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Rabid (1977)
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by Charles Tatum

"Behind the Green Gore"
3 stars

Cute couple Rose (Marilyn Chambers) and Hart (Frank Moore) are involved in a horrible motorcycle accident that leaves them maimed.

Luckily, the accident occurred within sight of the Keloid Clinic, a plastic surgery retreat run by Dr. Keloid (Howard Ryshpan). Rose is in worse condition than Hart, and Keloid does some experimental skin grafts on her. He takes skin from her thighs and grafts them on other parts of her body, where the skin genetically alters itself from thigh skin to what ever skin might be surrounding it. Everything is a-okay.

A month passes, but Rose is still in a coma, and Frank is sent home to Montreal. Yummy Rose wakes up and suddenly attacks another patient Lloyd (J. Roger Periard), who does not remember the attack later. Rose slips in and out of coma, leaving the clinic to attack a horny farmer. In a great action sequence, an infected Lloyd attacks a cab driver, and the rest of the film has the population of Montreal and surrounding suburbs succumbing to a rabies-like disease that is being carried by Rose, and Hart's efforts to find her before she can do more harm.

This was one of Cronenberg's early films, and it shows. The first half of the film is great, building suspense and featuring some pretty impressive makeup and gore effects (including the now infamous "killer penis" probe that pops out from Rose's armpit). Once the Rose, and the film, leaves the clinic, the story quickly degenerates into a series of predictable attacks as smiling extras run for their lives.

Chambers is actually very good in this straight role. Cronenberg has her get dressed an awful lot, but she serves as an inspiration for the similar role Natasha Henstridge played in "Species." It is too bad Chambers could not parlay this into more mainstream roles. She is also gorgeous, and very sympathetic. The rest of the supporting cast is okay, no one really stands out except the always reliable Joe Silver as Murray, Keloid's business partner who eventually helps Hart.

Because the last half is so much worse than the first half, my rating will have to fall in the middle of the spectrum as well. "Rabid" is one of those films you have always heard about, and one I finally saw, and now I can go on with my life.

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originally posted: 04/23/03 19:22:30
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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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