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Old 09-27-14, 04:36 PM
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"Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14





Rabid (1977)



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The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
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Old 10-14-14, 03:18 AM
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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

"Vampires" as the result of a surgical accident is a great premise. Marilyn Chambers character is so quiet during much of the early/middle movie it's surreal showing a devilish reserve.

Seeing Shivers (aka They Came From Within) earlier this month makes a good companion to Rabid covering many of the same themes only with Rabid going much larger scale.

I'm a fan of zombie movies, but I find the epidemic takes an original premise and falls back in standard genre conventions instead of staying creative - still epic, but ultimately less novel.

Best ending ever.

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Old 10-14-14, 08:54 AM
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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

Originally Posted by Undeadcow View Post
Seeing Shivers (aka They Came From Within) earlier this month makes a good companion to Rabid covering many of the same themes only with Rabid going much larger scale.
It is a great combo. I somehow end up watching these two films most Octobers iirc.
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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

Netflix has this on a long wait probably because of all you jerks!
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Netflix has this on a long wait probably because of all you jerks!
The Rabid DVD is not a great copy anyway, it's non-anamorphic with muted colors (perhaps this is an intentional design of the film) so YouTube isn't that far out of an option if you need to resort to online streaming. Rabid is one movie that's begging for a high definition release.
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Old 10-14-14, 12:25 PM
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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

Originally Posted by Undeadcow View Post
The Rabid DVD is not a great copy anyway, it's non-anamorphic with muted colors (perhaps this is an intentional design of the film) so YouTube isn't that far out of an option if you need to resort to online streaming. Rabid is one movie that's begging for a high definition release.
Oh really? That's disappointing, sounds like the Killer Tongue DVD I got last year.
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Three things that I've learned in my years of watching horror films:

1. 90% of the movies that Harry Alan Towers has produced are junk.

2. 90% of the movies released by 21st Century Film Corporation are junk.

3. 90% of mainstream movies starring former porn actresses are junk.
Rabid definitely falls into the other 10% of #3 above--Marilyn Chambers is actually quite good in it. Overall, I don't think that it's quite as strong as They Came from Within, but it's still an enjoyable film. My main issue with the film is that the pacing feels off to me--it seems as if the Montreal outbreak occurs far too rapidly.

As for the things that I like about Rabid, the taxi stunt was quite accomplished for the budget that Cronenberg had. And I love the music--the "score," such as it is, is made up of cues from a production music library, much like Night of the Living Dead and parts of Dawn of the Dead. The moody and autumnal-feeling main theme showed up in several PSAs in the late '70s, so I'd heard the music before I ever saw the film:



I really like the shots of 1976 Montreal, especially Chambers's walk downtown (where she strolls by a Carrie poster) and the mall sequence, which reminds me (again) of Dawn of the Dead and even more of Blue Sunshine.

The TV ads for this scared the crap out of me.

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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

I happened to watch Shivers the other night not even realizing how these two are related. I wasn't a fan of Shivers as I felt I was just watching an early Troma movie that was a little too slow for its own good. A crawling turd terrorizes an apartment community. Dull chaos ensues.

Rabid was a little better to watch but still suffered from pacing issues in my opinion. Chambers really did put on a good performance and damn, she looked good back then. I always get her and Linda Lovelace confused for some reason.

Anyway, I am not a big Cronenberg fan and this was just meh, for me. Not a waste but it didn't grab as I hoped it would.

My rating for Shivers: ** out of *****
My rating for Rabid: **1/2 out of *****
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Re: "Rabid" Reviews/Discussion - 2014 Horror Challenge: Day 14

This was my second time watching Rabid and I didn't enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it the first time I saw it. I think it's a decent film with a interesting method of zombifying and a great score, though I'm a little disappointed to find out the music wasn't composed specifically for the movie.

Marilyn Chambers did a good job with her role and she was so damn sexy at the time. Seeing her on screen helped to make the experience more enjoyable for me.
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