Rabid (Special Edition) [Import]
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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.
This film has a few delightful wonderfully erie scenes.
28 days later is often sited has the film to reinvent the zombie genre. But all 28 days later really did was to introduce the term infected into the zombie lore. Rage zombies started with George Romero's 1974 film The Crazies, then came Rabid.
Special features include, directors commentary, interview with David Cronenberg, trailers, photo galleries, bios & rare production stills.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This was a great movie so luv'd the different take on the zombie genre :)Published 1 month ago by Jason Yazelle
Of all of Cronenberg's movies, this is one of my least favourite. It is like Shivers, but on a grander scale, though I actually prefer Shivers to this. Read more
Rabid was the second film of David Cronenberg after Shivers. Both films are very similar in theme and were the excellent start to Cronenberg's great career. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by David Bohnert
Plot: After a motorcycle accident, Rose (Marilyn Chambers of Behind the Green Door and oh so much more) develops an unexplained lesion and a desire for human blood. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Agent Nick Castle
a modern vampire story, also an epidemic started by the girl "marily chambers" who suddenly and as far as I remember without any cause transfers to a woman who can suck... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Emre Karasahin
I remember seeing this film as a child, curiosity had me revisit it last night. Some films stand the test of time, even if filmed in the 1970's, they can still be viewed enjoyably... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by ArtSpiker
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