Rabid (1977)

rabid1Badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Rose (Marilyn Chambers) is taken to the nearby plastic surgery clinic of Dr Keloid (Howard Ryshpan). After extensive operations, she recovers but is left with an overpowering appetite for blood.

Another formative exercise in fear and loathing of the human body from director David Cronenberg, which takes up the themes of his first "mainstream" (in the loosest sense of the word) success Shivers (1975).

This time a plague spreads after Chambers - a porn star in a rare, straight(ish) role - becomes the unwitting carrier of a rabid disease that turns people into bloodsuckers.

This disturbing film lacks the stomach-churning claustrophobia of Shivers but is an altogether slicker affair, and the spiralling, random violence still shocks.

Rose
Marilyn Chambers
Hart Read
Frank Moore
Murray Cypher
Joe Silver
Dr Dan Keloid
Howard Ryshpan
Dr Roxanne Keloid
Patricia Gage
Mindy Kent
Susan Roman
Lloyd Walsh
J Roger Periard
Nurse Louise
Lynne Deragon
Judy Glasberg
Terry Schonblum
Claude Lapointe
Victor Désy
Rita
Julie Anna
Smooth Eddy
Gary McKeehan
Dr Carl
Jerome Tiberghien
Dr Royce Gentry
John Gilbert
Jackie
Una Kay
Beatrice Owen
Madeline Pageau
Steve
Mark Walker

Director
David Cronenberg