Half way through the movie I felt like I was revisiting Night of the Living Dead but in a soft porn way since Marilyn Chambers took every opportunity to display her perky Ivory Snow breasts.
On the road again Rose & Hart, a sweet but strange couple, zoom off on their motorcycle and unfortunately meet a family on vacation that are lost. So lost in fact, they are attempting a U-Turn in the middle of the road but their old van decides not to co-operate, and that is how Rose & Hart meet the family head on at a high rate of speed. Fortunately they are wearing helmets but Rose is trapped under the fallen cycle as it bursts into flames causing her major burns to her breasts & torso.
Meanwhile, back at the Clinic Dr. Dan Keloid, a noted plastic surgeon, is developing a new process where he grows the tissue for transplants inside the body of the recipient. Of course, this hasnt actually been tried before on humans, but whos counting? Now from what I could ascertain from the discussion with Dr. Keloid and his cronies, this growth process was done in the tummy but somehow and even Dr. Keloid doesnt know about it this gaping mouth like thing is in her armpit and when it gets hungry this penis like proboscis slips out and stabs the unsuspecting bystander.
Perhaps stabs isnt exactly what Im looking for here More like penetrates and then proceeds to suck blood out or dump blood in either way, the victim seems delirious for a while before turning into a rabid, mouth-foaming, human. And so the disease gets passed around ta da, ta da, ta da you know the drill.
All the while Rose remains innocent looking with her Farrah Faucett hairdo, not having a clue she is the one infecting everybody in Canada with this deadly disease. Sure, she knows something is wrong but she doesnt assume she is contagious. Right. But she is nice enough to tromp around in nothing but panties or even less for a good deal of the movie we overlook this.
And then there is the issue of being in a coma OK, sweet Rose has been in a coma for what? Six weeks? When she magically comes out of her coma with resulting screams, which of course no nurse or doctor hears but a victim does, she manages to dress and slip outside the clinic to go on a feeding spree, in a gown, in the rain, in the cold . Uh huh .. man that is some proboscis to give her that amount of strength.
I want so bad to give this movie two thumbs down but it was great fun, good for a laugh and there is something to be said for an armpit penis, but Ill leave that to your imagination.
This was written and directed by David Cronenberg and starred Marilyn Chambers as Rose, Frank Moore as Hart and Howard Ryshpan as Dr. Dan Keloid. The special effects were, um, different.
Chambers isnt exactly what Id call an actress, although she had to be given some chutzpah for putting up with the concept of the armpit thing. Then again, this wasnt exactly a brain trust movie or role, so ya get what ya pay for. I found Frank Moore to be rather strange. He seemed like he was in a coma himself during most of the movie, kinda clueless. I wouldnt search him out again.
Probably the most fun was the demented Dr. Keloid, Howard Ryshpan, because he seems so sincere, almost like the old Vincent Price movies, yet he puts on one hell of a performance in the operating room when he goes bonkers and cuts off the assistants finger. Even better was the view of him inside the back of the police van as they say priceless.
I did wonder about the green foam, almost blue-green, when the participants became rabid. That and the sudden black eye thing. Of course, Ive never dealt with rabid humans before, maybe that is common place or maybe it is a derivative of the chemicals used for the transplant, or maybe that is just what happens with an armpit penis probe. Who knows?
Rabid won the Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley for best screenplay and best special effects from Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain. Its a weird, fun, campy little thing, why not give it a try.
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
** out of **** David Cronenberg is pretty much the Canadian God of the horror genre. I've loved him, I've liked him, and at times, I've even disliked him. I don't know. Sometimes, I just have problems accepting his execution, but I am always - and I mean ALWAYS - intrigued by his fascination with gory "body-horror" scenes and effects. He's good at what he does, and who am I to say he doesn't always make a movie that I like? Few of his films are truly bad, and that's because … more
Rabid (1977) is a strange film about a parasitic virus that inhabit's the body of a young woman (Marilyn Chambers). She receives this strange mutation after a new experimental procedure is performed upon her after she and her boyfriend were involved in a motorcycle accident. The doctors at a plastic surgery clinic save her life but her body revolts and mutates against the new cellular structure. The staff at the clinic and it's patients must answer for trying to defy nature. A … more