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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:12 pm 
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Directed by Cronenberg in 1977.

A girl is hurt in a motorcycle accident and has an experimental skin grafting proceedure performed on her. Thanks to modern technology and bad 80's script writing she becomes a carrier for a rabies-like disease that spreads like wildfire.

It looks a lot like most zombie movies I've seen. You have your crazy maniacs running around the streets craving human flesh (well actually just blood) and military personell in chemical suits trying keep the place under control.

It's not the best. The acting and plot were much better than the bulk of real zombie movies from that decade that I enjoy but I sure was bored watching it.

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I don't think I've ever even heard of this one. Do you know if it is run by any TV stations? Failing that, is it hard to find a copy?

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Shouldn't be too hard to find a copy. I generaly don't care much for Cronenberg, but I did enjoy Rabid, despite it being a cheesy-ish 70's film. As Kyle points out, it is not really a zombie movie, although it has many elements of classic zombie cinema.

What he failed to mention (for shame, Kyle...) is that it stars porn star Marylin Chambers in the lead role of the patient zero character. There is some nudity, but not as much as one would expect, despite a hot tub scene and some bisexual undertones. I suspect there might be some X-rated cut laying in Cronenberg's closet.

Here is the trailer for it.
http://videodetective.com/home.asp?x=y& ... &Play=TRUE

It is better than most zombie movies, and is probably pretty realistic (for the 1970's) as to what would happen in a disease outbreak. Worth a rental.


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Bisexual hot tub scenes always make for fantastic movies. :wink:

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It just aired uncut on the Canadian version of the Sci-Fi Channel, last week.

I like the ending, it just seemed so Cronenberg.


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Marilyn Chambers? Dear God.

But I'll have to see if I can track it down. Thanks for the info.

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I was pretty bored with RABID but I'm a sucker for Cronenburg films. They are always sick and twisted.

Anyone seen SHIVERS? A very different type of zombie movie. Instead of brains it's a sex addiction. Being mobbed to death by sex starved crazies. Very 70's. His first film so it kind of sucks. Only Cronenburg and only in canada.


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Is SHIVERS the one with the weird worm/larva thing that finds it's way into your body and takes over?

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I really hate when people put Cronenberg and Canada in the same sentence. I'm so not a Cronenberg fan, even though I feel forced to watch his movies cause I was born in the same country. If you feel like watching a half decent Canadian director, check out Atom Egoyan.


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I bought this movie last night along with Stacy, Junk, Shikoku, and The Thing: Collector's Edition. W00t.

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Couple of good choices there!


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Pretty much any chain video store should carry it. I think I rented it at Hollywood Video when it was rereleased a few months ago.

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