Rabid (1979)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Dustin Putman

Remains effectively squirmy, gruesome, and even prescient nearly forty years after its release.

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

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Time Out

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

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Scott McKellar
The Skinny

After the shock tactics of Shivers, Cronenberg's next venture into body horror is more subdued, but holds up surprisingly well.

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TV Guide

While Chambers does add some resonance to the film as a sexual icon, her acting ability is decidedly limited.

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Chris Alexander
Alexander On Film

"It's Cronenberg's best full-stop horror movie, I think, one where the horror comes first and the subtext is almost accidental. Later, it would be the reverse..."

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Fernando F. Croce

Cinema as a sustained bout of fever, a melancholy defense of Pandora

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

quite good

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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… More
Aj V
Although this movie has the Cronenberg style of gory grotesque horror sci-fi, the story isn't very good, and the ending is bad. Overall, this movie is… More
Ken Stachnik
Hands down the best Canadian zombie film starring a porn star.
Cassandra Maples
David Cronenberg's second major movie can be viewed as a kind of sequel to "Shivers," which, in more ways than one, deals with similar themes and… More
Lee ?
Yet more gross-out fun from Cronenberg. This is basically Shivers again on a much larger scale as the chaos and madness of rabies infected people plague the… More
_kelly .King
I get the message: don't let your girlfriend end up in a plastic surgery clinic, even on accident, because she will totally grow a retractable barbed penis… More