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by DarkHorse

"Rabies, an ex-porn star and Cronenburg... Brilliant! Well, almost"
4 stars

An experimental skin graft leaves Marilyn Chambers with a flesh penetrating phallic organ under her armpit that spreads a particularly heinous form of rabies to all that embrace her. Fucking ingenious. Why didn't I think of that?

There’s not a whole lot to spoil about this plot. The opening paragraph pretty much sums it all up. David Cronenburg has always had a knack for taking the most bizarre ideas and transforming them into quirky masterpieces. While not as good as some of Cronenburg's best efforts, "Rabid" excels in being an atmospheric and dark chiller that never takes itself too seriously.

Marilyn Chambers gives a decent performance in the lead role as the carrier of a wicked strain of rabies that causes the people she infects to become flesh-crazed zombies that foam at the mouth. Her role doesn't require her to do much more than get naked, vacantly read her lines and entice unsuspecting males into having sex with her. Sounds like the basic acting requirements for your typical porno. There is one key difference here though...

When she tries to resist the temptation to spread her disease she begins having withdrawals similar to those of a heroin addict. Although she is usually partially or fully nude when going through these cravings, you would have to be one sick puppy to get wood watching these events. She writhes around convulsing and screaming in anguish during these scenes.

Cronenburg manages to pull all this schlock together and crafts a creepy film that overachieves on all levels. Elements of your typical "Night of The Living Dead" rip-off and vampirism are brought together to form a disturbing sleeper.

The resolution is a bummer but it is true to the tone set during the rest of the movie.

Cronenburg fans will love it and it has enough T&A to divert Non-Cronenburg cronies.

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originally posted: 11/05/99 02:27:46
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User Comments

3/24/17 Louise (the real one) Great shocker of a horror film with brilliant creepy soundtrack. 4 stars
6/12/11 art MARILYN cHambers in states of undress, is the big draw here. 2 stars
3/21/10 art it reminds me of JENNIFERS BODY and SLITHER,i saw this at DETROITS EAST SIDE DRIVE-_IN. 3 stars
7/02/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Full of freaky godness 4 stars
12/18/07 art a weird movie to say the least and it is theoriticaly talking about life a fair to middle s 3 stars
7/27/07 Wee Todd Didd After all these years still freaked by that armpit thing. 3 stars
5/20/06 mr.mike great porno theatre scene 4 stars
4/09/05 K. Sear Interesting and unsettling. It should be stupid but isn't. 4 stars
1/18/05 mR. BuNgLe Learn how to spell dumbass, it's 'berg' not 'burg' 5 stars
11/21/03 Charles Tatum Average stuff 3 stars
9/11/03 Jeb Manson Turns a weird idea into a great plot and a good movie. 4 stars
7/16/03 Fred How can you not love the phallic extension in Marilyn Chamber's armpit? 5 stars
1/12/03 Jack Sommersby Improved Cronenberg technique, but material is shoddily developed. 3 stars
4/04/02 dalostboyz Never seen it, but after hearing about a cock in the armpit..........well, I gotta now! 5 stars
4/02/02 Edfink Lombardo Good concept, poorly visualized...The armpit phallus still boggles my mind 2 stars
9/02/01 The-Dude great horror movie along the lines of dawn of the dead 4 stars
4/21/01 robert A great horror film experience 5 stars
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  08-Apr-1977 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004



Directed by
  David Cronenberg

Written by
  David Cronenberg

  Marilyn Chambers
  Frank Moore
  Joe Silver
  Patricia Gage

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