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1,032 Ratings


Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, 1977
Horror, Thriller
  • English
  • English


A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.

Our take

An early film from the master of body horror, David Cronenberg, Rabid hails from a simpler time when Cronenberg made small films on tight budgets with an endless ingenuity for terror and political commentary. With a fantastic performance from adult film star Marilyn Chambers.

Rabid Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

1977 | 2 wins including: Best Screenplay (Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley)

Critics reviews

By reveling in the underbelly, Cronenberg shows that even respectable public spaces are a breath away from chaos. In one sequence, Rose hits the mall, a lurid, neon-Christmas rush… Cronenberg did more than anyone to make Canada cool, not by creating something new, but by teasing out the dark waves that already color the country. It’s cold up here, and spooky. Cronenberg’s gift in Rabid is exposing just how spooky.
October 06, 2017
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Throughout its running time, Rabid works on such a primitive and lyrically allegorical level that we move along with it – curious and horrified and titillated to see where it will go. It’s funny and sad and absurd and a little bit of a turn on, too – which seems strange. But maybe not. Cronenberg does not judge.
July 12, 2017
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Cinema as a sustained bout of fever, a melancholy defense of Pandora, a world getting forcibly acquainted with new desires and new diseases. The pestilent aftermath is nothing but a quiet gray morning where the heroine is literally thrown in the trash, T.S. Eliot’s “heap of broken images.”
February 25, 2013
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