Rabid (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes


Rabid (1979)




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Porn star Marilyn Chambers heads the cast of the early David Cronenberg horror effort Rage. The plot concerns a deranged plastic surgeon (Howard Ryshpan), who grafts a huge lesion onto Marilyn's arm. Like a mosquito's stinger, this new member sucks the blood out of Marilyn's various sexual conquests. Pretty soon, everyone in Montreal has been turned into a rabid, bloodsucking zombie. Honest: it's much, much better than it sounds. Rage is better known by its US release title Rabid.

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Frank Moore
as Hart Read
Joe Silver
as Murray Cypher
Howard Ryshpan
as Dr. Dan Keloid
Patricia Gage
as Dr. Roxanne Keloid
Susan Roman
as Mindy Kent
Roger Periard
as Lloyd Walsh
Lynne Deragon
as Nurse Louise
Terry Schonblum
as Judy Glasberg
Victor Désy
as Claude LaPointe
Gary McKeehan
as Smooth Eddy
Miguel Fernandes
as Man in Cinema
Robert O'Ree
as Police Sergeant
Allan Moyle
as Young Man in Lobby
Jeannette Casanave
as Camper Woman
Carl Wasserman
as Camper Child
John Boylan
as Young Cop in Plaza
Malcolm Nelthorpe
as Older Cop in Plaza
Vlasta Vrana
as Cop at Clinic
Kirk McColl
as Desk Sergeant
Jack Messinger
as Policeman on Highway
Yvon LeCompte
as Policeman
Grant Lowe
as Trucker
John Gilbert
as Dr. Royce Gentry
Tony Angelo
as Dispatcher
Una Kay
as Jackie
Madeline Pageau
as Beatrice Owen
Robert A. Silverman
as Man in Hospital
Ronald Mlodzik
as Man Patient
Bob Girolami
as Newscaster
Harry Hill
as Stasiuk
Kathy Keefler
as Interviewer
Murray Smith
as Interviewer
Marcel Fournier
as Cab Driver
Valda Dalton
as Car Lady
Riva Spier
as Drunken Indian
Denis Lacroix
as Drunken Indian
Basil Fitzgibbon
as Crazy in Plaza
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Critic Reviews for Rabid

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Revolting, yes, but still, an intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre.

October 19, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Here is an extremely violent, sometimes nauseating, picture about a young woman affected with rabies, running around Montreal infecting others.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ultimately Rabid boils down to zombified sluts and shock moments but it's an irresistible combination that Cronenberg handles well.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still holds up just as well today as it ever has... this new release of Rabid is an utter delight of a package from 101 Films

September 16, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Cronenberg casts [Chambers] in a different kind of skin flick, and allows her to weaponise her seductive charms and to penetrate those who would do the same to her - all in the service of an animalistic lust (for blood) that is Insatiable...

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rabid

A bunch of disconnected ideas don't make a film, and so this bizarre movie feels more like an amalgam of unripe ideas thrown together without a clear purpose (much like Shivers before it), making me wonder why Cronenberg cast a porn movie actress as a grotesque sexual predator.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Okay, but kind of off putting. A lot of blood and gore as you would expect from a movie about a freak case of rabies. It kind of made me uncomfortable at times - it didn't seem all that nice towards women, for example the extra "mouth", a lot of female nudity and though the lead actress is good, it is interesting to watch the extra features on this disc and discover she was actually a porn star. I'm a bit iffy on this director.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Hands down the best Canadian zombie film starring a porn star.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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