A Cinepix/New World Pictures Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: April 8th, 1977
David Cronenberg's 1977 film Rabid (AKA: Rage) stars porn star Marilyn Chambers as a woman who gets into a motorcycle crash and is given experimental skin grafts and tissue which start developing into something positively creepy. Yes my friends, this is a movie about a woman with a killer armpit.
I've been a fan of Cronenberg's films since his feature debut with Shivers, and Rabid is an excellent example of David's obsession with the horrors of the human body. The style here is prime Cronenberg cold and sterile, and that really adds to the terror. I also dig David's nod to Stephen King and fellow terror maker Brian De Palma by having a poster of Carrie be in the theater where Marilyn finds her prey. Word is the director originally wanted Sissy Spacek in the lead role for Rabid, but the studio wasn't keen on her accent. Oh well, too bad for them. Ms. Chambers herself turns in a very good performance, and it was a shame her legitimate film career never really took off after this one.
Have no fear, it's only Marilyn Chambers here.