Poster for Rabid

Rabid

Director: David Cronenberg Run Time: 101 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1977

Starring: Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Marilyn Chambers

One minute, they’re perfectly normal; the next, they’re RABID.

After a brutal motorcycle accident, a young woman gets rushed to the hospital where she undergoes an experimental treatment to heal her wounds. The treatment works — kind of. While the woman’s scars may have healed, the treatment turns her into a blood-sucking fiend who passes on her rabid thirst for blood to all of her victims. Before long, the outbreak spreads throughout all of Montreal, spinning the entire city into chaos.

An early film from body horror maestro David Cronenberg, Rabid stars Marilyn Chambers in her first mainstream film outside of porn. Chambers plays the infected young woman at the heart of the pandemic, and spreads the disease through a stinger hidden in her armpit. Sounds like a Cronenberg movie all right.

Part of Nitehawk’s October SCIENCE! midnite and brunch series.