Rabid (1976)

Canada, 1976
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

A Canadian science fiction/horror film directed by David Cronenberg. Production took place between 1 November and 5 December 1976 and the finished film was first released on 8 April 1977 in 12 cinemas in Montreal and Quebec, Canada (2 English in Montreal, 10 French).

Plot Summary

Following a motorcycle accident, Rose is treated with experimental surgery by Dr Keloid. In the aftermath she develops a taste for blood and grows a strange appendage under her arm which she uses to attack her victims who are in turn are transformed into rabid maniacs.


Directed by: David Cronenberg
© 1976 The Dibar Syndicate
Dunning/Link/Reitman present. New World Pictures presents [US prints]. Produced with the financial assistance of the Canadian Film Development Corporation and the Famous Players Film Company
Executive Producers: Ivan Reitman, André Link
Produced by: John Dunning
Associate Producer: Dan Goldberg
Written by: David Cronenberg
Director of Photography: René Verzier
Edited by: Jean Lafleur
Music Supervisor: Ivan Reitman
Sound Recordist: Richard Lightstone
Wardrobe: Erla Gliserman
Key Make-up: Mireille Recton
Miss Chambers’ Hair by: John of Le Pavillon
Special Make-up Design by: Joe Blasco Make-Up Association
Special Make-up Artist: Byrd Holland
Special Effects: Al Griswold
Art Director: Claude Marchand

Marilyn Chambers (Rose)
Frank Moore (Hart Read)
Joe Silver (Murray Cypher)
Howard Ryshpan (Dr Dan Keloid)
Patricia Gage (Dr Roxanne Keloid)
Susan Roman (Mindy Kent)
J. Roger Periard (Lloyd Walsh)
Lynne Deragon (Nurse Louise)
Terry Schonblum (Judy Glasberg)
Victor Désy (Claude LaPointe)
Julie Anna (Nurse Rita)
Gary McKeehan (Smooth Eddy)
Terrence G. Ross (farmer)
Miguel Fernandes (man in cinema)
Robert O’Ree (police sergeant)
Greg Van Riel (young man in plaza)
Jérôme Tiberghien (Dr Karl)
Allan Moyle (young man in lobby)
Richard W. Farrell (camper man)
Jeannette Casenave (camper lady)

Alternative Titles


Rabid (2019)

See also
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)
Carrie (1976)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Man-Made Monsters (1996)
42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006)
42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012)
The American Nightmare (2000)
Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012)
The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg (1999)
Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg (1986)
Naked Making Lunch (1992)
Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004)
SexTV: Monstrous Desires: Sexuality and Horror/A Moment with… David Cronenberg (2005)



  • Screen International no.70 (15 January 1977) p.15 – note (In brief)


  • Guia TV in A Capital 27 July 1990 – review (by Roberto Do Vale)


  • The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero by Ernest Mathijs pp.2, 6, 21, 23, 28-30, 32, 37-44, 48-52, 59, 61, 63, 65-66, 68, 70, 84, 90-91, 101, 110, 149, 188, 200, 249; 278
  • Cronenberg on Cronenberg by Chris Rodley (ed.) pp.19, 53-57, 88, 115, 127, 157; 211- illustrated notes; credits
  • David Cronenberg: Interviews with Serge Grünberg by Serge Grünberg pp.40-45; 191 – illustrated interview; credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.345, 395
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.320-321
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.501-503 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg by Michael Grant (ed.) pp.2, 22, 23, 35-40, 42, 43, 55, 61, 62, 66, 75, 85, 172, 176, 177, 179
  • The Pocket Essential David Cronenberg by John Costello pp.33-37 – credits, review
  • The Politics of Insects: David Cronenberg’s Cinema of Confrontation by Scott Wilson pp.16, 24, 49-58, 59, 60, 62, 65, 108, 110, 151, 152,154, 186, 194 – illustrated notes
  • The Shape of Rage: The Films of David Cronenberg by Piers Handling (ed.) pp.1-79 (illustrated article (The visceral mind: The major films of David Cronenberg by William Beard); pp.80-86 – illustrated article (The comedy of David Cronenberg by Maurice Yaowar); pp.87-97 illustrated article (The word, the flesh and David Cronenberg); 98-114 illustrated article (A Canadian Cronenberg by Piers Handling); 115-135 illustrated article (Cronenberg: A Dissenting View by Robin Wood); pp.203-204 – credits
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan pp.82-83, 209
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.77

Other sources

  • 2019 Arrow Video FrightFest Festival Guide p.96 – illustrated note, credits