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For his second commercial feature, following a pair of experimental films and 1977's Shivers, Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg continued to mine the themes of disease and mutation that were already becoming his perennial concerns. Marilyn Chambers stars as Rose, an attractive young woman who becomes horribly injured in a motorcycle accident. Spirited away to the clinic of Drs. Dan and Roxanne Keloid (Howard Ryshpan and Patricia Gage), a pair of experimental plastic surgeons, Rose becomes an unwitting guinea pig in an operation that grafts genetically modified tissue into her body.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here is an extremely violent, sometimes nauseating, picture about a young woman affected with rabies, running around Montreal infecting others."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Revolting, yes, but still, an intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre."
‑ , Film4
"Te raw, seductive appeal that Chambers conveys is what really keeps you going from one sequence to the next."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A strong indicator of the auteur's obsessions but lacks the sustained energy and invention of most of his other work."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It was quite enjoyable in a less than biting way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication."
‑ , Time Out
"While Chambers does add some resonance to the film as a sexual icon, her acting ability is decidedly limited."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"David Cronenberg's underrated second film continues to develop his theme of body manipulation."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"shows the early signs of the talent of someone who has become renowned for creating thought-provoking material"
‑ Rachel Gordon, Filmcritic.com
"Ultimately Rabid boils down to zombified sluts and shock moments but it's an irresistible combination that Cronenberg handles well."
‑ Almar Haflidason, BBC.com
"Cinema as a sustained bout of fever, a melancholy defense of Pandora"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"quite good"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Not Cronenberg at his peak, but neither is it without interest."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Chambers acquits herself well, and Cronenberg is nothing less than competent."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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