogance in the ultimate abilities of mankind always leads them charging into experiments despite the risks. That we are just not far seeing enough to predict the outcome of using new drugs, messing around with human genetics, or exploring future psychopathologies about car accidents may be a good message to take from a Cronenberg film. "Rabid" constitutes Cronenberg's cosmology in embryonic form. Released in the late 1970s, this film is classic Cronenberg made with a low budget and the inclusion of adult film star Marilyn Chambers in the lead role. While "Rabid" suffers from its miniscule budget and slightly uneven pacing, even the most jaded of horror film fans will find plenty to like in this picture.
"Rabid" opens with an unfortunate motorcycle accident that injures Hart Read and his girlfriend Rose. Fortunately for the two cyclists, the incident occurs within shouting distance of a medical clinic run by Doctor Daniel Keloid, a surgeon specializing in a radical new reconstructive surgery.
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