Rabid (1977) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Rabid (1977)

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  • Release Date:  1977
  • Genre:  viru, Virus
  • Director:  David Cronenberg
  • Screenwriter:  David Cronenberg
  • Cast & Crew: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Roger Periard, Lynne Deragon, Terry Schonblum, Victor Désy, Julie Anna, Gary McKeehan, Terence G. Ross, Miguel Fernandes, and Robert O’Ree.

Rabid (1977)Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Ronan = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.4/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.5/10

Rabid (1977) Synopsis:

A woman gets infected by a strange virus during her surgery, causing her to attack other people, thereby spreading the virus.

Rabid (1977) Review:

Rabid is, along with Shivers, one of David Cronenberg very first full-length feature horror movies. It does not feature the science-fiction aspect that will later make the success of his other films, but Cronenberg’s taste for blood and gore cannot be better illustrated than in this early masterpiece.

In many ways, this film is a classic zombie film: the infection, the thirst for blood, the virus spreading, etc. The story is relatively simple but interesting, mainly because the plastic surgery hospital background makes it kind of unusual.

Because the film was made with a relatively low budget (500 000$), the zombie does look a little cheap, but the feeling of violence is very strong nevertheless. The scenes of complete chaos are terrific, totally gruesome. Actually, the cheap make-up gives a really cool look to the zombies and reminds of Cronenberg’s earlier film Shivers (an amazing movie done with only 180 000$!).

The only drawback is that it gets a bit repetitive after a while. The end is also a little too weak to make it an outstanding

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