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Lost Sounds and Soundtracks. David Cronenberg’s “Rabid”

Brian Bennett’s piece of music used in Cronenberg’s film is hypnotic, unnerving, minimal, and with just a whisper of cold, sterile futurism.

Above: Frank Moore and Marilyn Chambers in Rabid. Photo: Joel Sussman. New World Pictures / Photofest

Hypnotic, sinister, minimal, and with just a stuttered chill of sterile, sci-fi futurism—I've always thought Cronenberg got very lucky during his low-budget days to discover and license such a stylistically fitting track of stock library music for his 1977 horror production, Rabid. Still two years shy of the beginning of his incredibly fruitful, career-long collaboration with Howard Shore, Cronenberg eschewed the psychological complexities that those modernist scores would immediately imbue upon the unlucky characters of The Brood and beyond, and instead got a simple, repetitive track from KPM Music's in-house composer Brian Bennett which would become Rabid's leitmotif of growing paranoia amidst a virulent venereal apocalypse.

What you are listening to:

(1) Brian Bennett's "The Hideout" from KPM1157, The Hunter (Drama Suite) and Adventure Story

Rabid plays Saturday, January 28 in New York at the Museum of the Moving Image's retrospective on David Cronenberg.

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